'Dance diplomats' take to the stage in Ethiopia

'Dance diplomats' take to the stage in EthiopiaAddis Ababa - There's a new way of doing diplomacy in Ethiopia's capital, one that forsakes communiques and speeches in favour of music, sweat and bare feet. "It's like learning how to dance again," said Keigwin dancer Kacie Boblitt after the Americans participated in an hours-long dance workshop with their Ethiopian counterparts. "They connect with their colleagues in dance and that brings the countries together in a way diplomats can't," said David Kennedy, counsellor for public affairs at the US embassy in Addis Ababa. Dance is an integral part not just of nightlife in Ethiopia, but also traditional gatherings and religious festivals. "We always like to fuse contemporary dance with traditional," he said.

March 22, 2017 16:52 UTC

Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie to organise South Sudan Peace Race

Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie will participate in the inaugural Great South Sudanese Run to hold in Juba on April 8. The Great South Sudanese run has been organised to promote peace and stability in war-torn South Sudan . According to South Sudan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pitia Morgan, national dialogue and a peace prayer conference are some of the government’s efforts undertaken to promote peace in the war-torn nation. The race has been organised by the Ethiopian Great Run and an Ethiopian investor in South Sudan Ayesheshim Teka. Close to 5000 South Sudanese are expected to take part in the Great South Sudan run.

March 22, 2017 13:41 UTC

Cafe manager accused of threatening policeman with deportation

Dubai: A female cafe manager has been accused of offending a policeman and prohibiting him from checking the identification cards of her staff following a brawl. The police were summoned to the cafe in July after a skirmish, but the 36-year-old Ethiopian manager shouted at the policeman and prevented him from asking her staff for their Emirates Ids or labour cards. The Ethiopian woman pleaded not guilty and refuted her accusations when she appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Wednesday. One of the clients claimed to me that an Ethiopian woman had taken his wallet and mobile … the client pointed at a woman [a waitress]. When I asked her for her identification papers, the suspect [cafe manager] stepped in and told her not to give me the papers.

March 22, 2017 12:01 UTC

Ethiopian Diaspora Continues to Support GERD

Ethiopian Diaspora Continues to Support GERDMarch 21, 2017 - Ethiopians Diaspora from different part of the world has warmly welcomed the launching of the construction of the dam, said Diaspora Engagement Affairs Director-General, Demeke Atnafu, according to ENA. According to the director, almost all Ethiopians living abroad converged around the construction of the dam by casting aside all the differences they have among themselves. Whenever they are living, residing, they establish GERD support committee” he said. Ethiopians in the Diaspora established GERD’s support committees in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia and Middle East, Demeke said. Even at individual level, private Diaspora members, through using different media including social media tried to promote the dam, he added.

March 21, 2017 23:03 UTC

Resurgent Molla holds key to Ethiopian revival in Kampala

There is always excitement in Ethiopia when an athlete comes along to simultaneously hold national titles in cross country and on the track. But after training with some big names in the national team, I got my strength of mind back. I realised that I really have what it takes to be a very good athlete.”Another stroke of luckBuoyed by his inclusion in the national team, Molla continued doing well in the domestic circuit. Even though I won the national title, the selection was done based on the best running times abroad. I remember I had to sign next to his name when I received the national team kit from the store [because it was so last minute].

March 21, 2017 17:37 UTC

MK Amsalem warns of coalition crisis over delayed Ethiopian aliya

MK David Amsalem (Likud) threatened to cause another coalition crisis if no progress is made on the stalled immigration of 9,000 Ethiopian Jews waiting in Addis Ababa and Gondar to Israel. Speaking at a session held by the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee on Tuesday in conjunction with the Knesset Committee for Aliya and Absorption, Amsalem, chairman of the former, said: “These are people who are sick and dying. It won’t happen under my watch that a child will die because we didn’t bring them for medical treatment.”Relevant to your professional network? “They are working in illegal jobs in order to survive,” he added. “It’s depressing... people are begging to be recognized as Jews.”He also raised a dispute over a building in Addis Ababa – or lack thereof – for Jewish Agency and Interior Ministry officials to work out of.

March 21, 2017 16:52 UTC

Ethiopia welcomes foreign investments as it strives to end poverty and inequality

Ethiopia is working hard to lift millions of people out of poverty and promote basic rights, including those of women. The country is also building a dam – the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) – near the Blue Nile River. Electricity can be shared, for our industries in Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti... All of us can benefit, rise and develop. Anti-government protests and state of emergencyIn 2016, Ethiopia made headlines worldwide after protests resulted in the government implementing a state of emergency in the Oromia and Amhara regions. However, Human Rights Watch told IBTimes UK: "The government has tried to reframe the protester grievances in terms of jobs and investments.

March 21, 2017 14:26 UTC

African energy ministers gather in Togo

The Ministerial segment of the African Union’s first Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Transport, Intercontinental and Interregional Infrastructures, Energy and Tourism brought together over 40 Ministers from the concerned sectors in Lomé, Togo. The STC was organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Government of Togo and with the support of the African Development Bank. During his opening speech, Vice-President Hott called on Ministers to “prioritize energy sector development given the enabling role of energy for most other areas”. The declaration also recommended the acceleration of the implementation of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) by the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank. The Lomé declaration will be submitted to the next Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union for consideration and adoption.

March 21, 2017 11:38 UTC

Experts gather in Lagos for Cashless Africa expo

Experts gather to discuss the future of finance in Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria at the Cashless Africa expo. Ms Omokehinde Adebanjo, the Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, Mastercard will open the first day with other notable experts and innovators participating in nine sessions and panels for the two days. The organizers say the expo has become a leading regional digital financial services conference in West Africa. According to Emmanuel Okoegwale, the principal Associate at Mobile Money Africa – Digital disruption is changing how traditional banking services, payments, remittances are now offered in the digital economy. Almost all sectors of financial services including payments, money transfers, banking and more – is being re-imagined by non-traditional providers.

March 21, 2017 11:03 UTC

Friends Mourn Ethiopian Restaurant Owner's Death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of Nashville's Ethiopian community remain puzzled as to why someone would kill a beloved restaurant owner who was shot to death last weekend. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2nLCR5B ) that friends of Gitem Demissie were still grappling with his violent death. Demissie was the owner of Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant in south Nashville. Authorities have said that the 41-year-old was preparing to close his restaurant about midnight Saturday night when he was shot. Police say a masked gunman wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans approached Demissie and shot him multiple times.

March 21, 2017 11:03 UTC

EU, French agency launch Africa’s renewable energy project

The European Union and the French Development Agency (AFD Group) launched the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on-grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. The EU’s electrification funding initiative, “ElectriFI”, helps to harness and stimulate private sector investment to enhance access to renewable energy. AFD Group has secured €24 million from the fund to deploy the African Renewable Energy Scale-Up (ARE Scale Up) facility. While priority will be given to solar energy projects, other technologies (biomass, mini-hydro, etc.) This should provide around one million African households with access to energy and add additional renewable energy capacity of 50MW for the Continent as a whole.

March 21, 2017 10:41 UTC

Juba to host great run to promote peace

In order to promote peace in a war-ravaged newest African nation, Juba, is set to host the first ever ‘Great South Sudanese Run’ on April 8, 2017, the organizers said. It is organized in collaboration with Great Ethiopian Run and Ayesheshim Teka, an investor and resident of Juba. The Great South Sudanese Run will host a total of 5,000 participants and the length of the run will be 10 KM. Its flagship event the annual Great Ethiopian Run last year saw a record of 40,000 participants. The Great South Sudanese Run will have 5,000 participants this year and is aimed to hold an annual event to promote sport, peace and unity.

March 21, 2017 08:15 UTC

Algeria struggles to cope up with lower oil prices, says IMF

Algeria continues to face important challenges posed by lower oil prices, says an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, which visited the country for the past two weeks. “Algeria continues to face important challenges posed by lower oil prices. Despite some fiscal consolidation in 2016, the fiscal and current account deficits remained large, and public debt increased. “Fiscal consolidation will need to be sustained as oil prices are expected to remain low and hydrocarbon reserves are exhaustible. “The Bank of Algeria will need to stand ready to tighten monetary policy in light of growing inflationary pressures.

March 21, 2017 07:52 UTC

Morocco’s trade with Africa conjures promising prospects

The Bank made the assessment in its second volume of Analysis of Morocco’s Trade Policy titled ‘Impact of Morocco’s tariff policy on its position as a hub for the rest of Africa’. Sub-Saharan Africa, with an average growth rate of about 6.3% during the 2000s (world record after Asia), offers an increasingly attractive economic outlook and market. Reducing Moroccan customs duties on products imported from sub-Saharan Africa would help boost their exports to Morocco. And if the tariffs applied by Morocco and by its partners in Africa (especially sub-Saharan Africa) were to be renegotiated, it would undoubtedly increase trade for the benefit of both parties. The publication with seven chapters devoted to the competitiveness of Morocco’s tariff policy follows the first volume which focused on the impact of the country’s tariff policies.

March 21, 2017 07:18 UTC

Sports for Ethiopia makes a difference

“It’s an area where the women have to carry water five or six kilometres,” he said. “We’ve built some water wells there before, but in this situation the kids are dying from that water, but they have no choice. It’s the only water available.”

March 21, 2017 06:00 UTC

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