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  • Addis Plan to Build Bus Rapid Transit project

    Transport Bureau has awarded a French company, Safege Sas and its local partners a 64.7 million Br project comprising consulting, design and constructiAddis Plan to Build Bus Rapid Transit projecton supervision of its Bus Rapid Transit project (BRT). The company’s representative, Luc Ponchon, project manager and Fekadu Haile (Eng.), general manager of Addis Abeba City Roads Authority signed the contract on March 16, 2016, at the Authority’s premises on Roosevelt Street. Two local companies accompany Safege: the Ethiopian Hammda Engineering Consult Plc and the British Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.

    For a 16km stretch of road starting from the Pasteur Institute to Jemmo condominiums, this project will see a fully dedicated right of way (busway) introduced between the two regular rights of way. This will prioritize public transportation by decreasing the pressure of traffic congestion caused by public vehicles. This is part of the city’s effort to transform the transport system into one dominated by mass transportation, Asmare, head of BRT project told Fortune, as is the city’s transportation goal for the next few years.
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    Image: 3D rendering of Bus Rapid Transit Corridor (AF).

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  • 663 mln People on the Planet Live without Access to Water

    In the Western world, clean water is taken as a given. With corporations buying up American communities’ water rights, and Flint, Michigan’s lead-663 mln People on the Planet Live without Access to Watercontaminated water supply crisis, perhaps it shouldn’t be. But in parts of the African continent, and elsewhere around the world, clean water is an everyday crisis, as it is in a northern Ethiopian community profiled in the new virtual reality experience “The Source,” viewable on the Vrse app. Produced by Vrse.works, which specializes in collaborative spherical filmmaking experiences, “The Source” is a short VR video that follows a 13-year-old Ethiopian girl named Selam as she attempts to balance the daily fetching of clean water with her education.

    And Selam is just one of many millions in a similar situation. According to charity: water, a clean-water nonprofit (which coproduced the film), there are 663 million people on the planet without simple access to clean water. Directed by Vrse’s Imraan Ismail, and premiering on World Water Day, “The Source” explores what it’s like when clean water is brought to a community that hadn’t previously benefitted from it. In Selam's community, charity: water dug a closed well down into the deep-lying, clean groundwater. (Selam’s community is just one of charity: water’s 19,819 water projects in 24 countries, which bring clean water to 6.1 million people.)
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    Image from “The Source” of 13-year-old Selam gathering water at the well.

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  • Private Airlines Complain Against Government Restrictions

    Ethiopian private charter operators are demanding that the country’s government introduce restrictions on foreign operators they say are unfairly takinPrivate Airlines Complain Against Government Restrictionsg business from them. At a recent meeting organized by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), representatives of the country’s 13 local operators complained that foreign competitors are enjoying free access to operate within Ethiopia, even though Ethiopian operators are blocked from these companies’ home markets.

    “For instance, we cannot operate charter flights in Kenya and they charge us exorbitant fees to fly to Kenya,” said Frehiwot Tessema, general manager of Aquarius Aviation. “Kenyan authorities try their level best to protect local operators. While our aircraft are parked at the tarmac of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, foreign operators should not be allowed to operate here.”
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    Image: Ethiopia's Civil Aviation Authority Office in Addis Ababa.

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  • Ethiopia Ranked 18th on the 2016 Africa Wealth Report

    With 21,700 dollars in wealth per person, Mauritians are the wealthiest individuals in Africa, whilst people in Zimbabwe are the poorest with 200 dollars per peEthiopia Ranked 18th on the 2016 Africa Wealth Reportrson. This is according to the 2016 Africa Wealth Report, which sees Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda among the top 16 richest African countries. The fastest growing East African country Ethiopia have scored 18th place on the report with a U.S $ 500 per capital income.

    The list, which ranked the countries by average wealth per person, showed steadfast growth from East Africa. Speaking to CNBC Africa, Andrew Amolis, Head of Research at New World Wealth, unpacked the latest rankings and went into detail on how the countries are ranked.
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    Image: Wealth Per Capita of African Countries.

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  • The Rotten Foundation of Ethiopia’s Economic Boom

    Brutal repression was the secret to the country's rapid rise. It could also bring it crashing down again. For those who would speak frankly about politics in this landlocked East African country, the first challenge is to find a safe space.

    But on a recent eThe Rotten Foundation of Ethiopia’s Economic Boomvening in Adama, a city in the heart of a region reeling from the largest protest movement Ethiopia has faced in decades, most people seemed at ease. University students poured out of the city’s main campus, spilling into claustrophobic bars and pool halls. Others crowded around a cluster of aging taxis, jostling for a quick ride home.

    Though it is one of the largest cities in Oromia — where members of Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group have taken to the streets in recent months in unprecedented numbers to protest their political and economic marginalization — Adama has remained mostly quiet.
    Hidden beneath the casual veneer of daily life, however, lurks a deep-seated suspicion of the government, which has built a massive surveillance apparatus and cracked down violently on its opponents. Citizens feel they have to watch what they say, and where they say it. At the hangouts where crowds have gathered, a political statement might be overheard. Out on the sidewalks, government spies could be on patrol. Inside the university campus, security officials are on the lookout for suspicious behavior.

    In a way, the recent unrest is rooted in Ethiopia’s rapid economic rise. The federal government claims to have notched double-digit GDP growth rates over the past decade, but its rigid, top-down approach to developing industry, and attracting foreign investment, has resulted in mass displacement and disrupted millions of lives. This, in turn, has heightened ethnic tensions that today threaten Ethiopia’s reputation for stability.
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    Image:Families of those who killed in the Oromia Protest morns to their relatives. 

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  • MasterCard Foundation Plan to Invest U.S $10.35 mln for Ethiopia’s Honey and Bees Wax Sector

    Beekeeper Ayenalem Ketema is the proud owner of three hives which have produced enough honey for the young Ethiopian to build a house equipped with solar panels and buy some farm animals with the proceeds. Ketema, who lives in Jimma in southwestern Ethiopia, left school when sMasterCard Foundation Plan to Invest U.S $10.35 mln for Ethiopia’s Honey and Bees Wax Sectorhe was 17 and has kept bees for four years. "I have benefited a lot from using a modern beehive," said the young farmer, now 22. She belongs to the Boter Boro Cooperative, whose members run 50 beehives between them. With the profit from the 60 kg (132 lb) of honey she harvests each season, Ketema has purchased a dairy cow, three sheep and six goats, and installed a solar system in her home. Now she has bigger ambitions.

    "I plan to open up a wholesale honey shop where I can sell high-quality honey in large quantities in a bigger market," she said. Ketema benefited from a project led by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), which launched a fresh programme this month to provide work for around 12,500 young Ethiopians in beekeeping and silkworm farming. Nairobi-based ICIPE and the MasterCard Foundation plan to invest $10.35 million in the five-year project, which will support out-of-school and unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24 with starter equipment and training.
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    Image: Ethiopia's Liquid Gold; Ethiopia is Africa's leading honey and beeswax producer, but honey production is largely traditional and only reaches around 10 percent of the country's potential.

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