The Travel Show: Ethiopia, a great new frontier in tourism
Ethiopia is not often associated with tourism, but as Fionn Davenport heard today during The Irish Times travel podcast, that might be changing.
Ethiopia is easy to get to, with direct flights from London and Frankfurt. Next year, it will get easier with a new Ethiopian Airlines route from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles making a stop in Dublin.
Travel writer Gary Quinn spoke of how he highly recommends taking an organised trip with a guide. “The distances you’re going to travel and the number of places you want to see are so vast, you need someone who really knows the area.
He also says that the internal flight network is great, especially
along the historic trail in the north, but added: “I don’t know if
they’re set up yet for really independent travel”.
The country is large - about the size of France and Spain combined and
with a population of 90 million - and incredibly diverse. About 90
different languages are spoken. “We’ve had translators for translators.
You can go 40 kilometres down the road, and you’ll need a different
translator,” said Diane Weatherup of sight-saving charity Orbis. She
takes a charity group to Ethiopia every November. They do the Great
Ethiopian Run, a 10-kilometre run popular with locals and visitors
There are vast differences in landscape, with the arid Omo Valley in
the south and the lush historic trail in the north. Writer Anto Howard
took a trek through the villages near Lalibella in the north of the
country. He travelled to Ethiopia in 2010 while his wife was filming
there for her work.
He said while she was filming at a market in capital city Addis Ababa,
“people came and took her camera away”, claiming she did not have the
necessary permits to film there. “The state is definitely in charge,” he
said, referring to the country’s poor human rights record.
“I think we don’t explore enough what our responsibilities are and how
deeply we should look at these countries when we go into them,” said
Weatherup, however, works closely with the government for her charity.
“Our purpose is to educate them” about health and sanitation. “We try to
involve the government, and it works really well for us.
Source: Irish Times
An investor who killed and wounded lawyers in Hawassa arrested
An investor who has killed a lawyer and wounded another in Hawassa ten days ago put under custody yesterday. An investor who is the owner of the Hawassa’s Blue Nile Hotel was arrested yesterday in Addis while trying to flee the country.
Debub police has been searching for the suspect, Ato Tamerat Mulu, in collaboration with Federal and regional police forces.
Debub region police commissioner, Fisseha Garedew told FBC that the suspect was apprehended in Addis while planning to flee the country after his failed attempt to cross the border via Wollo.
The suspect is under investigation.
Report: Ethiopia needs 2.5 billion dollars a year to develop critical power generation projects
By Elias Meseret
new report has revealed that Ethiopia needs an estimated 2.5 billion
dollars a year to develop its critical power generation projects. The
report was announced today ahead of the third ‘Powering Africa’
Conference that will be held next month here in Addis.
month's two day Conference is expected to connect the Ethiopian
government with international and local power and infrastructure
developers and financiers that are seeking new investment opportunities.
Conference that will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa
is set to bring together senior level executives in the power value
chain to drive forward investment into Ethiopia’s energy sector.
is currently leading the way for a green economy with resourceful
emerging markets. Organizers of the meeting said the Conference will
also help to explore different financing models to support power
projects. Poor regulatory frameworks have been a recurring issue in the
power sector in Ethiopia that has proved to be limiting. Ethiopia is
aiming to support the economic development of the region by bringing the
industry’s key players in one place to invest and grow together. DireTube News
EFF denied reports of Keshi talks to coach Ethiopia
By Elias Meseret
The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) told DireTube today that it is not in talks with the former Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi. Public Relations Head of EFF, Womdimkun Alayou, has denied earlier reports that Keshi is expected in Ethiopia this week to finalise discussions over taking charge of the country’s team.
"There have not been any formal or informal talks with Keshi so far. The current coach is still in charge. I don't know where the reports come from," Wondimkun told Dire Tube on Monday morning.
Reports of Keshi's interest to coach Ethiopia came after he was fired by the Nigerian Football Federation last week after the country labored to qualify for next year’s AFCON.
Keshi has previously coached Togo and Mali.
Algeria have already qualified for the tournament proper after compiling 12 points.
Arabica in Addis Ababa: Climbing the coffee ladder in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Eighteen-year-old Aster Endale quickly gives the coffee cups a rinse before putting them back into her basket and picking up a bag with canisters of coffee. Then she crosses the road, weaving between traffic, to find her next customers.
Time wasted is coffee not poured — and money not earned — in the Ethiopian capital, where the humble cup of coffee is contributing to economic advancement starting at the lowest level and finishing at the counters of upmarket gourmet coffee houses in Tokyo and beyond.
Coffee has long played a central role in Ethiopia’s macroeconomic fortunes as the country’s largest export earner. In 2012 coffee exports generated more than $800 million, a figure expected to exceed $1 billion by 2015.
But besides the grand figures in annual economic reports, the simple act of selling a cup of cheap coffee plays a significant socioeconomic role for many trying to carve out a better life in Ethiopia. This is especially true amid the hubbub of a rapidly changing Addis Ababa, where a hierarchy of diverse coffee services by various practitioners exists.
At the bottom are women like Endale, roaming the streets carrying flasks in baskets full of tiny porcelain cups and saucers, dispensing coffee for three Ethiopian birr ($0.15) a cup. Next in line are the traditional coffee stands, known as jeubeuna bunna, outside bars and restaurants serving coffee for five birr ($0.25) a cup. Then there are the established coffeehouses, where a cup costs upward of 10 birr ($0.50).
“Everyone wants to graduate to the next level,” said Wondwossen Meshesha, operations manager for Tomoca, one of Addis’ original coffeehouses, inaugurated in 1953 by Emperor Haile Selassie.
For Tomoca, the next level up means securing foreign partners to help it export more roasted coffee to new international markets — doubling the revenue of raw beans, traditionally the bulk of Ethiopia’s coffee exports — and even opening cafes abroad.
Tomoca first wants to expand regionally into Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan, before going beyond Africa. It already has a partner based in Japan that distributes to restaurants, department stores and cafes there, and Tomoca is working toward similar partnerships in North America and Europe.
“Ethiopian coffees have two major advantages over all other coffees in the world,” said Geoff Watts, vice president of coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee, a Chicago-based roasting company. “Incredible genetic diversity and near perfect growing conditions.”
Read More at Aljazeera
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia to choose int'l firm by December
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will choose by December an international firm to conduct studies on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, which Cairo fears will reduce its share of potable Nile water.
In a press conference held in Cairo on Sunday, Egypt's irrigation minister Hossam Moghazi said on Sunday this week's tripartite talks over the dam in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum succeeded in establishing the terms upon which the three countries will choose the firm.
These terms have been sent to seven international consultancy firms, the minister said, which will be invited to Cairo to meet the three countries' representatives.
The seven firms are from Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland and Australia, according to Sudan's irrigation minister, Moatez Moussa.
The financial and technical offers of the firms will be accepted in late November, he said.
A tripartite technical committee will hold a meeting on 4 December in Khartoum to study the offers and then choose the firm in Addis Ababa on 16 December. The firm will assess the dam's impact over the next five months.
The firm's report will include the dam's impact on upstream Nile countries, Egypt and Sudan, as well as its environmental, social and economic effects.
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, set to be the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa, has been a source of worry for Egyptian officials, who believe it will affect the country's access to the Nile's water.
Ethiopia has denied that it will have any adverse affects. Some 40 percent of the dam has already been built, Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said earlier this month.
Source: Ahram Online
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