The Ethiopian government has formally commented on the deadly violence that has hit some universities across the country. According to the Minister of Education, Tilaye Gete, the underlying cause of the crisis was political but the government was doing everything possible to address the situation. Speaking to the state-affiliated outlet, FBC, the minister said: “The government is convinced that the problems are complex and need lasting solutions.” He stressed that the problem was created by a few students sponsored by forces bent on disrupting the country’s peace. Reports of students abandoning their studies in universities in the Oromia and Amhara regions started earlier this week. Deaths have been reported in some cases with a disruption of teaching and learning process.
December 14, 2017 12:39 UTC
Strategic location, modern factory facilities and proximity to the port of Djibouti have attracted foreign textile and apparel manufacturers to the recently-inaugurated Kombolcha Industrial Park in Ethiopia and its nine sheds spread over 75 hectares are close to be fully occupied by such companies, according to the Ethiopian Investment Commission.The companies are training employees both at home and abroad now and will start production in the near future, said public relations directorate director with the commission Mekonnen Hailu.The park will create job opportunities for over 20,000 and scopes for technology transfer are imminent, which is an additional benefit to the nation, an Ethiopian newspaper report quoted Hailu as saying.The park is situated at a junction equidistant from major Ethiopian cities that makes it an ideal destination to distribute manufactured products to the domestic market, he added. (DS)Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India
December 14, 2017 12:22 UTC
The International Air Transport Association IATA says African airlines will post a collective loss of $100m by the end of this year, with a similar predicted deficit in 2018 because of high operating costs and restrictive aviation policies of most African countries. The high taxation imposed on aviation fuel by most African countries mans that the transport operating costs of African airlines are among the highest in the world. With reports indicating that African airlines fly with 30% empty seats on average against the world average of 20% means that the airlines are getting less returns on investment as compared to airlines elsewhere. Kuuchi is hopeful that the African Union commitment to open up the African skies and aviation markets will boost the industry and airlines’ fortunes. In January 2018, 22 African countries will open up their skies unconditionally to airlines operating in Africa, having signed a declaration championed by the African Union.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
If users clicked on the email, the spyware operators in Ethiopia would be able to monitor and extract virtually any information on the device including emails, audio, and video files. The spyware system, known as PC Surveillance System (PSS), targeted opposition figures in Canada, US, and Germany, along with Eritrean companies and government agencies besides a researcher from Citizen Lab itself. And despite having low internet and mobile connectivity, it also shut down the internet and banned posting updates about anti-government protests on Facebook. Ethiopian officials responded by banning the networks, and labeling them as “belonging to terrorist organizations.” Citizen Lab said the first attack they identified was aimed at OMN executive director Jawar Mohammed. Ethiopia, which has been accused of human rights violations, previously acquired surveillance systems from Germany-based Gamma International’s FinFisher and Italy-based Hacking Team’s Remote Control System.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael May Soon Become President of Tigray - ReportDecember 14, 2017 - The recently elected chair of the TPLF, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, may soon become President of Togray, according to the Ethiopian Reporter. It is to be recalled that the TPLF recently assigned members of its executive committee to focus in different areas. Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Dr. Addisalem Balema and Keriya Ibrahim were assigned to mind Tigray affairs primarily. Fetlework Gebregziabher, Asmelash Woldesilassie, Dr. Abraham Tekeste and Getachew Assefa were assigned to Federal Affiars. As Dr. Debretsion is currently a member of the Ethiopian parliament, it is expected that a special election will be held in Tigray to fill his position, should he indeed become the President of Tigray.
December 14, 2017 09:11 UTC
11:43, 14 December 2017 ThursdayExemplary Peacemaking Process of Gumuz People in EthiopiaWorld Bulletin / News DeskEthiopia, as known, is the most populous country of Africa after Nigeria. This ethnic group, known as Gumuz, live in the state of Benishangul Gumuz in Ethiopia. While the ones in Sudan are Muslims, Gumuz people in Ethiopia maintain their local religionsRenowned for their unique peacemaking activityThe most fundamental feature that differentiates Gumuz people in Ethiopia from other ethnic groups is their own peacemaking activities. On the other hand, it also means that the peacemaking committee providing the compromise is successful. Thanks to this peacemaking process, the family of the deceased person cancel the revenge plan they might put in action.
December 14, 2017 08:37 UTC
US Embassy Troubled by Recent Violence in EthiopiaDecember 13, 2017 - In a statement sent to Ezega.com, the US Embassy expressed concern about the recent unrest and deaths in some parts of the country and univeristies. Here is the full statement sent by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:"We are troubled and saddened by reports of violence that has resulted in deaths and injuries in the town of Chelenko and at several universities over the past two days. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims." "It is important that the Ethiopian government ensure the safety of all Ethiopian citizens, and hold accountable those responsible for violence." "We encourage the people of Ethiopia to uphold their admirable and longstanding tradition of respect for their country’s ethnic diversity and its tradition of peaceful co-existence, and to seek constructive means to raise concerns and resolve their differences."
December 13, 2017 22:18 UTC
EU Extends €38 Million for Refugees in EthiopiaDecember 13, 2017 - The European Union announced aid worth 174.4 million euros under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa region. Similarly, 20 million euros will be channeled to Uganda, 15 million euros to Djibouti, 20 million euros to Sudan, 31.4 million euros to South Sudan and 50 million euros to Somalia. These actions build on previous packages of actions, worth 665 million euros, aimed at providing regional sustainable solutions to irregular migration and forced displacement under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established in 2015 in order to address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement. Source: FBCBack Print
December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC
IMF Chief Lagarde Starts Visiting EthiopiaDecember 13, 2017 - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, has started her visit to Ethiopia. During her stay in Ethiopia, the Managing Director will meet with different high-level Ethiopian government officials, including President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. She is scheduled to deliver speeches at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) as well as visit the Eastern Industry Zone in Dukem and Hamlin Fistula Hospitals. According to a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent to FBC today, Ethiopia joined IMF, an organization of 189 countries, in December 27, 1945. During the past 72 years, from 1996-2010 in particular, Ethiopia obtained special credit and technical support from the organization, including external debt burden reduction and cancellation, the statement added.
December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-14 03:22:36|Editor: Mu XuequanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Police in Ethiopia's eastern Harari regional state have intercepted about 4,000 Ethiopian migrants in the last two years, a local official said on Wednesday. Speaking to journalists, Tassew Chalew, public relations director at Harari police commission, said the migrants were intercepted on their way to be smuggled to Middle East. Chalew said the police has been able to reduce the number of migrants transiting through the area by arresting several human traffickers. The human trafficking goes through three different routes, with the northern one going through Sudan, Libya and Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. The third ones goes south through Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique to reach South Africa.
December 13, 2017 19:41 UTC
Reports indicate that Ethiopian authorities have restricted access to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter in the nation's capital, Addis Ababa, amid an uptick in ethnic clashes, Africa News reported Dec. 11. The violence has reportedly occurred in the Oromia Region, and some independent Ethiopian news sources report that 15 people have been killed in clashes with security forces there. Though the situation is not nearly as unstable as in 2016, the drivers of ethnic unrest have not been resolved.
December 13, 2017 18:11 UTC
The Better Mill initiative launched in Ethiopia in 2016 has now received Government support and aims to reach 74 factories by 2020. The Better Mill initiative works directly with 12 local textile factoriesAn initiative aimed at promoting sustainable production in Ethiopia's textile sector has received government approval – an achievement seen as crucial to the programme's success. Its scope was expanded in 2017 and it now works directly with 12 local textile factories on cleaner production and decent work. The aim is to reach 74 factories by 2020, with direct technical support and indirect support such as peer-to-peer sessions, industry workshops and knowledge exchange sessions between factories. As part of the Better Mill programme, Solidaridad is planning to develop a Buyers Forum, which aims to create a neutral space for pre-competitive collaboration between buyers in Ethiopia and more leverage for promoting corporate social responsibility in the region.
December 13, 2017 15:00 UTC
With 100 percent of the vote tallied, Jones led Moore by nearly 21,000 votes, a margin of 1.5 percentage points. Sen.-elect Doug Jones: “At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect. Overall, 96 percent of African-American voters voted for Doug Jones, with a staggering 98 percent of all black women voters voting for Jones. In contrast, nearly 70 percent of white voters voted for Roy Moore. A full 63 percent of white women voted for Moore, despite Moore being accused by multiple women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers.
December 13, 2017 15:00 UTC
Children living with HIV in Ethiopia are at high risk of receiving inadequate treatment – or no treatment at all – on account of deeply rooted prejudice. In his study, Mulatu Biru Shargie monitored some 300 children and the people who had undertaken the responsibility of caring for the children (caregivers). The stigma is the hardest partEarly implementation of an ART treatment, and ensuring that young children in fact receive care, is therefore of great importance. Stigmatisation and discrimination are the main obstacles to a successful ART treatment of children and to making them feel good." According to Mulatu Biru Shargie, this is the solution for ensuring that children with HIV receive adequate treatment options.
December 13, 2017 14:15 UTC
Afri Health TV which was established to air medical TV show productions is now starting a 24-hour transmission. Afri Health TV geographically covers Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Malawi, Tanzania, some parts of central Africa, South Africa and the Middle East. Owned by AFRI Health Trading Plc, it is a health-centred educational broadcaster and is founded by utmost medical professionals, media practitioners and investors. AFRI Health is operating from its headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). AFRI Health vision is to create awareness, transfer knowledge/skill on preventive health and empower the community to manage their health status creating a resilient and capacitated society to safeguard their health.
December 13, 2017 11:15 UTC