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Flashpoint on the Nile: Egypt Destabilizing Ethiopia

By Dr. Aklog Birara

Egypt-EthiopiaJanuary 21, 2020 ( -- A flashpoint in current diplomatic relations in Africa today that can potentially lead to war is Egypt’s continued assertion that it will continue to exercise its hegemony over the Nile.

Historically, Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia have been characterized by mutual mistrust and suspicion. The core policy issue behind this intractable problem is Egypt’s belief that its hegemony over Nile waters is dependent on Ethiopia’s internal ethnic and religious divisions, it's continued socioeconomic, technological, national security and defense backwardness; and its

National Interest Not Compromised by GERD Deal: Ethiopian Officials

By Staff reporter    

GERD-GeduJanuary 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia did not give away its national interest during the latest US-mediated talks in connection to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said Ethiopian Officials.

Given the fragile political situation in Ethiopia today, there have been persistent doubts by some Ethiopian observers as to whether the government has the capacity to conclude a fair agreement with Egypt, including the latest one which has raised several questions.

Briefing journalists after the tripartite talks in Washington DC, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said the

Ethiopian PM Calls for Mediation over GERD Project

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-South-AfricaJanuary 13, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate between Ethiopia and Egypt over the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project as the president takes over rotating chairmanship of the African Union Commission next month.

The premier’s request is reported as a first move by Ethiopia seeking a mediator, in addition to the involvement of third parties, namely the US government and the World Bank, on the negotiations of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam project.

The recent tripartite talks in Addi

GERD Talks Fail Due to New Demands from Egypt

By Staff Reporter

GERD-meeting-Addis-AbabaJanuary 10, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia said the latest talks with Sudan and Egypt over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Nile River ended without agreement due to Egypt’s new demands.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the latest talks held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Sileshi Bekele said the discussion ended without agreement as Egypt came up with a new proposal suggesting that the dam filling period shall be between 12 and 21 years.

“Egypt has presented an ‘unf

Ethiopia, Eritrea to Start Comprehensive Cooperation by 2020

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-Visit-Addis-AbabaDecember 26, 2019 ( -- The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have committed to launching a comprehensive co-operation and practical measures as of next year aiming at extricating the peoples the two neighboring states out of poverty.

The leaders’ commitment comes as the Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki wrapped up his two days visit to Ethiopia where along with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed laid a foundation stone for the construction of a new Eritrean Embassy building in Addis Ababa.

“We are very pleased to provide this plot of land for the construction Eritrean Embassy buildi

Eritrean President on Official Working Visit to Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-Afewerki-Abiy-AhmedDecember 25, 2019 ( -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki is on his second official working visit to Ethiopia after the two neighboring states ended their two decades of enmity last year.

President Isaias was greeted by Prime Minister Abiy and other senior government officials at Bole International Airport. The Eritrean delegation included Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Gebreab, among the others.

The Eritrean delegation has visited Unity Park at the national palace, Sheger Beautifying Project Entoto, Entoto Observatory and research center and other infrast

East Africa Oil & Gas Summit to Held in Nairobi, Kenya

By Staff Reporter

EAOGS-2020December 4, 2019 ( -- Over 500 senior oil and gas executives are expected to attend the East Africa Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition (EAOGS 2020) when it returns to Nairobi from 18 - 19 March 2020.

The renowned event, which is the largest of its kind in East Africa and officially supported by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining of Kenya, will once again provide the platform for ministries and national oil companies to come together and engage with international and local companies and investors to examine the opportunities present across the region.

Now in its 6th event, and with the backing of over 400 companie

13th Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government Held in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

IGAD-meetingNovember 30, 2019 ( -- The 13th Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government was held on 29 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The meeting was attended by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti; Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan; and Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs o

AMISOM to Investigate the Death of Somalia Peace Activist

By Staff Reporter

AlmaasElman-Ali-AhmedNovember 23, 2019 ( -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), yesterday started a preliminary investigation into the death of Ms. Almaas Elman Ali Ahmed, former Somali diplomat and peace activist, who was hit by a bullet on November 20, 2019, at the Halane Base Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.

According to a press statement released, the victim had contracted the services of a private transport company for a meeting at the Base Camp. She was believed to have been attending a meeting for the Elman Peace center, founded in 1990 by her father, Elman Ali Ahmed. They were traveling to Aden Abdulle Internatio

Joint Security Mechanism Workshop Convenes in Juba

By Staff Reporter

Juba-meetingNovember 19, 2019 ( -- IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, presided over a two-day workshop for the security mechanisms of the Revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), the Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring & Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

The workshop will focus on producing a work plan and matrix with specific timelines and responsibilities that conform t

Africa Industrialization Week Opens in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

AIW-2019November 18, 2019 ( -- The Africa Industrialization Week conference was opened today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was organized by Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry International Trade Centre, Geneva (ITC), the Korean-African Foundation, and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce, among many others.

The Innovation week will have the participation of at least 1,000 multi-stakeholder delegates drawn from the private sector, public sector, civil society, development partners, and trade and industry think tanks within and outside Africa.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Resume GERD Talks in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

GERD-talks-Addis-AbabaNovember 15, 2019 ( -- Water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are meeting in Addis Ababa to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

This round of tripartite negotiation involved observers from the U.S. government and World Bank based on the agreement reached by foreign ministers of the three countries in Washington DC, USA, earlier last week.

Opening the meeting, Ethiopia’s Minister of Water Irrigation and Energy, Seleshi Bekele said that the technical meeting followed the Washington DC meeting and would dwell on contentious iss

IGAD Holds 69th Extraordinary Meeting in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

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

Young African Innovators Awarded at African Innovation Week

By Staff Reporter

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

By Staff Reporter

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

Number of Ethiopian Returnees Assisted by IOM to Double in 2019

By Staff Reporter

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

By Staff Reporter

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

Staff Reporter

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

Continental Teacher Development Event Held in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

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

By Staff Reporter

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


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