| Deepening Ties with Egypt Not Targeting Ethiopian Dam - Eritrea
May 22, 2017 - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki denied his country’s deepening relations with Egypt signify plans to disrupt Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam, according to Bloomberg.
“The claim by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam is unfounded,” the Ministry of Information said on its website, citing a May 21 interview with Isaias in the capital, Asmara.
Egypt’s government has maintained the position that Ethiopia’s construction of the hydropower dam on the main trib
| Ethiopian PM Concerned Over Reluctance of Citizens to Return from Saudi Arabia
May 21, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed concern that Ethiopian nationals residing illegally in Saudi Arabia are not returning home as expected, according to FBC.
Even if the 90 days deadline Saudi Arabia has given to all foreign nationals residing illegally in the country is drawing closer, very few Ethiopians have returned home as compared to the expected number.
The amnesty period for illegal foreign nationals to leave the kingdom without paying fines or facing legal measures started on March 29, 2017.
Noting that the deadline is drawing closer, the Prime Minister urged citizens re
| Ethiopia Rejects Egypt’s Preconditions to Rejoin Nile Basin Initiative
May 21, 2017 - Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s pre-condition to rejoin the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) some seven years after it walked out of the platform in the aftermath of the Entebbe deal, where the riparian countries agreed to abide by the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) said., according to the Reporter
Following suggestion of the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, leaders of 11 Nile riparian countries were scheduled to hold a meeting this week to discuss ways Egypt could rejoin the initiative it walked out of in protest to the CFA a
| General Electric Opens New Office in Ethiopia
May 19, 2017 - American based company, General Electric (GE), is consolidating its footprint in Africa with the official opening of GE Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa this week, according to FBC.
Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome was the Guest of Honor and was joined by Mr. Jay Ireland, President & CEO of GE Africa; Mr. Daniel Hailu, CEO of GE in Ethiopia, as well as distinguished guests from the local Public and Private sector.
The newly inaugurated facility has the capacity to host up to 60 staff members and represents a tangible commitment from GE towards a long-term partnership with its Ethiopian customers.
| China Pledges Billions in Assistance to Countries Under Belt, Road Initiative
May 16, 2017 - Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged today 8.7-billion-USD assistance for developing countries and international organizations under the Belt and Road Initiative.
At the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum where some 29 leaders were in attendance, the President outlined the most ambitious plan for the "Belt and Road Initiative".
President Xi also pledged additional 14.5 billion USD to the Silk Road Fund set up in 2014 to finance infrastructural projects for countries along the belt and road.
China will also establish up to 50 joint laboratories in countries along the belt to enhance c
| Chinese President Calls for Stronger Relations with Ethiopia
May 16, 2017 - Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said his country and Ethiopia needed to elevate bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, according to Africa News.
According to him, Ethiopia was crucial to China’s cooperation with the continent at large hence the need to upgrade ties to reflect the “strategic aspect and the high level of political mutual trust of the bilateral relations”.
Xi was speaking during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who was in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled
| Media Urged to Help in Safe Return of Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia
May 14, 2017 - Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Aklilu Hailemikael underscored the significant role media can play on the ongoing effort to ensure the safe repatriation of undocumented Ethiopian citizens to their home country, according to FBC.
He added the hardships and inconveniences during the 2013 repatriation following a violent crackdown on migrant workers after a seven-month amnesty period had expired should not be reoccurred.
To this end, added the State Minister, a national taskforce has also been established to effectively coordinate their safe return.
He added, th
| Ethiopia Officially Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
May 14, 2017 - Ethiopia has officially joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), according to FBC. AIIB aims to support development of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.
“First of all, we are very happy that you decided to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. And also we are delighted that we ratified it. Because we meant now you are a full member of this bank as of today”, AIIB President Jin Liqun said.
Ethiopia submitted its application to join the Asian Infrastructure Bank in 2015.
The President also invited Ethiopia to attend the second annual meeting of the board
| Ethiopia, Somalia Agree to Work for Closer Ties
May 11, 2017 - PM Hailemariam and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed both agreed to forge closer economic and diplomatic ties during a three day visit in Addis last week, according to Capital.
They took several steps toward cementing their relationship; committing to implementing previously signed agreements, creating a high level joint cooperation committee and working to encourage the free movement of goods and services between Somalia and Ethiopia.
They also made plans to start direct flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu and public transportation between the two countries.
| Ethiopia, World Bank Sign 108M USD Loan Agreement
May 10, 2017 - The World Bank has extended 108.10 million USD loan to Ethiopia for the implementation of the Fourth Phase of Productive Safety Net Project (PSNP), according to ENA.
The loan agreement was signed by Finance and Economic Cooperation State Minister Admasu Nebebe and World Bank Country Director Carolyn Turk.
During the occasion, State Minister Admasu said the loan will be used for the implementation of PSNP program.
It will enable to scale-up the PSNP to reach drought affected households not currently receiving any support and strengthen the response of the PSNP to core beneficiaries suffering from th
| South Sudanese Arrests Ethiopian Rebels in Juba
May 10, 2017 - South Sudanese intelligence officials have reportedly arrested six Ethiopian rebels belonging to the Unity Patriot Front in the capital, Juba, according to FBC.
The leader of the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Front (EUPF), General Thowath Pal Chay, has accused his rebel movement’s spokesperson, Colonel Pal Ojulu of allegedly being behind the group members’ detention in South Sudan.
Ojulu, however, dismissed allegations made by the rebel group leader.
“I was not aware of arrest of his groups which he formed in Juba without the knowledge of South Sudan government and re
| Emmanuel Macron Wins French Presidency Decisively
May 8, 2017 - In one of most closely watched elections in French history, pro-EU centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Macron won the presidency in a decisive victory over the far-right Front National leader. He vowed to unite a divided and fractured France.
At 39, Macron will be France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.
Macron, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 66% to Le Pen’s 34%, according to latest count
| Ethiopia, UN Working to Resolve South Sudan Conflict
May 7, 2017 - Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs, said he is working with the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations to find a durable resolution to the conflict in South Sudan, according to the Sudan Trubune.
Gebeyehu Workneh made the remarks after he held discussions with Nicholas Haysom, UN Special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan here in Addis Ababa.
The two sides discussed the current situation in South Sudan and ways to resolving the crisis.
They further conferred on regional peace and security and agreed to work together to make sure peace and security in S
| AU Calls on South Sudan Warring Parties to Stop Violence
May 2, 2017 - Concerned over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, the African Union Commission has called on the warring parties to desist from escalating violence, according to ENA.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed "deep" concern over the increasing military clashes in youngest east African nation especially in the restive Upper Nile region.
The Chairperson urged the Transitional Government of National Unity and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in the country to immediately stop fighting.
"The renewed fighting
| German Vice Chancellor Visiting Ethiopia This Week
May 2, 2017 - German delegation led by Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday for a two day-working visit to Ethiopia, according to FBC.
State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hirut Zemene, welcomed the delegation at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
During his two day stay in Ethiopia, Gabriel will meet with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other African Union officials. (FBC)
| Ethiopia, Rwanda Sign Multiple Agreements
April 29, 2017 - Ethiopia and Rwanda on Friday signed 11 bilateral agreements across multiple sectors as the two countries move to strengthen ties, according to ENA.
The agreements are in the areas of extradition treaty, mutual legal assistance, communication, information and media, youth and sports, tourism and health.
Education, culture, cooperation in prisons and correctional services, gender, women and children as well as water resources management are also among the agreements concluded between the two countries.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is in Rwanda on a three-day official visit, and Rwandan Pr
| UN Human Rights Chief Visiting Ethiopia for Consultations
April 29, 2017 - UN human rights chief, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected UN and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests, reports News24.
Ethiopia remains under a state of emergency declared in October after hundreds were killed amid anti-government protests demanding wider political freedoms.
A UN statement says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will visit the East African nation on May 2 - 4 and meet the prime minister and other officials along with civil society groups.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this mon
| US Issues Travel Warning Following Grenade Attacks in Gondar
April 27, 2017 - The United States issued a warning Thursday to its citizens about travelling to a popular tourist region in Ethiopia after a string of grenade attacks targeting hotels and homes, according to AFP report.
The US embassy in Addis Ababa said there had been four grenade blasts this month in Gondar, a city in the north known for its ancient castles.
A popular stop on Ethiopia's tourist circuit, Gondar was also the scene of anti-government protests last year that led to the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency.
"The embassy recommends US citizens carefully consider whether travel to Gondar is
| FIFA Building East Africa Coordination Office in Addis Ababa
April 26, 2017 - The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) plans to build its East Africa coordination office in Addis Ababa at a cost of 300 million USD, according to ENA report.
FIFA has agreed to open a regional office in Addis Ababa within four months, during the 39th General Assembly of CAF held last month in here, in which its president Gianni Infantino had attended.
FIFA extended the money following the request of the Ethiopian Football Federation, Wondimkun Alayu, head of the Federation told ENA.
Wondimu said that efforts are being underway to secure a place where the FIFA regional office will be b
| Addis Ababa Hosting World Hydropower Congress 2017 Next Month
April 25, 2017 - The 2017 World Hydropower Congress will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9–11 May 2017, under the theme “how to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world,” according to FBC report.
The Congress, to be held for the first time in Africa, will explore a diversity of perspectives and examine how initiatives of governments, businesses, finance, civil society and academia can advance sustainable development.
Hydropower currently provides 70% of the world’s renewable electricity, supplying more than a billion people across 152 countries.
It mitigates climat