The Africa Best Practices Forum opens today in Lomé
By Elias Meseret, Dire Tube Correspondent
The first Africa Best Practices Forum opens today in Togo, Lomé. Organized jointly by Ellipse Communication and the specialized recruitment agency AfricSearch, this forum brings together economic and political decision-makers to promote the dissemination of best practices.
"This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever," explains Didier Acouetey, president of AfricSearch. In addition to delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore, heads of some of the biggest Pan-African development institutions will be in attendance.
DHL named Africa’s top international freight forwarde
By Elias Meseret, Dire Tube Correspondent
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post, has scooped the award for Africa’s International Freight Forwarder of the Year for the 3rd time. The International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo was voted by STAT Times’ readers worldwide and given to DHL at the STAT Times Awards in Johannesburg on February 26.
Roger Olsson, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Sub Saharan Africa, who received the award, said: “DHL has been supporting the business in Africa for more than 35 years now but what’s most important is that we have continued to anticipate, adapt and create services that clearly meet Africa’s fast evolving business needs and help fulfill its vast potential.”
According to the 2014 year-end report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), trade activity across the African region remained positive despite major economies Nigeria and South Africa underperforming for parts of 2014. Regional growth supported demand for air freight and capacity rose just 0.9% for the year as a whole, helping to strengthen load factors. African carriers’ freight ton kilometers (FTKs) grew by 12.2% in December and 6.7% for the year as a whole.
Ethiopia, Sudan to Commence Public Transportation within 45 days
Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to commence public transportation in the coming 45 days, the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) disclosed.
FTA Communications Director, Abelneh Agidew said that the joint technical committees of Ethiopia and Sudan reached the agreement to start public transport between Addis Ababa and Khartoum after holding a two-day discussion.
According to him, the one way travel from Addis Ababa to Khartoum will take two days.
US confirms Ethiopian C-130E Hercules donation
United States embassy officials in Addis Ababa have confirmed that the Ethiopian government has received a single Lockheed C-130E Hercules transport aircraft from the United States for tactical airlift of troops and equipment to support Ethiopian participation in AU and UN peacekeeping operations.
The aircraft was previously operated by the Puerto Rico National Guard where it was flown by the 198th Airlift Squadron, according to Air Forces Daily. After retirement from the US Air Force, it was put in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, in September, 2013, having flown a total of 22 739 flight hours. Early the following year it was taken out of storage and prepared for delivery to Ethiopia. The aircraft in early June 2014 flew to Ethiopia, making stops in Canada and the United Kingdom.
A statement from the US embassy in Addis Ababa said the donation came with full training support for Ethiopian pilots, technicians and engineers with specially focused programmes on navigation and maintenance processes. An embassy spokesperson said there are no existing plans to provide any additional aircraft.
Shefa sentenced for Richfield manslaughter conviction
By Andrew Wig
A judge on Friday, Feb. 20, sentenced Amreya Shefa to seven years and two months in prison for the death of her husband, Habibi Tesema.
The sentencing came nearly a month after Shefa was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, stemming from the Dec. 1, 2013, stabbing of Tesema, 48, in the married couple’s Richfield home. The prosecution had sought a second-degree murder conviction, but Judge Elizabeth Cutter handed down a ruling for manslaughter instead, accepting the defense’s “heat of passion” argument, which was based on Shefa’s allegations that Tesema sexually abused her.
Boeing to sell Terrible Teen B787s to Ethiopian Airlines
Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) is reportedly in talks with 10 separate buyers concerning the sale of early-model B787-8s, commonly referred to as "Terrible Teens" in the parlance of our times.
Informed sources told Bloomberg news that among the buyers are Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) which is reportedly in advanced discussions regarding eight jets. The Ethiopians were among the first operators of the Dreamliners on its commercial début in 2012.
As previously reported, Air Austral (UU, St. Denis de la Réunion) has ordered two Terrible Teens with the contract signed on February 6 the Réunionaise press says. Deliveries of msn 34510 and msn 34491 are, however, now due in May and October 2016.
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