| Egypt Concerned over Slow Pace of Technical Studies on GERD
September 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
| AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries Urge International Community for Support
September 22, 2017 - Leaders of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi urged the international community for support during troop contributing countries meeting, which was called by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Leaders of AMISOM troop contributing countries noted that financial constraint is becoming a hindrance to the smooth operation of the peacekeeping mission and called upon the international community to support AMISOM so that it would carry out its mission effectively.
Enabling the gradual handover of its security responsibility to Somali security forces; reducing the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups, are among the strateg
| Rebels Kill 25 in South Sudan Attack
September 20, 2017 - Rebels in South Sudan attacked government forces in Unity State, where oil fields have been abandoned due to fighting, and 25 people including civilians were killed, reports Africa news.
South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after protracted bloodshed, fell into civil war in late 2013 with troops loyal to President Salva Kiir fighting those of the ex-vice president he sacked, Riek Machar.
Those killed during Monday’s fighting in the town of NhialDiu included women, elderly people and local police officers, Lam Tungwar, state minister of information of Northern Liech state, told Reuters.<
| Ethiopia, Sudan to Bolster Military Ties
September 19, 2017 - Ethiopian and Sudanese military officials are deliberating on how to enhance joint cooperation to face security challenges in the region, the Sudanese army chief of staff, General Emad al-Din Mustafa Adawi, says, according to Sudan Tribune. Several years after the unsuccessful attempt to reconcile Ethiopia and Eritrea in order to build a tripartite economic and military regional alliance, Sudan and Ethiopia developed joint economic projects and moved together towards broader regional political and security cooperation.
During a visit to Khartoum last August, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessaleg called for a regional in
| Rape Gone Rampant in South Sudan – Rights Groups
September 18, 2018 - Thousands of women fleeing the four-year-long conflict in South Sudan have been raped and sexually assaulted, reports Al Jazeera. Rights groups and South Sudanese women interviewed by Al Jazeera, mainly blame the government troops of President Salva Kiir, but also opposition forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar for the abuses.
Ken Scott, a war crimes prosecutor who has worked on tribunals for many conflicts, quoted by Al Jazeeraas saying “the sexual violence in South Sudan is the worst he has ever seen.”
"It's such a high level of incidents, widespread, been going on for a substantial peri
| Ethiopian Airlines Announces Plan for Southern Africa Market
September 16, 2017 - An outline plan for a joint-venture airline in Zambia should be signed with the government and private-equity investors in a few weeks, leading to a final agreement by November, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said in an interview. That will give Ethiopian a new hub in Lusaka serving southern Africa alongside Malawian Airlines, in which it has a stake.
Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise has started talks to found regional divisions in Zambia and Chad and aims to buy part of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national operator in a push to consolidate its lead as Africa’s biggest car
| Ethiopia, Kenya Forecasted to Outperform African Giants in FDI
September 15, 2017 - Ethiopia and Kenya might soon outshine Africa's economic giants, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt in the competition for investment, according to forecasts from Control Risks Consultancy. The report Africa Risk-Reward Index, developed by Control Risks, was released in Johannesburg.
The report noted that while Nigeria and South Africa have recovered, there are still some risks.
Ethiopia, which is one of the fastest growing countries in the continent, outperformed all African countries in the survey.
The country attracted 3.2 billion U.S. dollars of foreign direct investment in 2016. Between
| Kenya Police Arrests 60 Ethiopians
September 14, 2017 - Kenyan police arrested 60 Ethiopian immigrants from a residential estate in Nairobi, according to Nairobi County police commander, Japheth Koome. The Ethiopians had arrived in the city on Sunday and were found hiding in a house.
The police have on several occasions rounded up dozens of illegal immigrants especially from Ethiopia, who have been discovered locked up in congested rooms in Kenyan towns and cities. Koome said the Ethiopians were being fed with bread and shared toilets that threatened their health, noting that investigation is underway to establish how the suspects reached the area.“The Ethiopians don’t
| SPLM-N Delegates Meet in Addis Ababa
September 13, 2017 - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North delegation, led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu (SPLM/N al-Hilu), discussed humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The delegates from the movement have discussed the humanitarian file in two areas with western officials and aid groups in Ethiopia.
According to Sudan tribune’s report, the SPLM-N is now divided into two factions: one in the Nuba Mountains led by al-Hilu and the other in the White Nile State led by Malik Agar. The rift emerged several months ago over the right of self-determination and other issues.
In a statement extended to
| AfDB Renews Commitment to Support Ethiopia’s Energy Sector
September 13, 2017 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) disclosed that it would renew efforts to support Ethiopia’s the energy sector, as the nation better performs in the sector. During a visit to a substation in South Ethiopia, East African Constituency Board Director of AfDB, Nyamajeje Calleb Weggoro stated that the bank is satisfied with this project performance and is optimistic that it would be completed on time.
He said “So, the bank satisfied with this project. We think we will prepare to consider further request in Ethiopia’s energy sector.”
Noting that the energy sector is one
| Egypt Kills 10 Islamic State Linked Terrorist
September 10, 2017 - Egyptian security forces killed 10 suspected Islamic state linked militants on Sunday in a shootout during a raid on two apartments in central Cairo, Egypt’s government announced. Three Egyptian policemen were injured after one suspected militant detonated an explosive device to block their entry into the building and two other policemen were injured during the exchange of fire that followed.
One source said authorities received a tip off about the hideouts of the individuals, who they suspect of being members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the Egyptian capital targeting ju
| Addis Ababa - Nairobi - Mombasa Road Project Nears Completion
September 10, 2017 - A high-level delegation of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the financier of the Addis Ababa - Nairobi - Mombasa road project, visited the progress of the project on the Ethiopian side. The Addis Ababa-Nairobi-Mombasa road project is an important section of the Cairo-Cape town trans-African highway, which will traverse nine African countries. Upon completion, the road connects Ethiopia and Kenya and will enable Ethiopia access the Mombasa port for its import-export trade.
“The project is going well. We have witnessed some sections that have already completed and some are making progress. We haven&rsqu
| Sudan Deports 30 Young Eritrean Asylum Seekers - UNHCR
September 7, 2017 - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Deputy Representative for Sudan, Elizabeth Tan, stated that her agency is deeply concerned about reports of the deportation of some 30 young asylum-seekers from Sudan to Eritrea.
According to Elizabeth, the asylum-seekers do not appear to have had their claims adequately heard, and they were deported on charges of illegal entry into Sudan which is not supported under international refugee law.
"Charges of illegal entry are waived in the case of refugees," Tan said. "UNHCR is in contact with the authorities to seek further information on what occurred. We have also requeste
| South Sudan Urged to Postpone Elections
September 5, 2017 - Citing the absence of sound legal frameworks, experts and civil society groups are urging South Sudan to delay conducting general elections early next year. The experts instead advised that a focus should be given to the implementation of the August 2015 peace deal to end over three years of civil war.
The South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE), a network of more than 70 civil society organizations, said the current situation in South Sudan makes it practically impossible to conduct credible elections within the remaining time frame of the peace deal, which is set to expire in March 2018.
| UK Renews Travel Caution for Eritrea
September 5, 2017 - The United Kingdom (UK) renewed its travel advisory for Eritrea cautioning its citizens against all travel to borders of the country.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said nationals should avoid all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia and Djibouti – in the case of Ethiopia, due to border tensions dating back to 2008.
The same advice was issued with respect to Sudan with specific mention of Eritrean towns like Tesseney and Barentu all located in the country’s south-west.A summary of the latest update read as follows: “constraints on travel within Eritrea means the B
| US Urges South Sudan to Improve Security, Humanitarian Access
September 3, 2017 - After four years of civil war marked by brutal attacks on civilians, the United States is reviewing its support for South Sudan, said USAID administrator Mark Green. During a discussion between Salva Kiir and Green, the U.S. President Donald Trump’s new aid chief, urged Kiir to take a new round of regional peace talks seriously and called for an immediate ceasefire.
He met with Kiir for 45 minutes on Friday to deliver a blunt message from Washington amid concerns over atrocities, growing instability, lawlessness and the treatment of aid agencies. The meeting signaled that the Trump administration was reconsidering backing f
| Ethiopia, Botswana to Cooperate in Small, Medium Scale Industries
September 3, 2017 - After visiting Ethiopian small and medium scale manufacturing industries, Reitumetse Aphiri, Executive Director for Investment Promotion at Botswana Investment and Trade Center, expressed desire to work in collaboration with Ethiopia in the development of small and medium scale manufacturing industries.
According to the Ethiopian news agency report, the Executive Director has requested the support of the Ethiopian government in providing training for Botswanan experts and helping the country for the development of the sector and expansion of industries.
She also invited companies engaged i
| Malawi Arrests 74 Ethiopians for Illegal Entry
September 3, 2017 - Malawi Immigration Department has arrested 74 Ethiopians for illegal entry and five Malawian drivers for aiding them into the country. In a related story, a couple of days ago the Kenyan police had arrested 13 Ethiopian men for similar reason. Confirming the arrest of the Ethiopians, Malawi Northern Region Immigration Public Relations Officer Blackwell Lungu bemoaned why some Malawians are still aiding illegal Ethiopian immigrants into the country despite several awareness campaigns against the same.
The Ethiopians and the drivers were nabbed in Chiweta hills along the Karonga-Mzuzu M1 Road. Lungu said aiding the Ethiopians thro
| Tana Forum Switches Venue from Bahir Dar to Hawassa
September 2, 2017 - Tana Forum’s organizers announced the change of venue of the high-level conference for next year from Bahir Dar to Ethiopia's southern city of Hawassa, where it will hold the 7th forum April 21 to 22, 2018 under the theme, “Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union”.
The forum is an independent initiative by a group of renowned Africans, including former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Meles Zenawi. It was launched in 2012, and has taken place each April on the shores of Lake Tana in the Ethiopian northern City of Bahir Dar.
| Kenyan Police Arrest 13 Ethiopians
August 31, 2017 - Thirteen Ethiopians, who were enroute to South Africa, have been arrested in a house in Parklands, Kenya, for entering the country illegally.
The Ethiopian men are said to have rented a house temporarily and looking for the smuggler behind the syndicate, reported Kenyan Police.
They will be arraigned today. Police and immigration officials have decried the high number of Ethiopian aliens nabbed in the country while on transit to either Tanzania or South Africa.Most of them cannot speak in Swahili or English.
Thousands of Ethiopians flock to South Africa through Tanzania every year. Their journey to reach a safe haven