VOA first reported on the situation at the three Kalobeyei camps in Kenya's Turkana County in late July. The UNHCR office in Nairobi denied the allegations. Shelters, water tanks, schools addedBut changes began in early September, Kalobeyei camp residents say. Previously, the closest UNHCR office was in the city of Kisumu. The residents say that with the recent changes, they have hope the complex will serve both residents and the town for years to come.
October 13, 2017 19:18 UTC
Ethiopia to Chair Nile Basin InitiativeOctober 13, 2017 - Ethiopia will chair both the Nile Council of Ministers and the Nile Technical Advisory Committee of the Initiative for the next one year, taking over from Uganda. Sileshi Bekele, has become the new chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers replacing Uganda’s Sam Cheptoris. The changes came during the meeting of the 25th Nile Council of Ministers of Water Affairs (Nile-COM) held in Entebbe, Uganda on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs from Burundi, Sudan and Uganda, while Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania sent representatives. The next gathering, the 26th Annual Nile Council of Ministers Meeting, is scheduled to take place in Ethiopia in 2018.
October 13, 2017 19:18 UTC
Pittards Takes 1.3 Million USD Hit from Ethiopian Currency DevaluationOctober 13, 2017 - Pittards, the AIM-traded leather producer company, noted the Ethiopian government 15% devaluation in the currency would have "no adverse effects" on its trading performance, although there would be some adverse balance sheet adjustments arising on the consolidation of the Ethiopian assets at the year end. The company stated that it currently estimated that those adjustments would amount to approximately 1.3 million US dollars. "In overall terms this is a positive development for Pittards as the devaluation will make its operations in Ethiopia more competitive," its board said in its statement. Pittards specialises in engineering high performance leathers across a wide range of gloving and footwear market sectors, including sports, military, services, outdoor performance and added-value lifestyle. Source:- Sharecast.comBack Print
October 13, 2017 19:07 UTC
Kenya Concerned About Mass Relocation of Flower Farms to EthiopiaOctober 13, 2017 - Prolonged labor disputes and high cost of production are driving flower farmers out of Kenya, reports standard media. According to Kenyan government officials, unending strikes by workers agitating for higher pay against the backdrop of a shrinking market had seen flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia. Hundreds of workers from flower farms have of late been relieved of their duties, with the high cost of production and a shrinking market taking the blame. Institute of Human Resource Management Chairman Elijah Stimah said they were prepared to help counties deal with the labour crisis. “The industrial actions that we see in companies could end if those responsible for human resource are sourced from the association,” he said.
October 13, 2017 18:56 UTC
Africa's largest road race, the Great Ethiopian Run (GER), will have 6,000 more runners for a record 48,000 participants, an Ethiopian official said. Race Director Ermias Ayele on Thursday said the 10km race, which will be held on November 26, will be a part of GER's efforts to promote healthy lifestyle and running among the Ethiopian public, reports Xinhua news agency. "The GER 2017 edition will have 44,000 adult runners and 4,000 child runners and feature a 10 day exhibition preceding the actual road race," he said. The 10 kms Great Ethiopian Run was started in 2001 by Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebreselassie as part of his efforts to turn running from an elite sport stars event into a hobby of the masses. --IANSgau/vm(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
October 13, 2017 07:30 UTC
ADDIS ABABA – The presidential candidates of Somaliland’s ruling and main opposition political parties, Kulmiye and Waddani, met with Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn on October 10th and October 11th. According to press releases from Kulmiye’s press office and Ethiopia’s news agency, Kulmiye leader, Musa Bihi Abdi and PM Desalegn discussed the upcoming presidential elections in Somaliland and strengthening ties between the two countries. Waddani Presidential Candidate, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi Irro, and other senior Waddani officials met with PM Desalegn the following day (Oct 11). Ethiopia’s state-run news agency did not publish the meeting between PM Desalegn and Irro. Irro and his delegation also met with Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu on Oct 11th, before meeting PM Desalegn.
October 13, 2017 07:07 UTC
US Embassy Issues Security Alert for EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert for its citizens in Ethiopia citing violent protests and road closures south of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa. “The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violent protests and road closures in and around Shashamane, approximately 250 km south of Addis Ababa. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Shashamane at this time,” the embassy’s statement read. Protesters called for the release of prominent political leaders including Oromo Federalist Congress’ Merera Gudina and Bekele Gerba. They also called for the release of persons currently held by the regime for political reasons.
October 12, 2017 22:18 UTC
Road Accident Kill Eight in North Shoa, EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - A road accident in North Shoa zone, Ethiopia's central Oromia regional state, killed eight people, reports Xinhua. Ethiopian officials stated that the accident happened at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when two passenger buses collided. Seven other people who were injured in the accident have been taken to health clinics and hospitals. Ferede said police is investigating the cause of the car crash. Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in the world, deadly traffic accidents in Ethiopia are fairly common with bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety blamed for the high fatalities.
October 12, 2017 21:33 UTC
WHEAT AND BARLEY TENDER: Tunisia’s state grains agency issued an international tender to purchase 75,000 tonnes of durum wheat, 50,000 tonnes of soft wheat and 50,000 tonnes of feed barley, European traders said. WHEAT TENDER PASSED: Jordan’s state grain buyer made no purchase in an international tender to buy 100,000 tonnes of milling wheat which closed on Wednesday, European traders said. WHEAT TENDER: Iraq’s state grain buyer is seeking 50,000 tonnes of wheat in a tender, Baghdad-based traders said. Iraq is seeking wheat of U.S., Canadian and Australian origins, at the seller’s option. WHEAT TENDER: The Ethiopian government issued an international tender to buy about 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat, European traders said.
October 12, 2017 21:06 UTC
Ethiopian government forces killed four people and wounded 18 others Thursday in the town of Soda in the restive Oromia region. Kulultu Fara, security chief of the Dirre district in the Oromia region, said, "The federal forces were angered by the residents' demand to stop the trucks and opened fire, killing four people." Businesses were closed in the restive town of Shashemene, where protesters were killed Wednesday by federal forces, according to a regional official. Witnesses in Shashemene told VOA that federal government forces opened fire on demonstrators who marched past their camp. University lecturer Seyoum Teshome told VOA that thousands of demonstrators chanted, "Down, down, Weyane," a reference to Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition, and demanded the release of political prisoners.
October 12, 2017 19:18 UTC
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will support private equity investment across Ethiopia though support for the new $100 million Cepheus Growth Capital Fund, the Bank said. “The European Investment Bank is committed to fostering private sector investment across Africa. Our first support for private equity in Ethiopia, through the Cepheus Capital Growth Fund, will help leading local companies to expand and succeed. “Private equity investment will strengthen the growth of leading companies in Ethiopia and create new jobs across the country. Over the last five years the European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 10.1 billion for investment across Africa.
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October 12, 2017 18:11 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-13 00:42:32|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia plans to undertake various fundraising mechanisms, including lotteries, music concerts and arts and photo exhibitions, to raise funds for the construction of a mega hydro dam, which is expected to be Africa's largest. The Ethiopia Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam (NCCPPCD) made the announcement during a public consultation forum held on Thursday in Addis Ababa. NCCPPCD in particular hopes to raise around 55 million U.S. dollars to boost funding for the construction of the hydro project in the 207/18 fiscal year. Named Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) the hydro project is expected to need 4.7 billion dollars to be completed and is estimated to be able to hold 74,000 cubic meters of water upon full completion. GERD is currently 60 percent complete.
October 12, 2017 17:03 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-13 00:12:21|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia has treated some 617,056 hectares of maize that would otherwise be ravaged by the fall armyworm, Ethiopia's agricultural ministry said Thursday. According to Chane, Ethiopia has harvested more than 3 million hectares of maize since March, of which the fall armyworm was spotted in 646,731 hectares. The ministry said it was able to treat some 617,056 hectares of maize production together with its partners. Chane, however, asserted that the impact of the pest on the country's maize production is yet to be calculated in the coming months. Fall armyworm, the larva of night-flying moth, is indigenous to the Americas.
October 12, 2017 16:30 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-13 00:07:16|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) - Africa's largest road race, the Great Ethiopian Run (GER), will have 6,000 more runners for a record of 48,000 participants, an Ethiopian official said on Thursday. Race Director Ermias Ayele said the 10km race, which will be held on November 26, will be a part of GER's efforts to promote healthy lifestyle and running among the Ethiopian public. "The GER 2017 edition will have 44,000 adult runners and 4,000 child runners and feature a 10 day exhibition preceding the actual road race," he said. The 10 kms Great Ethiopian Run was started in 2001 by Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebreselassie as part of his efforts to turn running from an elite sport stars sports into a hobby of the masses.
October 12, 2017 16:18 UTC
An Ethiopian official says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead Wednesday as anti-government demonstrations return to some parts of the East African country. Oromia regional official Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again Thursday in Wolisso town against the country's ruling elite. Ethiopia in August lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed after widespread protests. Oromia is the country's largest federal state and has seen large anti-government protests since the end of 2015.
October 12, 2017 14:48 UTC