But Ethiopia's economy is booming. The country has experienced an average economic growth of 10.8 percent per year in the past decade and it's expected to overtake Kenya soon to become East Africa's largest economy. "Ethiopia will overtake Kenya because the government is making large-scale investments and goods are being produced locally," he says. In addition, prosperity doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with economic growth, Diale-Schellschmidt warns. "Everyone benefits from the infrastructure, but economic power is the hands of a certain minority," says Diale-Schellschmidt.
June 26, 2017 14:48 UTC
An acute humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Doolo zone, in Ethiopia’s Somali region, as malnutrition reaches alarming levels, warns international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), whose teams are working in Doolo zone, the worst affected area. MSF teams, working alongside Ethiopian health authorities, have set up 27 outpatient therapeutic feeding centres and four inpatient therapeutic feeding centres to treat children with severe malnutrition. In Danod, Lehel-Yucub, Wardher, Galadi and Daratole, MSF teams have treated 6,136 children under five for severe acute malnutrition since January. In the first two weeks of June alone, 322 severely malnourished children were admitted in the four inpatient feeding centres supported by MSF. In conjunction, humanitarian organisations need to send teams and supplies to the hardest-hit areas to prevent the crisis from escalating further.
June 26, 2017 14:03 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines has signed a $ 1.5 billion agreement with British engine maker Rolls Royce. The company added 10 new Airbus A350-900 aircraft to its fleets. As part of the agreement, the 10 new Ethiopian aircrafts will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines. The agreement between Ethiopian Airlines and Rolls-Royce also includes engine maintenance plan for 14 of ET’s aircrafts already in use. Despite becoming the first African carrier to operate the A350 aircraft in June 2016, Ethiopian Airlines hopes to expand its network of destinations with these new aircrafts.
June 26, 2017 12:22 UTC
Moscow is interested in boosting cooperation with Addis Ababa in various fields, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu on Monday. "We are willing to boost our cooperation in all fields," he added. "High-level contacts have been continuing and even growing recently," Lavrov added. Last year, an Ethiopian delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Mekonnen visited Russia, besides, we also received your predecessor last year," the Russian foreign minister said. "This means that our dialogue has become a tradition, it covers bilateral issues, as well as global and regional ones," Lavrov pointed out.
June 26, 2017 09:33 UTC
Ethiopia Coach Blames Goalkeeper for Team’s LossJune 26, 2017 - After the Walias returned home, the football governing body summoned the coaching staff last week to explain what went wrong in the match against the Black Stars. Ashenafi told the EFF officials that Mamo's poor performance was the main factor that led to the embarrassing defeat. Ashenafi’s latest report contradicted what he has said earlier with regards to the match. According to a statement Ashenafi issued to a local sports radio show, Sport Zone, which airs on Fana FM 98.1, he himself would take the responsibility for the bitter loss against Ghana. Source: Ghana Soccer netBack Print
June 26, 2017 08:48 UTC
The Ethiopian government says it is ready to host the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Leaders from across the presidents are expected to fly into the country for the two-day summit as Addis Ababa hosts the highest decision making organ of the AU. A joint press conference by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Addis Ababa city authorities disclosed that all the necessary facilities needed for the summit and also security preparations have been completed. Under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth,” the Summit is expected to take place between 3rd – 4th July 2017 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. At the 28th AU Summit held in January this year, A new Chairperson for the African Union Commission (AUC) in the person of Chadian, Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected, the other major highlight was the readmission of Morocco to the continental bloc after over three decades out.
June 26, 2017 05:03 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-26 02:50:50|Editor: yingVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Muslims on Sunday celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with recognition of and calls for peaceful coexistence. Muslims in Addis Ababa gathered early in the morning at the national stadium to celebrate the day with prayers. During the celebration, Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council President Sheikh Muhammad-Amin Jamal Omar noted that Ethiopia is a multi-religious country featuring peaceful coexistence and urged Muslims to strengthen this unique culture. He also called on the Muslim community to play their role in ensuring peace and stability in the country and enhance their engagement in the country's economic growth. Moreover, he called on Ethiopians citizens living in Saudi Arabia to return home before the end of the 90-day amnesty period, which will end after few days.
June 25, 2017 18:56 UTC
Ethiopian Athletes Win IAAF’s Road RaceJune 25, 2017 - Running in very hot conditions, Ethiopia's Lencho Tesfaye and Belaynesh Tsegaye triumphed Vidovdan Road Race 10km, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, in Brcko, Bosnia and Hercegovina, on Saturday (24) evening. "This is my first time here and I’m delighted with complete ambiance of the race," Tsegaye said. "I rarely had an experience where the spectators truly understand athletes and know to give support when it’s most important. "Considering the temperature I’m happy with my result. If the temperature was a little lower I’m sure the race would be faster."
June 25, 2017 14:15 UTC
The colourful, maze-like alleys within the Mecca of Africa remain alive and busy during the holy month of Ramadan. Harar, Ethiopia- With 368 alleys squeezed into just one sq km, the old walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia is a colourful maze that begs exploration. Harar grew into a crossroads for commerce between Africa, India and the Middle East and was a gateway for the spread of Islam into the Horn of Africa. With its 110 mosques and 102 shrines, Harar is often referred to as the fourth-holiest city in Islam and known in Arabic as Madeenat-ul-Awliya (the City of Saints). Before the holy month of Ramadan, locals repaint the walls of the old town in vibrant colours.
June 25, 2017 11:00 UTC
Millions of Muslims gathered to share the joy of EidMuslims gather to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at areas surrounding the Addis Ababa Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. ( Minasse Wondimu Hailu - Anadolu Agency )By Addis GetachewADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaTens of millions of Ethiopian Muslims on Sunday celebrated Eid-al Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In the capital Addis Ababa huge crowds arrived at and around the Addis Ababa stadium for Eid prayers early in the morning. Addis Ababa Islamic Affairs President Sheikh Muhammed Nur Sheikh Ahmed Shafi, Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council President Hajj Mohammed Amin Jemal and high officials of the city administration joined the joyous crowd.
June 25, 2017 09:56 UTC
One among the renowned companies that have shown interest in the Hawassa Industrial Park is PVH, a company known for marketing diversified portfolio of brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. The company has already established its first manufacturing industry in the Hawassa industrial park. The industrial zone has so far welcomed 18 companies that have already started operations inside the industrial park. The premier further asserted that the Hawassa industrial park can be seen as a "foundation in Ethiopia's ambition to be the manufacturing hub of the African continent." Mekelle and Kombolcha Industrial Parks, located some 783km and 252km north of the capital Addis Ababa respectively, are also under construction by Chinese companies.
June 24, 2017 14:03 UTC
Workers go about their work at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa twon, 275 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 13, 2016. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)ADDIS ABABA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's flagship Chinese-built Hawassa Industrial Park has proved successful in just less than a year as it has attracted various world-class textile and apparel companies to the east African country. One among the renowned companies that have shown interest in the Hawassa Industrial Park is PVH, a company known for marketing diversified portfolio of brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. The company has already established its first manufacturing industry in the Hawassa industrial park. Photo taken on July 13, 2016 shows the Hawassa Industrial Park in twon, 275 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
June 24, 2017 14:03 UTC
Thousands of Ethiopian nationals voluntarily returned to the country from Saudi Arabia taking advantage of an amnesty program between the two governments. With barely days to the end of the 90-day amnesty program, the government’s information outfit said about 3,500 nationals had arrived in the country. Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, told a press briefing that so far 85,000 Ethiopians had secured visas to return home. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had months back expressed worry over the refusal of nationals illegally resident in Saudi to return despite the amnesty program. At the time the PM said he feared that the Saudi government will resort to forcibly deport Ethiopians who have refused to voluntarily return home.
June 24, 2017 13:30 UTC
Bahrain MERIDA rider confirmed Ethiopian TT champion Manama, June 24 (BNA): Team BAHRAIN MERIDA rider Tsgabu Grmay won the National Time Trial Championships in Ethiopia. Grmay covered the course of 40 km on the roads around the city in 50’52” taking the best time. “I’m very happy because it’s always an amazing feeling to wear Ethiopian flag on the race” said Tsgabu “I’m proud to show the flag of my Country on Individual Time Trial all over the world”. Grmay won the ITT national title for the fourth time. WHQNumber of readings : 642 Last updated : 04 : 14 PM - 24/06/2017
June 24, 2017 13:07 UTC
Ethiopia May Have Grown but Kenyans are Better Off - CommentaryJune 24, 2017 - As the world woke up to news that Ethiopia had overtaken Kenya to become Eastern Africa’s largest economy, a number of conflicting developments were also taking place in Addis Ababa. Living standards for Ethiopians continue to trail those of Kenyans, with the latter enjoying a higher per capita income. Ethiopia, with one of the fastest economic growths in the world, is also, ironically, one of the poorest countries. There have been claims that Ethiopia’s fast gross domestic product (GDP) growth is masking the ugly reality of poverty in the country. Kenya might have better living standards than those of its neighbour, but that does not mean Kenyans should rest on their laurels.
June 24, 2017 07:52 UTC