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Ethiopian Airlines and Agence Franc?aise de De?veloppement Sign €50 million Loan Agreement

Published: Jun 20, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
Ethiopian Airlines and Agence Française de Développement Sign €50 million Loan Agreement

Ethiopian Airlines and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed a loan agreement of 50 million euros on 20 June 2014 at the Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters. The agreement is aimed at financing the construction of the new state-of- the art cargo terminal.

Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, and Mr. Christian YOKA, AFD Regional Director signed the agreement at Ethiopian Headquarters on 20 June 2014 in the presence of H.E. Ms. Brigitte Collet, French Ambassador to Ethiopia.

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros Meets Tanzanian Athletes Taking Training in Ethiopia

Published: Jun 20, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros Meets Tanzanian Athletes Taking Training in Ethiopia

Dr. Tedros Adahanom met (June 18) with athletes from the National Athletics Team of Tanzania here in Addis Ababa (June 18, 2014). In his meeting with the ten men strong team, Dr. Tedros noted that the Government of Ethiopia is delighted in hosting and providing training to athletes of Tanzania.

He also thanked to the representatives, coaches and professionals of the Ethiopian Sport Commission and Ethiopian Athletics Federation for providing the training to the Tanzanian athletes. He added that Ethiopia is ready to share its experiences, deepen the people-to-people relations, enhance exchange of professionals and support Tanzania in sport in general and athletics in particular.

He also added that Ethiopia is committed to advance athletics as an instrument that advances cooperation bilateral and regional partnership. He also underlined that sport diplomacy is an important tool that would elevate the strong ties of the two countries into new heights.

Ethio Telecom connects 89% of settlements

Published: Jun 20, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science Social Affairs
Ethio Telecom connects 89% of settlements

Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian fixed line and mobile monopoly operator  has announced that it has extended telecoms network access to over 16,000 out of 18,000 kebeles, or settlements, in the country.

According to the head of communication Abdurahim Ahmed, over the last decade the telco has also reduced the maximum distance that people from rural communities have to travel to use telecom services ten years ago the distance was as far as 30km but now the maximum distance is 5km.

Attributing the improvements to government policy and technological advancement, he added that by the end of 2015, the incumbent intends to offer its services to every kebele in Ethiopia. The company has raised the nation’s combined fixed line and cellular penetration from less than 1% 10 years ago to roughly 30% today, with the total number of Ethio Telecom customers having surpassed 27 million.

Source : Wireless Federation

Ethiopia’s Condom Dilemma

Published: Jun 19, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia’s Condom Dilemma

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — I was confused the first time I saw a giant billboard in Addis Ababa advertising Members Only and stressing how “membership has its pleasures,” accompanied by a stark silhouette of a leggy female figure. It reminded me of advertisements in New York for so-called gentlemen’s clubs — not the sort of places you tend to find in Ethiopia’s capital, where levels of disposable income and where that money goes differ markedly.

Members Only turned out to be the latest condom brand released by DKT Ethiopia, an American nonprofit that since 1989 has sold Ethiopia’s most popular brands. DKT’s condoms are usually sold well below market cost, heavily subsidized, as part of the effort to tackle problems like H.I.V. and to improve family planning for the country of about 95 million. Ethiopia has the second largest population in Africa, projected by the World Bank to grow to 145 million by 2050.

Condom use in Ethiopia has proved effective in helping stem the spread of H.I.V. Currently, the adult prevalence of infection is relatively low, about 2.4 percent, although that still represents a large number of people with H.I.V.

Although gross domestic product growth has averaged 10 percent a year since 2007, World Bank data from 2011 indicated that nearly 30 percent of Ethiopians still lived in poverty, subsisting on less than $2 a day. Rapid economic growth and grinding poverty exist side by side in Ethiopia, complicating the issue of how best to supply condoms.

DKT is counting on that growing economy as it experiments with a move from a largely subsidized model to a commercially self-sustainable one. It has chosen not to subsidize the Members Only brand in an attempt to get a clear picture of what consumers might be willing to pay for condoms.

The British expat who has opened a farm in Ethiopia

Published: Jun 19, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Beside the small town of Adiguden a group of cows prance and buck when released from their shed into a paddock beneath the piercing sunshine of the midday sun in northern Ethiopia.

They are owned by a British entrepreneur and his Ethiopian partners, who have created a new dairy company called AJGG Dairy Products, based in Ethiopia's Tigray region bordering Eritrea.

It is early days for the business, which still has to use a horse-drawn cart for the daily milk run from the 2.5 hectare (6.2 acre) farm to the local bus station, from where its product is then driven 35km (22 miles) to be sold in Makelle, Tigray's capital.

Hence you might ask John Crisp, the Brit behind the joint venture: why on earth open a dairy farm in Ethiopia?

"It is a little complicated," says the 57-year-old.

Mr Crisp originally met his four AJGG partners through an organisation working with the mentally ill in Mekelle. This led to the idea of how a dairy farm could offer occupational therapy to patients recovering from mental health problems.

Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time since World War II - UNHCR Report

Published: Jun 19, 2014 by bini Filed under: World News Ethiopian News
Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time since World War II - UNHCR Report

A report released today by UNHCR shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which is based on data compiled by governments, non-governmental partner organizations, and from the organization’s own records, shows 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, fully six million more than the 45.2 million reported in 2012.

This massive increase was driven mainly by the war in Syria, which at the end of last year had forced 2.5 million people into becoming refugees and made 6.5 million internally displaced. Major new displacement was also seen in Africa – notably in Central African Republic, and towards the end of 2013 in South Sudan too.  

“We are seeing here the immense costs of not ending wars, of failing to resolve or prevent conflict,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “Peace is today dangerously in deficit. Humanitarians can help as a palliative, but political solutions are vitally needed. Without this, the alarming levels of conflict and the mass suffering that is reflected in these figures will continue.”

The worldwide total of 51.2 million forcibly displaced represents a huge number of people in need of help, with implications both for foreign aid budgets in the world’s donor nations and the absorption and hosting capacities of countries on the front lines of refugee crises.

“The international community has to overcome its differences and find solutions to the conflicts of today in South Sudan, Syria, Central African Republic and elsewhere. Non-traditional donors need to step up alongside traditional donors. As many people are forcibly displaced today as the entire populations of medium-to-large countries such as Colombia or Spain, South Africa or South Korea,” said Guterres.
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