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Ethiopian News

Rwanda seeking 400MW from Ethiopia

Published: Oct 5, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
Rwanda seeking 400MW from Ethiopia
By ALEX NGARAMBE, The EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Kigali is exploring other avenues that will enable it achieve its ambitious second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II) target of 70 per cent access rate to energy and an electricity generation capacity of 563MW by 2017.
  • Rwanda’s energy deficit is hampering its plan to achieve a middle income status by 2020 by empowering the private sector.



Faced with a high cost of energy, Rwanda is planning to import 400MW of electricity from Ethiopia in the medium term.

Kigali is exploring other avenues that will enable it achieve its ambitious second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II) target of 70 per cent access rate to energy and an electricity generation capacity of 563MW by 2017.

For it to achieve its desired access rate, the government is planning to supply 1.7 million customers with electricity. Currently, the country’s total energy generation stands at 119MW.

Rwanda has designed a five-year electricity strategic plan in which it projects to deliver about 232MW of hydropower, 310MW geothermal power and 300MW from methane gas, as well as strengthen and expand transmission lines by an additional 2,100km.

Hydropower projects in the pipeline include Rusumo falls, Rusizi III and Nyabarongo II.

More on the East African: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Rwanda-seeking-400MW-from-Ethiopia-/-/2560/2475054/-/wkfeq2z/-/index.html


20 Most Corrupt Countries in Africa 2014

Published: Oct 4, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business

Most Corrupt Countries in Africa

Africa is blessed with natural resources like gold, oil, diamonds, cobalt, iron, copper, uranium, silver, bauxite, cocoa beans and petroleum. Unfortunately the standard of living of many people in the continent is deplorable. This is largely due to corrupt governments ruling many countries in the African continent.

Transparency International has been publishing the corruption perceptions index (CPI) since the turn of the new millennium. If a country has a CPI of 100 it is very clean. If the score is 0, then the country is highly corrupt.

Here is a brief overview of the top 20 most corrupt nations in Africa as of 2013, according to Transparency International.

=19. Ivory Coast (CPI score: 27)

Corruption was rampant in Ivory Coast before 1999. The nation was under the leadership of Henri Konan Bedie. The coup in 1999 brought Robert Guei to power. Situation improved under his leadership, but there is still a long way to go.

=19. Kenya (CPI score: 27)

Political corruption in the post-colonial government of Kenya has had a history which spans the era of the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi’s KANU governments to Mwai Kibaki’s PNU government. Experts estimate that an average urban Kenyan pays 16 bribes in a month.

18. Uganda (CPI score: 26)

Even though the country has experienced high growth rates in recent years, corruption remains widespread at all levels.

=15. Cameroon (CPI score: 25)

In Cameroon, many corrupt civil servants drive around in their expensive luxury cars. People who try to bring these corrupt officers to justice pay a high price.

=15. Central African Republic (CPI score: 25)

Growth of Central African Republic is significantly hindered by wide spread corruption. Corruption is rife and undermines timber and diamond industries.

=15. Nigeria (CPI score: 25)

Political corruption pervades Nigeria. The rise of public administration and discovery of petroleum and natural gas have led to corrupt practices.

14. Guinea (CPI score: 24)

Rampant corruption in Guinea is hindering economic growth and increasing drug trafficking.

13. Angola (CPI score: 23)

Corruption is a pervasive phenomenon in Angola. The current government is working on containing corruption by enacting laws and enforcing integrity systems.

=11. Republic of Congo (CPI score: 22)

In spite of its oil wealth, Republic of Congo is one of the most indebted nations in the world. This is largely due to rampant corruption.

=11. Democratic Republic of Congo (CPI score: 22)

As the nation emerges from a long period of violence and instability, it struggles with a legacy of entrenched corruption at all levels.

=9. Burundi (CPI score: 21)

Despite the establishment of anti-corruption agencies, Burundi is remains a corrupt country in sub-Saharan Africa.

=9. Zimbabwe (CPI score: 21)

Corruption in Zimbabwe has become endemic within its political, private and civil sectors. In 2011, finance minister Tendai Biti claimed that at least $1 billion in diamond related revenue owed to the national treasury remains unaccounted for.

8. Eritrea (CPI score: 20)

People in Eritrea are living in a fear-ridden environment. Corruption and greed are rampant among the members of the ruling party.

=5. Chad (CPI score: 19)

Feud and corruption are blocking Chad’s economic growth. Revenue from oil is not spent responsibly. Corruption rules this nation.

=5. Equatorial Guinea (CPI score: 19)

Equatorial Guinea’s GDP is greater than that of Italy, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately this nation is a case of squandered riches.

=5. Guinea Bissau (CPI score: 19)

Guinea Bissau was once hailed as a potential model for African development. Today it is one of the poorest nations in the world. This is largely due to corruption among high-ranking officials.

4. Libya (CPI score: 15)

Before the downfall of the Qadhafi regime in 2011, weak rule of law and systematic corruption had largely marginalized private sector activity in the nation. Corruption is the biggest problem facing Libya today.

3. South Sudan (CPI score: 14)

Since independence, South Sudan has taken steps to promote transparency and accountability in an endeavor to eliminate corruption. Unfortunately political will is lacking in effective implementation of anti-corruption policies.

2. Sudan (CPI score: 11)

Top ranking government officials are frequently involved in corrupt practices in Sudan. This has impacted the economic growth negatively. It is a huge challenge to do business in Sudan. Sectors like construction and transportation are prone to corruption.

1. Somalia (CPI score: 8)

The Federal Republic of Somalia is located in the horn of Africa. Around 10 million people live in this country. It is the most corrupt nation in the world. There is lack of accountability in receipt and expenditure of public funds. Currently a parliamentary finance committee has been established to oversee all withdrawal transactions from the Central Bank, which is Somalia’s official monetary authority.

If the above-mentioned nations tackle corruption effectively, they will be able to enhance the standard of living of their people significantly.

To see the full list, visit Transparency International

Read more: http://www.richestlifestyle.com/most-corrupt-countries-in-africa/#ixzz3FDEvY3E8


Almaz Gebremedhin missing - Her husband pleads for help to find her

Published: Oct 4, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Almaz Gebremedhin missing - Her husband pleads for help to find her

WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Wylie Police are searching for a 42-year-old woman who has not been seen since leaving for work early Thursday morning.

A man called dispatch Thursday afternoon saying his wife, Almaz Gebremedhin, left at 5 a.m. from her home in the 1500 block of Windward and had not been seen since.

Officers arrived at the location and could not locate Gebremedhin.

Gebremedhin is a black female, standing approximately 5-foot tall and 134 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing scrubs.

Yemen's Saleh seeks refuge in Ethiopia

Published: Oct 3, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Yemen's Saleh seeks refuge in Ethiopia

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has decided to flee to Ethiopia to escape a likely attack by armed Houthi militias, after the group directed many threats at him and besieged his home, a media source close to the presidential palace said.

The news website Yemen Ethadi reported that "the regional and international pressure exerted on the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh aims to force him to leave political life and Yemen".

40% of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam completed

Published: Oct 3, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
40% of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam completed: Ethiopian president
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome insists no harm will befall Egypt from Ethiopia's new hydroelectric dam
Ahram Online , Friday 3 Oct 2014

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said in an interview with UK-UAE news channel Sky News Arabia that 40 percent of his country's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project has been completed, and the first stage of the dam will be operational next year.

Teshome said that the first stage of the dam will be operational from June 2015 and will produce  700 megawatts of electricity.

Teshome insisted the dam will benefit Egypt, which is currently engaged in negotiations with Ethiopia over the construction of the dam. Tensions between the two countries came under strain last year, with Egyptian officials concerned that the project could affect Egypt’s vital Nile water supply.

The Ethiopian president told Sky News what is happening with Egypt is a misunderstanding and dismissed claims Israel is among the dam project's funders.

"Addis Ababa did not and will not cooperate with Israel," Teshome said according to Sky News, adding that the door is open for Egypt to contribute in funding the dam.

The latest round of negotiations between Ethiopia and Egypt signaled progress in reaching an agreement. Currently, an agreement has been reached between the two countries and Sudan, who hosted the last round of talks, to form an international expert committee to issue a report about the dam.

FM: Relations with Ethiopia greatly improved

Published: Oct 3, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
FM: Relations with Ethiopia greatly improved

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted that relations with Ethiopia had been greatly improved after the meeting held between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Equatorial Guinea.

That meeting contributed to turning over a new leaf regarding the relations between the two sisterly countries, he added.

In the symposium held on Wednesday 1/10/2014 by the Canada-Egypt Business Council, the minister said that Ethiopia asserted that it is keen on not harming Egypt's quota of water.

The minister also said that the recent meeting between the President and Ethiopian PM in New York asserted that the Nile Basin unifies its countries rather than fragments them.

Shoukry went on to say that relations with Ethiopia are on the right track, looking forward to Desalegn's visit to Cairo for its importance in defining the aspects of future.
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