| Ethiopian Force Ambushed by Al-Shabaab; Massive Response Expected
January 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian National Defence Forces were ambushed by al-Shabaab forces in Somalia this week, according to AP report. Ethiopia is preparing for a massive offensive in return.
The Ethiopian forces were on peacekeeping convoy in Somalia when the attack by al-Shabaab happened. According to reports, the ambush occurred when the Ethiopian convoy was traveling from Burhakaba to Baidoa in Somalia's southwest.
Al-Shabaab claimed several Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for the deadly hotel assault in Nairobi and deadly attacks on forces inside Somalia
| Trends Shaping Business in Africa in 2019
January 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The economic outlook of some of Africa’s signature economies didn't inspire confidence in 2018. Angola and Nigeria have just recovered from a recession triggered by a decline in oil prices. And for the first time in a decade, South Africa experienced a recession.
But away from these economic giants, there are emerging global trends and emerging powers that provide the prospect of new stories in the continent.
In 2018, Countries like Ethiopia, Djibouti, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Tanzania featured among the fastest growing economies globally. According to the World Bank, sub-Sahar
| Ethiopia Bears the Burden after Peace with Eritrea
January 12, 2019 - Since the signing of the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea in July, Eritreans have crossed over into Ethiopia in huge numbers. This has not only overwhelmed Ethiopian authorities but also has put the country under a lot of pressure due to the huge influx of asylum seekers.
The country is struggling to cope amid fears the recent partial closure of the border crossing on Eritrea’s side could again be made permanent.
Local authorities estimate more than 25,000 Eritreans have crossed into Ethiopia since the border was opened in September 2018. Those who arrive in Ethiopia cite different
| Africa in Desperate Need of Visionary Leaders
January 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) - African visionary leaders are few and far between. The great majority are the same: corrupt, incompetent and dictatorial. Many Africans are fed up with the type of leaders they have. The reason for this is apparent. Most of these leaders have done little to improve the welfare of their people, who languish in poverty while they and their cronies live in opulence. But why is Africa failing?
It is well known that politics is a driver of the economic progress of a country. In the book dubbed ‘Why Nations Fail’ Robinson and Acemoglu affirm the major difference between developing and developed nation
| Congo Elections: Felix Tshisekedi Emerges Victorious
January 10, 2019 (Ezeha.com) - Felix Tshisekedi, the presidential candidate of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s chief opposition party was declared the winner in the hotly contested election, held on the 30th of December 2018.
The result which was announced early Thursday morning means for the first time since attaining independence from Belgium in 1960, DRC will have the first ever electoral transfer of power.
The outcome came as a shocker to many, especially the observers, who thought the electoral body would ensure the ruling party’s candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, would emerge victorious in the polls.
| Gabon Failed Coup: A Sign of Underlying Problems?
January 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) - On Monday morning, the world woke up to news of an attempted coup in Gabon. But the government forces acted swiftly, killing two suspects and arresting eight others in the process. They took over the state-owned radio station in an attempt to end Bongo’s family dynasty that has lasted 50 years.
The government spokesperson -Guy-Bertrand Mapangou- announced the loyal forces regained control of the radio station after killing two and detaining other perpetrators of the heinous act of treason.
The coup organizers claimed they intended to restore democracy in the oil-rich country, where the ailing president&
| Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea Open Oumhajir-Humera Border
January 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have officially opened Oumhajir-Humera border yesterday.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki were among the dignitaries, as were the deputy administrator of Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, and the Administrator of Amhara region, Gedu Endargachew.
According to the sate media, Ethiopian News Agency, the border was opened to grow people-to-people relations on both sides and facilitate cross-border trade.
This opening of the Oumhajir-Humera border is the continuation of normalizing of Ethio-Eritrea relations, ENA reported.<
| Peace Deal Strengthened Isaias Afewerki
January 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) - To many people, Isaias Afewerki’s regime was totally forgotten in recent years before Abiy Ahmed arrived for him and his economically crippled country. On the 5th of June 2018, Ethiopia announced it would abide by the year 2000 Algiers peace agreement that brought the border war with Ethiopia to a halt.
The peace deal awarded several disputed territories to Eritrea, including the hotly contested town of Badme.
For a long time, Ethiopia refused to withdraw its troops from these territories, hence making border demarcation virtually impossible. But the peace agreement
| Top 10 African Countries with the Best Business Climate
December 30, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Africa has tremendous potential, with abundant natural resources and hardworking people. There exist a huge gap and opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.
Despite the challenges we experience, Africa has a huge potential for growth in almost all sectors.
The World Bank Group developed a ranking system called the Doing Business Index, which indicates the ease of doing business. A high ranking, which is denoted by a small numerical number, indicates a better climate and vice versa.
For the past fifteen years, the World Bank has been measuring business environments using this system. They h
| Income Inequality in Africa
December 26, 2018 (Ezega.com) - In September 2017, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched a study dubbed “Income Inequality Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences.” What was clear during the launch is that Africa must address the challenges of income inequality if it is to progress towards poverty reduction and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to this study, despite the economic progress we’ve made this far, highlighted by our robust GDP growth of around 5.0%, the level of poverty in Africa at 41% is still high compared to other developing continents
| Libyan Authorities Discover Bodies of 34 Ethiopians Murdered by ISIS
December 24, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Libyan authorities discovered the bodies of 34 Ethiopians reportedly murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015, according to Reuters.
The bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by ISIS in 2015 were exhumed from a mass grave, Libyan authorities said on Monday.
Libyan government authorities discovered the existence of the mass graves during interrogations of arrested ISIS members, the interior ministry’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) disclosed.
The CID showed images of the mass grave, which is believed to be on a farm near the city of Sirte, which served
| Africa and The Fight Against Corruption
December 21, 2018 (Ezega.com) - According Transparency International, in 2017, out of the top 20 most corrupt countires in the world, 10 of them are in Africa. The continent has long been saddled with corruption at all levels of society. In some African countries, people have to pay bribes to access basic services like healthcare, schooling, and official records, according to Transparency International. The situation is even worse at the higher level, where contracts are negotiated and awarded, big ticket items are purchased, national assets are sold, etc.
Recently, Africa embraced two crucial agendas: The 2030 agenda and the 2063 agenda. Agenda
| The Ethio-Eritrea Peace: Too Soon To Celebrate?
December 20, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The month of July will be significant in the history of the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia and Eritrea reconciled, signifying an end to decades of no diplomatic relations. This happened shortly after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power.
Whereas this reconciliation was welcomed by the global community, it offers a real challenge for different actors; notably Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki, a former liberation fighter turned dictator, and Abiy Ahmed, the young prime minister of Ethiopia.
Behind the scenes, religious groups, the African Union and the Unit
| Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki Visits Somalia
December 14, 2018 - Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki concluded a two-day visit to Somalia today at the invitation of Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.
This follows a series of meetings the two leaders had in Eritrea and Ethiopia over the last few months.
The resumption Eritrea's friendly relations with Ethiopia is believed to have paved the way for a major re-alignment of forces in the region.
Eritrea has often been accused of supporting distabilizing forces inside Somalia, such as the Al Shabaab, an organization which world powers consider a terrorist.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen the tw
| The Leading Democracies in Africa
December 9, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Recent years have proved too confusing for African democracies. There have been coup attempts that didn’t look like coups, and there have been elections that weren’t elections. Africa has witnessed years of political illusions.
From 2015, there has been a retrogressive trend that continues to threaten Africa’s democratic space, with a few exceptions, of course. 2017 proved to us that democracy in Africa is backsliding, where some powerful presidents in the continent decided to neglect the will of the people, by seeking an extension of their terms in office, beyond what the constitution prescribe
| Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia Leaders Inaugurate Industry Park in Jimma
December 8, 2018 - President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and President Ismail Omar of Djibouti visited Ethiopia yesterday.
The leaders were in Ethiopia at the invitation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to inaugurate the newly built industry park in Jimma in Oromia region of Ethiopia.
The park, which is dedicated to textile and garment production, was built on 1.5 million square meters of land at a cost of 61 million US dollars, it was disclosed.
The three leaders also launched the construction of the 79 km Jimma–Agaro-Dedesa road project, which will be built at a cost of 1.37 billion birr.
| Addis Ababa Overtakes Dubai as Gateway to Africa
November 29, 2018 (Ezega.com) - As political reforms take shape in Africa, Ethiopia has emerged as a premium destination for long-haul travel to the continent in 2018. The astonishing rise of the country as a possible destination for travelers visiting Sub-Saharan Africa has caught Ethiopia’s neighbors by surprise.
But what does the good news mean for Ethiopia?
As reported by ForwardKeys, a leading agency in predicting travel patterns globally, Addis Ababa has witnessed a surge in the volume of international travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa in the last five years (2013-2017). ForwardKeys analyzes more than 17 million bookin
| Eritrea Based ONLF Army Returns to Ethiopia
November 21, 2018 - The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) army returned to Somali regional state from their base in Eritrea, reports FBC.
It is to be recalled that the Front reached agreement with the government of Ethiopia recently in Asmara, Eritrea, a deal that allowed the ONLF to undertake peaceful political struggle in Ethiopia.
On October 21, 2018, the two sides disclosed that they had reached an agreement in what the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described as the ending of one of the oldest armed struggles in the country.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, led the Ethiopian delegat
| African Development Fund Approves US$123 Million Grant to Ethiopia
November 21, 2018 - The African Development Fund (ADF) approved US$123 million grant to Ethiopia as additional resources to Ethiopia’s Basic Services Transformation Programme, according a statement posted on ADF website on Monday this week.
The current grant is a continuation of the original support programme that was approved for Ethiopia in December 2015.
The loan was meant to support Ethiopia the its Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II), particularly in healthcare, education and water and sanitation areas.
In the statement, ADF says, "The Basic Services Transformation Programme Supple
| Djibouti Vows to be Part of Regional Integration
November 18, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh on the sidelines of the 11th African Union Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa.
The two horn of Africa leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues.
According to ENA report, the President of Djibouti praised Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for the changes he brought both at the national level and regional level.
He also welcomed regional integration of the Horn of Africa and vowed to be part of it.
Following the discussions between Abiy Ahmed and Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebe