Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Torch to Tour Country

Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Torch to Tour CountryMarch 27, 2017 - PM Hailemariam Desalegne lit a symbolic Grand Renaissance Torch on Sunday in Addis Ababa, according to ENA. The torch was handed over to Addis Ababa City Administration where it will stay for one month and will tour across the country for the coming 11 months, according to the report. The renaissance torch aimed at enhancing the public mobilization for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will help to revitalize the public's support with new spirit, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. After lighting the torch, Hailemariam said that the public's contribution for the project was 'tremendous' since the launch of construction six years ago. “The renaissance dam which we are constructing with joining hands is among the list of mega projects in Africa and the world, becoming source of our national proud”, he added.

March 27, 2017 18:56 UTC

Ethiopian’s new Lomé-Johannesburg service will benefit New York travelers to South Africa

They can now enjoy one-stop service to South Africa with the Lomé connection. Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are proud that we are able to link these new stations to the Ethiopian network in such a short period of time.”About EthiopianEthiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.For more information about this press release, please contact or:Mrs. Hanna AtnafuManager Corporate CommunicationsEthiopian AirlinesTel: (251-1) 517-89-07/656/165/913/

March 27, 2017 16:41 UTC

Red tape delays Ethiopian migration to Israel

Jewish Agency says they're 'ready to receive' Ethiopian immigrants but haven't received names of candidates from government. Thousands of Ethiopians with family members in Israel have again had attempts to join them delayed, this time by a paperwork logjam, Israeli officials said on Sunday. Since then, only 64 have entered the country, prompting MK Elie Elalouf (Kulanu) to say last week that Israel had "abandoned the Jewish community of Ethiopia despite the promises." The country's Ethiopian community numbers around 135,000 people, of whom more than 50,000 were born in Israel. The bulk of Ethiopia's Jewish community was brought to the country between 1984 and 1991 under the Law of Return guaranteeing Israeli citizenship to all Jews.

March 27, 2017 04:18 UTC

IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South Sudan

IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South SudanMarch 28, 2017 - Concerned with the worsening of humanitarian situation in South Sudan, IGAD urged for immediate measures for smooth provision of humanitarian assistance, according to ENA. In this regard, the summit called the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for a confirmation within a week. The leaders condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan and called on all armed groups to renounce armed struggle as a means of solving the problems in South Sudan. In response to this call, the Government of South Sudan agreed to announce a unilateral ceasefire and grant amnesty to those who renounce violence. Furthermore, IGAD urged both Sudan and South Sudan to ensure that their territories are not used by any armed groups that threaten the security of both countries, as well as the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

March 26, 2017 15:56 UTC

Ethiopian to Commence Three New Flights

Ethiopian Airlines disclosed that preparations have been finalized to launch flights to three new destinations- Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo within three days starting from March 26-28 , 2017. He said : " Three new flights to three new destinations in just three days is one of the greatest expansions in Ethiopia's long and illustrious history. We are proud that we are able to link theses new stations to the Ethiopian network in such a short period of time." Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo are three of the seven destinations Ethiopian planned to launch during the first six months of 2017. The airliner started flights to Conakry in February 2017 and plans to serve three new destinations in Asia: Chengdu, Singapore and Jakarta before July 2017, according to the press release of the airliner.

March 26, 2017 15:11 UTC

UN agency launches country profiles of 21 African nations

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) launched the second generation of its Country profiles. The launching took place on Saturday in Dakar, Senegal on the sideline of the African Development Week. These reports, which offer a snapshot of economic and social development in African countries, identify policy challenges and provide recommendations to decision-makers, national and regional institutions to address those challenges, this year cover 21 countries. “The 1st generation of country profiles has strengthened our evidence based policy engagement and dialogue with ECA’s members States. The country profiles are based on data provided by member States and they complement ongoing ECA efforts to improve the collection and use of statistical data in Africa.

March 26, 2017 09:16 UTC

Why Former Arbegnoch-Ginbot 7 Fighter Abandoned Eritrea

Why Former Arbegnoch-Ginbot 7 Fighter Abandoned EritreaMarch 25, 2017 - It is wrong to fight alongside forces whose main aim is to destroy Ethiopia, says Samrawit Sisay, who recently defected from Ginot 7 and returned to Ethiopia. In a video interview with Ethiopia First, Samrawit tells her story of why she went to Eritrea and joined Ginbot 7, what she witnessed there during her period with Ginbot 7, and why she finally decided to leave Eritrea and return to Ethiopia. In the video interview, Samrawit warns others not to make the same mistake she did. She advises fellow Ethiopians to struggle for a better democracy, justice and fairness here at home, rather than going to Eritrea and fight alongside Shaebia. Shaebia does not stand for a better Ethiopia, says Samrawit, but for a weak and fragmented Ethiopia.

March 26, 2017 02:06 UTC

Athletics: Kenya and Ethiopia renew World Cross Country rivalry

By Isaack OmuloKAMPALA (Reuters) – Kenya and their east African middle and long-distance running rivals, Ethiopia, will come face-to-face again at the 42nd World Cross Country Championships in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Sunday. Kenya’s world champion Geoffrey Kamworor, leads a strong team in the 10km senior men’s race, but many believe Ethiopia, led by national champion, Getaneh Molla, should challenge. “There’s no greater heartland for that talent and that passion than Africa for these cross country championships. Ugandan hopes rest on national champion Joshua Cheptegei, African cross country silver medalist Phillip Kipyeko and Timothy Toroitich. World Cross Country silver medalist Senbere Teferi, who also won silver in 5,000m at the World Championships in Beijing, Belaynesh Oljira, Dera Dida and Sentayehu Lewetegn will lead the Ethiopian challenge against Kenya.

March 25, 2017 15:00 UTC

Kampala hosts 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Uganda is hosting the world for the 42nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships which will take place March 26, 2017 at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital Kampala. Kenya and Ethiopia have the most medals won by a country in the competition with 304 and 255 medals respectively. Ethiopian long-distance runner and current world record and Olympic record holder in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events, Kenenisa Bekele has the most medals won by an individual in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships with 16 golds, nine silvers and two bronzes between 2001 to 2008. And there is no greater heartland for that talent and the passion for cross country than Africa,” Coe said at a press conference in Kampala. “When the IAAF introduced the mixed relay for #iaafkampala2017, I must say, thank you, this is what brought me back to XC!” – KipropAsbel — IAAF (iaaforg) March 25, 2017Athletes participating in the 42nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships include the world 1500m indoors and outdoors world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba from Ethiopia, three-time world and 2008 Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop from Kenya and 2015 European cross-country champion Ali Kaya.

March 25, 2017 12:11 UTC

Ethiopia gets first chocolate factory

Haredo LLC chocolate company announced the completion of its around $5 million investment (110 million birr) brand new factory at the Tatek Special Industrial Zone in West Shewa, Oromia of Ethiopia. Upon receiving delivery of further machinery from Europe, the chocolate factory will immediately commence production, creating as many as 120 jobs directly and 250 indirectly. The factory has an annual capacity of 3,000 tons of chocolate but will begin production at an annual rate of 1,000 tons in the first year. Chocolate products will be sold in the fast-moving consumer goods market (FMCG), both in Ethiopia and abroad. The vast majority of chocolate producers nowadays buy generic chocolate from a few big chocolate mass manufacturers and then develop and produce their particular product using additives.

March 25, 2017 11:36 UTC

Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to Ethiopia

Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to EthiopiaMarch 24, 2017 – Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, according UNHCR report. Hungry and exhausted, Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, and her seven young children finally reached Ethiopia at the end of a desperate three-day trek over the border from Somalia. “We walked and slept on the road,” she says, her eyes flitting nervously as she recalls the journey. A significant number of the children and mothers are malnourished,” says Sandra Harlass, Senior Health Officer for in Ethiopia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. We are hungry and we are looking for food,” she adds.

March 25, 2017 01:30 UTC

World Cross Preview: How Will Kenya And Ethiopia Divide The Golds?

Ethiopia is the defending team champion, and has 11 titles to Kenya's eight. But Korir has been one of the best runners in the world this year, outkicking Feyisa Lilesa in Houston and Callum Hawkins in Edinburgh for major wins. If he can hang around the top five for six miles, he has a shot at a medal. Medaling will be hard, but if a team led by Chris Derrick or Ben True could get silver on a great day in 2013, a team led by Leonard Korir and Sam Chelanga can do it this year. It will be a true team out there, as Kenyan-Americans Korir, Chelanga, Shadrack Kipchirchir, and Stanley Kebenei are all training partners in Scott Simmons's American Distance Project.

March 24, 2017 20:03 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines to launch cargo services to Ahmedabad, India

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, has announced the addition of Ahmedabad, a fifth cargo gateway to India, to its global cargo network as ofAhmedabad, India’s second oldest stock exchange and largest producer of cotton, is an emerging economic and industrial hub of India, inhabiting a population of more than six million. Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said: “Ethiopian cargo service to India dates back to the early 90’s; launching our first cargo station in Mumbai.”He said complementing the booming economic relations between India and the African continent at large, the airline had made available dependable cargo services to Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and now to Ahmedabad; their fifth Cargo Gateway to India. He said while operating in the major trade lanes between Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia, their cargo network was efficiently linking the Indian sub-continent and Africa farther with China and Hong Kong and providing the Indian market with minimum weekly import capacity of 240 tons per week. “I believe our new services to Ahmedabad will further strengthen the existing trade and commercial ties between the two fastest growing regions of the world,” he added. Ethiopian is the largest cargo network operator and one of the major global cargo players, serving 36 global freighter destinations with an average daily uplift of 650 tons, on top of the belly hold capacity of 150 tons to more than 90 destinations globally, deploying eight dedicated freighters including six Boeing B777-200LRF and two – Boeing B757-260F.

March 24, 2017 19:07 UTC

In response to worsening drought in Ethiopia, IFRC announces four-fold increase of relief and recovery operations

“The reports we are receiving from our Red Cross colleagues in Ethiopia, particularly as it relates to communities in the south and south-east, are extremely concerning,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC Regional Director for Africa. To date, about 2 million Swiss francs has been received. “The Ethiopian Red Cross Society has been responding to this emergency for more than 12 months. IFRC initially launched an Emergency Appeal in January 2016 for 2.2 million Swiss francs to support 35,000 people. The appeal was revised in June 2016 to 2.7 million Swiss francs targeting 65,000 people.

March 24, 2017 11:15 UTC

Letter on Ethiopia to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs / Vice-President of the European Commission Mogherini

As you are aware, Ethiopia’s widespread human rights violations against its citizens means that Ethiopia is a country producing refugees and asylum seekers seeking safety. Since November 2015 state security forces have killed hundreds and arrested tens of thousands of protesters, plunging Ethiopia into a human rights crisis. But these partnerships are dependent on long-term stability in Ethiopia and, thus, should be dependent on respect for basic human rights. And as stated in the European parliament resolution, it would be beneficial to clarify what progress on human rights you expect from Ethiopia to maintain ongoing EU support. The European Union’s interests in Ethiopia are best served by taking a principled stance on the importance of human rights protections.

March 24, 2017 06:56 UTC

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