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  • GTP-II aims to boost export revenue to $16 bn

    As it seeks to become a lower middle-income country by 2025, Ethiopia aims to increase its export revenue to $16 billion, up from the current $3 billion, in the next five years.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has made two key changes in his Cabinet: He appointed Yacob Yala as Trade Minister, and replaced Finance Minister Sufian Ahmed with Abdulaziz Mohammed.

    Former trade minister Kebede Chane was allegedly dropped for failing to achieve export targets outlined in the country’s initial growth and transformation plan, in which Ethiopia secured $3 billion of the targeted $5 billion export revenue.

    The new growth plan seeks to open up key areas of the economy as the country shifts from its reliance on agriculture. Ethiopia plans to reduce the agricultural sector contribution to the GDP by 4 percentage in the next five years, from the current 40 per cent, in favour of manufacturing and industry. Its current GDP stands at $55.7 billion.

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  • Ethiopia's Legese clocks 59:20 to win Delhi Half Marathon

    Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese and Kenya’s Cynthia Limo came out on top after thrilling battles over the last kilometre for both the men’s and women’s titles at the 2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday (29).

    After a leading pack of 10 runners went through 10km in 27:56, five men were still in contention with just 500 metres to go ahead of the finish line in the Indian capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

    After an initial surge by Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, Legese overtook his compatriot with barely 100 metres remaining and crossed the line in a personal best of 59:20, with Geremew one second in arrears.

    “I am very happy, I enjoyed the course and enjoyed the race. It was very easy for me,” reflected Legese, whose winning time equalled the third fastest mark in the world this year

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  • Girl, peacekeeper killed in Sudan shelling: UN

    Khartoum (AFP) - Shelling killed a four-year-old girl and an Ethiopian peacekeeper in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations mission said Friday.

    Abyei has been contested since Sudan split into two countries in 2011 and there have been tensions between the Arab Misseriya and Ngok Dinka peoples in the region.

    In Thursday's attack, seven shells were fired, five of which landed near the home of the Ngok Dinka chief and one inside the residence's compound, said UNISFA, the United Nations interim security force for Abyei.

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  • HIV prevalence in Ethiopia drops by 90 percent

    (FBC) - The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Ethiopia decreased by 90 percent, the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) said.

    However, more than 24,000 new infections were registered last year, the office said at a press conference organized here today in connection with World AIDS Day to be commemorated on 1st December.

    This year’s World AIDS Day will be marked in Hawassa town, SNNP Regional State, with the theme “Getting to Zero, Let's Attain our Renaissance,” said Dr Alemu Ano, Deputy Director General of HAPCO.

    Hawassa was chosen as it is a hub for higher learning institutions and popular tourist destination in the country.

    According to Dr Alemu, the office plans to end the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2030.

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  • Tanzania rounds up over 100 Ethiopian illegal migrants

    Tanzanian police has rounded up 105 Ethiopian illegal migrants on their way to southern Africa, through where they hoped to travel Europe, official sources told APA on Friday.According to a blog account of the Tanzanian government, the all-male 105 Ethiopian illegal migrants were arrested Thursday at the house of one Burundian woman named Zainabu Umwiza at Segerea in Dar es Salaaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania.

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  • 33 illegal Ethiopians arrested in Kuwait

    KUWAIT CITY, Nov 24: Officers from the General Residence Affairs Investigation Department arrested 33 Ethiopians – five men and 28 women – for violating the Residency Law. This came after the securitymen received information about some persons providing shelter to female expatriates who were reported absconding by their employers.

    It was discovered later that these expatriates are working in houses in Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh. After verifying the information, the officers raided the shelter and arrested the Ethiopians. The department advised the domestic workers not to escape from their sponsors and work for other employers to avoid legal problems. It also warned the public against providing shelter to those who violated the Residency Law and others involved in criminal acts.

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