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ECA is set to launch a report on the economic impact of Ebola in Africa

Published: Dec 13, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
ECA is set to launch a report on the economic impact of Ebola in Africa
By Elias Meseret, Dire Tube Correspondent
ECA is set to launch a report on the economic impact of Ebola in Africa


A Media Advisory that the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) issued today has indicated that it will launch a new report on the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa in the whole of the continent. ECA said it will launch its report on Monday, 15 December 2014 at 11:00 am inside its compound in Addis Ababa.

The Economic Commission for Africa will be launching a new report that looks at the economic impact of the cases identified and deaths reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone so far. “Among other issues, the report raises the alarm on the risk of a rise in mortality of diseases not related to Ebola and also points out the wider impacts of the virus on the livelihoods of those affected,” a statement the ECA sent to Dire Tube said today.

Educational systems, rising social stigma, unemployment, and decreased food security are some of the big issues that Ebola-affected countries must deal with, according to the report. Further, the report contends that Africa is dealing with stigma that is going to affect economies that have nothing to do with Ebola.

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Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam 87% complete

Published: Dec 12, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam 87% complete


Ethiopia Electric Power has announced that 87% of the Gibe III hydropower dam on the Omo River has been completed.

Once complete, the project's ten 187MW turbine units will increase the country's energy coverage by 94%. Two of the units are expected to begin generating electricity by Spring 2015.

Other projects around the country are also progressing well and existing hydro dams, such as Tekeze and Gilgel Gibe II, are being expanded.

Despite its 45,000MW potential for hydropower, Ethiopia has only developed, and uses, 2268MW.

Source: Ethiopian Embassy in London


An Ethiopian delegation is set to arrive in Cairo on Sunday

Published: Dec 12, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
An Ethiopian delegation is set to arrive in Cairo on Sunday.


The delegation is comprised of 40 public figures from all walks of Ethiopian life.

Ethiopian Ambassador in Cairo, Mahmoud Dirir, told reporters that a group of Ethiopian businessmen, intellectuals, clerics and media figures will arrive in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials.    

Ambassador Mahmoud explained that the Ethiopian delegation’s visit comes in response to an earlier visit by an Egyptian delegation to Addis Ababa.    

The Ethiopian Ambassador added that such popular visits are considered a successful means to strengthen relationships between countries.

Source: TTN

Ethiopia will receive 13 Million Praziquantel Tablets in 2015

Published: Dec 12, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science Social Affairs
Ethiopia will receive 13 Million Praziquantel Tablets in 2015
Ethiopia will receive 13 Million Praziquantel Tablets in 2015

Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality, high-tech products in the pharmaceutical, chemical and life science sectors, today announced that Ethiopia will receive around 13 million praziquantel tablets in 2015. Merck supports the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight the parasitic worm disease schistosomiasis in Africa. Praziquantel is the most effective treatment for schistosomiasis.

According to WHO, Ethiopia is one of the most endemic countries for schistosomiasis in the world. It is estimated that around 22 million people, which is more than 20% of the entire population, requires treatment. Since the start of the program around 1.4 million patients, primarily children, have been treated. “We have committed to continuing our efforts in Africa, in cooperation with WHO, until schistosomiasis is eliminated. In order to fulfill this commitment, we will donate 100 million praziquantel tablets to African countries in 2015. Ethiopia will be one of the main beneficiaries of this donation”, said Frank Gotthardt, Head of Public Affairs at Merck and responsible for the Merck Praziquantel Donation Program.

Yesterday, the first meeting of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance took place at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa. “This alliance will allow the different constituencies to engage in a coordinated approach to better address the challenges of meeting the elimination target”, commented Gotthardt. The round table discussions and first global schistosomiasis meeting took place during the neglected tropical diseases week being hosted by the Ethiopian government from December 8 to 12.

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10 Trams for AALR reach Addis

Published: Dec 12, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
10 Trams for AALR reach Addis


Dereje Tefera, head of Public Relations at the Ethiopian Railways Corporation said 10 trams for the Addis Ababa Light Rail project have reached Addis Ababa.

 The three-section 70% low-floor cars have an entrance height of 350 mm and a steel and aluminum body designed to combine strength with lightness. They are designed to operate in pairs at speeds of 70 km/h.

Currently, the assembling of the trams is taking place in Addis Ababa and will be ready for test runs next month.

Laying of the rail in the city has been completed and the installation of electric cables is well under way, added Tefera.

Ethiopian Opposition Activists Bailed After Poll-Protest Arrests

Published: Dec 12, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order Politics
Ethiopian Opposition Activists Bailed After Poll-Protest Arrests
Ethiopian Opposition Activists Bailed After Poll-Protest Arrests

Ethiopian authorities released on bail about 80 activists, including the head of an opposition group, arrested while protesting for fair campaigning in 2015 elections, a Blue Party spokesman said.

Security forces made arrests on Dec. 5 when members of the Blue Party and eight other opposition groups took to the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, to call for greater freedom to hold meetings and rallies, Yonatan Tesfaye Regassa, the party’s head of public relations, said by phone.

Organization leader Yilkal Getnet was among those freed, while four other opposition members are still detained, possibly because they refused to co-operate with investigators, according to Yonatan. Investigations into the activists continue, he said.

Ethiopia is gearing up for parliamentary elections in May while rights groups including Amnesty International and donors such as the U.S. accuse its government of using legislation to criminalize legitimate dissent by political activists.

Communications Minister Redwan Hussien and Communications State Minister Shimeles Kemal didn’t answer a call each to their mobile phones today seeking comment.

Ethiopia’s constitution says everyone has the right to hold peaceful public protests. For “public convenience” the authorities may proscribe the location, route or timing of the demonstrations, it says.

“It was actually very bad and vicious,” Yonatan said, describing the policing of a protest near the party’s headquarters. “There was no talk, no negotiation. When they tried to pass the police blockade they started beating everyone.”

Read More at Bloomberg


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