| Egypt Asks the 1959 Colonial Agreement to be Springboard for Impact Assessment
October 21, 2017 - During the Tripartite National Committee (TNC), which includes Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt requested to use the 1959 colonial water sharing agreement signed between Egypt and Sudan, as a springboard when an impact assessment is conducted, according to the Ethiopian reporter .
Egypt made the request at the TNC meeting that was held in Addis Ababa in the middle of this week. It was the 16th meeting that the Committee held at Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa.
The request was blatantly dismissed by Ethiopian authorities. The 1959 agreement between Egypt and Sudan gives the 56 billion cubic meters s
| UN Relocates 15,000 Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia
October 20, 2017 - The UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), has relocated over 15,000 Eritrean refugees from Tigray Region of Ethiopia. In cooperation with the Ethiopian government and the UNHCR, IOM has medically screened and transported newly arrived Eritrean refugees from the Reception Centre in Endabaguna/Shire to four refugee camps in the North of Ethiopia, reports IOM.
“Currently IOM is relocating an average of about 100 persons per day which represents an increase in what has been the most continual refugee flow into Ethiopia in 2017,” said Khatab Khalid, the head of IOM Ethiopia&rsquo
| Egypt to Implement “Two Children only” Policy
October 20, 2017 - The Northern African nation, Egypt, announced this week the implementation of a plan to control the nation’s booming population rate under a campaign called “Egypt development: Two children only.” Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin met this week with Egypt’s governors to announce the plan to control population growth in each province, while studying the demographic situation of each governorate and possible mechanisms for birth control.
Fighting illiteracy, unemployment and poverty were discussed as ways to tackle the population boom.
The plan as yet does not mention applying a strict
| Ethiopia Responsible for 3% of Newborn Deaths in the World - UN
October 20, 2017 - According to a recent study released by the UN, Ethiopia is among the five countries — Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and India — responsible for half of all newborn deaths in the world. The report, "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017", revealed that 5.6 million children died before reaching the age of five in 2016.
However, this is a marked decrease compared to 2000 when nearly 9.9 million children had died before turning five. Despite the progress, neonatal deaths — defined as deaths during the first 28 days of life — accounted for 46 per cent or 7,000 deaths every day. Another 2.6
| South Sudanese Rebel Groups Clash Near Ugandan Border
October 19, 2017 - South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other this week in a strategic area near the Ugandan border leaving at least three dead, reports Reuters. The clashes between the south Sudanese factions broke out on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kajo Keji between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.
Kajo Keji is a key conduit for rebels moving east and west and an entry point for supplies from Uganda.
South Sudan’s civil war, triggered by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Machar, has plunged parts of the world’s youngest nati
| Saudi Arabia Expresses Interest to Open New Chapter in Relation with Ethiopia
October 18, 2017 - Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Ethiopia Abdullah Faleh Alarjani says Ethiopia is one of the potential beneficiaries of his country's economic restructuring plan, Vision 2030. According to the Ethiopian Herald report, Saudi Arabia considers Ethiopia as among the primary destinations for its agricultural investments capitalizing on the geographic proximity and rich potentials.
Saudi appreciates Ethiopia's success in registering remarkable economic growth in a short period of time. In 2016, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030 that reduces country's reliance on oil revenue th
| Egypt Concerned Over Delays in Ethiopian Dam Impact Study
October 18, 2017 - During a meeting of water ministers of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Egypt voiced concern over “delays” in concluding the recommended study on the environmental impacts of Ethiopia’s multibillion dollar hydro-dam project.
“Egypt is very concerned with the delays in the joint study recommended by the IPOE [International Panel of Experts],” Mohamed Abdulati, Egyptian minister of water and electricity, said in a speech ahead of Tripartite National Technical Committee’s (TNC) meeting.
Since the $4.8 billion hydro-electric dam project near the Sudan border
| Ethiopia Hosting 2017 Global Green Growth Week Conference
October 18, 2017 - Ethiopia is hosting 2017 Global Green Growth Week Conference, reports Ethiopian News Agency. At a joint statement made by Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Minister Dr. Gemedo Dalle and Global Green Growth Institute Director-General Frank Rijsberman, it was stated that Ethiopia’s leading role in establishing green economy has served as a criterion to choose Ethiopia as a host.
He appreciated Ethiopia’s effort to expand hydro-electric power as a means of energy source which contributes less carbon emission to the environment.
The Director-General stated that his organization is working to brin
| Egypt Irrigation Minister to Visit Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
October 16, 2017 - Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati flew to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). According to Al-Ahram news, the minster will also take part in a tripartite ministerial meeting on technical studies related to the dam.
The visit is organized by the Ethiopian government, whereby the Egyptian minster will observe construction work and explore technical details related to the work of the tripartite technical committee with Ethiopia and Sudan.
According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Abdel-Ati will take part in the meeting with a view t
| 10 Things Americans Fear the Most in 2017
October 16, 2017 - Christopher Bader of Chapman University, which has released its fourth annual Survey of American Fears, notes that there has been a marked shift in American public fears in 2017. "Environmental fears" are prominent in the 10 biggest fears of Americans for the first time. In fact, four of the top 10 fears are environment related.
For the third year in a row, "corruption of government officials" took the top spot. But pollution of drinking water and oceans appeared in the top 10 for the first time, as did new fear "TrumpCare," which took the runner-up spot nabbed by "terrorist attacks" i
| Eritrean Athlete Gets Banned, Stripped of Titles
October 15, 2017 - Eritrean world distance mountain runner and champion, Petro Mamu, has been banned for nine months and stripped of his titles after testing positive for doping after two world championships he won in July in Premana, Italy, reports Africa news.
The Eritrean athlete tested positive for a substance used as medication for Asthma. His ban started September 19 while all results and titles won from July 30, 2017 have been cancelled, the IAAF announced in September.
The nine-month ban was reduced from two years for his admission of guilt and co-operating with the IAAF, they added.
The World Mountain Running Association
| Ethiopia to Chair Nile Basin Initiative
October 13, 2017 - Ethiopia will chair both the Nile Council of Ministers and the Nile Technical Advisory Committee of the Initiative for the next one year, taking over from Uganda.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Dr. Eng. Sileshi Bekele, has become the new chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers replacing Uganda’s Sam Cheptoris.
The changes in leadership are in keeping with the NBI tradition of annually rotating the position among member states.
The changes came during the meeting of the 25th Nile Council of Ministers of Water Affairs (Nile-COM) held in Entebbe, Uganda on Thursday. The Mini
| Pittards Takes 1.3 Million USD Hit from Ethiopian Currency Devaluation
October 13, 2017 - Pittards, the AIM-traded leather producer company, noted the Ethiopian government 15% devaluation in the currency would have "no adverse effects" on its trading performance, although there would be some adverse balance sheet adjustments arising on the consolidation of the Ethiopian assets at the year end.
The company stated that it currently estimated that those adjustments would amount to approximately 1.3 million US dollars.
"In overall terms this is a positive development for Pittards as the devaluation will make its operations in Ethiopia more competitive," its board said in its statement.
| Kenya Concerned About Mass Relocation of Flower Farms to Ethiopia
October 13, 2017 - Prolonged labor disputes and high cost of production are driving flower farmers out of Kenya, reports standard media. According to Kenyan government officials, unending strikes by workers agitating for higher pay against the backdrop of a shrinking market had seen flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia.
Kenyan officials also noted that talks between farmers and other players should be initiated to chart the way forward since the flower sector was crucial to Kenya’s economy. Addressing the press during the 21st human resource management workshop in Naivasha, Mr Kinyanjui said labour was the main point of concern for farme
| European Investment Bank Unveils Plan to Support Equity Investment in Ethiopia
October 12, 2017 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has unveiled a new plan to support private equity investment across Ethiopia. The EIB’s USD 10 million participation represents the first backing for an Ethiopia focused fund. EIB Vice President Fayolle this week visited Ethiopia on a two day visit. During his stay in Ethiopia he met business leaders, entrepreneurs and diplomats, as well as Ethiopian government officials and representatives of the Economic Commission for Africa.
“The European Investment Bank is committed to fostering private sector investment across Africa. Our first support f
| Ethiopia Commends End of U.S. Sanctions on Sudan
October 11, 2017 - Ethiopia welcomed lifting of U.S. economic sanctions that were imposed on Sudan for the past 20 years. Ethiopian government praised the US government decision as the two countries are further strengthening their bilateral ties. “Sudan is more than a neighbor; we have a great deal in common with our strategic relationship built on close people-to-people relations”, stated Ethiopian Ministry of foreign affairs.
“It has long been apparent that these have caused unnecessary and considerable problems to the Sudanese people, limiting the country’s developmental progress” said the statement that
| Ethiopian Airlines Named Airline of Year 2017 for Middle East and Africa
October 10, 2017 - Ethiopia’s Flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has been recognized as Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year 2017 by Airline Economics. Ethiopian outperformed major airlines in the Middle East and Africa to win this prestigious award.
Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked; “It is a tremendous honour to be recognized as Airline of the Year and to stand out from among the major Middle East and African carriers thru a vote of the readers of one of the most renowned aviation magazines, Airline Economics. Although I am very happy by the several awards and recognitions
| Ethiopia, Sudan to Deploy Troops Along Common Border
October 10, 2017 - Ethiopian and Sudanese officials have called the deployment of joint forces along the border between the two countries to fight smuggling, human trafficking and outlaw gangs. Despite the strong ties between Sudan and Ethiopia, there are serious criminal activities in the border areas including smuggling and human trafficking to reach Egypt and Libya through the Sudan.
In a joint meeting in the Ethiopian city of Bahr Dar, the security committee of Sudan’s Gedaref state and Ethiopia’s Amhara region agreed to recommend to their respective national governments to approve to the deployment of joint forces along the bo
| Czech Republic Pledges to Increase Assistance to Ethiopia
October 8, 2017 - Czech's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Karel Hejč , expressed that Czech Republic will further strengthen its support to Ethiopia. According to the ambassador, the embassy is working to promote the investment opportunities in Ethiopia so that Czech investors could engage in the country.
Czech Republic has been supporting Ethiopia as its development partner, particularly in water supply and education, since 2001.
Since 2010, Czech has selected Ethiopia as its sole development partner in Africa and providing three million Euros annually, he said.
Czech Republic recognizes the historic r
| South Sudan Armed Opposition Group Denies Recruiting Ethiopians
October 8, 2017 - South Sudanese armed opposition dismmised reports that it was recruiting Ethiopian citizens from the Gambella region to engage in the armed conflict.
“We would like to emphasize that we do not, under no circumstance, recruit anyone, even South Sudanese citizens to participate in the ongoing armed conflicts in South Sudanese. They do, however, join voluntarily,” Puok Buluang, the armed opposition’s director for information and public relations said in a statement.
“Consequent upon this, how can we recruit foreigners if we do not enlist our own count