| Ethiopia ranks 52/53 in internet penetration rate in Africa
By Ezega Staff
Addis Ababa, October 12, 2009 (Ezega.com) – The table below shows the rate of internet penetration in Africa, as estimated by Internet World Stats for the second Quarter of 2009. Among other things, the table shows the percentage of people using the internet in 53 African countries. Topping the list are Seychelles (where 36.6% of the population uses the internet), Morocco (32.9%), and Mauritius (29.6%).
In Africa, the average internet penetration rate is 6.7%, as measured in the second Quarter of 2009. In the rest of the world (world minus Africa), the average internet penetration rate is 27.7%
| Higher Education and Training in Africa – Ranking for 2008/2009
Ethiopia ranks in the bottom quartile of those surveyed in Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 1, 2009 (Ezega.com) – Africa’s standing in Higher Education remains weak. Measured by international standard, the quality of its higher institutions as well as student enrollment rates is low. The Table below shows how 31 African countries fared in the quality of Higher Education and Training in a survey conducted by the World Economic Forum. 134 countries were surveyed globally, including 31 African countries. This metric takes into account a country’s ability to provide quality higher education and training to its citizens to compete in the world economy
| Technology Readiness in Africa – Ranking for 2008/2009
Ethiopia ranks second to last of those surveyed in Africa
Addis Ababa, June 24, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- The Table below shows how 31 African countries fared in a survey for Technology Readiness conducted by the World Economic Forum. 134 countries were surveyed globally, including 31 African countries. The Technology Readiness index takes into account the use of technologies that enable a country to compete in the world effectively, including the proliferation of mobile phones, internet, satellite communications, computers and other ha
| Africa’s Most Competitive Countries for Travel & Tourism – Top Ten Ranking for 2009
Ethiopia lags behind many African peers
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 16, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) aims to measure the factors and policies that make it attractive to develop the Travel & Tourism sector in different countries. It was developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with various travel and tourism related world organizations and agencies. The index is based on three broad categories of variables that facilitate or drive Travel & Tourism competitiveness. Thesecategories are summarized into the three sub-indexes of th
| Rate of Electrification in Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 11, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- The following table shows the rate of electrification in some select African countries, as per 2007/2008 Human Development Report from UNDP. This is assuming that the most electrified countries in the world getting 100 and the least electrified ones getting 0. Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt top the list, rated almost as good as some of the most developed countries in the world. Ethiopia is rated 15 and is towards the bottom of the list. It may be worse now that even the supposedly electrified cities are going through power rationing.
Also shown in the table is HDI Rank (Human Development Index Rank). This index shows
| Doing Business in Africa: Ranking of Sub-Saharan Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 24, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- The table given below shows the ranking of Sub-Saharan African countries based on how easy it is to do buisness, according to DoingBusiness.org. The ranking is based on several metrics such as ease of starting and closing a buisness, getting permits, availability of credit line, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, etc. Countries where doing business is easy are ranked high. Confirming many other economic and social indicators, Mauritius is ranked #1. Ethiopia's position in this table (#11) is not bad, although the room for improvement is plenty.
| African-Born Population in the USA: 1.4 Million
Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopia the biggest contributors
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 17, 2009 (Ezega.com) – The table below shows the population of African-born people living in the USA during 2005-2007. The list does not include their descendants who were born in the USA. This is based on US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS) estimate for the period 2005-2007.
According to this census, the African-born population living in the USA during 2005-2007 was estimated at 1,359,788. The top three contributors for
| CoDA Launched, Seeks Strong and Unified Voice for Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 8, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- The Advisory Board for Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) officially met on March 6, 2009, at the United Nations Conference Center on the inauguration of CoDA. CoDA is a joint initiative of the Africa Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The initiative is an institutionally independent forum that aims to stimulate informal and inclusive dialogue on African economic issues between various stakeholders.
CoDA will play lobbying and advocacy role to promote the incorporation of its deliberations into the Africa Development Agenda. Fol
| Sweden’s Lundin Petroleum to sell its East African Interests to Africa Oil
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 11, 2009 (Ezega.com) - Swedish oil explorer Lundin Petroleum is selling its Lundin East Africa BV and Kenya BV to the Canadian Africa Oil Corp for $20 million. Lundin Petroleum announced this on its press release on February 5, 2009.
Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum commented "We have been very successful over the past several years in building a portfolio of exploration assets in East Africa. The strategy to grow our business in East Africa was particularly driven by the prospectivity of our exploration acreage in Sudan. In view of last years disappointing drilling results in Sudan, our Ea
| Countries with the highest HIV infection in the world – Top 10
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 10, 2009 (Ezega.com) - Based on USAIDS data for 2007, the top 20 HIV-infected nations in the world are all found in Africa. And within Africa, the most HIV-ravaged region is Sub-Sahara Africa, orphaning nearly 12 million children aged 18 years and under. Swaziland tops the list with HIV infection rate of 26.1% among adults aged 15-49 years. That means one in four adults in Swaziland has the HIV virus. This has resulted in Swaziland having the lowest life expectancy rate in the world – just 40 years.
| New AU Chair, Muammar Gaddafi, addresses AU Commission staff in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 5, 2009 (Ezega.com)- The Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, came to the African Union Commission to address the employees of the commission and urge them to work hard for the transition to the African Union Authority. Col. Gaddafi arrived at the meeting hall one hour late. The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Jean Ping, and other dignitaries accepted Col. Gaddafi at the gate of the commission. The Libyan leader signed Visitor’s book and had his photo taken with the leaders of the Commission.
The Chairperson of the AU Commissio
| Extended African Union Summit reaches no consensus on the “United States of Africa”
|ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 5, 2009 (Ezega.com) – The 12th Ordinary Africa Union summit of head of states and governments was held in Addis Ababa on February 1-4, 2009. The ordinary session focused on issues of peace, security and stability of the continent, infrastructure developments, the current global economic crisis, intercontinental conflicts, and the crises in Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also elected a new chairperson. Further, it affirmed the transformation of the Afric
| So, how much are hotels in Addis asking for AU Summit?
Staff, Ezega News - February 3, 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia