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Addis Ababa Renames Roundabout and Street to Honor Relations with Washington DC

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Washington-DC-Mayor-Addis-AbabaNovember 12, 2019 ( -- Addis Ababa city has renamed a roundabout and a street to honor relations with Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America. Addis Ababa city renamed a roundabout formerly called Gazebo Roundabout to “Washington DC Square” whilst the Washington DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, was paying an official visit to the Ethiopian capital. The avenue linking the square to the headquarters of the African Union has also been renamed "Mayor Muriel Bowser Street" after the visiting Mayor Bowser.

The naming comes after a host of agreements were signed between

IGAD Holds 69th Extraordinary Meeting in Addis Ababa

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IGAD-69th-sessionNovember 11, 2019 ( -- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers held its 69th Extraordinary Meeting on November 10, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Gedu Andargachew, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The session deliberated on the status of the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the way forward.

The meeting was attended by Awut Deng Acuil, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan; Asma Abdalla, the Minister for

US, WB Role on GERD Talks Limited to Assisting Negotiators - Ethiopian FM

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Gedu-Andargachew-FM-EthiopiaNovember 8, 2019 ( -- The role of United States and World Bank as observer in future talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project is limited to assisting the countries to reach a win-win solution.

Briefing journalists and Ethiopian diplomats and community in Washington DC on Friday following the conclusion of the US mediated talks between the three countries, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said the US mediated talks involve just procedures on how the three countries would resolve differences in relation to the GERD project.

US, World Bank to Observe GERD Talks

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GERD-Talks-DCNovember 7, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have agreed to resume talks in which the United States and World Bank will participate as observers on the filling and other operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

In a joint statement issued after the meeting in Washington DC, the ministers — Sameh Hassan Shoukry of Egypt, Gedu Andargachew of Ethiopia, and Asma Mohamed Abdalla of Sudan — noted the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of their countries, and "reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mu

Young African Innovators Awarded at African Innovation Week

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African-Innovation-WeekNovember 3, 2019 ( -- A total of 75,000 USD has been awarded to winners of the first forum of African Innovation Week (AIW2019). The event was successfully concluded on Saturday, November 2, 2019, by awarding the top five innovators for this year with 5,000 dollars each. 50 runner-ups have also been awarded 1000 USD each at the Innovation Week which was hosted at the African Union Commission here in Addis Ababa.

The innovators and startups had the chance to pitch their projects to judges throughout the week starting from October 28, 2019. The awardees were picked based on the scores given to them by a set of 4 judges in

Conference Calls for Economic Inclusion of Women in Africa

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women-conference-AddisAbabaNovember 1, 2019 ( -- A quarter-century after the Beijing Conference on women in 1994, delegates gathered this week in Addis Ababa at the Headquarters of the African Union (AU) to call for economic inclusion of forcibly displaced and migrant women in Africa and reflect on their situation since then.  

Participants from embassies, the AU Commission, civil society, humanitarian aid organizations and refugees all took part in Tuesday’s meeting, which was organized by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the AU Commission, as a side e

Ethiopia Accepts US-Mediated Talks on GERD

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Washington-DC-GERD-MediationOctober 31, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia has accepted an invitation from the US government to participate in Washington-mediated talks on the filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a Spokesperson for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry has disclosed.

Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt will be represented by their foreign ministers in Washington DC to take part in an American-mediated talks to be held in the coming days, Nebiat Getachew, Spokesperson of the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said in a briefing on Thursday.

He said Ethiopia will stick to its previous stands, including the dam’s filling period of not more tha

Number of Ethiopian Returnees Assisted by IOM to Double in 2019

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IOM-Ethiopian-MigrantsOctober 30, 2019 ( – The International Organization of Migration (IOM) reported this week that Ethiopian returnees from Africa’s Eastern migratory route are coming back to their country at a rate of about 1,000 migrants per month. The number of Ethiopian Returnees assisted by IOM is expected to double in 2019

Just since January this year, the IOM Ethiopia has said it has assisted 9,200 people. This represents close to a twofold increase compared to 2018, when 5,382 returnees were assisted by the international organization.  

According to IOM report, most Ethiopian returnee

Ministry of Agriculture Announces Plans to Fight Desert Locust

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MOA-fight-desert-locustOctober 30, 2019 ( -- The Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia has announced plans to fight the infestation of desert locust in some parts of Ethiopia.

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) issued this during a press statement held on October 28, 2019, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa.

According to MOA statement, the Desert Locust Migrated from Yemen through Djibouti and Somaliland where it entered Ethiopia and settled in the breeding sites in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somalia, and Dire Dawa.

Explaining the operation, Sani Redi, who is the state Minster of Agriculture, disclosed

African Innovation Week: Interview with Organizer Ashenafi Mulugeta

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Ashenafi-MulugetaOctober 27, 2019 ( -- Hundreds of young innovators from all over Africa and Nordic countries are set to take part in the African Innovation Week (AIW) 2019 being held here in Addis Ababa. IBA Ethiopia Center for Innovation is hosting the first African Innovation Week 2019 at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, along with other partners, namely FDRE Ministry for Innovation and Technology (MiNT), African Union Commission (AUC), and the Oslo International Hub (OIH). The six-day event will be featuring thematic areas that include Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship, AgriTech, Smart Cities, ShelterTech & Circular

Russia-Africa Economic Forum Held in Sochi, Russia

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Russia-Africa-Summit-2019October 24, 2019 ( -- Russia-Africa Economic Forum kicked off this week in Sochi city in Russia. The two-day forum is the first economic forum between Africa and Russia and was held starting October 23, 2019.

Russia has historical ties with several African governments, and it is often regarded favorably in some countries due to the Soviet Union’s support for independence movements in the 1960s and 1970s. However, according to many, Russia has largely failed to translate this into economic influence.

Currently, the economic connection is still relatively modest despite Russia’s strong

Continental Teacher Development Event Held in Addis Ababa

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Teachers-AfricaOctober 23, 2019 ( -- The Continental Teacher’s Development event was held in Addis Ababa from October 21-23, 2019. The event was organized under the theme “Inaugural AU Teacher Prize Award ceremony and stakeholder validation of the AU Teacher Professional Development Guidelines, and Continental Teacher Qualification Frame work.’’

The Continental Teacher’s Development event sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), EU (European Union), AU (African Union), and other stakeholders. During the event it was noted that teachers assume a pivotal role in educ

No Force Will Stop Ethiopia from Finishing GERD Project - Prime Minister Abiy

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PM-Abiy-GERDOctober 22, 2019 ( -- No force would stop Ethiopia from finishing the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said.

Responding to questions from Members of the House of People’s Representatives on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the GERD project would be accomplished on the principles of safeguarding Ethiopia’s rights and benefits, and scientific knowledge and without harming the downstream countries.   

The people of Ethiopia do not have any intention to harm the people of Egypt or Sudan, the premier said. The premie

Ethiopia Introduces New Directive to Halt Fraud in Export Business

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Misganu-Arega-state-Minister-EthiopiaOctober 21, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry has introduced a new “Export Contract Registration and Performance Directive” as part of its effort to address fraud in the country’s export business.

Briefing journalists on Monday, October 21, 2019, State Minister of Trade and industry Misganu Arega said the absence of legal document that governs the export business has left a significant number of Ethiopian exporters engaged in unfair competitions and setting lower prices to the country’s export items at international markets.

Reports reveal that Ethi

Kenya, Ethiopia to Explore Bilateral Grain Trade Opportunities

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Eastern-Africa-Grain-CouncilOctober 21, 2019 ( -- A Kenyan delegation will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 22 to 25, 2019, to explore business opportunities for grain trade and processing between Ethiopia and Kenya.

Organized by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), the delegation will comprise of grain traders and processors, government officials and logistics companies to facilitate access to key economic and grain trade policies for optimal transport routes and indicative costs solutions respectively.

The mission will include a business-to-business meeting in Addis Ababa

Egyptian Proposal Can Cost Ethiopia up to $5 Billion Annually - Ethiopian Minister

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GERD-EthiopiaOctober 18, 2019 ( -- Egyptian Proposal Can Cost Ethiopia up to $5 Billion Annually, says Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Sileshi Bekele. According to his statement, Ethiopia would incur as much money as the cost of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) every year if it accepts Egypt’s new proposal on the filling and releasing of water into/ from the controversial dam.

Egypt’s recent proposal among other issues requires Ethiopia to release 40 billion cubic meters of water to downstream countries every year and to keep the wate

Ethiopia Drafts Law Containing Death Penalty to Combat Human Trafficking

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human-trafficking-EthiopiaOctober 16, 2019 ( -- The Office of the Attorney General of Ethiopia has prepared a new draft bill introducing harsher penalties including death against human traffickers and migrant smugglers. The draft law contains a number of penalties, ranging from imprisonment to death penalty.

Tempted by job prospects abroad, many migrants use smugglers for a trip where too many end up falling prey to trafficking. They face unimaginable hardships - from abductions, attacks, hunger and dehydration on the route, to physical, sexual, psychological abused restriction of movements, death, and denial of salaries at the de

Finland President Sauli Niinistö in Ethiopia on Two-Day Official Visit

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Finland-President-visiting-EthiopiaOctober 15, 2019 ( – The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö is in Ethiopia on a two-day official visit. He arrived yesterday in Addis Ababa welcomed by Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde.

Upon his arrival, the President met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde to discuss political, economic and social bilateral integrations among many other things.

Expressing her pleasure welcoming the Finland President, Sauli Niinisto, whose visit to Ethiopia is the first to the Continent, President Sahle-Work called for strengthened relations between the t

Ethiopia Dismisses Reports of Capacity Reduction of GERD

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Kifle-Horo-GERDOctober 15, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian government dismissed reports that the installed generating capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be reduced.

Speaking to journalists, the CEO of the GERD Kifle Horu said the number of turbines that will be installed at GERD project will be downsized from 16 to 13 and that would not affect the dam’s projected generating capacity.

Africa’s biggest hydro power dam being built on Abay River (Nile) was supposed to have 16 turbines, each with the projected generating capacity of 15,670 Giga Watt of electricity per year.

“After a

Ethiopian Airlines Giving Remains of Crash Victims to Families

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ET-302-crashOctober 15, 2019 ( – Ethiopian Airlines is giving the remains of those who lost their lives in the recently crashed Ethiopian airplane to their respective families.

The crash occurred on March 10, 2019, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight number ET 302 departed from Bole International Airport with destination to Nairobi, Kenya.

Just 6 minutes after takeoff, Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed in the Bishoftu plains, killing all 157 passengers on board.

More than 30 nationalities are among the dead, including Ethiopian Nationals. The disaster had shocked and saddened the whole world.

Among the vi


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