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Egypt Asks the 1959 Colonial Agreement to be Springboard for Impact Assessment

Egypt-Ethiopia-GERDOctober 21, 2017 - During the Tripartite National Committee (TNC), which includes Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt requested to use the 1959 colonial water sharing agreement signed between Egypt and Sudan, as a springboard when an impact assessment is conducted, according to the Ethiopian reporter .

Egypt made the request at the TNC meeting that was held in Addis Ababa in the middle of this week. It was the 16th meeting that the Committee held at Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa.

The request was blatantly dismissed by Ethiopian authorities. The 1959 agreement between Egypt and Sudan gives the 56 billion cubic meters s

UN Relocates 15,000 Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

Eritrean-Refugees-EthiopiaOctober 20, 2017 - The UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), has relocated over 15,000 Eritrean refugees from Tigray Region of Ethiopia. In cooperation with the Ethiopian government and the UNHCR, IOM has medically screened and transported newly arrived Eritrean refugees from the Reception Centre in Endabaguna/Shire to four refugee camps in the North of Ethiopia, reports IOM.

“Currently IOM is relocating an average of about 100 persons per day which represents an increase in what has been the most continual refugee flow into Ethiopia in 2017,” said Khatab Khalid, the head of IOM Ethiopia&rsquo

Egypt to Implement “Two Children only” Policy

Two-child-policy-EgyptOctober 20, 2017 - The Northern African nation, Egypt,  announced this week the implementation of a plan to control the nation’s booming population rate under a campaign called “Egypt development: Two children only.” Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin met this week with Egypt’s governors to announce the plan to control population growth in each province, while studying the demographic situation of each governorate and possible mechanisms for birth control.

Fighting illiteracy, unemployment and poverty were discussed as ways to tackle the population boom.

The plan as yet does not mention applying a strict

South Sudanese Rebel Groups Clash Near Ugandan Border

South-Sudan-RebelsOctober 19, 2017 - South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other this week in a strategic area near the Ugandan border leaving at least three dead, reports Reuters. The clashes between the south Sudanese factions broke out on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kajo Keji between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

Kajo Keji is a key conduit for rebels moving east and west and an entry point for supplies from Uganda.

South Sudan’s civil war, triggered by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Machar, has plunged parts of the world’s youngest nati

Egypt Concerned Over Delays in Ethiopian Dam Impact Study

Ethiopia-GERDOctober 18, 2017 - During a meeting of water ministers of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Egypt voiced concern over “delays” in concluding the recommended study on the environmental impacts of Ethiopia’s multibillion dollar hydro-dam project.
“Egypt is very concerned with the delays in the joint study recommended by the IPOE [International Panel of Experts],” Mohamed Abdulati, Egyptian minister of water and electricity, said in a speech ahead of Tripartite National Technical Committee’s (TNC) meeting.

Since the $4.8 billion hydro-electric dam project near the Sudan border

Egypt Irrigation Minister to Visit Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Egypt-Irrigation-MinisterOctober 16, 2017 - Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati flew to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).  According to Al-Ahram news, the minster will also take part in a tripartite ministerial meeting on technical studies related to the dam.

The visit is organized by the Ethiopian government, whereby the Egyptian minster will observe construction work and explore technical details related to the work of the tripartite technical committee with Ethiopia and Sudan.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Abdel-Ati will take part in the meeting with a view t

Eritrean Athlete Gets Banned, Stripped of Titles

Petro-Mamu-EritreaOctober 15, 2017 - Eritrean world distance mountain runner and champion, Petro Mamu, has been banned for nine months and stripped of his titles after testing positive for doping after two world championships he won in July in Premana, Italy, reports Africa news.

The Eritrean athlete tested positive for a substance used as medication for Asthma. His ban started September 19 while all results and titles won from July 30, 2017 have been cancelled, the IAAF announced in September.

The nine-month ban was reduced from two years for his admission of guilt and co-operating with the IAAF, they added.

The World Mountain Running Association

Ethiopia to Chair Nile Basin Initiative

NBI-Chair-EthiopiaOctober 13, 2017 - Ethiopia will chair both the Nile Council of Ministers and the Nile Technical Advisory Committee of the Initiative for the next one year, taking over from Uganda.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Dr. Eng. Sileshi Bekele, has become the new chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers replacing Uganda’s Sam Cheptoris.

The changes in leadership are in keeping with the NBI tradition of annually rotating the position among member states.

The changes came during the meeting of the 25th Nile Council of Ministers of Water Affairs (Nile-COM) held in Entebbe, Uganda on Thursday. The Mini

Kenya Concerned About Mass Relocation of Flower Farms to Ethiopia

Kenya-Flower-Farm-EthiopiaOctober 13, 2017 - Prolonged labor disputes and high cost of production are driving flower farmers out of Kenya, reports standard media. According to Kenyan government officials, unending strikes by workers agitating for higher pay against the backdrop of a shrinking market had seen flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia.

Kenyan officials also noted that talks between farmers and other players should be initiated to chart the way forward since the flower sector was crucial to Kenya’s economy. Addressing the press during the 21st human resource management workshop in Naivasha, Mr Kinyanjui said labour was the main point of concern for farme

Ethiopia, Sudan to Deploy Troops Along Common Border

Ethiopia-Sudan-BorderOctober 10, 2017 - Ethiopian and Sudanese officials have called the deployment of joint forces along the border between the two countries to fight smuggling, human trafficking and outlaw gangs. Despite the strong ties between Sudan and Ethiopia, there are serious criminal activities in the border areas including smuggling and human trafficking to reach Egypt and Libya through the Sudan.

In a joint meeting in the Ethiopian city of Bahr Dar, the security committee of Sudan’s Gedaref state and Ethiopia’s Amhara region agreed to recommend to their respective national governments to approve to the deployment of joint forces along the bo

South Sudan Armed Opposition Group Denies Recruiting Ethiopians

south-sudan-armed-opposition-EthiopiaOctober 8, 2017 - South Sudanese armed opposition dismmised reports that it was recruiting Ethiopian citizens from the Gambella region to engage in the armed conflict.
“We would like to emphasize that we do not, under no circumstance, recruit anyone, even South Sudanese citizens to participate in the ongoing armed conflicts in South Sudanese. They do, however, join voluntarily,” Puok Buluang, the armed opposition’s director for information and public relations said in a statement.
“Consequent upon this, how can we recruit foreigners if we do not enlist our own count

Ethiopia, Sudan Foreign Ministers Discuss Peace with Riek Machar

Ethiopia-Sudan-FM-MacharOctober 6, 2017 - Ethiopian and Sudanese foreign ministers, Workneh Gebeyehu and Ibrahim Ghandour, met with the leader of South Sudan in South Africa and discussed ways to achieve peace in South Sudan, according to Sudan Tribune.
"The meeting was fruitful and positive, as it was agreed on the importance and urgency of achieving peace in South Sudan," said a statement released by the Sudanese foreign ministry on Thursday evening.

The meeting with Riek Machar comes within the framework t preparation of the High- Level Revitalization Forum of all parties to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conf

Ethiopia Hosts Africa Textile, Apparel Trade Show

Africa-Textile-Show-EthiopiaOctober 4, 2017 - Ethiopia is hosting the Africa textile and apparel show, showcasing its prowess in textile and garment industry. The African Sourcing and Fashion Week, which will last through Friday, has gathered some 230 international producers and exporters from 25 countries, the organizers Trade and Fairs East Africa and Messe Frankfurt indicated Tuesday.

According to the organizers, the exhibitors are drawn from countries such as Turkey, the United Arabic Emirates, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Italy, Germany and the host nation Ethiopia.

Among the variety of products showcased at the trade show include

South Sudan: Salva Kiir Adamant on 2018 Elections

South-Sudan-ElectionsOctober 2, 2017 - Fending off all warnings and criticisms, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has continued lobbying for elections to be held in 2018 despite unfavorable conditions. The South Sudanese president said to be fearing for his legitimacy once the term of the transitional government expires in February 2018. The August 2015 Peace agreement provides that the Transitional Government of National Unity would last for 30 months after which elections would be held.

For the past one month, the South Sudan leader has been saying that he is consulting with other political leaders on the provisions of

Safaricom Denies Reported Interest in Ethiopian Market

Safaricom-interest-EthiopiaOctober 2, 2017 - The Kenyan telecom giant, Safaricom, denied reports of its attempt to enter into the Ethiopian market. Speculations have it that  Safaricom is gearing up for its first venture abroad, and  it was in negotiations with the Ethiopian government for a stake in state-owned monopoly Ethio Telecom.

"We wish to categorically state that we are not engaged in any conversations with Ethio Telecom on this matter. Any information to the contrary is completely inaccurate," said Bob Collymore ,CEO of Safricom.

Ethiopian media reported last week that the government had opened discussions with Safaricom on the sale of

US Embassy Holding Forum on Connecting African Women in Agriculture in Addis Ababa

Forum-African-Women-AgricultureOctober 1, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa are organizing a forum that will bring together African women involved in agriculture. The purpose of the forum is to cultivate a growing pool of African women leaders to share new and innovative technologies to improve agriculture, according to communique sent to This event will help encourage greater awareness about the use of biotechnology to address food security challenges.

Judy Chambers, Ph.D., Director of the Program for Biosafety Systems at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Patricia Zamb

Ethiopia Should Champion Lifting of Sanctions on Eritrea - Herman Cohen

Herman-Cohen-Ethiopia-EritreaSeptember 28, 2017 - Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Herman Cohen, stated that Ethiopia must use its influence as head of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to champion the lifting of sanctions on neighbouring Eritrea.

Ethiopia for the month of September 2017 is serving as head of the UNSC. It started work on the council in January 2017 after winning a non-permanent seat late last year. According to Herman Cohen, Ethiopia should have proposed the move as a first step. The Ethiopian government has long supported sanctions against its neighbor for variety of reasons, including sponsoring te

Ethiopia Accuses Somaliland of Displacing Oromos

Map-SomaliaSeptember 26, 2017 - In the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia’s regional states, namely Oromia and Ethiopia Somali regional states, Ethiopia accused a semi-autonomous territory Somaliland of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Ethiopian Oromo residents.

The northern territory of Somaliland displaced the Oromos, who belong to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group and are now sheltering in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regional states, Ethiopian Information Minister Negeri Lencho told reporters Monday in the capital, Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian minster said that the eastern part of Oromia experienced “blood

Ethiopia Relocates 100,000 South Sudanese Refugees

Ethiopia-South-Sudan-RefugeesSeptember 25, 2017 - The Ethiopian government has relocated 100,000 South Sudanese Refugees, according Sudan Tribune. The Ethiopian government relocation effort was also assisted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted. 

Since the eruption of the brutal conflict in South Sudan in December 2013, Ethiopia has received some 330,000 refugees, including more than 115,000 since the renewed violence in September 2016 which came as a major setback to peace efforts in that country. Of these, some 30,000 arrived fleeing the escalation of conflict in July in Maiwut, Mathiang and Pagak i

Egypt Concerned over Slow Pace of Technical Studies on GERD

Egypt-concered-GERDSeptember 23, 2017 - Egypt expressed concern over what it says is the slow pace of work on technical studies in relation to Ethiopia’s flagship dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Egyptian officals raised the concern  during a meeting with Ethiopian foriegn minster Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu in New York on the sideline of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

There is an ongoing dispute over the GERD project especially its impact on water distribution of the River Nile. The issue affects both countries as well as Sudan. Shoukry said all parties needed to meet to share res


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