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Ethiopian Government, ONLF Leaders Meet in Asmara

onlf-ethiopia-meetingSeptember 17, 2018 - Ethiopian government met members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) in Asmara, according to Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane G. Meskel.

The Ethiopian delegation included Ahmed Shide, Federal communication minister and Chairman of the Somali People’s Democratic Party, and the newlt elected President of Somale region, Mustafa Muhumed Omer. The ONLF team was led by its chairman Admiral Mohamed Omar.

Yemane said both parties reached a common understanding on the issues discussed.

‘‘They agreed to work together peacefully to protect the interests of the p

Ethiopia, Eritrea Sign Agreement in Saudi Arabia

Ethiopia-Eritrea-Agreement-Saudi-ArabiaSeptember 16, 2018 - Ethiopia and Eritrea signed undisclosed agreement at a summit held in Saudi Arabia on Sunday in the presence of Saudi Arabia's King Salman and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, according media reports.

No details were given about the agreement. The two countries made several agreements to date, beginning with their first meeting in Addis Ababa , and subsequent meetings in Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ethiopia and Eritrea have been in hostilities for almost two decades, following deadly war in 1998-2000 that killed thousands on both sides.


US Must Strengthen Ties with Ethiopia, Support Reform - Tibor Nagy

Tibor-Nagy-US-AfricaSeptember 14, 2018 - The newly appointed assistant secretary of U.S. Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, told members of House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in Washington that Ethiopia has made historic changes, and the US should support and strengthen ties to support an otherwise fragile reform.

“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has initiated groundbreaking reforms across most every area of Ethiopian society,” Nagy said. “He deserves tremendous credit for his boldness in tackling issues previous governments have not addressed.”

Representative Chris Smith, chairman of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights an

Ethiopia Has the Highest Number of Internally Displaced People in 2018

Displaced-People-EthiopiaSeptember 12, 2018 - Ethiopia has the highest number of internally displaced people in the first half of 2018, according to the IDMC and as reported by Reliefweb.

Ethiopia wintnessed many regional conflicts over the last few years, driven by heightened ethnic and religious differences. There has been several border conlicts between Oromia and Somale regional states, between Oromia and Southern Ethiopia regional states, as well as within Sothern Ethiopia, Benshangul and Amhara regions.

Internal divisions within and the weakening of the ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), contributed

Ethiopia, Eritrea Open Borders for New Year, Hundreds Celebrate

Eritrea-Ethiopia-border-openSeptember 11, 2018 - Ethiopia and Eritrea opened their common borders for the first time in twenty years. Hundreds of people from the two countries crossed the border near Zalambesa and Burre and hugged each other and some wept as their leaders led celebrations to mark the reopening.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki visited the Debay Sima-Burre border crossing with members of their countries’ armed forces to observe the Ethiopian new year, as New York times reported. They then did the same at the Serha-Zalambesa crossing, the Eritrean information minister, Yemane Meskel, said.

Reform in Ethiopia Heartening - US Diplomat

US-Envoy-EthiopiaSeptember 8, 2018 - U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Ethiopia, Troy Fitrell, said Ethiopians need to cooperate with the new Ethiopian government so that the reform underway can attain its goals, according to ENA report.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Fitrell noted that the reform we witnessed in Ethiopia after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April is heartening.

He said the revision of the anti-terrorism and civic society proclamations as well as the return of many opposition parties and personalities to their country are encouraging.

The U.S. believes that the reform is essential for building democratic system and c

Ethiopia Receives Debt Relief from China

China-Ethiopia-MeetingSeptember 6, 2018 - China has agreed to extend debt repayment period for Ethiopia for the Addis Ababa-Djibouti cross-border railway.

According to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed which just visited China, China has pledged to extend debt repayment period for a loan from 10 to 30 years.

The two countries also held extensive discussions regarding the trade volume between the two countries and development assistance, the Premier stated.

Prime Minster Abiy was in Beijing to attend the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

“We conducted wide ranges of discussions with China especially how can we balance the trade vol

Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia to Pursue Closer Ties

Ethiopia-Eritrea-Somalia-Sign-CooperationSeptember 6, 2018 - Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali leaders held a tripartite meeting in the Eritrean capital Asmara yesterday, according to FBC report.

Following the meeting, the leaders signed a Joint Cooperation Agreement in the Eritrean capital.

They agreed to foster comprehensive cooperation that advances the goals of their peoples and build close political, economic, social, cultural and security ties.

Moreover, the three leaders agreed to work in coordination to promote regional peace and security.

They also established a Joint High-Level Committee to coordinate their

Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara Officially Opens Tomorrow

Ethiopian-Embassy-AsmaraSeptember 5, 2018 - The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, who is in a suprise visit to Asmara, Eritrea, officially re-opened The Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara.

The Ethiopian embassy in Asmara will start servicing beginning tomorrow.

Ethiopia has appointed Redwan Hussein as its ambassador to Eritrea.

Eritrea re-opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa last July.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki held brief ceremony during the opening of the embassy.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Makes a Surprise Visit to Eritrea

Abiy-Ahmed-second-visit-EritreaSeptember 5, 2018 - Making unannounced visit, Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed arrived in Asmara yesterday after quick visits to port cities of Assab and Massawa.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister visited both port cities of Eritrea, as well as the road connecting Assab to the Ethiopian border.

The current visit to Eritrea by the Ethiopian Prime Minister was not announced to the public in advance.

The event also marked the first ever docking in some twenty years of Ethiopian ship named Mekelle at the port city of Massawa.

The Ethiopian Premier is said to be happy with ongoing preparatory

Ethiopian Ship Docks in Eritrean Port, First in Two Decades

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-ship-docks-MassawaSeptember 5, 2018 - An Ethiopian commercial ship on Wednesday docked at the Eritrean port of Massawa for the first time in two decades.

The Ethiopian vessel named “Mekelle” with 166 meters length and 27 height, will be heading to China carrying 11,000 tonnes of Zinc from Eritrea.

The docking followed the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed to the port cities of Assab and Massawa of Eritrea.

The Prime Minister also visited the 71km-road that stretches from Ethiopian border to Asab port.

The commencement of today’s cargo operation proves th

Ethiopia Opens Logistics Industry to Foreign Companies

Ethiopia-Logistics-OpenSeptember 4, 2018 - Ethiopian Investment Board has lifted restrictions on the logistics industry. The logistic industry which was exclusively reserved for Ethiopians such as packaging, forwarding and shipping agency services, is now open to joint ventures.

The decision by the Board also opened the provision of bonded warehouse, consolidation and deconsolidation services and allowed joint venture participation of international logistics service providers holding up to 49% or less stakes.

The decision is said to help local firms acquire world class knowledge, expertise, management, and systems by working jointly with globally reput

Ethiopia, South Sudan Sign Border Security Agreement

Ethiopia-South-Sudan-Border-SecuritySeptember 3, 2018 - Ethiopia and South Sudan signed joint border security agreement to stop the flow of arms and illegal businesses between the two countries, according to report on Daily Nation.

The two countries inked the agreement following two-day border security meeting that ended in Gambella last week.

From South Sudan side, the Governor of Boma State, Gen David Yau Yau, and from Ethiopia, Dr Gatluak Tut Khot, the President of Gambella region, signed the agreement.

“There will be joint security force in the common border between the two states to clear or dismantle anti-peace elemen

China Investments in Ethiopia Cooling Off Due to Debt Concerns

China-investments-EThiopiaSeptember 1, 2018 - After years of robust investments in Ethiopia, China is said to be cooling off due to mounting debt of the country, according to Reuters.

Ethiopia has been a top destination for Chinese loans in Africa, with more than $12.1 billion since 2000

As Ethiopia faces debt distress, the report says, there are signs that China is slowing financing to Ethiopia as doubts grow over the profitability of some infrastructure projects there.

“The intensifying repayment risks from the Ethiopian government’s debt reaching 59 percent of GDP is worrying investors,” China’s mission to t

South Africa Anti-Immigrant Mob Kills One Ethiopian, Wounds Another

South-Africa-anti-immigrant-mobAugust 31, 2018 - Ethiopian Foreign Ministry disclosed an Ethiopian national was killed and another injured in anti-immigrant violence in Soweto, South Africa.

The Ethiopian embassy in Pretoria yesterday advised Ethiopian nationals who live in Soweto and its environs to take the necessary precautions.

The injured Ethiopian is receiving medical treatment, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia (MFA).

The embassy said it is working to ensure the safety of Ethiopians living in South Africa.

Ethiopians living in the area are advised to contact the embassy. Thos

World Bank to Provide Ethiopia $1 Billion in Budgetary Support

World-Bank-Ethiopia-1BillionAugust 25, 2018 - During his first news conference since he became Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Dr. Abiy Ahmed disclosed that the World Bank has agreed to provide Ethiopia $1 billion in budget support in the next few months.

World Bank and other donor agencies suspended budgetary help following a vote in 2005 that was disputed by the opposition and accompanied by violence that killed 200 people, according to Reuters.

The prime minister said the current budgetary support from World Bank is due to the reforms taking place in the country.

Ethiopia has been facing severe foreign currency s

Ethiopian Airlines Acquires 49 Percent of Chad National Carrier

By Staff Reporter

Chad-Carrier-EthiopianAugust 24, 2018 - Ethiopian Airlines has signed a joint venture agreements with the government of Chad to launch Chad National Carrier with Ethiopian having 49 percent stake in the business and the Government of Chad retaining 51 percent.

The new Chad National Carrier is set to go into operation on October 1, 2018.

“The strategic equity partnership in the launching of the new Chad national carrier is part of our Vision 2025 multiple hub strategy in Africa, Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines," said on Friday in a statement.

“The new Chad national carrier will s

Ethiopian Premier Receives Vietnamese President in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia-Vietnam-leadersAugust 23, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the President of Vietnam, Mr. Tran Dai Quang, who arrived in Addis Ababa today.

The Vietnamese President is in Addis Ababa on a three-day state visit to Ethiopia.

Vietnam has shown keen interest of late in investment opportunities in Ethiopia. Vietnam’s state-owned telecom company Viettel is especially eyeing opportunities in Ethio Telecom, following the announcement of partial sale of the company by the Ethiopian government.

Viettel currently operates or holds licenses in African markets including Mozambique, Burundi, Cameroon and Tanzania.

Eritrea Considers Building New Port

Eritrea-New-PortAugust 22, 2018 - Eritrea is reportedly considering building a new port on its Red Sea coastline to export potash from deposits being developed there, Eritrean mines ministry official said.

Plans for the harbor signal the country’s reemergence as a potential investor destination after its surprise rapprochement with neighboring Ethiopia last month ended two decades of political tensions.

The facility could be used to ship potash from Ethiopia and adds to a series of port developments in the strategically located region by nations including Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and the self-declared Republic of Somaliland.

The port woul

Ethio-Eritrea Relations and the Challenges Ahead

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-Eritrea-PeaceAugust 21, 2018 - In any renewed relations like that happening between Ethiopia and Eritrea, every decision with economic, diplomatic, trade and people to people interactions should be handled with at most care and governed by win-win agreements.

With the election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister of Ethiopia in April this year, the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia have agreed to normalize relations, ending two decades of hostilities between their governments.

Commercial flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara resumed immediately following visits by both leaders, and various agreements have been


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