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Joint Security Mechanism Workshop Convenes in Juba

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Kenya, Ethiopia to Explore Bilateral Grain Trade Opportunities

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Eastern-Africa-Grain-CouncilOctober 21, 2019 ( -- A Kenyan delegation will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 22 to 25, 2019, to explore business opportunities for grain trade and processing between Ethiopia and Kenya.

Organized by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), the delegation will comprise of grain traders and processors, government officials and logistics companies to facilitate access to key economic and grain trade policies for optimal transport routes and indicative costs solutions respectively.

The mission will include a business-to-business meeting in Addis Ababa

Egyptian Proposal Can Cost Ethiopia up to $5 Billion Annually - Ethiopian Minister

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GERD-EthiopiaOctober 18, 2019 ( -- Egyptian Proposal Can Cost Ethiopia up to $5 Billion Annually, says Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Sileshi Bekele. According to his statement, Ethiopia would incur as much money as the cost of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) every year if it accepts Egypt’s new proposal on the filling and releasing of water into/ from the controversial dam.

Egypt’s recent proposal among other issues requires Ethiopia to release 40 billion cubic meters of water to downstream countries every year and to keep the wate

Ethiopia Dismisses Reports of Capacity Reduction of GERD

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Kifle-Horo-GERDOctober 15, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian government dismissed reports that the installed generating capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be reduced.

Speaking to journalists, the CEO of the GERD Kifle Horu said the number of turbines that will be installed at GERD project will be downsized from 16 to 13 and that would not affect the dam’s projected generating capacity.

Africa’s biggest hydro power dam being built on Abay River (Nile) was supposed to have 16 turbines, each with the projected generating capacity of 15,670 Giga Watt of electricity per year.

“After a

PM Abiy Ahmed in Juba, South Sudan, for Mediation Talks

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Abiy-Ahmed-JubaOctober 14, 2019 ( -- Leading an Ethiopian delegation, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Juba, South Sudan, for an official visit and for mediation talks between Sudan warring factions.

Upon his arrival, the Prime Minster was welcomed by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mardith at Juba International Airport.

Dr.Abiy’s visit to Juba is aimed at taking part in the IGAD leaders consultative meeting being held in South Sudan.

During his stay in Juba, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is expected to play vital role at reconciling the Sudanese Transitional Government and th

IOM Assists 142 Ethiopians Stranded in Djibouti to Return Home

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IOM-UNOctober 13, 2019 ( -- In press statement the UN Migration Agency (IOM) said 142 stranded Ethiopians were assisted to safely and returned home from Djibouti on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

The returnees who were en-route to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when they were stranded in Djibouti where smugglers abandoned them after robbing them of their money and possessions, leaving them with no means to continue their journey or return to Ethiopia.

Many of the stranded travelers were planning to go to Yemen, hoping to continue their journey to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to look for work.

However, things didn’t go as pla

Ethiopian PM, East African Leaders Inaugurate Unity Park in National Palace

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Unity-Park-EthiopiaOctober 10, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed along with East African leaders inaugurated what is called “Unity Park” built on the premises the Grand National Palace.

The park displays the 132-year history of Ethiopia and by extension Africa. The park features the good and bad deeds that have been done by seven rulers of Ethiopia since the emperor Minilik II.

Launched late last year as part of the government’s ongoing reforms, the construction of ‘Unity Park’ is said to have consumed 4 billion Ethiopian Birr.

The Unity Park, which is the brain child Prime Mi

Internally Displaced in IGAD Region Tops Eight Million, Reports IOM

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Maureen-Achieng-IOMOctober 8, 2019 ( -- The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region has hit over eight million during the first half year of 2019, the IOM announced.
The regional bloc, in its consultative meeting which is underway in Addis Ababa, disclosed that the IDPs, which represent one fifth of the global population of internally displaced persons, are facing critical humanitarian, protection and reintegration needs.

In her opening remark at the meeting, IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia Maureen Achieng said “internal

African Health Business Symposium Begins in Addis Ababa

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African-Health-Business-SymposiumOctober 7, 2019 ( -- The first African Health Business Symposium has begun today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The African Union Social Affairs Commission and Representatives of 51 African countries were presented at the opening of the symposium.

Organized by African Health care Federation and Ethiopian Health Ministry, the symposium aims to bring together both public and private sectors to improve the level of health care in African countries

According to the mission of symposium, it is essential that the public and private health sectors joins hand.

In an

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Trilateral Talks Ended in Disagreement

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GERD-Talks-FailOctober 6, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said the trilateral technical dialogue between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan held in Khartoum ended up in disagreement with Egypt calling for international mediation to resolve outstanding issues with the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The ministry in a statement said Ethiopia strongly opposes Egypt’s proposal for international mediation. The proposal was “unwarranted denial of the progress in the trilateral technical dialogue” that “goes against the consent and wishes of Ethiopi


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