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Honest hotel Staff returns 33 000 euros to the customer

Published: Nov 1, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Honest hotel Staff returns 33 000 euros to the customer
Honest hotel Staff returns 33 000 euros to the customer

Afrodite Hotel receptionist has returned 33 000 eruos to the customer, a Ghanian diplomat. Though the diplomat who stayed in the hotel for four days has left behind this huge sum, the hotel’s receptionist has returned the money to the customer honestly. 

As the hotel’s marketing manager Ato Addisu Yalew told DireTube, the diplomat was on his way to his country as he is summoned and given back the money.

Ato Addissu ascribed the good conduct and honesty of the receptionist to the good working relationship the hotel’s management has with the workers.

The Ghanian diplomat has expressed his appreciation to the Hotel.


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UN names Addis the third capital for UN operations

Published: Nov 1, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: World News Ethiopian News Politics
UN names Addis the third capital for UN operations
UN names Addis the third capital for UN operations
Established 56 years ago, the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA) was granted five million birr from Emperor Haile Selassie I, which then was able to host African leaders to discuss freedom from Western colonizers.

Later on at the turn of the week, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was joined by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to open the 20th new building in the compound of the UNECA.

Being one of the five regional commissions that reports to the UN economic and social council via African ministers of economic and social developments and planning; Both David H. Shinn and Thomas P. Ofcansky recorded in their book entitled Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia that ECA was able to host African leaders at its existing headquarters in the capital following the completion of its first building called Africa Hall, decorated by the late legendary Maître Artist Afework Tekle whose painting entitled Africa: Past, Present and Future on the stained glass still glares in 150 sqm size.

Prime Minister Hailemariam, while inaugurating the building, reckoned that the generous donation of Ethiopian leaders helped to erect ECA at its best elegance. “When ECA was established in 1958, both the continental and the global situations were very pressing for Africa. The people of Africa were struggling to liberate themselves from the sharp teeth of colonialism,” Hailemariam recalled.

In his two days official visit to the capital Ban Ki Moon inaugurated the new building that cost some USD ten million. The new edifice which was built using green building technology and is solar-powered is said to host UN agencies, offices, funds and the likes which are operating on the ground. Carlos Lopez, executive secretary general of the UNECA, said during the event that the growing number of staff and rental expenses forced the organization to look for alternatives. Hence, the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi laid the cornerstone in 2010 for the new building, which was expected to be completed in 2012. However, it was delayed for a year for some reasons said Ferew Tedla, managing director of RAMA Construction Private Limited Company, which undertook the construction of the seven-storey building.  According to Ferew, the delay was allied to handover procedures, customs clearances and hard currency accessing challenges.

Read More at the Reporter

Eritrean resistance steps up pressure on President Isaias Afewerki

Published: Nov 1, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Eritrean resistance steps up pressure on President Isaias Afewerki
Eritrean resistance steps up pressure on President Isaias Afewerki

Eritrea is the most closed and repressive country in Africa, routinely denying access to the international media. No foreign journalists are based in the country and there is no independent local press. However, in a rare and courageous breach of the wall of silence, members of the internal opposition spoke to the Guardian and Radio France International last weekend.

Since independence from Ethiopia in 1993 Eritrea has been ruled by as a one-party state by President Isaias Afewerki, who brooks no opposition.

Two members of the Eritrean resistance, speaking via a secure connection, described conditions inside the country. “Essentials like water, electricity or petrol have disappeared,” they said. Food is so expensive that even middle-class families find it difficult to find enough to eat.

They said tension in the capital, Asmara, is high, with reports of trucks filled with Ethiopian “mercenaries” – from the Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), known locally as Demhit, which Eritrea supports – ringing the city. The last round of compulsory military service failed, with only around 50 of the expected 400 conscripts reporting for duty. “We think it is highly likely that Demhit will carry out a door to door sweep to round up recruits,” said Sami (not his real name).

The TPDM, drawn from the ethnic group that now rules Ethiopia, has been given sanctuary, arms and training by Afewerki. Eritrea and Ethiopia have a long-standing border dispute, which has resulted in tens of thousands of troops confronting one another in the bleak, mountainous border region. Supporting Demhit is Eritrea’s means of maintaining pressure on the Ethiopian government.

A UN report published this month estimated that some 20,000 TPDM fighters are based in Eritrea, bolstering the president’s security. The report described them as having “a dual function as an Ethiopian armed opposition group and a protector of the Afewerki regime. Its fighters, who are from the same ethnic group as Afewerki, are seen to be personally loyal to him, unlike the defence forces whose loyalties have been questioned by the president in recent years.”

Since a failed army mutiny against the Eritrean regime in January 2013, the TPDM has become central to Afewerki’s survival. This reliance on foreign forces is deeply resented by the Eritrean population. “They demanded the identity documents of a friend of mine and I,” Sami said. “When this happened earlier this year there was a riot. People really hate them.”

Despite the intense security, the resistance is finding new ways of getting its message across. The group, which began over two years ago, started by helping organise phone calls from the diaspora abroad to Eritreans back home.

The resistance told the Guardian how it evaded tight security to put up posters protesting against conscription. “We lay on the streets, pretending to be homeless people,” said Sami. “It was freezing cold, but the security officials walked right over us. When they had gone we could put up our posters.

A smuggled video of “Freedom Friday”, now on YouTube, shows people in Asmara crowding round to read the posters.

Read More at the Guardian


Egypt: meeting between Hailemariam and El- Sisi in Malabo has created a new momentum

Published: Nov 1, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Egypt: meeting between Hailemariam and El- Sisi in Malabo has created a new momentum
By Elias Meseet


An Egyptian official said the relationship between Ethiopia and Egypt has got a new momentum after the meeting between Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Egyptian President Abdefatah El- Sisi during the AU Summit in the Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo a few months back.

Assistant of the Egyptian Foreign Minister for African Affairs, Sebri Megdi Sebri, made the remarks today as the fifth Ethio- Egyptian Council meetings kicks today off here in Addis.

Sebri said during the opening session that the good spirit witnessed during the meeting between the Ethiopian and Egyptian leaders meeting should be an encouragement for the meeting that has started today at Elilly International Hotel.

Ethiopia on its part has called on Egypt to speed up the implementation of the 20 economic and social agreements signed between the two countries. Director for Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Solomon Abebe, said previous agreements signed between Egypt and Ethiopia to encourage investment, avoidance of taxation, agriculture, live animal and meat trade, health and education need to be implemented so as to encourage the cooperation between the two countries.

5th Egyptian-Ethiopian joint commission meeting begins

Published: Nov 1, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Politics Economy
5th Egyptian-Ethiopian joint commission meeting begins
5th Egyptian-Ethiopian joint commission meeting begins

Senior Egyptian and Ethiopian officials met on Saturday at the start of the fifth Egyptian-Ethiopian commission in Addis Ababa, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The meetings, which include senior Egyptian ministry officials, come two days before Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is expected to travel to the Ethiopian capital to meet with his counterpart, Tedros Adhanom.

Officials from at least 11 ministries have travelled to Addis Ababa for the meetings, which aim to increase cooperation between Egypt and Ethiopia. Among the ministries represented at the meetings are the ministries of Foreign Trade and Industry, Culture, Education, Investment and Electricity.

The two countries are currently engaged in talks regarding the building of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Blue Nile. Egypt became increasingly concerned over the construction of the dam when Ethiopia began diverting water to build the dam in May 2012. Egypt has insisted that Ethiopia must honour its pledge not to harm Egypt’s water security interests.

Sudan is also a participant in these talks, as it shares Egypt’s concerns over the effects the hydroelectric dam may have on water flow.


Source: Daily News Egypt 

ADPI launches study on new Ethiopian mega airport project

Published: Nov 1, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
ADPI launches study on new Ethiopian mega airport project
ADPI launches study on new Ethiopian mega airport project

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise is planning to build a new mega international airport out of the capital Addis Ababa. Dukem, Modjo and Teji towns are proposed for the construction of the new international airport. A decision has not yet been made. The enterprise is also expanding the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal at a cost of USD 250 million.

Last July the enterprise hired ADPI which is tasked to supervise the construction of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal and undertake a study on the new international airport. The second task includes conducting a study on the site location. The consultant will also undertake feasibility, technical, and financial studies as well as drafts airport master plan. The consultant is also tasked to study the integration of the new airport with the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise has embarked on the construction of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal expansion work. A senior official at the enterprise told The Reporter that ADPI deployed two groups in Ethiopia. The first group is supervising the Bole expansion project while the second group is undertaking a study on the planned international airport.
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