Sudan and Ethiopia agree on border demarcationBy MOHAMMED AMIN in Khartoum
Neighbours Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to resolve all their border demarcation disputes, Sudanese minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti announced on Tuesday.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had arrived in Khartoum on the same day to hold talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
“Sudan and Ethiopia have ended the border disagreement on 'Fashaga' area,” the Sudanese minister confirmed.
“The two presidents will sign a historical document putting the final demarcation lines,” he added.
Joint Sudanese-Ethiopian ministerial committees have signed a number of cooperation agreements on several domains including border, security, economic, agricultural, educational and cultural levels.
Speaking in Khartoum, Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs minister Tederos Adhanom said the two parties are working to create peaceful borders between them.
Ethiopia: UK Contributes Nearly U.S.$1 Million for Ethiopian Migrant Workers Returning From Saudi
The British government has contributed $1 million for Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) and Central Emergency Response Fund (CERP) of International Organization of Migration (IOM), set up to help Ethiopian migrant workers deported from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Though UK is the biggest contributor so far, at just $3.7 million IOM is still far short of the required funding to rehabilitate returnees which is estimated at $15.6.
On Thursday Dec. 12th, Greg Dorey, UK's Ambassador to Ethiopia, visited the temporary reception centre accommodating deportees from Saudi Arabia at Bole International Airport.
"Today I was able to witness first-hand the enormous challenge the Government of Ethiopia is undertaking to try and help the extraordinary numbers of people who have returned from Saudi Arabia over the past few weeks," Ambassador Dorey said, adding, "I am full of praise for the work of the International Organisation for Migration and others in trying to deal with this massive problem."
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing African airline, is happy to announce the commencement of services to Semera, the capital of the Regional State of Afar located in the North Eastern part of Ethiopia, starting from December 14, 2013. The new service will be operated thrice weekly with Ethiopian Q-400 Bombardier aircraft on, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Afar region is well known for its early hominid fossil finds including 'Lucy', an Australopithecus afarensis, discovered in 1974, who lived about 3.2 million years ago, and more recently the Grandfather of Lucy' dubbed "Kadanuumuu", which means "big man"in Afar language and which dates back from 3.5 - 3.8 million years ago.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group said: "As the national carrier of Ethiopia, we have a duty to establish extensive domestic network and air connectivity that enables the flow of tourism, business, investment and trade to all parts of the country. Today, Ethiopian Regional Services covers 18 domestic points, the largest domestic network in Africa. Now that Semera airport is ready, we are very happy to start our flights and to support the region's economic development."
Ethiopia has Africa’s last big telecoms monopoly. The absence of
competition has seen a country of more than 80m lag badly behind the
rest of the continent in an industry that has generally burgeoned
alongside economic growth. Mobile-phone penetration, which averages 70%
of the population elsewhere in Africa, is closer to 25% in Ethiopia. A
paltry 2.5% of Ethiopians have access to the internet, compared with 40%
in neighbouring Kenya.
Ethiopia’s authoritarian leaders are as keen as any on the economic
benefits of modern telecoms but fear the political ramifications; pesky
dissidents become even more irritating when wired. That explains a $1.6
billion agreement with China’s two leading telecoms-equipment companies
to upgrade its network. The deal with Huawei and ZTE will preserve
Ethiopia’s state dominance and further put off the opening up of one of
Africa’s largest economies.
Reproductive health has risen up aid donors' agendas, but USAid rules mean NGOs are shying away from abortion workClaire Provost
, Addis Ababa
Just 1km away from the African Union conference centre, and the international evangelical church in Addis Ababa, the Kirkos health clinic feels far from the politicking and religious opposition that continue to stalk abortion – one of the most contentious global health issues.
Outside, a blue and white sign displays the range of services on offer. Safe abortion tops the list, stenciled in big bold letters, followed by HIV testing, family planning and infertility treatment. Inside, the clinic's orderly waiting room is already full. It's 8.30am. Most visitors are young, between 18 and 25 years old, and nurses talk candidly about sex.
While abortion remains a radioactive issue in the US, a number of developing countries have liberalised their abortion laws in recent years, often citing alarming public health statistics. Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that 47,000 women die from unsafe, "back-alley" abortions each year, and millions more are left temporarily or permanently disabled.
In 2005, Ethiopia legalised abortion in cases of rape or incest for all young women under the age of 18, and in a number of other situations. Guidelines from the ministry of health in 2006 went further, expanding the range of health facilities allowed to provide abortion services and instructing health workers that women seeking abortions do not have to provide proof of rape or incest, or of how old they are.
The Kirkos clinic, run by the NGO Marie Stopes International (MSI), saw up to 13,000 patients last year, more than 8,500 of whom seek abortions. Being able to offer and advertise a range of services is critically important, says Shewaye Alemu, area manager for MSI in Addis, the Ethiopian capital. It means women can walk into the clinic without disclosing to the world whether they are seeking an abortion, she says.
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