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Ethiopia to Co-host Internet Freedom in Africa Forum

By Staff Reporter

Internet-Freedom-AfricaSeptember 20, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) will be hosted this year by the Collaboration on Internet Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) alongside the Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forum will take place at the Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, from September 23-26, 2019.

According to a press release by ministry, the partnership is part of the Ministry’s digital transformation effort and aims to engage stakeholders on strategies for harnessing the benefits of new technologies. “We are thrilled to collabora

Ethiopia, Norway Commit to Support Gender Empowerment

By Staff Reporter

Norway-EthiopiaSeptember 20, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia signed an agreement with The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation on Gender Equality for Development Program on September 18, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Acknowledging Gender Equality as fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, the two parties agreed to work together for strengthening the Ethiopian System towards gender equality and female empowerment.

Taking such agreement as an important milestone, the two parties agreed that empowering young girls and boys to be able to make informed decisions for their live

8Kg of Cocaine Seized at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

By Staff Reporter

Bole-International-AirportSeptember 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Customs Intelligence Team on Thursday announced the seizure of 8kg of cocaine which was on transit at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The Counter Narcotics Operations Unit of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission recently announced that more than 186 kilogram of cocaine, 9 kilogram heroine and 1104 kilogram cannabis were seized over the past one year, mostly trafficked through the Addis Ababa Bole International airport.

According to the commission, 80 suspects from 17 countries are being charged with trafficking the stated volumes o

Horn African Region Seeing Increasing Number of Refugees - UN Official

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Refugees-EthiopiaSeptember 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The number of refugees in the horn of Africa is increasing currently, with over four million in the region and another eight million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) sheltered over several camps, mainly in Ethiopia and Uganda, said an official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

“The IGAD region is host to four million refugees, 80 percent of whom are children. Refugee hosting areas are pressured by the influx of communities and strained by dwindling resources, said Clementine Nkweta Salami at the 2nd Ministerial Stocktaking Meeting held on Wednesday in Ad

Ethiopia Rejects Egyptian Proposal on Filling of Renaissance Dam

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Dr-Seleshi-BekeleSeptember 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s new proposal demanding to release 40 billion cubic meters of the Nile water annually to downstream countries.

Egypt’s new proposal, which was forwarded during the recent tripartite talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt in Cairo, also requests Ethiopia to fill the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) more gradually, but not in less than seven years.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr Engineer Seleshi Bekele said Ethiopia rejected the proposal as it breache

Addis Ababa Hosting 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition

By Biruktayet Bihon

AU-Addis-AbabaSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition kicks off yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The congress is being held under the theme “Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa.”

The Congress which is organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the University of Nairobi, Stellenbosch University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology aims to address pertinent issues of postharvest loss reduction in the African context.

In a welcoming remark, AUC’s Commiss

UK Expresses Interest to Work with Ethiopian Airlines

By Biruktayet Bihon

Emma-Wade-SmithSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- UK’s trade commissioner for Africa Emma Wade-Smith expressed Britain’s desire to work with the Ethiopian Airlines in the aviation industry.

The trade commissioner who arrived today in Addis Ababa for an official visit to Ethiopia made her remarks during discussion with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

UK’s Trade Commissioner for Africa emphasized about the need to collaborate with one of Africa’s prestigious Airlines in aviation expansion as well as management sector.

Recalling Ethio-Britain long standing diplomatic ties, the commissioner

Interview with South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia

By Biruktayet Bihon

Ambassador-Lim-HoonminSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia and South Korea have experienced a very long and special relationship. The dispatch of Kagnew Battalion to South Korea during the Korean War is considered to be the beginning of a stronger link between Ethiopia and South Korea.

To South Korean people, Ethiopia is more than just a friendly country. The historical support Ethiopia provided to the country showed Ethiopia's firm commitment to the strong ties with the Far East Asian nation.

Based on this historical bond, the bilateral relationship between two countries has gradually developed into cooperation t

IGAD Regional Center of Excellence for Cancer to Be Built in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

IGAD-CancerSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- A regional center of excellence for cancer treatment and research which will serve IGAD member states is to be built in Addis Ababa with a projected cost of $500 million.

The cornerstone for the construction of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence (IGAD RCCE) will be laid next January. The government of Ethiopia has already pledged to provide the land and the seed money for the construction of the comprehensive regional cancer center, said Dr Melaku Game, the lead program officer of IGAD cancer center.

The burden and magnitude of the problem fro

IGAD to Take Stock of the Nairobi Declaration and Action Plan on Refugees and Returnees

By Biruktayet Bihon

IGADSeptember 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Two and a half years after the IGAD Special Summit on Durable Solutions for Refugees and Returnees, the second stocktaking meeting is to kick off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16th to 18th of September.

The meeting is reported to deliberate on the progress made since the historic Summit in 2017 that came up with the Nairobi Declaration.

The refugees’ situation in IGAD region presents an overbearing to the IGAD Member States and international community to urgently take action and share responsibility with hosting countries to respond comprehensively to the refugee crisis and of (re) integrating refu

IGAD Announces Readiness to Support Peace Between South Sudan Parties

By Biruktayet Bihon

South-Sudan-PeaceSeptember 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomed the meeting of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the leader of SPLM/A-I.O., Dr. Riek Machar Teny, in Juba, South Sudan, as part of the effort to iron out issues related to transitional security arrangements and the number of states and boundaries.

The remark was made after President Slava Kirr decided to have final face-to-face meeting with his longtime opponent and leader of SPLM/A-I.O, Dr.Riek Macher, on September 9 2019.

The East African regional body, IGAD, has been pursuing peace negotiations to resolve the conf

Ethiopian Economic Reform Agenda Very Ambitious - UN Official

By Staff Reporter

Vera-Songwe-UNECASeptember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said Ethiopia’s plan to grow from GDP per capita of 865 to 2219 is “very ambitious,” but doable, citing the success stories of China, Laos, and Vietnam.

Vera Songwe was speaking while the government of Ethiopia unveiled on Monday what it described as a “Homegrown Economic Reform” agenda aimed to unlock the country’s development potential and address the macroeconomic imbalance the nation has faced for some time.

However, Ms. Songwe cautioned that &qu

UNHCR, AU, Rwanda to Begin Airlifting Stranded Migrants in Libya

By Staff Reporter

Migrants-in-LibyaSeptember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Government of Rwanda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to set up a mechanism for evacuating refugees and asylum seekers out of Libya.

Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will provide protection to the refugees and others identified as particularly vulnerable and at-risk, who are currently being held in detention camps in Libya. They will be transferred to safety in Rwanda on a voluntary basis.

“The parties signed an agreement on the establishment of the facility to be established for

African Union Celebrates the AU Day

By Biruktayet Bihon

African-UnionSeptember 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) – The African Union Commission celebrated the African Union Day (AU Day) today at its Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The African Union Day which is held annually on the 9th of September commemorates the decision by African Heads of State and Government, to transition from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to the African Union.

The Sirte Declaration which paved the way for the establishment of African union has brought various amended or new agendas to be included in the system.

With a main focus of solidifying the continent with common economic structure, AU Da

Action Against Hunger Staff Members Killed in Gambella, Ethiopia

Action-Against-Hunger By Biruktayet Bihon

September 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Action Against Hunger has confirmed that two of their staff members were killed in the Gambella region of Ethiopia early Friday morning.

Team members were in transit from the organization's 24-hour pediatric Nutrition Stabilization Center in Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp when they were ambushed by armed individuals.

Two employees were killed at the scene. Action Against Hunger has suspended full operations in Gambella, but is maintaining the provision of life-saving assistance. "We are coordinating with the authorities who are investigating this attack," said Act

Ethiopia Condemns Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

By Biruktayet Bihon

Mob-south-africaSeptember 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the heinous act of violence and looting of properties perpetrated against foreigners including Ethiopians living in South Africa.

In statement published yesterday, the Ministry has expressed appreciation for the strong response made by the Government of South Africa.

“We are encouraged by the statement of the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E Cyril Ramaphosa, in denouncing these acts of violence and his promise to arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice,” the ministry said in the Statement.

Africa, Latin America Lag Far Behind in Digital Economy - UNCTAD

By Staff Reporter

David-LukeSeptember 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Africa and Latin America are trailing considerably far behind in wealth creation through digital economy, the first-ever United Nations Digital Economy Report 2019 revealed on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) report said Africa and Latin America together account for less than five percent of the world’s collocation data centers. If left unaddressed, this gap can exacerbate existing income inequalities between people living in these continents and the rest of the world, says the report.

According to the report, digital wealth

Climate Disasters Affecting Millions Across Africa - AU Officials

By Staff Reporter

Africa-Climate-SummitAugust 29, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The prevalence of climate-related disasters is unrelenting and has already affected 180 million people across Africa and resulting in loss and damages of over $22 billion and counting, African officials said.

Speaking at a special session in the preparation for African inputs to the climate Action Summit to be convened in Paris on 23 September 2019, Rural Economy and Agriculture Director at AU Commission, Godfrey Bahiigigwa said the threat of climate change to the progress of economic prosperity in Africa looms larger.

Godfrey Bahiigigwa said even though Africa has the least

At Least 40 People Drowned off the Coast of Libya - UNHCR

people-drowned-off-LibyaBy UNHCR

August 28, 2019 -- At least 40 people are estimated to have drowned off the coast of Libya in the latest boat disaster on the Mediterranean. This shocking incident has prompted UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to renew its urgent call for action to save lives.

Some 60 survivors have been rescued and brought to shore in the coastal town of Al-Khoms, around 100 kilometres east of Tripoli. A rescue operation, carried by the Libyan Coast Guard and local fisherman, has been underway since this morning and is ongoing.

“We must not simply accept these tragedies as inevitable,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the

Visiting the City of Gaborone, Botswana

By Biruktayet Bihon

Gaborone-BotswanaAugust 27, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Located at the apex of South Africa, Botswana is one of the Southern African countries with rapid and impressive economic development in the African continent.

The capital of Botswana is Gaborone. The city is a relatively young and sparsely populated town. It is said to have been built on the site of a small settlement.

The capital of Botswana moved to Gaborone after the government decided to abandon the former capital of Mafikeng due to its disadvantaged strategic location.

I recently visited Gaborone on an official capacity. I was able to see most part of the city which

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