Juniper Glass announces Ethiopian merger and regulatory approvalsBy Press ReleaseJuniper Glass today announced that it has received all regulatory approvals necessary to conclude the final investments in its US$70 million greenfield container glass factory in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. The new factory, which is under construction, will have the capacity to produce 60,000 tonnes of glass annually, approximately 200 million glass bottles. The consortium behind Juniper includes Consol Glass, the largest glass packaging company in Sub-Saharan Africa, with manufacturing facilities in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. Consol Glass is a recognised leader in glass packaging manufacturing and with their expertise and support Juniper will be able to supply container glass to highest quality standards. Juniper Glass will be positioned to supply Ethiopian customers, export to regional markets and continue to expand as demand increases.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Head of Corporate Affairs, Bernard Osero, said the second port, currently under construction by China Communications Construction Company, will provide the East African nation with its second port, expected to become the second largest in the region. The Lamu Port is part of Kenya’s Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project. “It is true the construction of the Lamu Port is being carried out by the China Communications Construction Company. The Ports Authority, the state agency which manages all the port installations in Kenya, projects the Lamu Port traffic to hit 23.9 million tonnes by 2030. Osero said the Lamu port is expected to attract some cargo which would traditionally pass through the Ports of Sudan, Djibouti and Mombasa.
Chinese Firm to Provide Scholarship to Ethiopian University StudentsNovember 30, 2016 — A Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG), has launched a three-year scholarship initiative to financially benefit outstanding Ethiopian university students. During a period of three years, the scholarship project will benefit 27 outstanding Addis Ababa University students. One of the objectives of the scholarship is to support talented engineering students who could potentially benefit the east African country, said Xiao. He also noted that the project is designed to encourage more and more Ethiopian students to learn Chinese language and culture, and help to strengthen the Sino-Ethiopian relationship. Jeilu Oumer, Academic Vice President of Addis Ababa University, said the scholarship recipients will immensely benefit from the scholarship.
PM Appoints Getahun Nana Development Bank PresidentNovember 30, 2016 - Getahun Nana, Vice Governor of the National Bank has been appointed to lead the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) by the Prime Minister earlier this morning. His appointment is effective tomorrow on November 30, 2016. This appointment came in the midst of the suspension of his predecessor, Esayas Bahre, who was suspended by the Public Financial Institutions Supervision Agency, whose director is Sintayehu Woldemichael. Getahun has been at his most recent post for the last seven years. (Fortune)Back
In Africa, as in Cuba, the late Fidel Castro was both loved and despised. In all, Castro leaves a complicated legacy in Africa. Before the offensive, Castro visited the region and tried to enlist Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen in a socialist federation. By March 1978, Somali troops suffered heavy defeats and were driven back to where they started the offensive. VOA's English to Africa, Portuguese to Africa, Horn of Africa, Swahili and Somali Services contributed to this article.
ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG), has launched a three-year scholarship initiative to financially benefit outstanding Ethiopian university students. During a period of three years, the scholarship project will benefit 27 outstanding Addis Ababa University students. Jeilu Oumer, Academic Vice President of Addis Ababa University, said the scholarship recipients will immensely benefit from the scholarship. Ethiopia is the only African country selected by XCMG's global sponsorship project. The project was made to address water shortage of Oda Nebee Primary School, about 30 km south of capital Addis Ababa.
Output from joint venture between Ethiopian government and Moroccan state phosphate group will exceed domestic demandOCP, the 95% state owned Moroccan phosphate producer, has partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Public Enterprise to build a fertiliser plant that will supply domestic demand and generate exports. OCP has agreed to invest $2.4 billion (£1.9 billion) to build the plant in Dire Dawa, which will combine OCP’s Moroccan phosphoric acid with Ethiopian potash and ammonia to make 2.5 million tonnes of fertiliser per year. A second phase will see a further $1.3 billion investment to increase the plant’s capacity to 3.8 million tonnes/year by 2025. Having a domestic producer will reduce Ethiopia’s reliance on expensive imports of fertiliser, enabling farmers to improve yields and potentially providing valuable exports.
The general environmental shifts are enough to provide some insight as to how it feels at this time of the year. The temperature has fast dropped down to 3 degrees Celsius at best and it has started raining ceaselessly. As sad as it was, this looked like a page from a Yilma Habte novel. The jovial page of the week takes us to a weekly presentation of inquisitive circumstances, based on semantics and nicknaming. The husband left the brunt of the burden to his wife and abandoned them to their fate, disappearing into thin air.
The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of refugees from the Horn of Africa, desperate to escape difficult conditions at home, continue to make the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to war-torn Yemen, despite the risks. The U.N. refugee agency reports nearly 106,000 people, mostly from Ethiopia and Somalia, have risked their lives on the high seas to reach Yemen so far this year. The agency says it plans to launch a regional information campaign in December to try to prevent the refugees and migrants from attempting the treacherous crossing. Spindler said those who survive the risky journey face conflict, abuse and exploitation on arrival in Yemen. The UNHCR reports many of the migrants go to Yemen hoping to move on to Saudi Arabia in search of work.
A domestic worker Tuesday committed suicide by throwing herself off a balcony in Beirut's southern suburbs, state media reported. Reports by Human Rights Watch and other organizations have found that the majority of domestic workers in Lebanon have been subjected to illegal practices such as having their passports confiscated by their employers and not receiving any time off. Several reports have also indicated that foreign domestic workers suffer from inadequate salaries, lack of basic worker rights, physical abuse and isolation, which in extreme cases have led to domestic workers taking their own lives.
A supercolony of ants found in Ethiopian forests is set to invade the globe, a new study suggests. (Photo : Anhari Lubis/Getty Images)A supercolony of ants found in Ethiopian forests is set to invade the globe, a new study suggests. According to the researchers, the infamous ant species, Lepisiota canescens, is displaying signs of supercolony formation and this could be a global threat. In fact, of the hundreds of thousands known ant species, only 20 have shown this kind of behavior behavior. Details about the new dominant ant species was described in a new paper published in the journal Insectes Sociaux.
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) held its third annual appreciation evening and awards ceremony to reward the tourism and trade partners in China whom they have been working closely with to promote the Seychelles islands as the ideal travel destination for Chinese tourists. Firstly, the combined strong leadership and strategic policies of the Seychelles’ ministry responsible for tourism, STB and local trade partners’ partnership over the past five years. Since the opening of the office, the tourism cooperation between Seychelles and China has seen an increase in the incoming figures from 2,124 tourists in 2011 to 13,941 in 2015. Prizes were sponsored by Hilton Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Raffles Seychelles, Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove, AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, Valmer Resort Seychelles, Constance Hotels, Le Duc de Praslin, Sri Lankan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Air Seychelles Ltd, Ankeyunda, Etihad Airways, Mason’s Travel, Creole Travel Services and Vision Voyages. Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).
The donation will be going to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Smail Chergui, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, used his official twitter handle to make the announcement on Monday. The AU forces have come under repeated attacks from militant group, al-Shabaab, who are fighting to establish an Islamic government. We thank Chinese Pple & Gov't for continuing support to #AU peace efforts in #Somalia, w/ this latest donation of $1.2 mln to amisomsomalia pic.twitter.com/xN5AZmr19r — Amb. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in a report officially labeled al-Shabaab militants as a transnational security threat in the East Africa region.
Share on Facebook Share on TwitterThis past year saw the lowest number of Ethiopian olim since 2000, with only 91 Ethiopians making Aliyah in 2015, less than half that of the previous year, according to a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday ahead of Sigd, a national holiday marked by Ethiopian Jews. According to the annual report, the Ethiopian population in Israel stood at some 141,000 at the end of 2015 – 85,700 who were born in Ethiopia and 55,500 born in Israel to Ethiopian fathers. In accordance with tradition, the public must examine itself and amend itself socially to be worthy to return to Jerusalem from exile. Think others should know about this? Please share
The Ethiopian government has officially sent condolences to Cuba following the death of ‘Ethiopia’s great friend,’ former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. A condolence message from President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister, Hailemarian Desalegn, described Castro as a great friend of the country who stood by Ethiopia during its hard times. President Malatu said, ‘‘Castro was a friend of Ethiopia who helped it defend its territorial integrity.’‘ For his part, PM Daselegn said, ‘‘Castro was a great friend and leader who stood by Ethiopia during a difficult time.’‘Castro was a friend of Ethiopia who helped it defend its territorial integrity. He ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost 50 years before his brother, Raul Castro, took over in eight years ago. Castro – who had survived many assassination plots – was the longest serving non-royal leader of the 20th Century.