| Talk of ‘African Renaissance, Fastest Growing Economies’ Misplaced - Eritrean Official
September 24, 2017 - Africa remains the most marginalized of all continents, and therefore talk of an ‘African Renaissance’ and of ‘fastest growing economies’ is misplaced and premature, Eritrea’s top foreign affairs official told the United Nations General Assembly. Eritrean minister for Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed also noted that processing of primary products, value-addition, industrialization, technology development barely exists. African economies, physical and social infrastructure, institutional and governance structures, peace and security architectures remain undeveloped.
“We should not
| Ethiopian Jew Danielle Daseta to Represent Israel at UN
September 24, 2017 - Ethiopian Jew, Danielle Daseta, is going to represent Israel in the UN, reports Ynet news. Danielle started her career in diplomacy while she was studying for a bachelor's degree in governance and diplomacy, participating in the "Israel@heart" leadership program for Ethiopian Jews.
After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danielle spent a long time working on hasbara (public relations). She participated in hasbara-centric delegations to American and Canadian campuses and was the Jewish Agency's emissary to the University of San Diego
| Egypt Concerned over Slow Pace of Technical Studies on GERD
September 23, 2017 - Egypt expressed concern over what it says is the slow pace of work on technical studies in relation to Ethiopia’s flagship dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Egyptian officals raised the concern during a meeting with Ethiopian foriegn minster Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu in New York on the sideline of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
There is an ongoing dispute over the GERD project especially its impact on water distribution of the River Nile. The issue affects both countries as well as Sudan. Shoukry said all parties needed to meet to share res
| AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries Urge International Community for Support
September 22, 2017 - Leaders of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi urged the international community for support during troop contributing countries meeting, which was called by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Leaders of AMISOM troop contributing countries noted that financial constraint is becoming a hindrance to the smooth operation of the peacekeeping mission and called upon the international community to support AMISOM so that it would carry out its mission effectively.
Enabling the gradual handover of its security responsibility to Somali security forces; reducing the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups, are among the strateg
| Ethiopia Committed to Strengthen Relations with Egypt - FM
September 22, 2017 - Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), expressed the need to strengthen the long-standing ties between Ethiopia and Egypt. In his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in New York on Friday, Gebeyehu called for strengthening ties between the two African countries, according to a statement issued by the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
According to the statement, the two foreign ministers discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest and the areas of discussion revolved around strengthening coo
| Donald Trump to Send Nikki Haley to South Sudan and DRC
September 21, 2017 - U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports VOA. The president said Haley would "discuss avenues of conflict resolution and, most importantly, prevention."
"We're closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo," Trump said in a lunch meeting Wednesday with African leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
"Millions of lives are at risk and we continue to provide humanitarian assistance, but real results in halting this catastroph
| Exiting Indian Flower Grower Demands Compensation from Ethiopia
September 21, 2017 - The giant Indian flower grower company, Karuturi Global Ltd., demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit from Ethiopia. Karuturi wrote a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the Ethiopian government of nationalizing its farming investments and said it should be given “adequate and appropriate” redress.
“We stand tired and defeated and wish to exit Ethiopia,” Karuturi said in the letter, citing a government decision to “unilaterally and illegally cancel our investment and trade license.” The company
| Rebels Kill 25 in South Sudan Attack
September 20, 2017 - Rebels in South Sudan attacked government forces in Unity State, where oil fields have been abandoned due to fighting, and 25 people including civilians were killed, reports Africa news.
South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after protracted bloodshed, fell into civil war in late 2013 with troops loyal to President Salva Kiir fighting those of the ex-vice president he sacked, Riek Machar.
Those killed during Monday’s fighting in the town of NhialDiu included women, elderly people and local police officers, Lam Tungwar, state minister of information of Northern Liech state, told Reuters.<
| Ethiopia, Sudan to Bolster Military Ties
September 19, 2017 - Ethiopian and Sudanese military officials are deliberating on how to enhance joint cooperation to face security challenges in the region, the Sudanese army chief of staff, General Emad al-Din Mustafa Adawi, says, according to Sudan Tribune. Several years after the unsuccessful attempt to reconcile Ethiopia and Eritrea in order to build a tripartite economic and military regional alliance, Sudan and Ethiopia developed joint economic projects and moved together towards broader regional political and security cooperation.
During a visit to Khartoum last August, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessaleg called for a regional in
| Rape Gone Rampant in South Sudan – Rights Groups
September 18, 2018 - Thousands of women fleeing the four-year-long conflict in South Sudan have been raped and sexually assaulted, reports Al Jazeera. Rights groups and South Sudanese women interviewed by Al Jazeera, mainly blame the government troops of President Salva Kiir, but also opposition forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar for the abuses.
Ken Scott, a war crimes prosecutor who has worked on tribunals for many conflicts, quoted by Al Jazeeraas saying “the sexual violence in South Sudan is the worst he has ever seen.”
"It's such a high level of incidents, widespread, been going on for a substantial peri
| Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Commits Half Billion Dollars for Ethiopia
September 17, 2017 - Taking into consideration the challenges of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlighting the prospects of the upcoming SDGs, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) revealed the commitment of USD half billion for development projects in Ethiopia. The foundation also warned the Ethiopian government that budget cuts could regress development gains.
The foundation has committed USD 500 million to assist the Ethiopia’s efforts in areas of health, nutrition, education, agriculture, livestock, financial inclusion and the like. According to BMGF’s officials, Ethiopia is one of the few countrie
| Ethiopia, Italy Sign Loan Grant Accord
September 16, 2017 - Ethiopia and Italy signed a cooperation framework that would last for three years, reports Ethiopian News Agency. Through the framework, the government of Italy will extend 125 million Euros development assistance to Ethiopia. Of the total assistance the 45 million Euros is extended in the form of grant, while 80 million Euro in the form of loan.
The cooperation framework is crucial to support the efforts of the Ethiopian government to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development. Comprehensive and sustainable agricultural development, accessibility of basic services, governance and building capacity
| Ethiopian Airlines Announces Plan for Southern Africa Market
September 16, 2017 - An outline plan for a joint-venture airline in Zambia should be signed with the government and private-equity investors in a few weeks, leading to a final agreement by November, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said in an interview. That will give Ethiopian a new hub in Lusaka serving southern Africa alongside Malawian Airlines, in which it has a stake.
Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise has started talks to found regional divisions in Zambia and Chad and aims to buy part of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national operator in a push to consolidate its lead as Africa’s biggest car
| Ethiopia, Kenya Forecasted to Outperform African Giants in FDI
September 15, 2017 - Ethiopia and Kenya might soon outshine Africa's economic giants, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt in the competition for investment, according to forecasts from Control Risks Consultancy. The report Africa Risk-Reward Index, developed by Control Risks, was released in Johannesburg.
The report noted that while Nigeria and South Africa have recovered, there are still some risks.
Ethiopia, which is one of the fastest growing countries in the continent, outperformed all African countries in the survey.
The country attracted 3.2 billion U.S. dollars of foreign direct investment in 2016. Between
| UAE Oil Giant, Adnoc, to Enter Ethiopian Market
September 15, 2017 - UAE’s oil giant Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) disclosed plans to join Ethiopia’s market. According the National report, Adnoc will sell engine oil and lubricant in Ethiopia as it seeks to expand its presence in international markets.
The new supply agreements for its Voyager branded products are with Ethiopia’s Kinsi General Trading Company. "With a population of approximately 100 million people, Ethiopia offers markets that represent a highly compelling opportunity to boost sales and further diversify our business,” said Saeed Al Rashdi, Adnoc Distribution's acting chief executive.
| Ethiopia Hosting 852,721 Refugees - UNHCR
September 15, 2017 - The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Ethiopia announced that Ethiopia received 72,890 refugees in the first eight months of 2017. According to Kisut Gebreegziabher, Assistant Communications Officer at UNHCR Ethiopia, the largest group of refugees come from South Sudan at 44,000 followed by Eritreans at 17,000 and Somalis at over 6,400.
The 72,890 refugees recorded in Ethiopia in the first eight months of 2017 have pushed the number of refugees living in Ethiopia to reach 852,721 as of August 21, making the country home to the second largest refugee population in Africa, according to UNHCR.
"Refugees from S
| Kenya Police Arrests 60 Ethiopians
September 14, 2017 - Kenyan police arrested 60 Ethiopian immigrants from a residential estate in Nairobi, according to Nairobi County police commander, Japheth Koome. The Ethiopians had arrived in the city on Sunday and were found hiding in a house.
The police have on several occasions rounded up dozens of illegal immigrants especially from Ethiopia, who have been discovered locked up in congested rooms in Kenyan towns and cities. Koome said the Ethiopians were being fed with bread and shared toilets that threatened their health, noting that investigation is underway to establish how the suspects reached the area.“The Ethiopians don’t
| US Imposes Harsh Visa Sanctions on Eritrea
September 14, 2017 - The United States of America will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Eritrea, Cambodia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport, according to Reuters.
The new policies, laid out in State Department cables and described in a department news briefing, are the latest example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
The cables, sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to consular officials around the world, said the four countries were “denying or un
| SPLM-N Delegates Meet in Addis Ababa
September 13, 2017 - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North delegation, led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu (SPLM/N al-Hilu), discussed humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The delegates from the movement have discussed the humanitarian file in two areas with western officials and aid groups in Ethiopia.
According to Sudan tribune’s report, the SPLM-N is now divided into two factions: one in the Nuba Mountains led by al-Hilu and the other in the White Nile State led by Malik Agar. The rift emerged several months ago over the right of self-determination and other issues.
In a statement extended to
| AfDB Renews Commitment to Support Ethiopia’s Energy Sector
September 13, 2017 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) disclosed that it would renew efforts to support Ethiopia’s the energy sector, as the nation better performs in the sector. During a visit to a substation in South Ethiopia, East African Constituency Board Director of AfDB, Nyamajeje Calleb Weggoro stated that the bank is satisfied with this project performance and is optimistic that it would be completed on time.
He said “So, the bank satisfied with this project. We think we will prepare to consider further request in Ethiopia’s energy sector.”
Noting that the energy sector is one