What is the Addis Ababa Riverside Project about? The development project will run along the two biggest rivers in Addis Ababa – stretching 23.8kms and 27.5kms respectively – all the way from the mountains of Entoto through to Akaki river. “The project essentially aims to lift the image and potential of the capital. The PM’s office added: Increase the real estate value of current and future property development alongside the river project and to enhance green coverage and build the image of Addis Ababa as a city reflecting its name – New Flower. All the better for a city with Africa’s biggest airline operatorEthiopia, the national carrier, has its base in Addis Ababa, the Bole International Airport.
February 22, 2019 15:11 UTC
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia confers with central committee members of affiliate political organizations operating in Somali, Gambella, Harari, Benishangul Gumz and Afar regions of the country. “In the discussions with members of affiliate political organizations, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the value of changing and growing together in line with the MEDEMER vision,” the PM Offcie twitted. The affiliates parties of the ruling coalition, Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) are the Afar National Democratic Party (ANDP), Benshangul Gumuz People’s Democratic Unity Front (BGPDUF), Gambella People’s Democratic Movement (GPDM), Harari National League (HNL), and Somali Peoples’ Democratic Party (SPDP). After PM Abiy came to power, there were crisis mainly in the areas controlled by these affiliate parties. During the previous conferences of EPRDF, there were discussion on how the affiliate parties will become member of the ruling coalition.
February 22, 2019 14:15 UTC
Ethiopia has also loosened government control of the economy by opening its logistics sector to foreign finance and finalising reforms in its underdeveloped mining and oil sectors to encourage more foreign investors. But recent reforms signalled a more friendly environment for foreign investors interested in financing social enterprises, she added. As well as opening up the sector to foreign investment, social entrepreneurs said they hoped authorities would create a regulatory framework for social businesses and new policies to promote the sector. "Government officials don't really understand the private sector, and exactly what social enterprises are," said Kibret Abebe, president of Tebeta, Ethiopia's first private ambulance service. Ethiopia also needs a policy for social enterprises which includes tax incentives and access to credit."
February 22, 2019 14:01 UTC
Under the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation, civil society groups working on human rights issues in Ethiopia was decimated. Then they can document abuses and advocate for respect for human rights, which is critical ahead of the May 2020 elections. Still, it was starkly evident the extent to which civil society working on human rights has been decimated since the Charities and Societies Proclamation was passed 10 years ago. At the workshop, international and Ethiopian NGOs, such as the Human Rights Council of Ethiopia and the Consortium of Ethiopian Rights Organizations, discussed advocacy strategies and research gaps, and talked about economic, social, and cultural rights. They asked questions about what work we planned to do in Ethiopia and if we’d open up an office there.
February 22, 2019 13:52 UTC
A wave of economic reforms in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to office nearly a year ago has sparked hope among social businesses struggling to grow under the east African nation's heavily regulated economy, industry experts said. But recent reforms signalled a more friendly environment for foreign investors interested in financing social enterprises, she added. As well as opening up the sector to foreign investment, social entrepreneurs said they hoped authorities would create a regulatory framework for social businesses and new policies to promote the sector. "Government officials don't really understand the private sector, and exactly what social enterprises are," said Kibret Abebe, president of Tebeta, Ethiopia's first private ambulance service. Ethiopia also needs a policy for social enterprises which includes tax incentives and access to credit."
February 22, 2019 12:56 UTC
Electronic music sensation Rophnan is set to rock Addis Ababa with his ‘My Generation’ concert. This Saturday, at the Ghion Hotel, the multi-talented electronic music star Rophnan, will entertain his fans. In the same way, electronic music allows me to be whoever I want. But Ethiopia’s Rophnan Nuri believes these elements he so loves are what gives Ethiopian and African music its cool, competitive edge and distinct soul. Rophnan made history as the first electronic dance music album Netsebrak was published in Ethiopia.
February 22, 2019 12:45 UTC
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A wave of economic reforms in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to office nearly a year ago has sparked hope among social businesses struggling to grow under the east African nation’s heavily regulated economy, industry experts said. Yet they are struggling to scale up and expand - largely due to a lack of access to finance, said the report. But recent reforms signaled a more friendly environment for foreign investors interested in financing social enterprises, she added. As well as opening up the sector to foreign investment, social entrepreneurs said they hoped authorities would create a regulatory framework for social businesses and new policies to promote the sector. “Government officials don’t really understand the private sector, and exactly what social enterprises are,” said Kibret Abebe, president of Tebeta, Ethiopia’s first private ambulance service.
February 22, 2019 12:22 UTC
The Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Thursday launches a 29 billion birr (about $1.028 billion) project that aims to develop and rehabilitate two river streams of the city. The development will run along the two biggest rivers of Addis Ababa stretching 23.8 kilometers and 27.5 kilometers – all the way through the Mountains of Entoto through Akaki River. The Addis Ababa River Side Project is an initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia. The first phase launches covers the area from Entoto Mountain to National Palace and costing the Addis Ababa City Administration 2.5 billion birr (about $87 million), according to Deputy Mayor Takele Umma. Studies show that Akaki River is one of the most polluted rivers in Ethiopia.
February 22, 2019 12:13 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines announced to its customers that it has finalized all preparations to once again celebrate International Women’s Day by operating an AllWomen Functioned Flight this time on Addis Ababa – Stockholm – Oslo route on March 08, 2019. Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “We are immensely honored that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field. Women are an integral part of our success story from the start and with this dedicated flight we honor and celebrate their indispensable contribution to our aviation Group and the broader aviation industry, our country and the continent at large. Although women are Africa’s greatest resource, gender inequality still persists in our continent . It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines has operated four flights to Bankok, Kigali, Lagos, and Buenos Aires, which were operated by women aviation professionals.
February 22, 2019 07:30 UTC
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the eighth periodic report of Ethiopia on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. As for pastoralist women, the accent was on improving access to health, education, water and sanitation, and other basic services. Nevertheless, Ethiopia remained committed to the goals of gender equality and women advancement, and welcomed the dialogue with the Committee. The new Government was working on re-establishing the commitment to constitutional values and human rights. Training programmes were held for Sharia courts on the Constitution and the human rights of women.
February 22, 2019 07:18 UTC
Addis-Ababa, February 22, AZERTACEthiopian journalists from leading media outlets like Fana TV, DW, EBC, Afro FM, Nahoo TV have been informed about the Khojaly genocide at the event held in the Azerbaijani Embassy commemorating the tragedy’s 27th anniversary. Speaking of the heavy consequences of the Khojaly tragedy, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ethiopia Elman Abdullayev said the Khojaly massacre is one of the most grievous and tragic events of the 20th century. Azerbaijani diplomat shared the statistics of Azerbaijani citizens who had been killed, injured, and taken hostage during the tragic night of 25-26 February 1992. The event participants watched videos related to the Khojaly genocide. Asya Hajizade,Special correspondent
February 22, 2019 06:45 UTC
In a major push to boost automotive industry, Ethiopia has commissioned the establishment of Hyundai Marathon Motor Vehicle Assembly plant, the first car assembly plant in East Africa.The plant, which was established at a cost of $17.5 million , has the capacity to assemble 10,000 cars in eight different models per year. The plant will create employment opportunities for 200 people initially, and with the possibility to create 1,000 jobs once it goes fully operational. The Marathon Motor Engineering owned by the renowned Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebreselassie entered into a joint venture with Hyundai Motor Company to start an assembly line to manufacture vehicles. Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, inaugurated the vehicle assembly plant in Addis Ababa on Thursday, where South Korean Hyundai Motor Company Chief Executive Officer, Won Hee Lee, presided over the inaugural event. On the occasion, Workneh said with the view to expanding the country’s automotive industry, the government will continue to support investors who engage in the sector.
February 22, 2019 06:45 UTC
Hyundai Chief Executive Won Hee Lee said the Korean firm was drawn by Ethiopia's growth, one of Africa's fastest for more than a decade. "This plant is big enough (to assemble) for Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan," he said.Ethiopia produces around 10,000 commercial and other vehicles a year for its home market. It imported more than 40,000 cars in 2017, automobile traders say.Assemblers in the country include Chinese brands Geely, FAW and BYD, as well as Lifan.Hyundai Chief Executive Won Hee Lee said the Korean firm was drawn by Ethiopia's growth, one of Africa's fastest for more than a decade. "We have good opportunities in Ethiopia. We believe the economic growth in Ethiopia will be faster than any other country in middle Africa," he told reporters at the inauguration ceremony.
February 22, 2019 05:26 UTC
Similar to the original 1985 Live Aid concert, which raised funds to relieve the Ethiopian famine, Branson has set a goal to raise $100 million within 60 days. Friday's concert won't be the first time artists have used music to try and simmer tensions at the restive Colombia-Venezuela border. A concert known as Paz Sin Fronteras — Peace Without Borders — was held in 2008 after a diplomatic flare-up that drew Venezuelan troops to the Colombia border. That event was held on the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, which 33,000 people now use to enter Colombia each day. Riding by the bridge on his bike, college student Frander Duenas said he hoped to sneak into Colombia to see Branson's Venezuela Aid Live because he's a fan of the musicians performing.
February 22, 2019 05:03 UTC
The agreement covers a range of areas including border trade, port usage, custom, transportation and Immigration affairs, among others. Ethiopia and Eritrea are working in full force to strengthening cooperation after the twenty years of state of war is ended in July of 2018. Last week, Eritrean Public Diplomacy Team arrived in Ethiopia and had concerts in four cities: Bahir Dar, Awassa, Adama and Addis Ababa. The last day for the Public Diplomacy Team was in Addis Ababa where they had a concert at the Millennium Hall. Ethiopia is sending Public Diplomacy team to Eritrea sometime next month.
February 22, 2019 03:56 UTC