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Nearly 11 Million Face Food Shortage in Horn of Africa

Food-shortage-HornMarch18, 2019 ( -- Close to 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia face acute food shortage. The horn of Africa has experienced prolonged drought, leaving many people who are already living in poverty with nothing to eat.

The prolonged drought is coinciding with America’s proposal to reduce funding for lifesaving food aid. At the beginning of March, the U.S. Congress submitted the 2020 fiscal year to the White House, and they recommended a 24% slash in foreign aid.

A recent report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN) indicates a worsening situation, with crop failures expected to hit 30% in the c

Ethiopian Airlines Dominating the Skies with Zero State Funding

Tewolde-Gebremariam-Ethiopian-CEOMarch 9, 2019 ( - On the 15th of February, one of Ethiopian Airlines’ 111 modern aircrafts touched down at Bole International Airport (BIA) in Addis Ababa, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The average flight duration was about 1 hour 55 minutes, covering 1164 kilometers, at an average speed of 606 kilometers per hour.

Upon touch town at Bole, around 204 passengers alighted the aircraft and were driven to the baggage collection point to collect their luggage, and then proceed to the customs area for clearance. This is the routine procedure at the airport.

Abiy Ahmed to Arbitrate between Kenya and Somalia

Kenya-Somalia-disputeMarch 5, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s Premier Abiy Ahmed and his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Farmaajo arrived in Kenya on Tuesday, where the former is expected to arbitrate on the dispute affecting Kenya and Somalia.

He’ll spearhead efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations, which is threatening to worsen as reported by africanews.

The Source of the Dispute:

Kenya and Somalia are embroiled in a diplomatic row in which the former has accused the latter of auctioning its maritime area.

The Kenyan government accused Somalia of a

Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afewerki in Juba Today

Abiy-Isaias-Juba-SudanMarch 4, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki are in Juba today, where they’ll hold Talks with President Salva Kiir as reported by the Sudan Tribune. Mr. Kiir was forced to cut short his tour of the Greater el Ghazal region, and come back to Juba to welcome the two visiting leaders.

The one day visit comes at a time when there are concerted efforts to consolidate economic and political integration in the East African region, which has been elusive for a long time because it’s volatile in regard to regional collaboration.

Also, the visit comes a day after Eth

Ethiopia, Kenya to Implement LAPSSET Project, Establish Free Trade Zone

Kenyatta-Abiy-AhmedMarch 2, 2019 ( - Ethiopia and Kenya have vowed to see that the Lamu Port, South Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project is fully completed as it’s a key enabler of the economic transformation of the two neighbors.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Uhuru Kenyatta said that completing the LAPSSET project is crucial to unlocking the economic potential of the Sub-Saharan region, let alone that of Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Kenya.

This was disclosed during the opening of a two-day trade and investment forum that’s gathered more than 500 investors, business leaders, and governmen

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Visiting Ethiopia

Kenyan-President-Uhuru-KenyattaMarch 1, 2019 ( - Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is expected in the country starting today as reported by the Ethiopian State Media, EBC.

During his visit, he’ll meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahlework Zewde, who previously worked in Kenya.

The three leaders will discuss among other issues, bilateral relations touching on diverse areas. The leaders are expected to attend the Ethio-Kenyan Investment Forum intended to nurture commerce and economic engagements between the two East African nations.

Kenya and Ethiopia have maintained trade ties for long as they’re

Ethiopia Inks 70 MW Geothermal Deal with Kenyan, Chinese Firms

70MW-Geothermal-Ethiopia-KenyaFebruary 26, 2019 ( - According to reports, the government utility agency Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) on Monday inked a deal with one Kenyan firm and two Chinese companies for the 70 Megawatt Geothermal energy drilling project.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) , Shandong Kerui Oilfield Services Group Co. Ltd, and Shandong Kerui Oilfield Service Group are the three companies awarded the project.

The ambitious Aluto-Langano project is financed by the World Bank and will see the three companies drill rigs and accessories, operate and maintain the geothermal wells in Aluto, Ethiopia for a sum o

The Niger National Who is Stranded at Bole International Airport

Nigerian-Eissa-Muhammad-Bole-International-AirportFebruary 18, 2019 ( - A Niger national, who was expelled from Israel has been stranded at Bole International Airport since November as his home country is unwilling to accept him back.
24-year-old Eissa Muhammad has been staying at the airport under inhumane conditions, as reported by the BBC.

His predicaments began last April after he was apprehended for being in Israel illegally. He had been residing in the Middle East since 2011, having fled his home country at the age of sixteen in search for better fortunes.

He informed the press that he’d paid traf

Ethiopia, Djibouti to be Linked by 767km Gas Pipeline

Ethiopia-Djibouti-PipelineFebruary 15, 2019 ( - The Horn of Africa neighbors Ethiopia and Djibouti plan to build a pipeline that connects the two countries, according to FBC report.

The 767 km pipeline is meant to carry natural gas from Ethiopia for export through Djibouti ports.

Ethiopia and Djibouti signed an agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday to construct the 767km pipeline project linking the two countries.

About 700 km of the pipeline stretches from Calub Hilala fields in Ethiopia to the Djibouti border, while the remaining 67 Km will be within Djibouti.

The agreement was signed by Ethiopia’s Minister of Mine

Zimbabwe Unable to Pay Ethiopian Airlines a Debt of US$18 Million

Air-ZimbabweFebruary 13, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Airlines is finding it difficult to repatriate monies amounting to US$18 million from Zimbabwe as per All Africa news outlet. This is because Zimbabwe is facing a deficit of foreign currency.

President Mnangagwa met with the airlines' executives, who demanded the more than 18 million stuck in Zimbabwe. The president had a session with the airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam last Saturday, in an attempt to secure a deal for the struggling Air Zimbabwe.

In his part, Tewolde offered to explore the possibility of assisting Air Zimbabwe, as well as helping the country maintain its hub for airlines.


Inside FIFA President Maiden Speech to the AU

Gianni-Infantino-AU-Addis-AbabaFebruary 11, 2019 ( - The 32nd edition of the African Union Summit kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday with the theme “ The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”

Among the notable guests who addressed the summit include; Doctor Tedros Adhanom - the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Bill Gates- the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mr. Gianni Infantino - FIFA President.

As per a media release by FIFA, Infantino’s speech was historic in that it was the

Leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt Meet During AU Summit

GERD-meeting-AUFebruary 11, 2019 ( - A meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Sunday resolved to provide a high-level political umbrella to sustain the deliberations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The three leaders; Omar al-Bashir, Abiy Ahmed and Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi met on the sidelines briefly during the African Union (AU) summit held in the capital.

Bassam Radi, the Egyptian presidential spokesperson stressed the importance of adopting a cooperative and balanced vision for the filling and operation of the dam to find a way of serving the interest of the three nations.

He suggested the three heads of st

Statue of Emperor Haile Selassie Unveiled at African Union HQ

Emperor-Hailesilassie-Statue-AUFebruary 10, 2019 ( - The statue of Emperor Haile Selassie was unveiled in the premises of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The unveiling ceremony of the statute was attended by Heads of State and Government attending the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.

The statue is in recognition of Emperor Hale Silassie's contribution to Africa’s liberation and unity, leading up to the founding of the Organization of African Unity OUA) in 1963.

Emperor Haile Silassie of Ethiopia was one of African leaders who, in the early 1960s, when independence was sweeping thro

EU to Help Rebuild Roads Connecting Eritrean Ports to Ethiopia

EU-rebuild-roads-Eritrean-PortsFebruary 8, 2019 ( - The European Union (EU) will help rebuild roads connecting Eritrean ports to Ethiopia border towns, according to report from FBC.

The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development of EU, Neven Mimica, is visiting Eritrea today. He met President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea to launch a project to rebuild the road connecting Ethiopian border with Eritrean ports with initial investment of €20 million.

The project will be financed by EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS), according to the report.


Ethiopian Tobacco Law Strongest in Africa

Tobacco-Law-EthiopiaFebruary 6, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s parliament passed what experts consider the “strongest” tobacco legislation on the continent. The law aims to limit tobacco use in the second most populous country in Africa.

Dubbed the Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation, the law was passed unanimously by the legislators and they’re optimistic it will help safeguard lives and protect the country’s huge population.

It requires public and work environments to be 100% free from smoking, prohibits campaigns and publicity, limits the sale of laced tobacco products and mandates pictorial warning labels in 70%

Ethiopia Ratifies the African Continental Free Trade Area

African-Continental-Free-Trade-AreaFebruary 4, 2019 ( - Reports from the Prime Minister’s office indicate Ethiopia is set to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement after it was approved by the cabinet on Saturday.

The Premier’s office said the decision was consistent with Abiy’s vision of achieving regional integration where minds are open to ideas and markets are open to trade. The country’s track record of pushing for Pan African causes will help achieve integration in the continent.


The AfCFTA is ou

African States Use Internet Shutdown to Silence Dissent

Internet-shutdown-AfricaFebruary 2, 2019 ( - As an avid internet user, what would you do if your government deliberately shuts down the internet? That’s the question many people in Africa have had to answer time and time again over the past years as internet blackouts continue mushrooming.

The last three years have been grim for internet users in Africa and it’s bound to worsen. Last week, Zimbabwe’s High Court ordered internet operators to restore the internet back as the shutdown was illegal. President Mnangagwa’s administration wanted to prevent protestors from sharing information and planning their next move.


African Union to Unveil Statue of Emperor Haileselassie

OAU-establishedFebruary 1, 2019 ( - The African Union (AU) will unveil the statue of Emperor Haileselassie in its compound as a founding fathers of the Organization of African Union (OAU), according Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs.

In briefing journalists, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nebiat Getachew said preparations are underway for the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Africa Union whereby the statue will be unveiled.

The Spokesperson said “it will reflect the history of African liberation, integration, and Emperor Haileselassie’s indisputable role in the evolution of Africa’s development agenda.”


Ethiopian Force Ambushed by Al-Shabaab; Massive Response Expected

Al-Shabaab-Attack-EthiopiaJanuary 19, 2019 ( - 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

Business-in-Africa-TrendsJanuary 14, 2019 ( - 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


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