| South Sudan President Arrives in Addis Ababa
February 23, 2017 - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa for a three-day official visit in the country, according to ENA.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has welcomed the Soth Sudanese President upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
During his stay, President Kiir is expected to discuss with President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on bilateral and issues of mutual interest.
A number of agreements that would enable the two countries to cooperate in various areas are also expected to be signed between the two sides.
| New President of Somalia Inaugurated
February 22, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam attended the inauguration of Somalia’s newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed or 'Farmajo' as he is known, according to FBC.
Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta were among the representatives from 124 countries who attended Farmajo's inauguration held today in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Speaking at the inauguration, Prime Minister Hailemariam pledged to stand by Somalia.
“Ethiopia's government and its people will stand on your side. It's our wish to see a st
| South Sudan President Visiting Ethiopia this Week
February 22, 2017 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday for a three-day official visit, according to ENA.
The President is visiting Ethiopia upon the invitation from Prime Minister Hailemariam Deasalegn.
Upon his visit to Juba last October, Prime Minister Hailemariam and President Kiir had concluded various cooperation agreements.
The two sides had agreed to partner in trade and investment, peace and security as well as infrastructure, among others.
President Kiir's visit is expected to further boost the bilateral tie
| Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Elected President of Somalia
February 8, 2017 - Somalian Parliament elected new president on Wednesday. Former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen, was elected as the country's new president, according to CNN.
Farmajo was declared victorious after incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following the second round of voting.
Amid rising security concerns, the 328 members of Parliament met at an air force hangar in Mogadishu to cast their votes.
Mohamud, who took office in 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round.
| South Sudan Rebels Accuse Egypt of Bombing Raids
February 6, 2017 - South Sudan rebels accused Egypt on Saturday of carrying out bombing raids against their positions, according to report on Reuters, Cairo issued immediate denial and warned of the risk of a regional war according to the report.
It was the first time either side had alleged Egyptian involvement in South Sudan's festering conflict, which pits President Salva Kiir's military against forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar.
The Egyptian air force on Friday dropped "more than nine bombs and explosions on the gallant SPLA-IO positions" near the northern villa
| Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Strengthen Relations
January 31, 2017 - Leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to foster and diversify their scope of cooperation in bilateral and regional issues, according to ENA.
In a joint statement issued following the discussion between Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the leaders agreed to continue to work together to enhance the bilateral relations between their countries.
The two sides stressed the need to widen and deepen the scope of cooperation in all fields of their bilateral and regional relations, including political, economic and security.
The leaders underl
| President Alpha Conde of Guinea Elected AU Chairman
January 30, 2017 - The president of Guinea Alpha Conde was elected Chairman of the African Union (AU), replacing the outgoing president of Idris Debbi of Chad to lead the continent for 2017. He won after securing the vote of the West African countries.
The president is elected in the opening session of the 28th AU leader’s summit held in Addis Ababa with outgoing chair Idris Debbi, African Union Commission chairperson, Dr.Dlamini Zuma and invited dignitaries including United Nations (UN) Secretary General,Antonio Guterresand Palestine presidentMuhammad Abbas in attendance.
“I will work to improve the lo
| Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad Elected AUC Chairman
January 30, 2017 - Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Economic Integration of Chad, has been elected the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), reports FBC.
After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily.
He was a Prime Minister of Chad from June 24, 2003 to February 4, 2005, and serves as a member of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since April 2008.
A total of five candidates vied for African Union Commissio
| Ethiopian Prime Minister Meets Egypt President
January 30, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held discussion with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt on the sideline of the 28th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to FBC.
It is believed that the discussion was centered on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and anti-Ethiopian forces operating in Egypt.
The Premier also held discussion with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan on ways of elevating business, investment and diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Sudan. (FBC)
| 30th AU Summit Begins with Executive Council Session
January 28, 2017 - Days before the annual Assembly of the Heads of State and Government meeting, the 30th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council opened in Addis Ababa on Thursday, according to the Reporter
The session was officially opened with a remark of the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (PhD).
In her remark, the Chairperson underscored that to meet the goals of Agenda 2063 member countries needs to revive and strengthen the spirit of Pan Africanism across the continent.
She further said that Africa needs to transform through economic integr
| Zimbabwe Deports 34 Undocumented Ethiopian Immigrants
January 26, 2017 - 34 undocumented Ethiopian migrants were taken into custody after they were caught being moved around by smugglers, according to ZWnews.com. They will all be deported soon by the Zimbabwe Immigration Department.
Among the illegal immigrants were four boys aged between 11 and 12, the individuals who are all men were arrested while hiding at a Marondera farm.
They pleaded guilty on Tuesday before magistrate Shane Kubonera, who then convicted and discharged the group into the hands of immigration officials.
On December 16 last year, the suspects were transported
| 30th ordinary session of AU Executive Council opens in Addis Ababa
January 25, 2017 - The 30th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today.
The session was officially opened with a remark by Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
In her remark, the Chairperson said meeting the goals of Agenda 2063 requires the revival and strengthening of the spirit of Pan Africanism,
She further said Africa needs to transform through economic integration by honoring AU’s decision to establishment of a continental free trade area (CFTA) by 2017.
The Executive Council will prepare the agenda of
| Continental Free Trade Crucial to African - AU Commissioner
January 25, 2017 - Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is crucial to address critical issues of Africa “by bringing fragmented countries into one big market”, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry said, according to ENA.
Most of Africa’s export today is raw material which brings cash but does not create job opportunities, Commissioner Fatima Haram Acyl said at a press conference held here today.
“CFTA means prosperity of the continent, means employment, means addressing quality infrastructure, means trade facilitation, and means promoting each other’s project”, according to Acyl.
| AMISOM Calls for More Troops in Somalia
January 24, 2017 - The Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) for the African Union Mission in Somalia convened its 22nd meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today, according to FBC.
Chiefs of Defense Staff of AMISOM troop contributing countries (Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda) or their designated representatives attended the meeting, chaired by the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui.
Representatives of the Somalia National Army, partner countries and institutions namely: the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the European Union and
| South Sudan Values Its Ties with Ethiopia - Ambassador
January 24, 2017 - James Pitia Morgan, South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union underlined that his country gives considerable attention to its relation with and support from Ethiopia in difficult times, according to FBC report.
He met and held discussion with Hirut Zemene, State Minister for Foreign Affairs over the week.
During the discussion, State Minister Hirut noted that the people of Ethiopia and South Sudan have long standing brotherly relations and that it is in this spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation that Ethiopia is continuo
| Railway Service Linking Addis Ababa to Djibouti to Start Next Month
January 23, 2017 - Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway will start service next month, according to the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC), reports FBC.
The Corporation presented its six-month performance report today to the Public Enterprises Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR).
Dr. Eng Getachew Betru, CEO of the Corporation told the committee that preparations are nearing completion, including a test run, installation of electric line and construction of roads linking the stations with main roads so as to start the service.
According to him, a test
| South Sudan Official Ups Rhetoric, Says Not Afraid of Ethiopia - Report
January 22, 2017 - South Sudanese officials have stepped up rhetoric against Ethiopia in what analyst see as a moment that is developing in the relations between the two countries with a government official at the ministry of information in Juba telling a reporter that his government was not afraid of Ethiopia, according to Nyamile.com report.
Ethiopia has been looking at Kiir’s government in Juba with a second thought lately over South Sudan’s embracement of Egyptian government policy towards the Ethiopian Dam and the Nile water agreement.
| Qat Business Booming in Ethiopia and Kenya
January 19, 2017 - “THIS is qat,” explains Teklu Kaimo, gesturing to the wooded field behind him. He started growing it in 1976, and over the years its soft, green leaves have brought him a measure of prosperity, according to the Economist. He has a modest plot of land, 11 children and money to pay their way through school.
A short walk down the hill, the central marketplace of this part of southern Ethiopia comes alive with farmers, merchants and salesmen as the sun sets. Young men sprint down streets with bundles of fresh qat leaves on their shoulders, as traders call out prices and haul the bags aboard lorries. They are bound for Addis Ababa, the capital, where
| Egyptian Lawyers Preparing Lawsuit Challenging Support for GERD
January 18, 2017 - A group of Egyptian lawyers and political activists are preparing a lawsuit to challenge a preliminary deal agreed by Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project in March 2015, reported egypt media on Wednesday.
The deal signed by President Sisi, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir asserted Ethiopia’s right to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a decision that has caused huge concerns in Egypt over its water supply and ability to generate hydro-electric power.
The news comes after Sisi faced call
| South Sudan Denies Making Any Deal Against Ethiopia - Report
January 18, 2017 - South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pita Morga, said his country cannot enter into a deal likely to harm Ethiopia’s interest with a third party, according to Sudan Tribune.
Morga, in an interview with the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), dismissed the alleged report as fabricated.
Since South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir paid visit to Egypt few days ago, lots of reports circulated on social media, alleging that the two leaders had agreed to sabotage a controversial Ethiopian massive dam project that is being built in Nile River