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It's time for Ethiopia to host Afcon

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
It's time for Ethiopia to host Afcon

The withdrawal of Libya in hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations has left many countries clamouring for the great opportunity .

However an African saying goes “ as you look at the future its important to take a look at the beginning where the dream started”.Ethiopia was one of only three teams and countries (along with Egypt and Sudan ) to participate in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations in 1957 .

To go further Ethiopia is a founding member of CAF and hosted the early versions of Cup of Nations in 1962 when they won the coveted trophy .

The gods have a way when they have their own wish and with Libya’s withdrawal it certain and with all conviction that the next best destination for the African football showpiece makes it way back to its ancentral home in Ethiopia for the 2017 it is indeed time for Ethiopia Africa Cup of Nations.

Ethiopia is advancing faster than any other African country

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia rising

In one of my blog posts, I wrote about Ethiopia’s infrastructure development. As usual Kenyans were in denial but the fact remains that Ethiopia is advancing faster than any other African country.

The World Bank report says “Over the past decade, Ethiopia has achieved high economic growth, averaging 10.7 per cent per year. In 2012, Ethiopia was the 12th fastest growing economy in the world. If the country can continue its historically impressive growth performance, it could potentially reach middle income status by 2025.”

We can choose to continue bragging as the largest and diversified economy in eastern Africa or get our house in order and begin to compete with the rest of the world. It is bad enough to be in a leadership position in a region with countries at the tail end of per capita income.

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We should at the minimum worry that a neighbouring country is growing twice as much as we are growing. At most we should be trying to catch up with our former peers like South Korea and Singapore.

Our continued foot-dragging culture will translate into a situation where Kenyans will be trying to cross into Ethiopia in search of jobs.

Our false belief that a free market economy will do magic as our leaders crisscross the country in search of a perfect political system will not do it. There is no perfect political system, especially when the players are devoid of any ideology.

Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map

Kiya Gezahegne joined an unruly, jostling throng surrounding a priest who wielded a 12th-century gold and bronze cross, one of the most sacred artefacts in Ethiopia. A young man shut his eyes and trembled from head to toe as he was blessed. Finally, Gezahegne stepped forward and stooped so the priest could tap the cross all over her body. "I felt close to God," she said.

Steeped in ancient ritual, this was the scene revealed by dawn's first light in the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The cool morning air was filled with the smell of incense and the drumbeat and chanting of hundreds of pilgrims swathed in white robes, some kissing the walls. A sprinkling of foreign visitors groped through narrow crevices and labyrinthine tunnels. Earlier this year they included George W Bush and family and Evgeny Lebedev, the newspaper proprietor.

Ethiopia closes the door on Spanish adoptive parents

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia closes the door on Spanish adoptive parents

Two Spanish couples who have been in Ethiopia for five months waiting for the authorities there to clear up administrative problems over the adoption of two young boys now look set to return home without them.

Sonia Alonso and Rubén Fernández and Silvia Pons and Jerónimo Moltó began the adoption process four years ago, and travelled to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa at the end of March, believing that all the paperwork had been approved and that failing a few formalities, they would be able to bring the two boys, aged 15 months and three years, back with them within days.

But the Ethiopian authorities say that a signature on one of the documents issued by the state-run orphanage where the children were living was forged, and that the whole adoption process must be repeated.

The couples have been looking after the two boys over the last five months, but last week they were obliged by a court to hand them back to the Ethiopian authorities.

“It was the worst moment of my life, a nightmare that we can’t go through again. We had to return to our hotel rooms that were filled with the babies’ things,” said Sonia Alonso.

Indian Company to Build Textile Industry in Mekele

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
Indian Company to Build Textile Industry in Mekele

An Indian Company, Velocity Apparel, has received 100 hectares of land in Mekele to build a modern textile industry with a starting capital of USD 150 million.

State Minister of Industry, Tadese Haile, said this is an important project for the country as a whole with significant economic benefits.

President of the Tigray Regional State, Abay Woldu, for his part stated that the region has a huge investment potential and a developed infrastructure, rendering it suitable for investments in industries and manufacturing.

Ethiopia turns full circle to help refugees

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Social Affairs

Ethiopia turns full circle to help refugees

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said Turkey's good relations with his country could be expected to get closer

Ethiopia's image has long been as one of Africa's most needy nations but the country has now turned the tables to become the largest refugee-hosting country on the continent.

The famines of the 1980s and war with Eritrea in the 1990s saw hundreds of thousands casualties, but today Ethiopia is helping those affected by conflicts on its borders.

Fighting in neighboring South Sudan has seen Ethiopiatake in more than 250,000 displaced persons, contributing to a refugee population of nearly 630,000 in the east African state.

According to the United Nations refugee agency, Ethiopiahas now overtaken Kenya in terms of offering refuge to those fleeing other African states.

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