| Ethiopian Economy to Grow 8.5 Percent this Fiscal Year - IMF
By Staff Reporter
November 7, 2018 - The Ethiopian economy is forecasted to grow by 8.5 percent this Ethiopian fiscal year which will end on July 7, 2019, according to IMF Economic Outlook for Africa.
According to the IMF’s outlook seen by Ezega.com on Thursday, Ethiopia will continue to be the fastest growing economy in Sub Saharan Africa followed by Rwanda with predicted growth rate of 7.8 percent and Senegal 6.7 percent.
Deputy Director IMF’s African Departments David Robinson told Ezega.com that Ethiopia’s growth was driven by the service sector and improved domestic and fore
| International Finance Corporation Working on Solar Power Project in Ethiopia
November 3, 2018 - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is working on solar power project in Ethiopia to generate 500 megawatt of electricity, according to the Reporter.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the private sector of the World Bank. The news comes following $1.2 Billion grant this weel to Ethiopia by the World Bank.
According to The Reporter, Sergio Pimenta, vice president of IFC for the Middle East and Africa said that IFC is running a program called “Scaling Solar” in which the development financier will scale-up investments for the production of 500MW of solar power.
| No Salary Raise for Ethiopian Civil Servants this Year - PM Abiy
By Staff Reporter
October 18, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today disclosed the government will not increase salaries of civil servants this Ethiopian fiscal year due to recurring budget deficit.
Responding to questions of MPs on Thursday, Abiy said his government has been under extraordinary spending as millions of people were displaced, fleeing violence and conflicts in different parts of the country.
He said the unfolding drought and lower income from taxes have also aggravated government’s inability to raise salaries of the nation’s 1.5 civil servants.
“Civil servants, including
| METEC to Have Reorganization, New Name
October 15, 2018 - The military controlled industrial enterprise named Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) is going to be reorganized, according to FBC report.
METEC came under hot water recently for the delay it caused to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed himself singled it out as one responsible for the project delay. METEC later lost its contract for the GERD.
Many people also accuse the organzation of using its connection with Ethiopia's military to gain unfair competitive advantage as well as a back channel for corruption and mismanagement by people connected to the military.
| 140 Million USD Adama Industrial Park Inaugurated
October 7, 2018 - Adama Industrial Park was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) on Sunday October 7, 2018, according to the Reporter.
Construction of the first phase of the USD 140 million project was completed recently.
Covering 365.5 hectares of land when fully completed, the first phase has 19 manufacturing sheds built on 102 hectares of land, according to information from the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC).
Companies like Antex Textile and Charter Venture Apparel have already acquired manufacturing space. Others are reportedly to follow.
CEO of Industrial Parks Development Corporati
| Addis Ababa City Reclaims 4 Million Sqm of Undeveloped Land
September 23, 2018 - The Addis Ababa city administration cabinet has decided to revoke lease agreements of 154 sites, totaling 4,126,423 square meters of land. The land in question have been fenced off and left unused for the past 14 years, according to FBCreport.
The administration decided to repossess sites from various entities, including investors (456,428 sqm), government offices (127,140.93sqm), MIDROC Ethiopia (549,241sqm), embassies and agencies (250,413.89 sqm), and from federal institutions, including Defense Force and Ethio-telecom (2.7mln sqm.)
Engineer Takele Uma, Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa city, said the adm
| METEC Accused of Embezzling Billions from GERD Project
By Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018 - Over eight billion birr has been embezzled from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project by Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), a senior Ethiopian official has confirmed.
Speaking to the Media, CEO of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Dr. Abrham Belay said METEC has received over 16 billion birr payment, as opposed to eight billion birr it was supposed to have received for less than 30 percent job it has done on the GERD project.
Since the launch of the project in 2011, METEC has been undertaking the electro-mechanical work of the GERD, including manufacture an
| Construction Workers Call Off Strike at Ethiopian Grand Dam Project
September 4, 2018 - Construction workers at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project returned to work after days of strike, according to FBC report.
The workers went on strike for days demanding better pays and work benefits. They reportedly started work yesterday following an agreement reached with the contractor of the project, external relations director of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), Misker Negash, told FBC today.
The contractor was hired by Italy’s Salini, the main contractor for the GERD.
Dr. Engineer Abrham Belay, CEO of EEP, successfully mediated between the workers and the contractor. The work
| Ethiopia Appoints News Manager for Grand Dam Project
By Staff Reporter
August 14, 2018 - The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has appointed Ephrem Woldekidan as Acting Project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), assuming the post of Engineer Simegnew Bekele who was found dead in his car at Mesqel Square last month.
CEO of EEP Azeb Asnake in a briefing on Monday said Ephrem’s appointment aims at sustaining the construction of the dam without interruption.
Engineer Simegnew Bekele had been serving as a project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) since the start of the construction of Africa’s biggest dam in Guba district, Benishangul Gumuz r
| Ethiopian Security Forces Seize $10M Smuggled Currency
By Staff Reporter
July 22, 2018 - Ethiopian security forces have seized nearly $10 million in currency that was being smuggled out of the country, a senior police officer disclosed on Saturday.
Zeyinu Jemal, Commissioner General of the Federal Police Commission, said the money was apprehended in the capital Addis Ababa and other parts of the country in a joint operation conducted by the Federal Police, Addis Ababa police, National Intelligence and Security Services, and Oromia police.
The commissioner said the alleged smugglers are under police investigation but did not mention how many they are.
| Ethiopia Approves $12.6b Annual Budget
By Staff Reporter
July 5, 2018 - The Ethiopian Parliament on Friday approved a $12.6 billion budget for the country’s coming fiscal year which will begin on July 8, 2018.
The budget has seen 3.6 percent increase compared to the budget allotted for the just ending fiscal year.
Responding to questions of MPs before the approval of the budget, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said significant portion of the budget will be set aside for poverty reduction tailored to financing water, agriculture, and education as well as road and manufacturing sectors.
Of the total budget, more than $3.3 billion was allotted for re
| Ethiopia Begins Extracting Crude Oil for First Time
By Staff Reporter
June 29, 2018 - Ethiopia has officially begun extracting crude oil for the first time in Ogaden region, Somali regional state, Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has announced
He made the announcement on Wednesday during his meeting with the representatives of Poly-GCL Petroleum Investment Limited which is in charge of mining the resource.
“The company will start test extraction of 450 barrels of crude oil per day as of June 28, 2018,” the Prime Minister said.
Ethiopia and Poly-GCL Petroleum Investment Limited signed agreements in 2013 to explore natural gas in the Ogaden basin.
| National Bank of Ethiopia Gets New Governor
June 19, 2018 - As part of the financial reform of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed Dr Yinager Dessie as governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), replacing Teklewold Atnafu.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr Yinager served as Commissioner of the National Planning Commission of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is currently going through liquidity crisis. The government is believed to have depleted the countries currency reserves, forcing it to plan to partially sell national assets such Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio Telecom.
| Ethiopia Facing Liquidity Crisis
June 10, 2018 - Ethiopia is said to be facing liquidity crisis due to decline of export earnings and weak tax revenue collection and foreign borrowing coming to a halt due to the country's external debt stress, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) indicate according to the Reporter. The Minster of Finance, Dr. Abraham Tekeste, disclosed this to the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) on Thursday.
According to the report, the country's trade balance continues to exhibit a large gap. Last fiscal year, the trade balance showed a USD 13 billion deficit. The c
| Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery of 100th Aircraft
June 6, 2018 - Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner on June 6, 2018, once again leading the way in fleet expansion and modernization in Africa, according to communique sent by the company.
As part of Ethiopian Corporate Social Responsibility commitments, the new aircraft has ferried medical equipment from the Seattle-based NGO, Direct Relief, to St Paulos Hospital in Addis Ababa. The shipment includes surgical stools and other medical supplies to be used for both teaching and patient care.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “It is an immense ho
| Oromia Regional State Hands Over Coal Mine to Organized Youth
June 3, 2018 - The Oromia Regional State handed over the mining concession of Yayu Coal Deposit to organized youth in the area, according to the Reporter. A year ago it striped the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) of the rights to extract and market coal minerals from the deposit.
The contested coal mineral site, located in Yayu, Ilu Ababor Zone–previously under METEC–has been operational for the past seven years. Under its ownership, the military industrial complex was using the site to originally use the raw material for Yayu Fertilizer Factory which currently is under construction.
Previous reports to the parliament i
| Ethiopian MInistry Suspends MIDROC Gold Mining License
May 10, 2018 - Ethiopian Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas has suspended MIDROC's Lega Dembi gold-mining license, according to FBC report.
Residents of Guji zone in Oromia have been complaining about environmental pollution resulting from gold mining activity in the area, which prompted the Ethiopian ministry to suspend the license.
According to the Ministry, the Company won’t produce gold until detailed study is conducted by a neutral body.
Officials from the federal up to kebele levels as well as stakeholders will take part in the study, said Bacha Faji, public relations and communications director at
| Oil, Gas Deposits Discovered in Ogaden Region in Ethiopia
March 25, 2018 - A Chinese company exploring oil and gas in the Ethio-Somali Regional State, Ogaden basin, has discovered oil and gas deposits, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.
The Chinese company, Poly-GCL, which signed petroleum exploration and development agreement with the then Ministry of Mines in November 2013, has been prospecting for oil and gas reserve in a vast exploration area in the Ogaden basin. The company is also trying to develop the Calub and Hilala gas fields found in the Ogaden basin many years ago.
Koang Tutlam (MD), state minister of the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, told The Reporter that Poly-GCL ha
| Habesh Cement Resumes Production
November 4, 2017 - Habesha Cement factory which suspended operation due to instability has resumed production, reported the Ethiopian English weekly newspaper Reporter. Habesh suspended production on October 24 after young protesters, who demanded permanent jobs, occupied the factory. The youngsters demanded permanent jobs or to be put on the company’s pay roll. The management of the company decided to shut down the cement manufacturing plant due to the protest. The Oromia Police has intervened to calm down the youth.
Following the protest, the executive management team of Habesha Cement, Woreda an
| Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to Start Power Generation
October 18, 2017 - The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), being built on the Nile, will start generating hydroelectric power in the current fiscal year, reports Ethiopian news agency. “The remaining 38 percent of the construction will be done while the dam is generating hydroelectric power", Debretsion Gebremichael, Board Chairman of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation for the Construction of GERD, said as quoted by the Ethiopian news agency.
The construction of the dam, which will be the largest in the continent and among the top ten in the world in terms of generating capacity, has reached 62