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Ethiopian Force Ambushed by Al-Shabaab; Massive Response Expected

Al-Shabaab-Attack-EthiopiaJanuary 19, 2019 ( - Ethiopian National Defence Forces were ambushed by al-Shabaab forces in Somalia this week, according to AP report. Ethiopia is preparing for a massive offensive in return.

The Ethiopian forces were on peacekeeping convoy in Somalia when the attack by al-Shabaab happened. According to reports, the ambush occurred when the Ethiopian convoy was traveling from Burhakaba to Baidoa in Somalia's southwest.

Al-Shabaab claimed several Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for the deadly hotel assault in Nairobi and deadly attacks on forces inside Somalia

Trends Shaping Business in Africa in 2019

Business-in-Africa-TrendsJanuary 14, 2019 ( - The economic outlook of some of Africa’s signature economies didn't inspire confidence in 2018. Angola and Nigeria have just recovered from a recession triggered by a decline in oil prices. And for the first time in a decade, South Africa experienced a recession.

But away from these economic giants, there are emerging global trends and emerging powers that provide the prospect of new stories in the continent.

In 2018, Countries like Ethiopia, Djibouti, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Tanzania featured among the fastest growing economies globally. According to the World Bank, sub-Sahar

Ethiopia Bears the Burden after Peace with Eritrea

Ethiopia-Eritrea-Border-OpeningJanuary 12, 2019 - Since the signing of the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea in July, Eritreans have crossed over into Ethiopia in huge numbers. This has not only overwhelmed Ethiopian authorities but also has put the country under a lot of pressure due to the huge influx of asylum seekers.

The country is struggling to cope amid fears the recent partial closure of the border crossing on Eritrea’s side could again be made permanent.

Local authorities estimate more than 25,000 Eritreans have crossed into Ethiopia since the border was opened in September 2018. Those who arrive in Ethiopia cite different

Africa in Desperate Need of Visionary Leaders

Africa-visionary-leadersJanuary 12, 2019 ( - African visionary leaders are few and far between. The great majority are the same: corrupt, incompetent and dictatorial. Many Africans are fed up with the type of leaders they have. The reason for this is apparent. Most of these leaders have done little to improve the welfare of their people, who languish in poverty while they and their cronies live in opulence. But why is Africa failing?

It is well known that politics is a driver of the economic progress of a country. In the book dubbed ‘Why Nations Fail’ Robinson and Acemoglu affirm the major difference between developing and developed nation

Congo Elections: Felix Tshisekedi Emerges Victorious

Felix-TshisekediJanuary 10, 2019 ( - Felix Tshisekedi, the presidential candidate of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s chief opposition party was declared the winner in the hotly contested election, held on the 30th of December 2018.

The result which was announced early Thursday morning means for the first time since attaining independence from Belgium in 1960, DRC will have the first ever electoral transfer of power.

The outcome came as a shocker to many, especially the observers, who thought the electoral body would ensure the ruling party’s candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, would emerge victorious in the polls.

Gabon Failed Coup: A Sign of Underlying Problems?

Gabon-Coup-AttemptJanuary 10, 2019 ( - On Monday morning, the world woke up to news of an attempted coup in Gabon. But the government forces acted swiftly, killing two suspects and arresting eight others in the process. They took over the state-owned radio station in an attempt to end Bongo’s family dynasty that has lasted 50 years.

The government spokesperson -Guy-Bertrand Mapangou- announced the loyal forces regained control of the radio station after killing two and detaining other perpetrators of the heinous act of treason.

The coup organizers claimed they intended to restore democracy in the oil-rich country, where the ailing president&

Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea Open Oumhajir-Humera Border

Debretsion-Isaias-OmahagerJanuary 8, 2019 ( - The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have officially opened Oumhajir-Humera border yesterday.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki were among the dignitaries, as were the deputy administrator of Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, and the Administrator of Amhara region, Gedu Endargachew.

According to the sate media, Ethiopian News Agency, the border was opened to grow people-to-people relations on both sides and facilitate cross-border trade.

This opening of the Oumhajir-Humera border is the continuation of normalizing of Ethio-Eritrea relations, ENA reported.<

Peace Deal Strengthened Isaias Afewerki

Isaias-Afewerki-Abiy-AhmedJanuary 6, 2019 ( - To many people, Isaias Afewerki’s regime was totally forgotten in recent years before Abiy Ahmed arrived for him and his economically crippled country. On the 5th of June 2018, Ethiopia announced it would abide by the year 2000 Algiers peace agreement that brought the border war with Ethiopia to a halt.

The peace deal awarded several disputed territories to Eritrea, including the hotly contested town of Badme.

For a long time, Ethiopia refused to withdraw its troops from these territories, hence making border demarcation virtually impossible. But the peace agreement

Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, in Ethiopia Today

China-FM-in-EthiopiaJanuary 3, 2018 ( - The Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, is in Ethiopia today for talks with Ethiopian officials.

The Foreign Minister of Chinamet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today.

In their meeting, the Ethiopian Primier is said to have acknowledged the longstanding relations between the two countries and China’s immense contributions to Ethiopia, according to Office of the prime Minister.

In addition to infrastructure development, the Ethiopian Prime Minister sought China's assistance in new forms of technology.

Wang Yi on his part appreciated the successful reform initiatives underta

Britain Provided One Billion USD in Development Assistance to Ethiopia - Ambassador

Britain-Ambassador-EthiopiaJanuary 2, 2018 - The outgoing British ambassador to Ethiopia, Susanna Moorehead, disclosed that Britain provided about one billion USD in development assistance to Ethiopia in the last three years.

She disclosed this information while bidding farewell to Ethiopian officials and others in the capital Addis Ababa.

She said her country financed various development projects in Ethiopia, including a program that benefited 4 million pregnant mothers and children under 5.

Britain has also built a project that increased access to safe drinking water for 5 million Ethiopians, according to the ambassador.


Top 10 African Countries with the Best Business Climate

Doing-Business-in-AfricaDecember 30, 2018 ( - Africa has tremendous potential, with abundant natural resources and hardworking people. There exist a huge gap and opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.
Despite the challenges we experience, Africa has a huge potential for growth in almost all sectors.

The World Bank Group developed a ranking system called the Doing Business Index, which indicates the ease of doing business. A high ranking, which is denoted by a small numerical number, indicates a better climate and vice versa.

For the past fifteen years, the World Bank has been measuring business environments using this system. They h

Ethiopia Announces Diplomats to 19 Countries, Missions

Diplomats-appointed-EthiopiaDecember 27, 2018 ( - The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced diplomats for 19 countres and missions. This follows on the ministry's announcement earlier this year that it was working to make foreign representatives more professional, rather than political, people who can promote Ethiopia's interests abroad more effectively.

Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs formally appointed 19 individuals to various foreign outposts.

Notable appointees include Fitsum Arega, who was the Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. H

Income Inequality in Africa

Income-Inequality-in-AfricaDecember 26, 2018 ( - In September 2017, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched a study dubbed “Income Inequality Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences.” What was clear during the launch is that Africa must address the challenges of income inequality if it is to progress towards poverty reduction and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to this study, despite the economic progress we’ve made this far, highlighted by our robust GDP growth of around 5.0%, the level of poverty in Africa at 41% is still high compared to other developing continents

Libyan Authorities Discover Bodies of 34 Ethiopians Murdered by ISIS

Ethiopian-murdered-in-LibyaDecember 24, 2018 ( - The Libyan authorities discovered the bodies of 34 Ethiopians reportedly murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015, according to Reuters.

The bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by ISIS in 2015 were exhumed from a mass grave, Libyan authorities said on Monday.

Libyan government authorities discovered the existence of the mass graves during interrogations of arrested ISIS members, the interior ministry’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) disclosed.

The CID showed images of the mass grave, which is believed to be on a farm near the city of Sirte, which served

US Embassy Denies Role in Abiy Ahmed Selection

Nicholas-Barnett-Addis-AbabaDecember 21, 2018 ( - The U.S. government on Tuesday rejected allegations by Aboy Sebhat Bega, a founding member of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), that the United States was involved in the appointment of Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister of Ethiopia in March 2018.  

Aboy Sebhat Nega labelled the charges against the United States of America during a conference held at Mekele University over the weekend, dubbed Amhara-Tigray Peace Conference. The conference was chaired by Bereket Simon, who is the former Ethiopian Communications Minister and senior leader of the ANDM (Amhara National Democratic Move

Africa and The Fight Against Corruption

Corruption-in-AfricaDecember 21, 2018 ( - According Transparency International, in 2017, out of the top 20 most corrupt countires in the world, 10 of them are in Africa. The continent has long been saddled with corruption at all levels of society. In some African countries, people have to pay bribes to access basic services like healthcare, schooling, and official records, according to Transparency International. The situation is even worse at the higher level, where contracts are negotiated and awarded, big ticket items are purchased, national assets are sold, etc.

Recently, Africa embraced two crucial agendas: The 2030 agenda and the 2063 agenda. Agenda

The Ethio-Eritrea Peace: Too Soon To Celebrate?

Ethiopia-Eritrea-Peace-Too-Soon-to-CelebrateDecember 20, 2018 ( - The month of July will be significant in the history of the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia and Eritrea reconciled, signifying an end to decades of no diplomatic relations. This happened shortly after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power.

Whereas this reconciliation was welcomed by the global community, it offers a real challenge for different actors; notably Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki, a former liberation fighter turned dictator, and Abiy Ahmed, the young prime minister of Ethiopia.

Behind the scenes, religious groups, the African Union and the Unit

UNDP Urges Ethiopia to Aim for More Inclusive Economic Growth

Achim-Steiner-Administrator-UNDPDecember 19, 2018 ( - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged Ethiopia to aim for more inclusive economic development that embraces significant part of the population, according to Ethiopian Agency News report.

The Administrator of UNDP, Achim Steiner, was in Ethiopia this week on a two-day visit.

During his visit, Achim Steiner met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials.

The UNDP administrator said, Ethiopia has shown high growth rate during the past few years, however, the growth needs to be inclusive.

“Ethiopia has made a grea

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki Visits Somalia

Isaias-Visits-SomaliaDecember 14, 2018 - Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki concluded a two-day visit to Somalia today at the invitation of Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

This follows a series of meetings the two leaders had in Eritrea and Ethiopia over the last few months.

The resumption Eritrea's friendly relations with Ethiopia is believed to have paved the way for a major re-alignment of forces in the region.

Eritrea has often been accused of supporting distabilizing forces inside Somalia, such as the Al Shabaab, an organization which world powers consider a terrorist.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen the tw

Ethiopian Government Suspends Sending Domestic Workers to Gulf Countries

Ethiopian-domestic-workers-GulfDecember 12, 2018 - The Ethiopian government is said to have suspended sending domestic workers to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries, according to Gulf News.

According to the report, the Ethiopian government temporary ban applies a number of Arab countries, including all the GCC nations.

Sources at the Consulate General of Ethiopia in UAE told Gulf News that the ban started last week and it’s still in force.

The Ethiopian government and the UAE are currently negotiating a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to protect the rights of Ethiopian domestic workers in the UAE.



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