| UAE to Grant Ethiopia USD 3 Billion
June 16, 2018 - United Arab Emirates (UAE) pledged $3 billion in aid and investments to Ethiopia on Friday, according to government of Ethiopia press release. The announcement follows the warm reception the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, accorded Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia personally drove the crown prince around Addis Ababa. Abiy had travelled to both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh shortly after taking office.
The UAE will deposit $1 billion in Ethiopia’s central bank immediately to ease a severe foreign currency shortage, government spokesman Ahmed S
| Palestinian Ambassador Calls on Africa, Ethiopia to Engage in Peace Talks with Israel
May 21, 2018 - The Palestinian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nasri Abujaish (PhD), called on Ethiopia and the African Union to engage in peace talks with Israel, according to the Reporter. The ambassador noted his country will no longer accept the US as a neutral negotiator after the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem.
The Ambassador announced this during a press conference held on the 15th of May 2018, to condemn the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
“Ethiopia’s relation with the Arab world as well as being the seat of the African Union and the political capital of the continent; we accept Ethi
| Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Concludes Middle East Visit
May 21, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has concluded a three day-trip to the Middle East, visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to FBC.
In Saudi Arabia, he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salamn and held discussion on bilateral, regional, and global issues.
The Ethiopian Premier stressed the importance of protecting Ethiopians living in Saudi Arabia. The visit resulted in the release of 1000 Ethiopians from Saudi prison. There are reports that Ethiopian billionaire Sheikh Al-amoudi may also be released following lobby by the Premier.
The two sides have agreed to strengthen coope
| Ethiopian Prime Minister Receives UN Human Rights Chief
April 25, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed held talks with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at his office today, according to FBC.
The Ethiopian Premier and Zeid held discussion issues related to human rights and democratization process as well as the reforms taking place in Ethiopia.
The Prime Minister stressed that the objective of the reform was to strengthen human rights and democracy in the country.
“Building democratic system and improving the culture of democracy is not an option for Ethiopia. It is a matter of survival,” Prime Minister Dr Abi
| UN Human Rights Commissioner on Second Visit in Ethiopia
April 23, 2018 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his second official visit to Ethiopia as of Sunday April 22. He is visiting "at the invitation of the Government", his office said in a statement. "During his visit, he will also take part in a high-level dialogue between the African Union and the UN Human Rights Office."
High Commissioner Zeid last visited Ethiopia in May 2017, when he met the then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and other high-ranking Ethiopian officials and civil society members. "The Government of Ethiopia earlier this year invited Zeid to c
| Ethiopia Not Pleased with US Resolution 128
April 11, 2018 - The Ethiopian government expressed displeasure with US house resolution 128 that called for the Ethiopia government to respect human rights. According to FBC reports, the Ethiopian government has been exerting its utmost efforts to step up the protection and promotion of human rights and advance good governance as these are pillars to the democratization of the nation, the statement noted.
The statement further notes, Ethiopia demonstrated its commitment to democracy working closely with partners to advance human rights as provided in the Constitution. The government of Ethiopia remains committed to its citizens in promoting accountab
| American Companies Propose to Build Natural Gas Refinery in Ethiopia
March 11, 2018 - Two American energy firms, Greencomm and Innovative Clear Choice Technologies (ICCT), have proposed to the Ethiopian government to build a natural gas refinery plant that can process gas to liquid petroleum at a cost of two billion dollars, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.
Ethiopia has proven natural gas reserves in the Ogaden basin. Greencomm and ICCT have proposed to the state-owned Ethiopian Minerals, Petroleum and Bio-Fuel Development Corporation to establish a public private partnership that would build a Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) plant in the Ogaden basin.
Andargie Bekele, petroleum exploration an
| World Bank Aprroves $375 Million Credit for Ethiopia
March 7, 2018 - World Bank has reportedly approved $375 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support Ethiopia’s goal of achieving universal electricity access by 2025.The approved credit will directly support the National Electrification Program (NEP), which requires an estimated investment of $1.5 billion over the first five years, and provides one million last-mile household connections, the bank said on Wednesday in a statement.
Ethiopia has the second highest available generation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa with nearly 100 percent coming from renewable energy generation (mostly hydropower), and vast and mainl
| US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Visit Ethiopia
March 2, 2018 - As part of trip to several African countries, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Ethiopia the end of next week, according to Reuters. He will also travel to Chad, Djibouti, Kenya and Nigeria. This is his first trip to Africa as the top U.S. diplomat, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
During his March 6-13 trip, Tillerson“plans to discuss ways we can work with our partners to counter terrorism, advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment,” the department said in a statement.
His itinerary includes a meeting wi
| US Embassy Strongly Disagrees with Emergency Decree
February 17, 2018 - The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia released statement saying that it disagreed with Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency to calm potential unrest in the country. Ethiopia declared state of emergency yesterday following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn the day prior.
“We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression,” the US statement said.
“We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incident
| Hungary Reopens Embassy in Ethiopia
February 8, 2018 - Hungary re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia. It is to be recalled that the Hungarian embassy in Ethiopia was closed in 1992.
During the re-opening ceremony, Hungary's Foreign Affairs and Trade State Secretary Dr. Csaba Balogh said that Ethiopia is a strategic partner to Hungary in maintaining regional security in the Horn Africa, Balogh said, adding that “Ethiopia is an ally in fighting terrorism, people smuggling and illegal arms trade.”
The State Secretary lauded Ethiopia’s effort in hosting more than 1 million refugees by providing shelter, protection, job and training opportunities.
| Following US Arms Embargo South Sudan Recalls Ambassador
February 5, 2018 - Following U.S government move to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, the eastern African nation today announced that it has recalled its ambassador to US. South Sudanese government also said that the Ambassador is called for consultations, especially in response to Washington's arms restrictions to South Sudan.
The South Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry also confirmed the matter, saying the nation was looking for ways to address the situation without hurting Washington-Juba relations.
South Sudan and the US have been embroiled in a diplomatic row this year after Washington pressured the UN Security Cou
| Norway Pledges Technical, Academic Assistance to Ethiopia
January 24, 2018 - Ethiopian foreign minister, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu and his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, discussed national, regional and international issues of common interest. Their discussion mainly focused on development process in Ethiopia and ways of facilitating Norwegian technical and academic assistance in a number of sectors, such as education, health, migration, peace and security.
The two sides have also deliberated at length on Ethio-Norwegian development cooperation as well as ways of further facilitating the wider and deeper participation of Norwegian businesses in Ethiopia, especially in the
| UN Requests Ethiopia to Free More Prisoners, Loosen Anti-Terror Law
January 19, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) requested the Ethiopian government to review the status of thousands still jailed and to loosen anti-terror laws and curbs on activists and media. The UN also appreciated the Ethiopian government decision to free 115 detainees, including a senior opposition leader
The ruling party, Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has indicated that cases against some 400 other detainees held at the regional level are being discontinued. The opposition leader’s release coincides with mounting concerns over the long-term stability of one of the fastest growing economies in the region.
| Netherlands Expels Eritrean Diplomat
January 18, 2018 - The Dutch government announced its decision to Expel top Eritrean diplomat, Tekeste Ghebremedhin Zemuy, for enforcing a so-called “diaspora tax”. Over the years, the Eritrean government has faced a range of criticisms from several western nations because of its controversial diaspora tax program.
Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra stated that the Eritrean top diplomat in the country was warned to end the Eritrean’s government practice of enforcing "diaspora tax" on Eritreans living in the European nation.
"In light of the continuous intimidatio
| Greek Coast Guard Seize Ship Destined to Ethiopia
January 14, 2018 - Greek Coast Guard seized a vessel for allegedly carrying explosives to Libya.The Turkish government also stressed that the ship had permission to transport goods from Turkey to Ethiopia, not to Libya, and that Ankara has been complying scrupulously with United Nations resolutions.
The Turkish government also added that it has launched the necessary investigation into the report that the Tanzania-flagged cargo vessel Andromeda was seized by the Greek Coast Guard as it was carrying materials used for making explosives from the Mersin and Iskenderun ports of Turkey to Libya.
The investigation into
| London Police Arrest Terror Suspect Arriving from Ethiopia
January 12, 2018 - A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of terror offences at Heathrow Airport. The UK national had arrived on a flight from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts under section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006. She was taken to a south London police station where she remains in police custody. The Met said that enquiries are ongoing.
The current threat to the UK from international terrorism is "severe". This means that a terrorist attack is "highly likely".A Met statement said: "Our overriding priority is to keep the public safe by workin
| Ethiopia, UAE to Sign Overseas Labor Agreement
January 10, 2018 - Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to expedite the signing of overseas labor agreement. "Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu and Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamel, UAE's Minister of Human Resources, have underscored the need to fast-track the signing of labor agreement that was being discussed for over two years," said a statement issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Gebeyehu stressed that the signing of the overseas labor agreement "will create a viable legal framework for protection and safety of workers."
UAE is one of the major Middle Ea
| Israeli Company to Invest $500 Million in Ethiopia
January 7, 2018 - An Israeli company, GIGAWATT GLOBAL, announced plans to invest 500 million USD in Ethiopia's renewable energy and human resource development. Josef I. Abramowitz, CEO of the company announced the plan following discussions with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn alongside with the Israeli companies.
The company which is interested to invest in solar and wind power has planned to work with 10 Ethiopian universities.According to him, the project has targeted training hundreds of thousands of engineers in addition to improving power supply.
The company has already concluded agreement with
| Ethiopian President to Visit Cuba
January 7, 2018 - Ethiopia's president, Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, will start an official visit to Cuba next Monday. The Ethiopian president will hold official talks with Cuban authorities and will carry out other activities, says the press release, posted on the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
The peoples of the two countries share historic ties of friendship, built during the liberation struggles in Africa. Cuban internationalist soldiers fought alongside Ethiopian troops in the 1970s. In addition, an expression of solidarity and collaboration with that African country is the professional training of several Ethiopian youths in Cuba.