South Sudan's Salva Kiir 'in hospital in Ethiopia'
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has been rushed to hospital in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, after becoming ill, an official has told the BBC.
Mr Kiir suffered from nose bleeds, the official said. Further details of his condition are not available.
His hospitalisation has delayed a summit of regional leaders called to discuss the conflict in South Sudan, the official said.
Mr Kiir, 63, has led the country since its independence from Sudan in 2011.
He held talks in Addis Ababa on Wednesday with rebel leader Riek Machar to end the civil war which has killed thousands of people since December 2013.
Authority collects over 64 bln birr
The Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority said that it has collected 64.66 billion Birr in six month plan which is 97.82 per cent achievement. Compared to last year's same period, the achievement has shown increment by 21.24 per cent.
But it planned to collect 66.098 billion Birr during the plan period. The Authority has planned to collect over 134.2 billion Birr by the end of 2007 fiscal year. The Authority took administrative measures against 28 employees who behaved unethically in the reported period.
Briefing journalists as regards Authority's six month performance report and 2007 Tax Week event at Authority's Head Office yesterday, Education and Communication Directorate Director Ephrem Mekonnen said that out of the total revenue 64.66 billion Birr collected, 70.75 per cent was from indirect taxes, 27.60 per cent from direct taxes, and 1.55 per cent was from non-tax revenues.
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Ethiopia aims to soothe Egypt fears over the Nile
Ahead of the upcoming African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s prime minister has sought to soothe Egyptian fears over the potential impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam on the Arab country’s share of Nile River water.
In an interview conducted by Egyptian journalistAbdel Latif Elmenawy for Al Tahrir television channel on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his country had “no reason” to make “the Egyptian people feel that they are threatened because of the Nile River.”
“We say that this is a God-given resource for all of us, and we have to use this resource in both a rational and reasonable way. That both Ethiopia develops and Egyptian people get their safe share to develop from the Nile water,” Desalegn said.
“I think we can share this resource without harming each other, without impeding Ethiopian development, without making insecurity in Egypt. We know that it is a bloodline. The Nile is a bloodline to Egypt. To the people of Egypt,” Desalegn added
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Premier Urges Chinese Companies to Engage in Building Industrial Zones, Parks
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn invited Chinese companies to participate in the building of industrial zones and parks in Ethiopia.
During the discussion he held with the Special Envoy and Vice Foreign Minister of China, Zhang Ming, the premier said the Ethio- Chinese cooperation in aviation, railway infrastructure building, road construction, poverty reduction and industrial development is vital for Ethiopia’s development.
He particularly noted that the participation of Chinese companies and investors in the building of industrial zones would contribute a lot to Ethiopia’s industrial development.
A Government Investing in Education – Dr. Fisseha speaks with Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs at U-M Symposium
When Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed the EMPACE Symposium, he confessed part of what won him over about the University of Michigan.
“I love the school colors!” he exclaimed, drawing laughter from the crowd. He said that to him, blue represents peace, which is a great thing when combined with maize, especially since it could also be described as gold.
According to Senait Fisseha, M.D., a physician and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the U-M Health System, Tedros is the one who championed the partnership between Michigan and Ethiopia. His support demonstrates how the government is looking to expand higher education to help the Ethiopian economy to continue to grow.
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AU and China agree to implement ‘project of the century’ By Elias Meseret, Dire Tube Correspondent
African Union and Chinese officials have signed on a Memorandum of Understanding document on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that aims to carry out the construction of massive railways, highways, airports and industrialization projects throughout the continent.
The agreement, which is referred to as a stepping stone to build ‘a project of the century’ by the Chinese vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming of, will be undertaken within the framework of the continental body’s Agenda 2063, a 50 year agenda set out by the AU to overhaul the African continent in many fronts. “This is the most substantive project the AU has ever had with any partner. The MoU is also the first agreement we are signing on the basis of Agenda 2063. And we are looking at it as a long term project that will benefit both the peoples of China and Africa,” Chairperson of the AU, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma said.
Though the scale of the projects that will be carried out under the 50 year agenda are said to be ‘massive’, no indication has been given as to which countries will host the first investments and how much money is involved in it and who will finance them as well. Zhang Ming on his part said the implementation of the massive projects will take time as it is ‘a project of the century’. “This is not about a particular project.
It is a massive project that will be undertaken both Africans and Chinese peoples, but it is also open to any other development partners who want to engage with us,” he said. The AU said it has already set up a set of teams that are working on the rail, highway, aviation and industrialization sectors implementation process. “This is the first continental project that Africa and China will be undertaking. This level of cooperation has not been seen before,” Zuma told reporters.
It was 40 years ago that China built its first infrastructure in Africa constructing the TAZARA, a 1860km Tanzania and Zambia Railway. Chinese companies are currently investing heavily on infrastructure projects linking cities and counties, including the Ethio- Djibouti Railway and the rail system linking Nairobi with the coastal city of Mombasa.
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