GENEVA (AP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador." With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus told a conference in Uruguay this week on non-communicable diseases that he'd agreed to be a "goodwill ambassador" on the issue. In 2008, the charity Physicians for Human Rights released a report documenting failures in Zimbabwe's health system, saying that Mugabe's policies had led to a man-made crisis. "The Mugabe regime has used any means at its disposal, including politicizing the health sector, to maintain its hold on power."
October 20, 2017 16:07 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, and the Ethiopian Airports Services are pleased to announce to their valued customers that they have availed free Wi-Fi connection at its main hub, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport as of October 2017. Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “Availability of seamless customer focused service, both onboard and at the airports, defines the rule of the game in today’s hyper competitive airline industry. Hence, we are working very hard to transform all airports in Ethiopia; upgrading their services to global standards and improving passengers’ overall experience to meet their high expectations. Availability of broad band Wi-Fi connection at Addis Ababa Bole international airport will provide enhanced travel experience to our customers enabling them to stay connected with their loved ones and their work. As part of the Addis Ababa airport expansion project, currently underway, we are incorporating more digital features with the aim of making Addis Ababa airport the best connecting hub in Africa.”To ensure leadership in the digital revolution and leverage on the latest advancement in the Information and Communication technology in the global airline industry, Ethiopian has positioned Systems as one of the four cornerstones in Ethiopian long-term strategic roadmap, Vision 2025.
October 20, 2017 16:07 UTC
Ethiopia has joined the number of countries helping neighbouring Somalia with medical aid in the wake of the Mogadishu bomb attack that claimed hundreds of lives. The Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia, Jamaludin Mustafa handed over the 8 tonnes of medical consignment to Somalia’s Health Minister Fawziya Abikar in Mogadishu today, local media sources have reported. Djibouti were the first to send medical personnel and supplies very early this week to help Somalia deal with the carnage. Jamaludin Mustafa,Ethiopian Ambassador to #Somalia handed over ’8 tonnes of medical aid’ to Fawziya Abikar, #Somalia’s minister of health pic.twitter.com/52U150kYX3 — Addis Standard (@addisstandard) October 20, 2017Their move was followed by Kenya whose army delivered 11 tonnes of medical supplies to the minister and the mayor of Mogadishu. The medical supplies were handed over by Maj Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo to Somalia’s Minister of Health & Social Services & Mogadishu’s Mayor.
October 20, 2017 13:30 UTC
The water ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed Thursday to hold a new round of negotiations at the ministerial level to discuss their main points of disagreement on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The three countries’ water ministers approved the draft guiding principles during the meeting of the National Committee. These principles will guide the two advisory institutions that are conducting studies on the effects of the dam, the Ethiopian news agency ENA said. ENA quoted Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aaty, as saying that the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will visit Egypt within weeks and will sign with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi comprehensive cooperation agreements. The visit of the Egyptian and Sudanese ministers to the Renaissance Dam on Wednesday is a historic step that opens up more opportunities for dialogue, transparency and exchange of information, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, Seleshi Bekele, said.
October 20, 2017 10:18 UTC
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and OpenOil, a Berlin-based financial analysis firm, have jointly produced a report on how African governments use financial models to manage oil & gas and mining projects. Mining companies and miners’ associations such as Newmont Mining Corporation, AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American and International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) also attended. “Financial models are essential throughout the life-cycle of extractive projects,” said Johnny West, Director of OpenOil. “This study forms a crucial part of the Center’s support to African countries in realising the full potential of their natural resources”, Traore said. Partners doing so already were encouraged to not just supply financial models as part of isolated technical assistance, but to also invest in equipping government officials with skills to create and use models.
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October 20, 2017 06:00 UTC
Ethiopia’s news agency shared photos on the latest level of work at the country’s flagship power facility, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Ministers of the three countries that share the River Nile – Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia – also visited the site of the project to have first hand information on work. The last concerns raised on the GERD project was when Egypt expressed concerns over what it says is the slow pace of work on technical studies in relation to the project. Shoukry said all parties needed to meet to share results from the technical studies and to firm up commitments in that regard. There is an ongoing dispute over the GERD project especially its impact on water distribution of the River Nile.
October 19, 2017 22:30 UTC
Fourteen years later, a U of T-Addis Ababa University partnership has propelled the number of psychiatrists from 11 to 70. U of T’s efforts in Ethiopia – supporting the development of graduate programs at Addis Ababa University – will be on full display as President Meric Gertler visits the country this week. In 2014, U of T's Faculty of Dentistry began collaborating with Addis Ababa University. The Ethiopian psychiatrists transformed the asylum in Addis Ababa into a modern psychiatric hospital. Wondimagegn, now head of Addis Ababa University's College of Health Sciences, was one of the program’s first graduates.
October 19, 2017 21:37 UTC
Pearl MuseumThe Pearl Museum showcases how, before the discovery of oil, pearls were the biggest source of income in the Gulf. Coffee MuseumThe Dubai Coffee Museum explores the history of coffee and its origins acting as a platform for experiencing different regional styles such as Arabic, Ethiopian and Japanese coffee types to name a few. The museum creates a relaxing atmosphere with regional traditional and oriental architecture to set the scene. Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural UnderstandingSheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding allows visitors to gain a greater appreciation of Dubai’s culture and customs. Here visitors can immerse into the local values, architecture and heritage that created the foundation and philosophy of Dubai.
October 19, 2017 20:15 UTC
The plan as yet does not mention applying a strict child-control policy that would stop families from having more than two children, as the name of the campaign suggests. Local Development Minister Hisham El-Sherif said population control is tied to solving Egypt’s high illiteracy rates, unemployment levels and poverty. The campaign’s name has raised eyebrows about whether Egypt is on the verge of applying a strict two-child policy. Population expert Ayman Zohry said this campaign, like previous ones, calls for limiting the number of children per family. Attempts to force parents not to have more children are unlikely to work in Egypt, and “negative incentives” would not succeed, Zohry said.
October 19, 2017 19:30 UTC
South Sudanese Rebel Groups Clash Near Ugandan BorderOctober 19, 2017 - South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other this week in a strategic area near the Ugandan border leaving at least three dead, reports Reuters. The clashes between the south Sudanese factions broke out on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kajo Keji between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. As the war burns on, battles are being fought on many fronts and armed groups have splintered and begun fighting each other. The groups that clashed this week both oppose President Salva Kiir’s government and had previously been stationed side by side in Kajo Keji. SPLA-IO is former vice president Machar’s rebel group, while NSF is loyal to the former general CirilloSource:- ReutersBack Print
October 19, 2017 18:00 UTC
Ethiopia to Purchase 400,000T of Wheat for Humanitarian AssistanceOctober 19, 2017 - Ethiopia recently announced a tender for 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat for use in humanitarian assistance programs throughout the country. The tendered amount will be divided into three tranches, totaling 200,000 tonnes, 125,000 tonnes and 75,000 tonnes. As of early September, Ethiopia had imported nearly 630,000 tonnes of milling wheat in 2017, the USDA said. The total included approximately 120,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat food aid, valued at about $23 million. In August, the government of Ethiopia tendered for 70,000 tonnes of wheat to be used in the country’s productive safety net project.
October 19, 2017 17:48 UTC
BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, ETHIOPIA-At first, it’s little more than a flash of fur, just a blot on the far side of the road, trotting hard and moving fast. ( Bale Mountain Lodge )Soon we’re sitting down for lunch at Bale Mountain Lodge, which is set in a valley below a craggy ridge. The endangered Abyssinian red wolf exists in a habitat that’s now mostly limited to the high plateau of Bale Mountains National Park. A group strides along the Sanetti Plateau near some of Ethiopia’s highest peaks in Bale Mountains National Park. Stay: Bale Mountain Lodge (balemountainlodge.com ) offers one of Ethiopia’s few true safari experiences.
October 19, 2017 15:04 UTC
But it took the 40-year-old three years to introduce Efro & Co, her funky, edgy and strongly rooted unisex label that launches online on October 22. Born in The Sudan, to Ethiopian parents and raised in the UAE, Efro & Co is as colourful as Yassin’s personality and world experience, yet bears a strong African identity. I then slowly wanted to implement some East African flavour to the concept, and finally, it all came together. I want Efro & Co to be an ethically creative lifestyle brand where it’s ontology is easily identified by many. It is not just a fashion brand, it is a celebration of life through art, clothing and style.
October 19, 2017 12:56 UTC
Prior to the meeting, ministers of the three countries paid a visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which the horn of Africa’s nation is building along the Nile River near the Sudanese border. “The remaining 38 percent of the construction will continue while the dam will keep on generating hydroelectric power”, Debretsion said. “Activities that would enable to fill the dam with water and generating power will be conducted soon”, according to the Minister. Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopian minister of water, said: "Ethiopia is fully committed on sharing relevant information with both Egypt and Sudan; and has been inviting both countries to address concerns and resolve misunderstandings. Our commitment as ever is based on key principles of win-win, no significant harm, equitable utilization and cooperation," he said.
October 19, 2017 12:45 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-19 18:28:17|Editor: Yang YiVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government on Thursday warned traders who are attempting to exploit the public by sabotaging the recently effective currency devaluation to increase imported products' price. According to the Ethiopian Trade Practice and Consumers Protection Authority, some traders have attempted to hide their products, particularly imported goods, so as to increase the products' price in line with the present rate of the Ethiopian birr (ETB). The move was mainly designed to attain the east country's target to increase its earnings from the export sector during the recently commenced Ethiopian 2017-2018 fiscal year. However, as the value of the ETB dropped by 15 percent, the value of imported goods, mainly electronics and other technology-related products, is expected to increase. The authority also warned that it will take legal actions on wrongdoers for their actions on the matter.
October 19, 2017 10:30 UTC