Ethiopian News

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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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:

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  • Haile Gebrselassie: 'Breaking records is much easier than leadership'

    BISHOFTU, October 25, 2017 - Throughout his career, Ethiopia’s athletics great Haile Gebrselassie has been running, breaking records and witnessing the sport from inside the track field. But for the past year, the former marathon world record holder, has been running to reform the sport he dedicated his life to, but this time from inside the office.

    The former long-distance runner spoke to AIPS about the differences between the two worlds during the 21st annual General Assembly of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) held on Saturday October 21 at Bishoftu, Ethiopia which marked the first anniversary of Gebrselassie as president of EAF.

    On the topic of presidency - a year ago this time the whole world was paying attention to learn who will succeed Barak Obama as 45th president of the United States of America between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Ethiopians were eager to know who will be at the helm of athletics for the next four years. Whereas Donald Trump goes to the White House, Haile Gebrselassie said, in his own words, he was going to the “Black House” after his much needed but unexpected victory to become head of Ethiopian Athletics, a position unofficially reserved for high ranked politicians in the past.

    Many saw his candidacy as beacon of hope for Ethiopian athletics, in the notion of ‘profession for professionals’. Even though Haile is a proven champion and leader in his business, the precedent made many of his fans reluctant, considering him an outsider to become the president. However, surprisingly enough, he beat his more politicial competitors comfortably to become the president, a position according to many, fit for an individual with Haile’s caliber.

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  • Saudi princes' five star prison Picture Leaked!

    Asleep on the floor of their 'luxury' five star prison 11 Saudi princes, government ministers and businessmen await their fate following their arrest in the biggest anti-corruption purge of the kingdom's modern history.

    In a photo obtained exclusively by the men are seen gathered together at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, inside one of its glittering function rooms - wrapped in blankets and sleeping on thin mattresses.

    Saudi sources say that among those photographed in the room are billionaire investor Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who is a nephew of the king, worth an estimated $18 billion and owns stakes in Twitter, Lyft and Citigroup.

    The photograph was revealed as President Trump went all-in supporting the man who ordered the mass arrests, Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ferociously ambitious 32-year-old heir to the throne.

    In two tweets sent as he prepared to leave Japan for South Korea on a lengthy Asian tour, he said: 'I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing....

    '....Some of those they are harshly treating have been "milking" their country for years!'

    The intervention places the U.S. squarely behind the crown prince and may be partly personally motivated: Prince Al-Waleed was a vocal personal critic of Trump in the run-up to his election.

    The photograph of princes on bare mattresses show the depth of their fall. Although has no way of verifying the claims from inside the closed kingdom, claims that the arrested men were being held at the Ritz Carlton have circulated widely.
    Those arrested have been locked in the five star hotel as the sweeping anti-corruption probe ordered by Saudi King Salman's son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, continues.

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