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  • Dr. Getachew resigns, reasons for leaving unknown

     

    Getachew Betru (PhD), CEO of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), has been resigned from his post.


    He had been absent from his office starting from Wednesday last week, 24th of May, 2017.


    Getachew served the ERC for the past ten years. However, there is no clear and specific reason mentioned for the resignation of the former CEO from his post.


    Dereje Tefera, Corporate Communication Service Head of the ERC confirmed Getachew’s resignation to Reporter Amharic newspaper, without much delving to the details.


    ERC’s Board of Directors (BoDs) currently headed by Sileshi Bekele (PhD), Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electric as a Chairman.
    The BoDs has received the Getachew’s resignation and appointed Dr. Birhanu Beshah, Lecturer at the Addis Ababa University as Acting CEO of the Corporation.


    Getachew played an active role in the drawing and implementation of the railway strategic plan that aims to build 5000 km railway network across the nation. Despite its ambitious target, the railway corporation was able to complete Addis-Djibouti railway and Addis light railway.

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  • Ethiopia eyes obtaining a partial share of Berbera port


    Ethiopia is looking to be part of the tripartite investment and shareholders in Berbera Port of Somaliland that was previously managed by the Dubai based DP World and the Somaliland government.


    Recently Somaliland media outlets quoted Hussein Ige Dayr, spokesperson for the president of Somaliland, stating that Ethiopia will receive a 19 percent share of the Berbera Port which will make the port a tripartite ownership for three decades.


    A year ago DP World and the government of Somaliland agreed to a 30-year concession to manage the port of Berbera.


    The Dubai based company agreed in 2000, with Djibouti to develop the latter’s ports and manage them for 20 years. Now they plan to undertake a modern port expansion at Berbera at a cost of USD 442 million.


    Ahmed Shide, Minister of Transport, told Capital that Ethiopia wants port expansion and development in every corner of the region.

    “The port at Berbera will be an alternative for the big population and fast growing country like Ethiopia. The issue has been notified by Ethiopia to its regional partners,” he said.


    “In the case of Berbera we are not just considering using the port we are also looking at the tripartite investment possibilities,” he added.

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  • Blue slams court’s decision on Yonatan

    Blue Party has condemned a prison sentencing of its former members by the Federal High Court, which was passed last week. The Federal High Court passed a prison sentence against the former Public Relations head of Blue Party, Yonatan Tesfaye, and Getachew Shiferaw, editor in chief of Negere-Ethiopia, a weekly newspaper.

    The party in its press release sent to The Reporter said that the sentence is a clear indication of intrusion of the ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in the justice system of the country.

    In its ruling the court sentenced Yonatan to six and a half years and Getachew to one year and a half.

    Yonatan, 29, was arrested in December, 2015 after accusing the government of using excessive force against demonstrators in Oromia Regional state.

    His detention shortly came after a wide range of anti-government protest manly in Oromia Region. After his arrest, the government charged him with terrorism under the country’s infamous anti-terrorism proclamation.

    The charges against Yonatan also alleged that Yonatan was posting messages on his personal Facebook accounts that incite violence and encourage protestors to loot and destruct properties. It also called upon a regime change through violence.

    Prosecutors also accused Yonatan that his Facebook posts about the controversial Addis Ababa Oromia Integrated Master Plan had similar stance with the objectives of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), an outlawed political party by the Ethiopian parliament.

    A former high school teacher, Yonatan became visible in Ethiopia’s polarized political arena during the fifth national election. He was a Blue Party’s candidate during the election in the Bole constituency.

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  • Chinese contractor bags Ethiopia’s long delayed “world-class conference centre”

    Chinese contractor CGCOC has been awarded a contract to build the first phase of a $120m convention centre complex in the capital of Ethiopia. When complete, the Addis–Africa International Convention and Exhibition Centre (AAICEC) is expected to cover 11ha and provide a conference venue for up to 5,000 delegates.

    The contract was signed in the Addis Ababa Sheraton hotel last week. The work is being financed by the AAICEC’s shareholders, which include the city government and chamber of commerce, the Bank of Abyssinia as well as expatriate Ethiopians living in South Africa. The company is offering more shares to anyone who wants to invest in the scheme.

    he project, which was first put forward by the chamber of commerce in 2012, was to have been begun in 2015. This date was postponed after the sponsors struggled to attract enough interest from investors willing to finance it and contractors willing to build it.

    CGCOC, which was formerly known as the CGC Overseas Construction Group, was chosen out of a shortlist of 10 firms from China and Dubai, as well as major Ethiopian firms Teklebirhan Construction and Afro-Tsion. The firm, which was founded by Chinese state-owned petrochemical group Sinopec, is active throughout Africa, and has previously undertaken large road-building schemes in Ethiopia, as well as a Nile bridge project.

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  • Teddy Afro claims uninformed about La fontaine’s concert poster

    Musicians Birhanu Tezera and Tadele Roba a.k.a La fontaine’s, have celebrated their 20 years of anniversary as co-performers in D.C, the U.S.

    La fontain’s invited musicians and artists to perform and attend the event, and Teddy Afro as guest of honor.


    However, according to Ethiopikalink radio show, Teddy Afro claimed he was uninformed about La fontain’s concert poster, which alsodepicts his album posture.


    Therefore, he told Tadele Roba that the poster had not to be official prior to his consent.


    “I had repeatedly been calling you to have your say, but you told me you were busy, asked to call back later,” Tadele reportedly told Teddy.


    The popular, often embattled Singer and Song writer Tewodros Kassahun, Teddy Afro, is one of the nominees to be honored with Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED) award today.


    In addition, “The King of Tizita Lyrics” Mahamoud Ahmed, Poet Lemn Sisay and Ted Alemayehu, the Founder and Executive Chairman of US Doctors for Africa are also among this year nominees.


    Teddy has nominated for literature as he is a songwriter for himself and other musicians too, according to SEED. “He has also been chosen for his great contribution of being a mouth peace of Ethiopian history, praising historical legends, and love among religions,” SEED disclosed.

     

     

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  • A red carpet welcome, farewell for Dr. Tedros Adhanom

     

    It has been a delightful moment for Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the first African to be a Director -General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the 70 years history of the UN Agency when he arrived at Bole International Airport on Saturday, May 27 morning, he warmly welcomed by government dignitaries, diplomats, friends and members of the media.


    After the red carpet welcome, many congratulated him on his remarkable success and later accompanied by a cake cutting ceremony.


    Tedros won the race to become a Director General of the WHO with 133 votes.

     

    In a speech before the election—part of a weeklong meeting of health ministers from 194 nations in Geneva—Tedros talked about growing up in Ethiopia, saying he comes from a background of “knowing survival cannot be taken for granted, and refusing to accept that people should die because they are poor.”


    Tedros also spoke about the need for universal access to health care, a better response to health emergencies and the need to tackle gender-based violence, as well as threats to global health like climate change, the migrant crisis and terrorism.


    The two other candidates were Britain’s Dr. David Nabarro, a health official who has lead the United Nations response to a variety of health problems, including the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and Dr. Sania Nishtar, the first female cardiologist in Pakistan.


    Tedros is a former health and foreign affairs minister of Ethiopia. As a foreign affairs minister Tedros focused on accelerating Africa’s economic, political and social development.


    According to his director-general application, as health minister, he oversaw the creation of 3,500 health centers and 16,000 health posts, which contributed to considerably cutting child mortality rates, HIV infections, malaria deaths and deaths from tuberculosis.


    He is the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states.


    Tedros replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June.

     

    Meanwhile, the new WHO Director- General will leave Addis for Switzerland on Monday. A farewell lunch party has organized for him at the 2000 Habesha Restaurant, around Bole Atlas. That farewell program is expected to be graced by the presence of artists, famous personalities and business tycoons.

     

     

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