Launching a new report, the African Development Bank calls for domestic financing solutions alongside aid in fight against malaria, one of the top health burden of African countries. On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2018, April 25, the Bank released Money and Mosquitoes: The Economics of Malaria in an Age of declining Aid. The report examines financing in the battle against malaria, focusing on the role of foreign aid. It analyzes whether or not a disease such as malaria can be controlled or eliminated in Africa without health aid. But declining health aid and deprioritized vertical aid (as for malaria), despite its potentially great efficiency, have led to rising numbers of cases.
April 26, 2018 14:26 UTC
It has had its best twelve months of sales in South Africa since the year 2000. “Nissan is now poised to build on our success with further growth in Africa,” said Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan South Africa. To drive future growth Nissan will focus on further developing its dealership network in South Africa with an improved customer experience and enhanced facilities. Nissan was the first manufacturer to introduce an electric vehicle to South Africa, with the Nissan LEAF launched locally in 2013. “South Africa has the potential to lead Africa in embracing this change, and the automotive industry here and the economy stand to benefit.
April 26, 2018 09:11 UTC
Concluding his second visit to Ethiopia, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today issued a statement urging the government to give hope for the people of Ethiopia by advancing improvements on human rights conditions. Inviting a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights once already shows that a Government is willing to openly discuss the human rights challenges in the country. This will enable us to better assess the human rights situation, assist the Government in widening the democratic space and in efforts to ensure accountability for human rights violations. For our goals should be the same: to ensure that the human rights of all in Ethiopia are fully respected. In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when too many leaders risk reversing hard-won human rights gains, we look to Ethiopia to continue to give cause for optimism and hope.”
April 26, 2018 08:48 UTC
The ruling coalition — the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) — consists of four political parties. Each represents a different region and ethnic base, with its own factions in the federal legislature and regional state councils. Candidates in allied parties won an additional 46 seats in that election, and a candidate without a party affiliation won the last seat. And Ethiopia’s constitution, adopted in 1995, provides broad power to the House of People’s Representatives, the prime minister and his council. The TPLF created the EPRDF coalition in the late 1980s as a means to expand their influence beyond the Tigray region.
April 25, 2018 21:00 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- About 50 Chinese companies are expected to participate in China Trade Week in Ethiopia from May 3-5, event organizer said on Wednesday. "Our desire to have a Chinese companies trade week is related to the need to create a trade platform where Chinese companies can interact with local business stakeholders in focus areas," he further said. This will be the second edition of the China Trade Week in Ethiopia, with a similar trade show held in Addis Ababa from July 4-6, 2017. The China Trade Week in Ethiopia is supported by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. China is already Ethiopia's biggest trading partner, with Ethiopia exporting 144.5 million U.S. dollars of goods to China in the first six months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2017/18.
April 25, 2018 18:22 UTC
According to the Facebook page of the PM, the main issues of discussion by the two parties was the subject of human rights and democracy. “Human rights are not an afterthought. The Commissioner urged AU to strengthen the role as well as the independence of African human rights institutions, especially the African Commission on Human and People`s Rights. AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said on his part the fight for human rights is an integral part of the agenda of the African Union. He pointed out that there is still a long way to go in order to fully attain the aspirations with regard to promotion and protection of human rights.
April 25, 2018 17:03 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Two people have died in a lightning strike in Ethiopia's north Eastern Afar regional state, district police chief confirmed on Wednesday. The tragic lightning incident in the region's Berahele district has killed two individuals while five others have suffered heavy and light injuries, local media Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Wednesday. The lightning strike in Afar's Berahele district, which claims the lives of two primary school students while they were waiting for school hours, was accompanied by heavy rain and thunderstorm. The tragedies occurred as Ethiopia is about to commence its major rainy season, which in most cases witnesses above-average rainfall featuring thunderstorm. Despite safety concerns, the rainfall is vital for Ethiopia's main harvesting season.
April 25, 2018 16:52 UTC
Estimating Deaths in Libya, Syria, Somalia and YemenIn the third and final part of this report, I will estimate the death toll caused by U.S. covert and proxy wars in Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. A group called Libya Body Count (LBC) began tabulating violent deaths in Libya, based on media reports, on the model of Iraq Body Count (IBC). Unlike Iraq Body Count, both our main passive sources in Libya counted both civilians and combatants. In Libya, Libya Body Count only counted 1.45 times as many deaths as ACLED. Estimating War Deaths in YemenPublished estimates of war deaths in Yemen are based on regular surveys of hospitals there by the World Health Organization, often relayed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
April 25, 2018 16:46 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Receives UN Human Rights ChiefApril 25, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed held talks with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at his office today, according to FBC. The Ethiopian Premier and Zeid held discussion issues related to human rights and democratization process as well as the reforms taking place in Ethiopia. The Prime Minister stressed that the objective of the reform was to strengthen human rights and democracy in the country. It is a matter of survival,” Prime Minister Dr Abiy said. The Commissioner for his part commended the commitment of Prime Minister Dr Abiy for the protection of human rights and democratization in Ethiopia.
April 25, 2018 16:07 UTC
Halemariam Desalegn Awarded Ethiopia's Highest Medal of HonorApril 25, 2018 - Former Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn was awarded Ethiopia's highest medal of honor yesterday in a ceremony held at the national palace. He taught us that power should be used to serve the public, not for personal use,” he said. The Premier further thanked former First Lady Roman Tesfay for her contribution for the success of the former Premier Hailemariam Desalegn. Hailemariam Desalegn on his part thanked Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and his staff for hosting the farewell event, and said the new Premier should be given time, support, and advice for the challenges that lie ahead. We should do our best to make the change meet the needs of all of us,” he said.
April 25, 2018 15:56 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed has honoured his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, with the country’s highest national award.Desalegn, who resigned as prime minister in mid-February 2018, was awarded a national medal and given a citation at an official farewell ceremony held at the national palace on Tuesday evening in Addis Ababa. Dr. Abiy showered Hailemariam Desalegn with praise for his leadership during a hard time in the country’s history. Desalegn had played a great role to ensure that Ethiopia had a historic peaceful transfer of political power, he said. “Desalegn taught us a lot. The party’s head automatically fills the Prime Minister slot.
April 25, 2018 15:11 UTC
The Ethiopian government announced on Wednesday that seven members of an outlawed Rebel Group Ginbot Seven Patriotic Front (G7-PF) have surrendered. The rebels had surrendered with their arms after receiving amnesty from the government, said Eyasu Yilak, Chief of Security Administration, Central Gonder zone in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency. Yilak alleged the rebels have received training from Eritrea to conduct “terror attacks” against civilians and administrative targets. The Ethiopian government alleges the G7-PF rebel group is supported by its archrival country Eritrea, while Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of supporting Eritrean rebel groups and running an international campaign to isolate the Red Sea nation. Since then, the common border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has had an uneasy calm punctuated with periodic armed standoffs.
April 25, 2018 14:03 UTC
I give Egypt as a ransom for you, Ethiopia and Saba in exchange for you.” Isaiah 43:3 (The Israel Bible™)Aaron (A.Y.) One morning, he was speaking to a 20-year old woman who was born on the way to Israel, from Ethiopia. “They are yearning and hoping and longing to come to Israel, to complete the prophecy from Isaiah 43 of returning to Israel, but cannot,” Katsof told Breaking Israel News. Between November 1988 and May 1991, 150,000 Ethiopian Jews moved closer to Addis Ababa, the center for aliyah activities in Ethiopia. Some 1,300 Ethiopian Jews were also brought to Israel in 2017 with the Jewish Agency on aliyah flights sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).
April 25, 2018 13:52 UTC
24 Apr 2018 - 12:19 by OOSKAnews CorrespondentCAIRO, EGYPTThe Parliament of Egypt April 21 passed legislation banning cultivation of crops that require high volumes of water, as concerns increase that the upstream Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will negatively impact water flow for agriculture in Egypt. Rice, bananas and other crops are included in the ban announced on Sunday, with violators facing prison time and fines of up to $3,000 (EGY) (per Arabiya). A round of talks among Egypt, Ehiopia and Sudan held in Khartoum, Sudan earlier this month resulted in an impasse, with failure to reach agreement on issues regarding sharing of water resources. Egypt has long expressed concern that the dam, situated on the Blue Nile near the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, will reduce the river’s flows and jeopardize water supply. A Tripartite National Committee, comprising experts from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, was created in 2015 to address some of the concerns.
April 25, 2018 13:52 UTC
It also urged the government to allow the Marange community to enjoy freedom of association and assembly like other communities in Zimbabwe. Continued violence against the Marange community and artisanal miners is unacceptable,” it said. “We are cognizant that in February this year the Marange community petitioned parliament and to date they haven’t received feedback. Refusing to acknowledge the responsibility of the Kimberley Process to protect diamond mining communities is a self-serving argument that is casting the entire diamond supply chain in bad light. This will go a long way in reducing human rights violations against artisanal miners in Marange.
April 25, 2018 13:52 UTC