Ethiopia: 133 Days Since Historic Move to Deal with CrisisFebruary 19, 2017 - A State of Emergency was declared on Sunday, October 9, 2016 by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, although the state of emergency reportedly took effect on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The first-of-its-kind state of emergency was declared followed massive protests in various parts of the Oromia and Amhara regional states. Eventually, the House of People's Representatives endorsed the State of Emergency proclamation issued by the Council of Ministers October 8, 2016. To those who follow local politics, the unprecedented legislative action taken by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) in 2001 is one to remember. This legislative action has kept several politicians, activists and observes wondering for years.
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Ethiopian Airline has rejected offer by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to invest in Nigeria’s biggest domestic airline, Arik Airline. A source close to the government told BusinessDay that the AMCON had met with Ethiopian Airline to invest in Arik Air, but was turned down. Also, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, founder of Arik Air, has also confirmed the development, saying the plan by government to invite Ethiopian Airline to manage Arik had failed, and warned that if Ethiopian Airline dared to take over the management of Arik , he would sue the company. AMCON on February 9 took over the management of Arik Air over mounting debts that it (AMCON) claimed would have grounded the operations of the airline without the corporation’s intervention. AMCON had put Arik’s total debt profile at more than N300 billion and accused the airline of lacking corporate governance.
The Ethiopian community of Winnipeg came together this weekend to celebrate each other at the city's first-ever Ethiopian achievement awards ceremony. On Saturday, five members of Manitoba's Ethiopian community were honoured at the Ethio-Canadian Charitable Promotional Awards. For honouree Faven Mergia, the event was "the start of something new," bringing together a community she said is sometimes divided by political rifts from Ethiopia. Now, she's excited to give back to her community, in Winnipeg and in Ethiopia itself. "Everyday I go to work and I'm inspired by youth that have overcome just incredible, incredible things," she said.
(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- The airport of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is training Chinese-speaking staff upon arrivals of more Chinese travellers. The graduates, composed of customs officers and security officials at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Ethiopian airlines and customs office, have attended a 10-week long Chinese language training session. "Bole International Airport is the largest point for the Chinese passengers, not only to Ethiopia but also for the African continent," he said. There are over 2,000 Chinese passengers transiting at Bole International Airport on average every day, according to the ambassador. "We need to have qualified and educated Chinese-speaking employees who can very well serve our Chinese passengers, who can very well address and attend our Chinese passenger's needs on daily basis," he said.
TPLF Celebrates 42nd Anniversary in MekelleFebruary 18, 2017 - The 42nd anniversary of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was celebrated today at Mekelle Martyrs’ Memorial Monument, according to FBC. A delegation from Sudan, representatives of Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz regional states as well as invited guests from abroad and home took part at the celebration. Chief of Tigray regional state, Abay Woldu, head of Sudanese delegation, military officers and families of the martyrs laid wreath at the Monument. The anniversary was also marked in all towns in the regional state. (FBC)Back Print
Ethiopian Tourism Sector Challenges But PromisingFebruary 18, 2017 - In the midst of challenges faced by the tourism industry in the country, Ethiopia attracted 800,000 visitors last year, earning the country much-needed foreign exchange of USD 5.6 billion, according to the Reporter. Jumia Travel, an online hotel-booking site, released its annual tourism report on Ethiopia at the Golden Tulip Hotel on Thursday, February 16th. The report highlighted challenges and achievements of the tourism industry in Ethiopia. "Expansion of the tourism industry has led to a reduction of Ethiopia's dependence on agriculture," Alexander Burtenshaw, the country manager of Jumia Travel Ethiopia, said. Most of the tourists Ethiopia attracts are from Africa, followed by Europe and North America.
They have been eyeing at manufacturing industry expansions, accelerating economic transformation and attracting domestic and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). To this effect, the government has endorsed Industrial Parks Proclamation announcing that industrial parks can be established publicly and privately. In this case, the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) is in charge of managing the development of large, medium and light industrial parks. Ethiopia has targeted a billion USD annual investment in industrial parks over the next decade to boost exports and becoming Africa's top manufacturer. Presently, following favourable conditions created, well-articulated policies and strategies existence , peace and security stabilization, incentives among others, foreign investors have continued eyeing Ethiopia investment choice.
Photo: http://africanarguments.orgArtist's impression of the Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. The two leaders had held thoroughly discussion focusing on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and building mutual trust, confidence and strengthening their bi-lateral ties. It determines for countries, particularly for developing and poor countries like Ethiopia, how to use water resources development projects in the "right" way. Hence, it is anticipated to publicize accurate and balanced information and set non-partisan agenda on Nile, GERD. Let the future of Nile be superseded by history of cooperation and mutual benefit.
Ethiopia and China started economic relations about 100 B.C when the Han dynasty of China and the Axumite empire of Ethiopia had trade exchanges. On the other hand, many Chinese companies are engaged in several development projects in Ethiopia. And Chinese companies are on the leading position in terms of capital and in manufacturing industry engagement followed by India and Turky. Observing the nation's stability under the state of emergency, ten giant Chinese companies have also decided to invest in Ethiopia. According to the Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan, the previous year has been phenomenal for Ethiopia in terms of economic growth.
Ethiopian Ministry Licenses Indian Mining CompanyFebruary 17, 2017 - The Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas issued a license to MSP Steel & Power Ltd., an India-based company, in small scale mining production in Oromia regional state. The Ministry licensed the company to engage in the extraction of minerals in West Arsi Zone of Oromia regional state for a period of 10 years, the Ministry told ENA. The license can be renewed for a period of not more than 5 years upon the request of the company. When the company becomes fully operational, it is expected to create jobs for 145 citizens. The company is obliged to fully comply with the federal laws and regulations pertaining to mining and is expected to pursue operational standards.
Ethiopian Deputy PM Urges Stakeholders to Work on Youth FundFebruary 17, 2017 - Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has called on pertinent bodies to ensure benefits of the youth by effectively using the youth revolving fund for intended purpose. Stakeholders met today in Adam town to discussion on the use of the fund which the government of Ethiopia has established to reduce unemployment by financing youth-centered projects. The Deputy Premier noted that youth organizations, banks, micro financial institutions and other stakeholders are expected to play the leading role to use the revolving fund for the targeted goal. Ristu Yirdaw, Minister of Youth and Sports said 2.9 million unemployed youth in urban and rural areas have been identified and preparations are nearing completion to make them beneficiaries of the fund. Governor of Ethiopian National Bank, Teklewold Atinafu, on his part said more than 900 branches of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopian (CBE) and 1,700 micro financial institutions have been readied to ensure access to loan services.
Richard Pankhurst, the son of the British women's rights campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst who became one of the world's leading experts on Ethiopian history and culture, has died aged 89. He also inherited an activist streak from his mother and his grandmother, Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the suffragette movement, which helped secure the right for British women to vote. The British Embassy said Pankhurst had died on Thursday,Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry called him a "doyen of historians and scholars of Ethiopia". "Pankhurst was one of Ethiopia's greatest friends during his long and productive life, and his scholarship and understanding for Ethiopia will be sorely missed," it said in a statement. © RAW 2017TRENDING VIDEO Pet redback spider attacks trapped brown snake A group of tradies have filmed a redback spider descending its web to bite a young brown snake.
Ethiopians Call for State Funeral for Richard PankhurstFebruary 17, 2017 - Ethiopians yesterday called for a state funeral to be bestowed on Richard Pankhurst, according to the Telegraph. Although the campaign was only partially successful, it brought international attention to Ethiopia’s storied past, a history that Ethiopians maintain began with the Queen of Sheba. Others called attention to his service, calling him “a patriot of Ethiopia”, “a son of Ethiopia” or simply “a hero”. Richard Pankhurst struck a belated blow against Ethiopia’s former occupiers by leading a successful campaign to force Italy to return the Obelisk of Axum, a 1,700-year-old 79-ft stele plundered by Mussolini’s troops. Pankhurst was decorated by the Ethiopian president in recognition for his work, which did much to restore battered national pride.
Officials, writers, academics and scores of ordinary Ethiopians issued sorrowful tributes to a man whose legacy was so significant and so varied many struggled to encapsulate it. There was the academic: More than 20 books on Ethiopia, including its first ever economic history. There was the cultural, most notably with the establishment of Ethiopia’s first proper archive. And, perhaps most significantly, there was the diplomatic, in the form of a dogged crusade for the return of Ethiopian cultural artefacts taken to Europe as war plunder. Although the campaign was only partially successful, it brought international attention to Ethiopia’s storied past, a history that Ethiopians maintain began with the Queen of Sheba.