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IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South Sudan

IGAD-MeetingMarch 28, 2017 - Concerned with the worsening of humanitarian situation in South Sudan, IGAD urged for immediate measures for smooth provision of humanitarian assistance, according to ENA.

In a communiqué issued following its 30th Extra-Ordinary Summit held on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, IGAD decided that all humanitarian corridors should be immediately opened without any condition to allow safe access to affected people across the country.

In this regard, the summit called the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for a confirmation within a week.

The leaders condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan and called o

Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to Ethiopia

Somalis-trek-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2017 – Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, according UNHCR report. Hungry and exhausted, Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, and her seven young children finally reached Ethiopia at the end of a desperate three-day trek over the border from Somalia.

“We walked and slept on the road,” she says, her eyes flitting nervously as she recalls the journey. “I had to leave my husband and parents behind for my children to have a fighting chance to survive.”

Aisha is amongst some 4,300 Somali refugees who hav

World Bank Announces Record 57 Billion USD to Finance Sub-Saharan Africa

World-bank-to-provide-57B-Sub-SaharanMarch 21, 2017 - World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim yesterday announced a record 57 billion USD to finance Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years, according to ENA.

The bulk of the financing 45 billion USD will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for poorest countries.

The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated 8 billion USD in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and 4 billion USD in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and D

Ethiopian Envoy Visits South Sudan for Talks on Abducted Children

Talks-on-abducted-childrenMarch 17, 2017 - South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that gunmen from the Murle tribe in Boma State had carried out an attack on Ethiopia’s Gambella region and fled along with dozens of children, according to Radio Tamazuj report. An Ethiopian envoy was in Juba on Thursday to find the abducted children and discuss security issues long the common border between the two countries, the report adds.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mawien Makol Ariik, said the local authorities in Boma state informed the national government that a group of gunmen from the area

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Visits Ethiopia

UK-Boris-visits-EthiopiaMarch 17, 2017 - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his country is interested in promoting development and investment ventures with Ethiopia, according to ENA.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has conferred with the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in his office.

The foreign minister said on the occasion that UK wants to work together with Ethiopia by supporting its activities in development and investment.

“We are talking about two great countries, Ethiopia and the U.K, and our bilateral relations on development and investments. Ethiopia is a great country with bright future and has a greater capacity in her gifte

President Mulatu Bids Farewell to Outgoing AUC Chairperson

Ethiopia-bids-farewell-AU-chairMarch 14, 2017 - President Mulatu Teshome bid farewell to the outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today at the National Palace, reports ENA.

During the occasion, the outgoing Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that she tried to facilitate the situation to build a better Africa that everybody wants during her tenure.

“We think in the four and half years, we were able to galvanize Africans in all sectors to reflect on the Africa we want”, she said.

To create better Africa that everybody wants, Zuma said that she tried her best to carry forward the m

Egypt Following Sneaky Strategy Against Ethiopia - Report

el-sisi-MuseveniMarch 6, 2017 - In an exclusive interview with South Sudan News Agency, a former Ugandan intelligence agent said the Egyptian government is actively pursuing a sneaky military strategy against Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Further Egypt is also assisting South Sudanese government in its war against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), the report claims.

James Moises, the former intelligence operative alleges that Egypt and Uganda mutually agreed last year to achieve what he described as “two different interests. Moises went into details, explaining why Uganda and Egypt joined force

Ethiopian Prime Minister in Uganda on Three Day State Visit

PM-visiting-UgandaMarch 2, 2017 - Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn arrived in Uganda for three-day state visit and held bilateral talks with President Yoweri Museveni, according to FBC.

During the talks, the two leaders agreed on several issues, including to further discuss on the use of the River Nile waters under the auspices of the Nile Basin summit.

They agreed to work together in the stabilization of South Sudan using the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is currently chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Both sides also agreed to continue working together to create an enabling environment for Somal

Eritrea Denies Involvement in Alleged Plan to Attack Ethiopian Dam

Eritrea-denies-involvement-in-GERD-attackMarch 2, 2017 - Eritrea has denied any involvement in an alleged plan to attack Ethiopian dam, according to report in Newsweek. The dam is set to become the biggest hydropower dam in Africa.

Ethiopia’s deputy government spokesman, Zadig Abrha, told the state-run  Fana Broadcasting Corporation that 20 members of an Eritrean rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement—had been apprehended while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Abrha said that Ethiopian security forces killed 13 of the rebels, while seven fled int

5th Africa Business Forum Opens in Addis Ababa

Africa-Business-Forum-opens-Addis-AbabaMarch 1, 2017 - The 5th Africa Business Forum, one of the bi-annual gatherings in Africa and the Middle East, opened today in Addis Ababa, according to FBC.
 
The forum attracted high government officials, more than 100 heads and representatives of business companies from different countries as well as ambassadors of Nigeria, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among others.

Speaking at the opening, State Minister of Industry of Ethiopia, Dr Mebrhtu Meles, said business and manufacturing companies in Africa need to strengthen their relations each other to enter to the global market in addition to Africa.

Ethiopia: Refugee Influx Expected to Rise Sharply

Somale-refugee-InfluxFebruary 28, 2017 - The number of refuges entering Ethiopia is expected to increase sharply due to a severe drought affecting South Sudan and the Somali region, according to Capital report. According to the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), since September 30th and throughout the month of October 2016, Ethiopia has received 58,000 refugees.

“We are currently working on a contingency plan; we expect more refugees to come due to the severe drought that is currently affecting South Sudan,” said Zeynu Jemal, Deputy Director of ARRA.

During a workshop organized to launch the  Regional Development and

Ethiopia, Liberia Agree to Work Together in Multiple Areas

Ethiopia-Liberia-sign-agreementsFebruary 28, 2017 - Ethiopia and Liberia have agreed to cooperate in social and economic development areas., according to ENA

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf held discussion here today.

The leaders, who conferred on enhancing further bilateral relations, have agreed to cooperate in economic and social development spheres.

The agreements signed between the two countries will help them to work together in areas of technical and vocational education, health, livestock and fishery resources as well as industrial development, it was indicated.

Prim

Liberian President Visiting Ethiopia

Liberian-President-Visiting-EthiopiaFebruary 27, 2017 - Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will pay a four-day official visit to Ethiopia starting tomorrow, according to ENA.

Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tewolde Mulugeta, told ENA that the countries are expected to sign agreements in the economic, political and social spheres.

The spokesperson, who recalled the agreements signed earlier in trade, transport, agriculture, among others, added that agreements in health, technical and vocational areas would in particular be concluded.

According to him, the president’s visit would elevate the relationship of the two cou

Ethiopia, South Sudan Sign Multiple Agreements

Ethiopia-South-Sudan-Sign-agreementsFebruary 24, 2017 - Ethiopia, South Sudan signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) in various fields, according to ENA. The signing ceremony took place in Addis Ababa, following the bilateral talks held between Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.

The agreements signed covered construction of roads and bridges, communication, information and media, Health, energy, and preferential trade agreement as well as border trade protocol.

Acknowledging that free movement of people and goods are pre-requisites for enhancing economic ties and expeditious implementation of thes

South Sudan President Arrives in Addis Ababa

South-Sudan-President-Arrives-AAFebruary 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.

During th

New President of Somalia Inaugurated

Somalia-President-InauguratedFebruary 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

South-Sudan-President-Visiting-EthiopiaFebruary 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

New-Somalia-PresidentFebruary 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.

Farmajo's vict

South Sudan Rebels Accuse Egypt of Bombing Raids

South-Sudan-rebels-accuse-egypt-bombingFebruary 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

Ethiopia-to-strengthen-relationsJanuary 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

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