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  • Ethiopian Airlines Group Awarded 4 Star Ranking by SKYTRAX

    Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded SKYTRAX 4 Star certification at a special ceremony held in London on November 8, 2017.

    SKYTRAX, the most prestigious international air transport standards and quality rating organization, operates certified airline rating, a global airline standards ranking program. Ratings are determined through direct and professional auditing and analysis of quality of service standards.

    While receiving the certificate, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “The 4 Star recognition by SKYTRAX is a significant milestone in the long history of Ethiopian Airlines. As a customer focused airline, it is extremely gratifying that our hard work to ensure high level of customer satisfaction at all times through a consistent delivery of global standard product and superior level of service has borne fruit.

    4 Star Airline certification is one of the overarching goals and a critical successor factor of our 15 years strategic roadmap, Vision 2025. Although we have been receiving many prestigious awards from all corners of the world for our superior customer services on the ground and in the air, this rating certifies the global standards of our products and service delivery through professional audits. I wish to thank all the hardworking 12,000+ members of the Ethiopian family for this great success.

    At the same time, this prestigious rating reminds us all that SKYTRAX 4-Star Rating is a great honor and also a great responsibility to always meet the high expectations of our esteemed customers”

    Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award winning airline and has previously received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, two times and earlier in 2017 Ethiopian received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa.

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  • Zimbabwe renames Harare airport after Robert Mugabe

    Harare International Airport has been renamed after Zimbabwe's current President, Robert Mugabe.
    Transport Minister Joram Gumbo justified the decision on the grounds that Mr Mugabe was a "war hero" and "African icon".
    There is tension about who will succeed the man in power since 1980, with a number of key contenders removed from their posts.
    Mr Mugabe, 93, says he will stand for re-election next year.
    His wife Grace has been tipped to succeed him and is expected to be appointed vice-president.

    When plans to rename the airport were announced in September, Zimbabwean journalist Elias Mambo suggested the president's ego was being "massaged".

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  • Saudi Arabia arrests main investor in Ethiopia’s dam

    Saudi authorities have arrested billionaire businessman Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, the main foreign investor in Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam.

    Al-Amoudi is thought to be worth $10.9 billion and was the first to donate to the Renaissance Dam campaign launched by the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and to give the Ethiopian government $88 million to build it.

    He is thought to be the richest man in Ethiopia and the second richest in Saudi, after Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal who was also arrested on Saturday.

    Al-Amoudi owns a wide range of companies in the fields of construction, energy, agriculture, mining, hotels, healthcare and manufacturing.

    He was arrested as part of a crackdown in Saudi Arabia, which has consolidated Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s power while alarming much of the traditional business establishment.

    A no-fly list was drawn up, as a result of the arrests, and security forces in some Saudi airports were barring owners of private jets from taking off without a permit, pan-Arab daily Al-Asharq Al-Awsat said. Among those detained are 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers, according to Saudi officials. It is thought that in total 500 people have been detained as a result of Saudi’s “anti-corruption” drive

    The allegations against the men include money laundering, bribery, extortion and taking advantage of public office for personal gain, a Saudi official told Reuters.

    A royal decree on Saturday said the crackdown was launched in response to “exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to, illicitly accrue money”.

    The new anti-corruption committee has the power to seize assets at home and abroad before the results of its investigations are known.

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  • Ousted Zimbabwe vice president flees into exile, claiming assassination attempts against him

    He was one of Zimbabwe’s most powerful men: right-hand man to President Robert Mugabe with strong links to the security services.

    But Emmerson Mnangagwa’s fall and sudden removal as vice president was swift after he fell afoul of Mugabe’s ambitious wife, Grace, who recently called him a “snake” whose head must be crushed.

    Zimbabwe faces economic paralysis and critical shortages of hard currency as members of the ruling ZANU-PF party exchanges accusations of witchcraft, poisoning, assassination plots, treachery and the theft of billions of dollars in diamond wealth.

    Two days after dismissing Mnangagwa, Mugabe on Wednesday accused him of using witchcraft as part of his plot against him. Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe on Wednesday, citing death threats.

    Mugabe’s move to get rid of Mnangagwa smooths a path for his wife to take his place as vice president.

    The two vice president posts are crucial in Zimbabwe: Should the increasingly frail 93-year-old Mugabe die in office, the acting deputy vice president will lead the country to elections. Until recently, Mnangagwa, nicknamed “Crocodile” for his role in Zimbabwe’s liberation war, was seen as Mugabe’s likely successor.

    As Zimbabwe’s economy collapses, Mnangagwa’s fall has focused attention on a ruthless succession battle that has been unfolding in the ruling ZANU-PF party — and on Grace Mugabe’s increasingly strident efforts to grab the leadership of the party.

    Mnangagwa complained that he was poisoned in August after he fell ill at a rally in Gwanda, southern Zimbabwe, after eating ice cream. He was flown to South Africa, where doctors reported finding he had consumed poison, leading to liver damage. His poisoning claim enraged Grace Mugabe and set the stage for his removal.

    Mnangagwa’s dismissal came after people booed Grace Mugabe at a ZANU-PF rally in the southern Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo on Saturday. The state-owned newspaper, the Herald, reported Wednesday that a police manhunt was underway to track the suspected ringleader in the jeering episode, an expelled ZANU-PF member, Magura Charumbira. The Herald described Charumbira as a Mnangagwa loyalist.

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  • British Council 75 years in Ethiopia

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 9, 2017: Established back in 1942 the British Council is celebrating its 75 years of service and long-lasting friendship to Ethiopia with partners, donors, customers and the general public through a series of interactive events.

    The British Council is the UK’s international agency for educational and cultural relations. It works in over 100 countries: promoting a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language; encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational co-operation with the United Kingdom; and changing people’s lives through access to education, art, skills, qualifications, culture, and society.
    Since 1942, the British Council in Ethiopia has engaged with generations of young people through a diverse range of educational and cultural programs mainly targeting the youth between the ages of 18 – 40. The organisation also works with diverse beneficiaries throughout the country and aims to engage 4 million young Ethiopians by the end of 2020.

    The journey of the British Council wasn’t always easy. Most educational establishments were closed and the British Council's future role was in doubt, as the new government was slow to develop a clear educational policy. The General Wingate was turned into a teacher training college in 1977, ending one of the British Council’s longest running commitments in the country. But even though its operations were limited significantly, the British Council was still represented.
    The British Council works with partners, both Ethiopian and from the UK, to showcase excellence, innovation, and creativity. It works for the benefit of individuals and institutions, for the mutual benefit of the UK and Ethiopia.

    The British Council works very closely with the Ethiopian Government and has done from the beginning. The General Wingate School which was co-funded by the Ministry of Education and the Peacekeeping English Project which is being run now in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Defense are living examples of this strong collaboration.

    The British Council is proud to have been a pioneer in so many things during these seven and half decades. To state just a few of the major undertakings that were successfully implemented during these seven and half decades

    • The establishment of the General Wingate School
    • The formation of the Anglo Ethiopian Society
    • Management of libraries (at the beginning through the British Institute and later on by establishing its own)
    • Production one of the first school television programs in collaboration with the Centre for Educational Development overseas
    • The establishment of the first ICT in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and
    • Establishment of the first Internet café

    The British council was also involved in projects that are at the heart of Ethiopians such as restoring Debre-Damo Monastery to its former glory.

    Currently, the British Council in Ethiopia is running several programmes that are highly impactful. With the Peacekeeping English project, the organisation trains future Ethiopian Peacekeepers to reach internationally accepted levels of English. Through the arts programme, the British council is working to establish new partnerships between Ethiopian, UK and East African artists & creative entrepreneurs to build the in-country capacity by creating networking opportunities and providing capacity building training. The pilot project Language for Resilience, the Department for International Development (DFID) funded Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP), East Africa Social Enterprise, the World Voice Programme, Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP), and the Horn of Africa Leadership & Learning for Action (HOLLA) projects are also the programmes that are currently being undertaken by the organisation. To illustrate the scale of the impact that we are having, In the past three years alone, through the different programmes we manage, we’ve reached more than four million people face-to-face and more than seven million through publications, broadcasting and digital channels. Our ambition is to reach many millions more over the next few years, continuing to change lives, create opportunities, build connections and engender trust through our cultural relations work. This, we believe, will lead to even stronger bonds built on a foundation of trust and mutual respect between the people of Ethiopia and the UK.

    The British Council in Ethiopia would like to express its deepest gratitude to its local partners, donors, customers, sponsors & the general public for making this event happen & for their support throughout the 75 years of its journey in Ethiopia. We have been celebrating this event for the past few weeks through a 12 weeks Facebook quiz campaign (which is still running and which anyone can join and win prizes), an internal quiz campaign, a launch of the Amharic (translated) website, and a one week long Blood Donation Week. Moreover, apart from the actual reception that will be taking place on 9 November 2017, a panel discussion, an open day by the teaching and exams operations, a tree planting exercise, the East Africa Social Enterprise Conference, and a former staff reception party will be taking place in the following weeks, until the end of 2017 (and beyond for some of the events) to mark this important milestone.

    For more information about the British Council please contact ethiopia.britishcouncil.org

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  • U.S. Embassy Launches Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program, Ethiopia



    Opportunities for American Scholars to Teach, Research and Collaborate in Ethiopia

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 8, 2017 – The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce the launch of the Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program - Ethiopia, which will bring American scholars to teach, research, and collaborate in over sixty academic disciplines from 2018-2019 in Ethiopia. The program is launched by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, in partnership with Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

    The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program seeks to strengthen Ethiopian universities’ capacity to teach, research, and manage undergraduate and graduate programs. Qualified academics will be placed in faculty positions at Bahir Dar University or the University of Gondar in STEM fields, agriculture, humanities, law, public health, and more. The scholars will have the opportunity to engage in primary research with doctoral students, publish, teach, design curriculum, mentor students, and collaborate with faculty at their host institution. American citizens holding a Ph.D. or an equivalent professional or terminal degree, at any career stage including post-doctoral candidates and professors emerti, are eligible to apply.

    The United States has a long history of partnership with Ethiopians on improving education. We see our cooperation to strengthen Ethiopia's higher education system as a key component of our efforts to enable Ethiopians to achieve a more prosperous future.

    The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017. This first cohort of Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program - Ethiopia will cover the period February-July 2018. Deadlines for subsequent cohorts will be announced in early 2018 and will be for one year.

    Additional information about the Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program - Ethiopia and the application can be found at: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Ambassadors-Distinguished-Scholars-Program

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