Nile Basin Initiative Council of Ministers Holds Meeting in Uganda

Nile Basin Initiative Council of Ministers Holds Meeting in UgandaMarch 28, 2017 - The Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM), the supreme policy organ of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), held an extraordinary meeting yesterday in Entebbe, Uganda, according to FBC. The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate the resumption of Egypt’s full participation in NBI activities that had been frozen since 2010. The meeting was chaired by Sam Cheptoris, Uganda’s Minister of Water and Environment and Chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers and was attended by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs from Nile Basin countries. According to a press release NBI sent to FBC today, the ministers received a report on the concerns of Egypt and accordingly responded to those concerns. Egypt took note of the report on the responses and asked for more time to study, consult and report back to Nile-COM on their formal position.

March 29, 2017 05:48 UTC

Peace and Stability Restored in Ethiopia - Emergency Board

Peace and Stability Restored in Ethiopia - Emergency BoardMarch 28, 2017 - Ethiopia's State of Emergency Board reported that peace and stability has been restored in the country as a result of the effective implementation of the emergency proclamation, according to ENA report. Board Chairman Tadesse Hordoffa told the House that lists of the 26,130 detained persons, mostly men, were posted in each woreda and kebele. He added that from the 174 complaints, suggestions and tip offs submitted to the board, 54 were referred to the Command Post for rectifications. The report indicated that 20,659 suspects were given extensive orientation and released. The case of 4,996 persons was referred to the courts and 475 detainees were released due to old age and illness.

March 29, 2017 05:48 UTC

Ethiopia sends 16 to prison for trying to create new state

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region. All 16 are members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front. The region has been a hotspot for anti-government protests that began in November 2015. The protests later spread across the country and demanded wider political freedoms and the release of political prisoners. The protests led to the killings of hundreds of people and the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency that remains in effect.

March 28, 2017 16:07 UTC

Exploring Ethiopia's Past and Future Through Body Painting

“We exist between the anxiety of the unknown future and the nostalgia of the familiar past,” Ms. Muluneh said. The show — a subset of the “100% Afriques” festival — is a sampler of the continent’s contemporary artists, from Akinbode Akinbiyi to Hassan Hajjaj to William Kentridge. They moved often in search of a beter place to live to provide a good education for Ms. Muluneh. At 18 years of age, Ms. Muluneh moved to the U.S. to study film at Howard University and, later, worked at The Washington Post. The prevalence of decorative body painting in her images — stark whites, vibrant reds, azure blues, monochromes sometimes delicately dotted with black — are rooted in Ethiopian tradition and custom.

March 28, 2017 08:01 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines eyes Byo, Air Zim deal

Ethiopian Airlines is exploring plans to fly to Bulawayo, as Africa’s largest carrier expands its footprint on the local market. Ethiopian International Services managing director, Esayas Woldemariam told journalists on Sunday the carrier had set its eyes on Bulawayo. The expansion by Ethiopian Airlines comes as budget airlines have sprouted up, eating into the share of some national carriers. Woldemariam said Ethiopian Airlines was not competing with them, but rather co-operating with the no-frills airlines. Ethiopian Airlines has been linked to a partnership with national carrier, Air Zimbabwe.

March 28, 2017 03:00 UTC

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

Ethiopia: Tourism in Protest-Ridden Ethiopia Is Hurting - Reviving It Will Take More Than Unveiling a Logo

To transform the country's ailing tourism industry. "We are concerned that the company won't survive this year," says Yenealem Getachew, managing director of Horizon Ethiopia Tour and Travel plc. We have also distributed questionnaires to tour operators but we haven't received their responses yet." "Image is everything for a country's tourism sector," one expert says. The corresponding number of jobs in the tourism sector will increase from 985, 500 to 4.8 million, according to the document.

March 27, 2017 14:26 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

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