| IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South Sudan
March 28, 2017 - Concerned with the worsening of humanitarian situation in South Sudan, IGAD urged for immediate measures for smooth provision of humanitarian assistance, according to ENA.
In a communiqué issued following its 30th Extra-Ordinary Summit held on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, IGAD decided that all humanitarian corridors should be immediately opened without any condition to allow safe access to affected people across the country.
In this regard, the summit called the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for a confirmation within a week.
The leaders condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan and called o
| UN Appeals for $864 Million for Drought-Hit Somalia
March 24, 2017 - The United Nations says the $864 million U.N. humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Wednesday that "the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate." He says nearly 257,000 people left their homes between November and February and are internally displaced, and some 4,300 Somalis crossed the border into Ethiopia.
Haq says there are more than 13,000 cases of "acute watery diarrhea" and cholera with more than 300 deaths from those illnesses reported since the beginning o
| Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to Ethiopia
March 24, 2017 – Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, according UNHCR report. Hungry and exhausted, Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, and her seven young children finally reached Ethiopia at the end of a desperate three-day trek over the border from Somalia.
“We walked and slept on the road,” she says, her eyes flitting nervously as she recalls the journey. “I had to leave my husband and parents behind for my children to have a fighting chance to survive.”
Aisha is amongst some 4,300 Somali refugees who hav
| Ethiopia Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Group
March 23, 2017 - The Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved membership of Ethiopia and other 12 applicants to join the Bank, according to ENA.
The announcement would bring the total membership of the bank to 70, the website of AIIB indicated.
“The interest in joining AIIB from around the world affirms the rapid progress we have made to establish the bank as an international institution," the website quoted Jin Liqun, President of AIIB as saying.
“I am very proud that AIIB now has members from almost every continent and we anticipate further applications being consi
| NASA AI First to Spot Early Changes in Ethiopian Volcano
March 23, 2017 - Artificial intelligence can help satellites and other spacecraft observe interesting phenomena before humans even spot them. Case in point: NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft started capturing images of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano as soon as it developed a new fissure in late January, according to engadget.com. Volcanologists are keeping a close eye on Erta Ale, since it's one of the handful of volcanoes with lava lakes at the summit. They sent in requests asking NASA to use its Earth Observing-1 satellite to snap photos of the eruption, but by that time, the images were already available.
EO-1's AI cal
| Ethiopian Diaspora Continues to Support GERD
March 21, 2017 - Ethiopians Diaspora from different part of the world has warmly welcomed the launching of the construction of the dam, said Diaspora Engagement Affairs Director-General, Demeke Atnafu, according to ENA.
He added that they considered their participation in the development programs of the nation as the source of their pride, identity and self assurance as citizens.
According to the director, almost all Ethiopians living abroad converged around the construction of the dam by casting aside all the differences they have among themselves.
“It was for the first time when the Ethiopians livin
| World Bank Announces Record 57 Billion USD to Finance Sub-Saharan Africa
March 21, 2017 - World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim yesterday announced a record 57 billion USD to finance Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years, according to ENA.
The bulk of the financing 45 billion USD will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for poorest countries.
The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated 8 billion USD in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and 4 billion USD in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and D
| Ethiopia, Tanzania Top Recipients of Indian Line of Credit
March 19, 2017 - Following the pledge made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the third India-Africa Forum to extend a total of 10 billion dollars in the form of concessional credit to African countries, the Export Import (EX-IM) Bank of India and Indian government has placed Ethiopia among the top recipients for a Line of Credits (LoCs) to the tune of 1.004 billion dollars, according to the Reporter. The top recipient was Tanzania with LoC of 1.115 billion dollars. The line of credit is suppored to be disbursed in the coming five years since the summit.
Speaking at the 12 CII-EXIM Ba
| Ethiopian Envoy Visits South Sudan for Talks on Abducted Children
March 17, 2017 - South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that gunmen from the Murle tribe in Boma State had carried out an attack on Ethiopia’s Gambella region and fled along with dozens of children, according to Radio Tamazuj report. An Ethiopian envoy was in Juba on Thursday to find the abducted children and discuss security issues long the common border between the two countries, the report adds.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mawien Makol Ariik, said the local authorities in Boma state informed the national government that a group of gunmen from the area
| UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Visits Ethiopia
March 17, 2017 - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his country is interested in promoting development and investment ventures with Ethiopia, according to ENA.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has conferred with the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in his office.
The foreign minister said on the occasion that UK wants to work together with Ethiopia by supporting its activities in development and investment.
“We are talking about two great countries, Ethiopia and the U.K, and our bilateral relations on development and investments. Ethiopia is a great country with bright future and has a greater capacity in her gifte
| President Mulatu Bids Farewell to Outgoing AUC Chairperson
March 14, 2017 - President Mulatu Teshome bid farewell to the outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today at the National Palace, reports ENA.
During the occasion, the outgoing Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that she tried to facilitate the situation to build a better Africa that everybody wants during her tenure.
“We think in the four and half years, we were able to galvanize Africans in all sectors to reflect on the Africa we want”, she said.
To create better Africa that everybody wants, Zuma said that she tried her best to carry forward the m
| Ethiopian Airbus A350 to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day
March 9, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines will be part of the annual Global Greening initiative of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2017, according to Stat Trade Times.
As part of the "Greenification of the World" campaign, launched by the Irish Tourism Board eight years ago, Africa’s first Ethiopian A350 will join a string of world landmarks in this campaign, including: New York’s World Trade Center, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via in Barcelona, Pozzo di San Patrizio in Italy, Matsue Castle in Japan and the Diamond Bridge in South Korea.
The A350 XWB is one of t
| Egypt Following Sneaky Strategy Against Ethiopia - Report
March 6, 2017 - In an exclusive interview with South Sudan News Agency, a former Ugandan intelligence agent said the Egyptian government is actively pursuing a sneaky military strategy against Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Further Egypt is also assisting South Sudanese government in its war against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), the report claims.
James Moises, the former intelligence operative alleges that Egypt and Uganda mutually agreed last year to achieve what he described as “two different interests. Moises went into details, explaining why Uganda and Egypt joined force
| Nestle Considering Setting Up Manufacturing Plant in Ethiopia
March 5, 2017 - Operating over 2,000 brands across the world with one billion units’ sales annually, Nestle announced that it is considering Ethiopia to be one of its manufacturing destinations in the coming years although a final decision is yet to be made on setting up the manufacturing plant, according to FBC.
Wosenyeleh S. Fikre, cluster manager of Nestle for the Horn of Africa and the Equatorial African Region, told The Reporter that the Swiss transnational foods and drinks company, headquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland, has plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Ethiopia where it is identifying untapped opportunities for the future.
| Ethiopian Prime Minister in Uganda on Three Day State Visit
March 2, 2017 - Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn arrived in Uganda for three-day state visit and held bilateral talks with President Yoweri Museveni, according to FBC.
During the talks, the two leaders agreed on several issues, including to further discuss on the use of the River Nile waters under the auspices of the Nile Basin summit.
They agreed to work together in the stabilization of South Sudan using the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is currently chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Both sides also agreed to continue working together to create an enabling environment for Somal
| Eritrea Denies Involvement in Alleged Plan to Attack Ethiopian Dam
March 2, 2017 - Eritrea has denied any involvement in an alleged plan to attack Ethiopian dam, according to report in Newsweek. The dam is set to become the biggest hydropower dam in Africa.
Ethiopia’s deputy government spokesman, Zadig Abrha, told the state-run Fana Broadcasting Corporation that 20 members of an Eritrean rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement—had been apprehended while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Abrha said that Ethiopian security forces killed 13 of the rebels, while seven fled int
| 5th Africa Business Forum Opens in Addis Ababa
March 1, 2017 - The 5th Africa Business Forum, one of the bi-annual gatherings in Africa and the Middle East, opened today in Addis Ababa, according to FBC.
The forum attracted high government officials, more than 100 heads and representatives of business companies from different countries as well as ambassadors of Nigeria, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among others.
Speaking at the opening, State Minister of Industry of Ethiopia, Dr Mebrhtu Meles, said business and manufacturing companies in Africa need to strengthen their relations each other to enter to the global market in addition to Africa.
| Ethiopia: Refugee Influx Expected to Rise Sharply
February 28, 2017 - The number of refuges entering Ethiopia is expected to increase sharply due to a severe drought affecting South Sudan and the Somali region, according to Capital report. According to the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), since September 30th and throughout the month of October 2016, Ethiopia has received 58,000 refugees.
“We are currently working on a contingency plan; we expect more refugees to come due to the severe drought that is currently affecting South Sudan,” said Zeynu Jemal, Deputy Director of ARRA.
During a workshop organized to launch the Regional Development and
| Ethiopia, Liberia Agree to Work Together in Multiple Areas
February 28, 2017 - Ethiopia and Liberia have agreed to cooperate in social and economic development areas., according to ENA
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf held discussion here today.
The leaders, who conferred on enhancing further bilateral relations, have agreed to cooperate in economic and social development spheres.
The agreements signed between the two countries will help them to work together in areas of technical and vocational education, health, livestock and fishery resources as well as industrial development, it was indicated.
| G-24 Nations Meeting in Ethiopia This Week
February 27, 2017 - The first Technical Group Meeting (TGM) of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty Four (G-24) opened here today, according to FBC. The G-24 is composed of 24 countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean countries.
Developing countries need to assert greater policy space to experiment with alternative strategies that structurally transform their economies, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) said.
The TGM will focus on key areas related to investing in infrastructure and managing structural transformation as well as mobilizing domestic resources for development and international tax cooperation