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Ethiopia, Norway Commit to Support Gender Empowerment

By Staff Reporter

Norway-EthiopiaSeptember 20, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia signed an agreement with The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation on Gender Equality for Development Program on September 18, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Acknowledging Gender Equality as fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, the two parties agreed to work together for strengthening the Ethiopian System towards gender equality and female empowerment.

Taking such agreement as an important milestone, the two parties agreed that empowering young girls and boys to be able to make informed decisions for their live

8Kg of Cocaine Seized at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

By Staff Reporter

Bole-International-AirportSeptember 19, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Customs Intelligence Team on Thursday announced the seizure of 8kg of cocaine which was on transit at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The Counter Narcotics Operations Unit of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission recently announced that more than 186 kilogram of cocaine, 9 kilogram heroine and 1104 kilogram cannabis were seized over the past one year, mostly trafficked through the Addis Ababa Bole International airport.

According to the commission, 80 suspects from 17 countries are being charged with trafficking the stated volumes o

UK Expresses Interest to Work with Ethiopian Airlines

By Biruktayet Bihon

Emma-Wade-SmithSeptember 17, 2019 ( -- UK’s trade commissioner for Africa Emma Wade-Smith expressed Britain’s desire to work with the Ethiopian Airlines in the aviation industry.

The trade commissioner who arrived today in Addis Ababa for an official visit to Ethiopia made her remarks during discussion with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

UK’s Trade Commissioner for Africa emphasized about the need to collaborate with one of Africa’s prestigious Airlines in aviation expansion as well as management sector.

Recalling Ethio-Britain long standing diplomatic ties, the commissioner

Interview with South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia

By Biruktayet Bihon

Ambassador-Lim-HoonminSeptember 17, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia and South Korea have experienced a very long and special relationship. The dispatch of Kagnew Battalion to South Korea during the Korean War is considered to be the beginning of a stronger link between Ethiopia and South Korea.

To South Korean people, Ethiopia is more than just a friendly country. The historical support Ethiopia provided to the country showed Ethiopia's firm commitment to the strong ties with the Far East Asian nation.

Based on this historical bond, the bilateral relationship between two countries has gradually developed into cooperation t

Ethiopian Economic Reform Agenda Very Ambitious - UN Official

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Vera-Songwe-UNECASeptember 10, 2019 ( -- The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said Ethiopia’s plan to grow from GDP per capita of 865 to 2219 is “very ambitious,” but doable, citing the success stories of China, Laos, and Vietnam.

Vera Songwe was speaking while the government of Ethiopia unveiled on Monday what it described as a “Homegrown Economic Reform” agenda aimed to unlock the country’s development potential and address the macroeconomic imbalance the nation has faced for some time.

However, Ms. Songwe cautioned that &qu

Action Against Hunger Staff Members Killed in Gambella, Ethiopia

Action-Against-Hunger By Biruktayet Bihon

September 6, 2019 ( -- Action Against Hunger has confirmed that two of their staff members were killed in the Gambella region of Ethiopia early Friday morning.

Team members were in transit from the organization's 24-hour pediatric Nutrition Stabilization Center in Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp when they were ambushed by armed individuals.

Two employees were killed at the scene. Action Against Hunger has suspended full operations in Gambella, but is maintaining the provision of life-saving assistance. "We are coordinating with the authorities who are investigating this attack," said Act

Africa, Latin America Lag Far Behind in Digital Economy - UNCTAD

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David-LukeSeptember 4, 2019 ( -- Africa and Latin America are trailing considerably far behind in wealth creation through digital economy, the first-ever United Nations Digital Economy Report 2019 revealed on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) report said Africa and Latin America together account for less than five percent of the world’s collocation data centers. If left unaddressed, this gap can exacerbate existing income inequalities between people living in these continents and the rest of the world, says the report.

According to the report, digital wealth

At Least 40 People Drowned off the Coast of Libya - UNHCR

people-drowned-off-LibyaBy UNHCR

August 28, 2019 -- At least 40 people are estimated to have drowned off the coast of Libya in the latest boat disaster on the Mediterranean. This shocking incident has prompted UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to renew its urgent call for action to save lives.

Some 60 survivors have been rescued and brought to shore in the coastal town of Al-Khoms, around 100 kilometres east of Tripoli. A rescue operation, carried by the Libyan Coast Guard and local fisherman, has been underway since this morning and is ongoing.

“We must not simply accept these tragedies as inevitable,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the

Ethiopia Faces Over $700m Funding Gap to Meet IDP Needs - UN Official

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Aeneas-ChumaAugust 19, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia faces a funding gap of over $714 million to meet humanitarian needs for over two million internally displaced people (IDP), a UN official has disclosed.

In early April this year, the government of Ethiopia announced that the country needed $1.313 billion for humanitarian assistance following the mass displacement in several parts of the country, mainly caused by ethnic conflicts.

About 45.6 percent of the funding requirement, amounting to $598 million, has so far been secured and international donors covered $310 million. Further, the government of Ethiopia contributed $288 million, m

India Working with Africa in Education, Science and Technology - Ambassador

By Biruktayet Bihon

India-Africa-ForumAugust 18, 2019 ( -- India expressed its commitment to strengthen the Ethio-Indian bilateral ties during a business-to-business forum that was held in Addis Ababa last Week.

The forum which bought together several Ethiopian and Indian organizations was meant to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between the two countries.

Representing the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Economic Diplomacy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Dawano Kedir briefed the forum about the various reforms being undertaken in Ethiopia to attract FDI and encourage investors.

The ambassador undersco

Ethiopia Plans to Send 50,000 Workers to UAE - PM

Abiy-UAE-50KJuly 9, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is planning to send some 50,000 Ethiopians to United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to him, the plan is geared to alleviate unemployment in the country.

According to Arabian Business website, Prime Minister Abiy said "Ethiopia is planning short-term measures to reduce unemployment in Ethiopia and to cope with the increasing job demands of our people." "One of these short-term programmes is sending our skilled labour to foreign countries," he added.

A total of 50,000 workers would be sent to UAE in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The workers would be trained in things like dr

Ethiopia, World Bank Sign $500 million Grant Agreement

Ethiopia-WorldBank-USD500mJune 16, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian givernment and World Bank signed a $500 million grant agreement yesterday. The grant is meant to implement Climate Action through Landscape Management (CALM) Program, which aims to increase adoption of sustainable land management practices and expanding access to secure land tenure.

The agreement was siged at the Ministry of Finance by Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, and Ms. Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia.

The program is a 5-year sectoral budget support program with a results-based approach, said the Ministry of Finance

It will s

Ethiopia in the Spotlight Over Planned Tour by US Gay Group

Toto-ToursJune 5, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia is in international spotlight once again over a planned tour by a gay group to see some historical and religious sites in Ethiopia.

The tour in question was organized by a Chicago-based firm named Toto Tours. The company describes itself on its website as "the only gay tour company in existence" that has been operating with the same ownership and management for almost three decades. 

According to reports from AFP, the company says it has received death threats since announcing the 16-day trip to Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, like many African countries, is one of the most conservative societies in the wo

World Bank Approves $550m in Development Aid for Ethiopia

World-Bank-550M-Grant-EthiopiaMay 29, 2019 ( -- The World Bank approved $550 million in development aid for Ethiopia last week, according to FBC report.

The fund was meant to support the livelihoods of pastoralists and power sector reforms in Ethiopia, according to the report.

Of this, $350m ($70m grant, $280m credit) came from the International Development Association (IDA) to improve the livelihoods and resilience of 2.5 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in lowland areas.

The remainder, $200m, is from the Renewable Energy Guarantees Program (REGREP) approved by the bank to support Ethiopia’s ongoing power se

IMF Engages Eritrea After Years of Isolation

Eritrea-IMFMay 23, 2019 -- Following peace with Ethiopia and neighboring countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is engaging Eritrea once more for the first time in 10 years, according to IMF press release. IMF officials held discussions with the Eritrean government May 13-22 in the capital city of Asmara.

According to the report, the IMF stands ready to support economic reforms through policy advice, technical assistance and training to help achieve macroeconomic stability and inclusive growth. "Eritrea is in a difficult economic situation following an extended period of international isolation and emergency measures to manage the economy," says the IMF.

French Hospitality Company Plans to Open 7 Hotels in Ethiopia

Accor-HotelsMay 13, 2019 ( -- Accor SA plans to open seven hotels in Ethiopia by 2020, according to Journal Du Cameroun report.

The French hospitality company plans to build a total of 60 new hotels in 14 countries in Africa in the next four years,according to Mark Wills, senior official of the company and CEO for Middle East and Africa of the European.

Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa, will have 10, 7 and 3 Accor hotels each by 2020.

More than half of them will be in Egypt, which Mark Willis said is rebounding after external factors hurt the industry.

Accor has 143 hotels in Africa, 63 of them south of the Sahara, and will promote

After Dangerous Journey, Ethiopians Dying in Yemeni Detention Camps

Ethiopians-Detained-YemenMay 9, 2019 ( -- After dangerous journey through the sea, Ethiopians are dying in Yemen camps, according to the Middle East Eye. According to the report, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warns of a crisis building as thousands of Ethiopians are kept in inhumane camps in Yemen.

Thousands of Ethiopians crossed the sea from Djibouti to Yemen in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia. Now, many of them find stranded in Yemen, detained under inhumane conditions, and some dying from preventable diseases.

Zahrah Mohamed, who is in her 30s, arrived in Lahj province in the middle of April, along with more than 7

UK to Assist Ethiopia in Upcoming Elections

UK-Ethiopia-Elections-AssistanceMay 2, 2019 ( -- The United ingdom (UK) is donating 15.5 million Euros to help with Ethiopian elections coming next year.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, Foreign Secretary of the UK, Jeremy Hunt said the UK will provide assistance to Ethiopia to run free, fair and transparent elections next year.

“If successful and peaceful, the elections in May 2020 will be a major step towards building a democratic culture in Ethiopia and will lay a platform for a continuation and deepening of the inclusive reform Ethiopia has been making,” said Secretary Hunt.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Wins UNESCO Peace Prize

Abiy-Ahmed-UNESCOMay 2, 2019 -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) peace prize award, according to UNESCO press release. The Ethiopian Prime Minister was named laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize. In giving the award, the agency noted it "recognizes the laureate's worthiness for the reforms undertaken to consolidate democracy and social cohesion." Below is the full text of the press release.

Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is named as laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphou&eu

Ethiopia, China to Strengthen Industry, Trade Relations

Abiy-meets-XiApril 25, 2019 ( -- Ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Ethiopia’s premier has on Wednesday held discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Abiy is in China together with other world leaders to attend the second BRI convention.

The Chinese president reiterated the need for the two nations to continue promoting mutual trust and understanding, as well as a mutually-beneficial relationship.

Ethiopia Harnessing big from her economic engagements with China:

Ethiopia’s economic engagement with the Chinese is multi-faceted. Between 2000 a


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