| Salva Kiir Declares State of Emergency in Three States
December 12, 2017 - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has declared a state of emergency in three states and ordered an immediate disarmament exercise for up to three months. The South Sudanese president also authorized his soldiers to use force if armed civilians did not lay down their weapons peacefully.
And he has political backing. Dhoruai Mabor Teny, an MP for a county in Western Lakes, had earlier encouraged the president to suspend the constitution and deploy the military.
At least 170 people have been killed in tribal clashes in one of the northern states - Western Lakes - in recent weeks.
The violence in Wester
| Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Bolster Ties
December 11, 2017 - Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, conferred with Egyptian Acting Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.The two officials met on the sidelines of the three-day African and World Investment Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh.
According to a statement by Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Demeke said both countries need to further expand their scope of bilateral ties.
A strong relation that exists between Ethiopia and Egypt is also necessary for Africa, said Mostafa Madbouly.
The Acting PM also underscored the need to resolve differences through dialogu
| Egyptian Private Banks Deny Financing Ethiopian Dam
December 11, 2017 - The Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer dismissed reports that Egyptian banks and other banks operating in the local market are financing the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
During the past two days, a photo of a document went viral on social media showing a list of banks, which allegedly has financed the construction of the GERD through the purchasing of bonds from the Ethiopian government with a 36% interest rate.
In statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Amer said that the reports are “delirious, ridiculous, and completely disgraceful.”
A president of
| Djibouti Announces 45 Percent Discount for Services at Doraleh Multipurpose Port
December 8, 2017 - The Government of Djibouti has announced a 45 percent price discount in all port services in the newly built Doraleh Multipurpose Port, reports Ethiopian News agency. The reduction of price will be applicable in all cargo, dry bulk and vehicles, CEO the port, Wahib Dahir Aden said.
The adjustment in the price of port services came as per the decision of the government of Djibouti.
The systems of operations and services that Djibouti has introduced at the Doraleh Multipurpose Port have transformed the industry.
Djibouti has been providing services at five specialized ports including the old
| We Cannot Stop Ethiopian Dam - Egyptian Water Minister
December 7, 2017 - Egypt has “many alternatives” to deal with the stalled technical negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati quoted by arabs news as saying. The minister said that Egypt had tried to make the construction of the dam a point of cooperation, not a source of disagreement. In the light of these attempts, Egypt had signed the Declaration of Principles, but the other side had not reached a solution.
“Egypt’s water security is an integral part of its national security,” Secretary
| Egypt, Saudi Discuss Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
December 5, 2017 - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed developments on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with his Saudi counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, ahram reports.
According to the report, the two top diplomats met on the sidelines of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue held in Rome. Shoukry and Al-Jubeir discussed the latest developments in the region.
Shoukry also discussed Egyptian efforts in achieving Palestinian reconciliation and how to enable the national accord government to do its job in the Gaza Strip, as well as reviving the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
For his part, Al-Jubeir pre
| Ethiopian Government Cancels Ethio-Djibouti Fuel Pipeline Project
December 2, 2017 - The Ethiopian government canceled the planned Ethio-Djibouti fuel pipeline project, reports the Ethiopian weekly English newspaper, the Reporter. In 2014 the South Africa-based infrastructure investment group, Black Rhino, proposed to the Ethiopian government to build a 550km long pipeline to transport diesel, gasoline and jet fuel from the Port of Djibouti to central Ethiopia.
A senior Ethiopian government official stated that the government has canceled the project due to financial reasons. The official said though the pipeline project is viable, the government wants to protect the Ethiopian Railway Corporation
| Ethiopian Ambassador to Egypt Briefs Businessmen, Politicians
December 1, 2017 - Ethiopia's Ambassador to Egypt Ambassador Taye Aske-Selassie stated that improved business relations can play a great role in strengthening the overall relationship between Egypt and Ethiopia, reports Ethiopian news agency.
The Ethiopian ambassador held a roundtable discussion with Egyptian business people in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday. The discussion was attended by over 20 Egyptian businessmen who are investing in Ethiopia and potential investors.
Ambassador Taye thanked Egyptian Investors for their contribution to the economic development of Ethiopia and briefed potential investors ab
| Egypt to Create Afrian Lobby Group to Defend Nile Postion
November 30, 2017 - Egypt is to create an African lobby group in a bid to defend its position with regards Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, reports the middile east mointer.The lobby group will work with an alliance of African countries and will be tasked with monitoring the crisis caused by the Ethiopian water projects.
“The construction work will not stop at the dam for one minute, and this is our country’s consistent position, as it is a basic right for Ethiopia to make use of its water resources to produce energy for development and poverty eradication,” Ethiopia’s Minister of Irrigation said. Egypt
| 43 Killed in South Sudan Tribal Conflict
November 29, 2017 - In South Sudan’s central Jonglei state a tribal militia killed at least 43 people, part of a cycle of tit-for-tat revenge killings that local authorities have so far been powerless to stop. Raiders from the Murle ethnic group killed 20 men, 22 women and one child, and injured 19 people in the small village of Duk Payel on Tuesday, Jonglei Information Minister Jocab Akech Deng said.
The killings are the latest chapter in a chain of revenge attacks, cattle raiding, and child abduction between the Murle ethnic group and another group, the Dinka Bor.
Oil-rich South Sudan dissolved into civil war in 2013
| Ethiopian Foreign Minister Discusses with Libyan Counterpart over Migrant Issues
November 29, 2017 - Ethiopia Foreign Minister, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, held talks with his Libyan counterpart on the sideline of 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire. The two Foreign Ministers discussed migrants’ situations in Libya, where tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East transited through on their way to Europe.
The international community expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya.
On the video released by CNN recently week, young men are seen being auctioned off as farm workers.
Source: Fana BC
| Ethiopia Downplays Warnings from Egypt
November 25, 2017 - Ethiopia rejected warnings from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi over a mega hydroelectric dam, which Ethiopia is building that Egypt fears could reduce its share of water from the Nile river basin, reports Xinhua.
Speaking to journalists at a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman Meles Alem said Ethiopia is firm in its position of equitable use of the Nile's water.
Ethiopia is building a 6,450 MW hydroelectric dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, on the Blue Nile that it says is part of its desire for equitable use of Nile waters to help power its economic growth.
| Ethiopia Gets US$101.46M from African Development Bank for Power System Upgrades
November 24, 2017 - African Development Bank Group has approved a loan and a grant amounting to US$101.46m for the rehabilitation of power systems in Ethiopia. The US$86.26m loan and US$15.20m grant from the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the AfDB Group will be used to finance the rehabilitation and upgrading of power transmission and distribution Systems in the capital, Addis Ababa.
The Bank financed the systems’ distribution master plan study in 2015.
The Project, to be completed in three years, involves rehabilitation & construction of 545 km of medium voltage lines, replacement and installation
| GERD Enables Sudan Use its Full Share of the Nile Waters - Sudanese FM
November 24, 2017 - The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will enable Sudan use its full share of the Nile water, which has been going to Egypt as a "loan" since 1959, Sudanese foreign quoted by Sudan tribune as saying.
"For the first time, a Sudanese (official) says this frankly, Sudan did not use its full share of the Nile water according to the 1959 agreement. The Renaissance Dam preserves Sudan’s water that was going to Egypt at the time of the flood and gives it back (to Sudan) in time of drought," said Ibrahim Ghandour in statements to Russia Today.
In a recent meeting held in Cairo
| President Robert Mugabe Resigns, Zimbabwe Celebrates
November 22, 2017 - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule, according to the BBC. The event sparked jubilant celebrations in the nation's streets.
A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.
The news abruptly halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.
The ruling Zanu-PF party says former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa will succeed Mr Mugabe, in power since 1980.
Mr Mnangagwa's sacking earlier this month triggered a political crisis.
| Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Fires Robert Mugabe as Leader
November 19, 2017 - Zimbabwe's ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader, as pressure intensifies for him to step down as president, according to the BBC.
Zanu-PF has also given Mr Mugabe, 93, until 10:00 GMT on Monday to resign as president, or face impeachment.
He is currently addressing the nation, after meeting military leaders who have called on him to step down.
The military intervened last week, in an apparent attempt to block him from installing his wife as his successor.
The first lady, Grace Mugabe, and several other senior officials have been expelled from the party altogether.
| Ethiopian Dam Issue ‘Life or Death’, Warns Egyptian President
November 18, 2018 - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, delivered warning to Ethiopia over GERD after the two countries and Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects, according to Israel Times. This is the second time in as many days the Egyptian President delivering such message.
Ethiopia is finalizing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its first major dam on the Blue Nile, and will eventually start filling the giant reservoir behind it to power the Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.
Egypt fears that will cut into its water supply, destroying parts of its precious farmland and squeezin
| Egypt Pulls Out of Dam Talks with Ethiopia, Sudan
November 18, 2017 - Egypti announced that it has stopped talks on Grand Renaissance Dam talks with Ethiopia and Sudan, according to reports. The northern African nation also stated that it is studying the necessary measures to protect its water rights after Ethiopia and Sudan refrained from signing a preliminary report submitted by the French Consultative Office on the dam’s impact on Egypt. “The current status of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations is alarming given that water security is a key component of Egypt’s national security and harming it is not an option,” said the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Sho
| South Sudan Government Responsible for Ethnically Based Killings - Nikki Haley
November 17, 2017 - Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, stated that the South Sudanese government is engaged in a brutal, protracted military campaign against a fragmented opposition. The Ambassador also stated that while both government and rebel are responsible for atrocities against civilians, the government is primarily responsible for ethnically based killings.
Nikki Haley, who made those remarks Wednesday at Washington’s Holocaust Museum, says nothing prepared her for the level of suffering she saw when she recently visited South Sudanese refugee camps.
“Entire families are living with nothing bu
| Ethio Telcom Becomes the Largest Mobile Operator in Africa
November 16, 2017 - According to IT Web, Ethiopia’s state owned telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom, is the largest mobile operator in Africa. With over 57 million mobile subscribers as of November 2017, Ethio Telecom surpassed MTN Nigeria to become Africa’s largest operator in terms of its mobile customer base.
“Ethio Telecom of Ethiopia is now the largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of subscriptions, with 57.34 million mobile subscriptions at end-2Q17.
“Ethiopia is also one of the very few African countries that has not liberalised its telecoms market and introduced competition, so