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  • Ethiopia, Salini sign €2.5 bln contract for Koysha dam

    Ethiopia and Salini Impregilo have signed an agreement for the construction of Koysha dam, a new mega hydroelectric project, in Koysha area, SNNP regional state.

    The new megaproject is worth 2.5 billion Euros and will have an installed capacity of 2,200 MW.

    The client is the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The project includes a 170 metre high rolled compacted concrete (RCC) dam; the reservoir volume is 6000 million cubic metres. The hydroelectric plant will annually produce 6,460 GWh.

    This new important project together with GIBE III, which went into operation recently and GERD (the Grand Renaissance Dam) on the Blue Nile, will enable Ethiopia to become Africa’s leader in terms of energy production.

    The country has been rapidly growing for many years now, and will soon become the driving force of the African continent.

    The large infrastructure projects that have characterized the past few years do not only sustain growth, but also contribute to achieving the goal of transforming Ethiopia into Africa's energy hub.

    As of today, Ethiopia exports energy in Kenya, Sudan and Djibouti, its closest countries.

    The authorities do not exclude reaching markets like Europe and the Middle East in view of the potential of the hydroelectric plants being built.

    Source: Fana Broadcasting 

     

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  • ICAO has certified Ethiopian Aviation Academy as the ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence

    Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest and the most modern aviation academy in Africa, has been reICAO has certified Ethiopian Aviation Academy as the ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellencecognized as ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence on May 11, 2016 at the ICAO’s Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS symposium held at Conrad hotel in Seoul, Korea.

    The Academy attained the recognition followinga rigorous assessment of the Training organization, Training & Procedures Manuals, Facilities, Training Processes, Qualification of Staff and Quality System.

    The recognition allows Ethiopian to develop and host ICAO Training Packages (ITPs) in addition to ICAO recognized Standardized Training Packages (STPs) of its own. Moreover, besides improving the quality of training, by making it more of material dependent than instructor dependent, the ITPs and STPs can also be exchanged with all ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS members and generate revenue.

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    Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) has recently been awarded  “Airline Service Provider of the Year”

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  • ICAO has certified Ethiopian Aviation Academy as the ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence

    Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest and the most modern aviation academy in Africa, has been reICAO has certified Ethiopian Aviation Academy as the ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellencecognized as ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence on May 11, 2016 at the ICAO’s Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS symposium held at Conrad hotel in Seoul, Korea.

    The Academy attained the recognition followinga rigorous assessment of the Training organization, Training & Procedures Manuals, Facilities, Training Processes, Qualification of Staff and Quality System.

    The recognition allows Ethiopian to develop and host ICAO Training Packages (ITPs) in addition to ICAO recognized Standardized Training Packages (STPs) of its own. Moreover, besides improving the quality of training, by making it more of material dependent than instructor dependent, the ITPs and STPs can also be exchanged with all ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS members and generate revenue.

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    Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) has recently been awarded  “Airline Service Provider of the Year”

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  • Ethiopia: Heading the Wrong Way

    Ethiopia has been at the forefront of this wave of violent intolerance. Members of the Oromo ethnic group are facing a brutal crackdown following initially peaceful protests that started in the fall of 2015. Some estimates place the number of persons killed at the beginning of 2016 at over 400. Thousands have been detained and hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed. The violent crackdown is consistent with the violent security force crackdowns in Oromia in 2014 and in Konso in March 2016 as well as against other protests.

    Closing of Political Space in Ethiopia

    This is the reality facing Ethiopians whom the  government  designates opponents of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The government heavily restricts freedom of expression and association, and severely constrains political space, especially for civil society organizations.

    In the 2015 elections, the EPRDF and its allies claimed all of 547 seats in Parliament amid concern over the lack of conditions for free and fair electionsEthiopia: Heading the Wrong Way. It has become virtually impossible to question, challenge or protest against any action of the government.  According to the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index,  Ethiopia ranks 91 out of 102 countries with severe constraints on government powers and fundamental rights.  Freedom House also rated the country “not free”. Ethiopia scores 6 out of 7, on a scale of 1-7 from free to not free, on both civil liberties and political rights. Civil society organizations have been forced to close, thousands of political prisoners are languishing in prisons, and human rights defenders who dare to speak out are forcibly imprisoned and beaten.

    The use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation Act continues to be used to silence journalists and other critics who dare to speak out. People like noted journalist Eskinder Nega, Oromo leader Bekele Gerba, and Anuak Land rights activist Okello Akway Ochalla are all behind bars and charged with terrorism for opposing the government policies. They are just three individual stories of many who are suffering under the Ethiopian government’s crackdown on human rights.

    Eskinder Nega was sentenced to 18 years in jail in 2012 for fulfilling his role as a journalist and questioning the use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to arrest those that criticized the government.  This was not the first time Eskinder had faced unjust retaliation due to his refusal to be silenced.  Eskinder’s son Nafkot was born in prison in 2005 when both Eskinder and hjs wife Serkalem were imprisoned for criticizing the government’s killing of nearly 200 people in post-election protests in 2005. Four years later after he was unjustly convicted and imprisoned once again, Eskinder Nega still languishes behind bars and more convictions have been handed down using the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.

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    Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a growing trend of evaporating political space. Non-governmental organizations are being heavily and often violently restricted, and newspapers, bloggers and other voices of dissent or criticism are being silenced or intimidated into exile.

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  • Salini Signs a €2.5bn New Hydropower Dam Project Deal With EEP

    Salini Impregilo has signed a €2.5bn (£1.86bn) contract for the Koyash Dam hydro project in Ethiopia. The project includes a 170m-high rolled coSalini Signs a €2.5bn New Hydropower Dam Project Deal With EEPmpacted dam creating a reservoir volume of 6,000 million cubic metres. The hydroelectric plant will produce 6,460 GWh a year. The new hydroelectric plant for Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) will have an installed capacity of 2,200MW.

    Ethiopia is aiming to become Africa’s leader in terms of energy production through this project together with GIBE III - which went into operation recently - and Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.  It already exports energy in Kenya, Sudan and Djibouti, its closest countries. 

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    Image: a €2.5bn (£1.86bn) contract for the Koyash Dam hydro project in Ethiopia.

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  • Tedros Adhanom Eyes Leadership Seat of WHO

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom on Tuesday launched his candidacy to lead the World Health Organization, insisting it was time forTedros Adhanom Eyes Leadership Seat of WHO an African to occupy the key UN job.

    "The fresh view we can bring from our continent and the perspective of a developing country can help improve the global health situation," Tedros told reporters in Geneva, as he announced his desire to succeed WHO chief Margaret Chan of Hong Kong when she steps down next year. Tedros, a doctor by training, highlighted the experience he acquired during his seven years as Ethiopia's health minister until 2012, when he implemented widespread reforms that among other things allowed the country to slash its infant mortality rate by two thirds.

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    Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference launching his candidacy to the post of Director General of World Health Organization on May 24, 2016, in Geneva ©Fabrice Coffrini (AFP)

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