Ethiopian News

  • Premier holds talks with Sudanese public diplomacy delegation

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held talks with Sudanese public diplomacy delegation at his office today.

    Sudanese public diplomacy delegation arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last Sunday for a week-long official visit.

    In its week-long stay, the delegation visited Addis-Adama expressway, housing and Addis Ababa light rail projects, among others.

    It also held discussions with senior government officials, including with President Mulatu Teshome, Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) and Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Ababa.

    The delegation met with Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as well as visited historical and cultural sites in Mekelle, Tigray regional state.

    And on the final day of their visit, members of the delegation met this afternoon with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at his office, where they discussed on diverse bilateral issues.  

    Hailemariam on the occasion said “our historic relations are founded on the principle of our people-to-people relationship.”

    “I met President Omar Hassen Al-Bashir three times this month alone and this shows the strength of our relations,” he added.

    Speaking on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which Ethiopia has been building on the Nile River, the Premier said the dam will further cement the all around ties of people of the two countries.

    Dr. Omar Suleiman, head of the delegation, said GERD is not just a dam; it is a symbol of renaissance for Sudan and the region as well.

    He further said Sudan and Ethiopia are two countries with one people.

    According to Dr. Suleiman, the visit is intended to further strengthen the people-to-people relations between the two countries.

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  • Ethiopia’s Boom Times

    Ethiopia has a new nickname: “The African Lion.” Like China (“The Asian Dragon”), Ethiopia’s economy is growing: 10 percent annually from 2003 to 2014. But the moniker also has less savory connotations.

    Ethiopia’s economic expansion is taking place against a backdrop of privatization, immiseration, and incursions on democratic rights. On the one hand, the government has undertaken huge infrastructure projects, like the construction of the two largest dams in Africa (funded in part by foreign investment).

    On the other, it sells locally owned land to large multinational corporations at low prices and exiles or imprisons journalists critical of the deals. A journey through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, illustrates the shape development has taken — and the inequalities it’s created. 

     

    See: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/05/ethiopia-addis-ababa-development-midroc-amoudi/

     

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  • US$702.6m is urgently required to address prioritized humanitarian needs in Ethiopia

    This Prioritisation Statement has been prepared as a complement to the joint Government and humanitarian partners 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD).

    It clarifies acute relief needs and major gaps that require urgent additional donor support. The HRD remains the common plan and implementation framework to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia in 2016. The HRD will be formally revised in late June following the conclusion of a Government-led, multi-stakeholder belg assessment (starting at the end of May), which will assess the success of the spring harvest and outstanding needs in other non-food sectors.

    The urgent priorities for donor funding outlined here have been considered and agreed amongst humanitarian partners participating in Sector Task Forces / Clusters, and endorsed by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission and Humanitarian Country Team. US$702.6m is urgently required to address prioritised humanitarian needs in Ethiopia for the remainder of 2016.

     

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  • USAID announces nearly $128 Million in Additional Humanitarian Aid to Ethiopia

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today nearly $128 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ethiopia face the impacts of the worst drought in fifty years.

     Triggered by El Niño, the drought follows successive poor rainy seasons and now exceeds many people’s ability to cope. Today’s announcement will provide vital humanitarian aid including relief food assistance, safe drinking water, nutrition services, and mobile health teams to help address the needs stemming from the drought. In addition, it will also help people by providing seeds for food production during the upcoming rains.

    Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs Thomas H. Staal announced the new funding in Ethiopia alongside Commissioner Mitiku Kassa—a tireless partner from Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission. In his remarks, Mr. Staal said, “This new funding underscores the United States’ commitment to working with Ethiopia to prevent this drought from becoming a humanitarian catastrophe.”

    With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $705 million in humanitarian assistance since October 2014, and continues to be the largest humanitarian donor to Ethiopia. The U.S. commends the other donors who have contributed generously to the drought response, and encourages others to join this international effort to address the drought’s impacts and also protect hard-earned development gains.

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  • South Sudanese fear the Presence of Ethiopian Troops in Pochalla

    The presence of the EtSouth Sudanese fear the Presence of Ethiopian Troops in Pochallahiopian troops in South Sudan's Pochalla has raises fear and concern among many citizens, who also complain that the troops are taking from their water sources in the area. Residents of Pochalla North County fear the presence of about 3000 Ethiopian soldiers in the area, a source informed Radio Tamazuj from Pochalla. Women also complain that these troops are taking water from the water points in the county. “People, especially women are complaining that they are taking water by force,” said a local source.
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    Image: Ethio-South Sudan Boarder.

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  • Ethiopia seizes $2.4m from Atlas’ account in tax dispute

    Ethiopia has seized cash from the account of Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) cross-listed Atlas Ltd over a tax dispute. The firm, originally listed at the London Stock Exchange, has lost $2.4 million deposited by its subsidiary TEAP Glass PLC. Atlas said the tax bill by the EthiopiaEthiopia seizes $2.4m from Atlas’ account in tax disputen Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) is from a claim against Ardan Risk & Support Services which it acquired three years ago. In an update sent to the NSE Atlas said it had been advised in Addis Ababa that neither it nor TEAP has any tax liability under the Ethiopian law.

    “The company has been advised by its local team in Addis Ababa that on May 10, 2016 ERCA summarily removed approximately $2.4 million from TEAP’s bank account with the Development Bank of Ethiopia,” the statement read. Atlas, which only recently announced it was investing in the Ethiopian glass-making factory, says it will ensure the funds are returned since the unilateral removal of the funds was unlawful and in breach of an agreement reached with ERCA.
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    Atlas CEO Carl Esprey when the firm listed at the NSE in 2014. PHOTO | FILE

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