Ethiopian officials want part of Dangote Cement given to unemployed youth

Related NewsRegional officials in Ethiopia are demanding that foreign cement producers in the east African country, including Dangote Cement Plc, surrender control of some parts of their businesses to unemployed youth, Bloomberg reported Monday. Dangote Cement’s 2.5 million metric tons per annum plant in Ethiopia is facing protests by youth groups demanding control of a section of the plant. According to Bloomberg, an agreement drafted by Oromia state’s East Shewa Zone administration this month, proposed the cement companies allow the youth to run their Pumice mines. “It’s a win-win.”Oromia has 1.2 million unemployed youth, according to the Addis Ababa-based Walta Information Center news service, which cited a local youth affairs office. Mr. Abay condemned the youth attack on the companies, saying they did not have any right to demand that cement companies sign the contract.

March 20, 2017 22:07 UTC

Nashville's Ethiopian community mourns death of restaurant owner

Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. (Photo: Submitted)Friends and employees who knew Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant owner Gitem Demissie said he was always thinking of others — from encouraging children to do their best or helping people down on their luck. That's why on Monday, members of Nashville's Ethiopian community remained puzzled as to why anyone would want to kill him. A witness said the gunman, clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, approached Demissie inside the restaurant and shot him multiple times. Ted Tashu, public relations officer for the Ethiopian Community Association in Nashville, said that, in addition to his restaurant, Demissie also owned Ibex Minimart on Bell Road.

March 20, 2017 20:48 UTC

Policeman who attacked Ethiopian soldier to stand trial

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to indict a policeman who attacked Damass Pikada, a soldier of Ethiopian origin, according to a Channel 2 report Monday. According to the report, the policeman was filmed in April 2015 hitting a soldier, arousing a sharp public protest. The policeman was fired from his job but was not put on trial. The Attorney General decided in January to reopen the case against the policeman. After the original closure of the case, Pikada filed civil suits against the Israel Police and against the assaulting policeman.

March 20, 2017 18:33 UTC

United States Army Africa conducts exercises in Ethiopia

The United States Military, in partnership with The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troop and police contributing countries, allies, the African Union, and other international organizations are set to conduct Justified Accord 2017 (JA17) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Formerly known as Eastern accord, the table top exercise will take place from March 20-24, 2017, according to the press statement from the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa. JA17 is an AFRICOM-directed and U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)-led combined and joint exercise with approximately 100 military and government personnel participating from 10 nations. This exercise will include structured vignettes and practical applications related to transitioning AMISOM to a Somali-led mission. Once the exercise is complete, all exercise participants will return to their home countries and stations.

March 20, 2017 15:11 UTC

Geneva Forum calls for new African business model

The fifth edition of the Africa CEO Forum, a Jeune Afrique Group initiative, organized in partnership with the African Development Bank opens in Geneva with a call to reinvent a ‘new African business model’. Rethinking the African ‘business model’ to remain relevant in a changing and competitive environment is critical for Africa, according to, Amir Ben Yahmed, Founder and President of the Forum spoke at the opening of the Forum this morning. Speaking on this year’s theme, he explained the urgency to overhaul Africa’s business model because of the declining growth in African economies. He also announced the launch of the African CEO Barometer, an initiative aimed at measuring the confidence in African CEOs and the expectations and prospects of key leaders in the African private sector. Published on the occasion of the Africa CEO Forum, the Barometer is based on a survey of more than 1,000 active African CEOs across the continent and will be renewed annually.

March 20, 2017 14:37 UTC

Dakar host African integration, industrialization meeting

In an effort to develop regionally-driven recommendations for accelerating integration and industrialization in Africa, a high-level event is set to take place in Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday. The meeting will engage actors and knowledge networks to share experiences and expertise, according to the press statement from the organizers. It will also identify opportunities to leverage development cooperation, support infrastructure development and industrialization-promoting efforts such as Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) aspiration. ECA’s Chief of Industrialization and Infrastructure Section in the Regional Integration and Trade Division, Soteri Gatera, says industrialization and infrastructure development are crucial for the successful transformation of African economies. The third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) UN resolution, the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all emphasize the role industrialization can play in meeting their objectives, with infrastructure development as a necessary enabler.

March 20, 2017 14:15 UTC

Unites States provides pharmaceuticals sector support to Ethiopia

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Management Sciences for Health, and the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia concluded USAID’s System for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Activity. The activity strengthened pharmaceutical management, supported the development of treatment guidelines and health facility standards, and reduced waste and corruption in the pharmaceutical sector. It supported 77 health facilities across Ethiopia to implement transparent and accountable pharmaceutical transactions and services, and 128 health facilities to establish drug information services that resulted in a patient-centered approach. To improve pharmacy data management, 208 health facilities established electronic dispensing tools and 558 public health facilities and 46 private hospitals now have drug and therapeutic committees. This activity supported more than 1,000 health facilities providing antiretroviral therapy services to document, generate and report pharmaceutical data and information to support decision-making in the health system.

March 20, 2017 13:58 UTC

New law converts Nairobi to tax heaven, civil society warns

The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, risks becoming a tax haven and a conduit for illicit financial flows if the recently-tabled Nairobi International Financial Centre (NIFC) Bill 2016 is enacted into law, civil society warns. In a review of the Bill titled Nairobi International Financial Centre or Nairobi Tax Haven? However, this will mean tax incentives offered to multinational corporations, thereby depleting rather than building up the country’s financial reserves. A 2016 report by TJN-A puts Kenya’s losses through tax incentives at USD 1.1 billion annually. Ghana’s weak has set up weak internal regulations for their international financial centre.

March 20, 2017 09:46 UTC

A Global Competition For Influence In Ethiopia

"For the last 20 years Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait have been building mosques here." Journalist and Africa expert Howard W. French says that Chinese "neocolonialism" began in Ethiopia about two decades ago, in 1996. Investing in the futureThe expropriation of land for these projects has run into intense opposition from local tribes in Ethiopia. This was done by building mosques in Muslim-majority areas and spreading their version of the Sunni faith in Islamic schools. But Beijing and the Arabian Gulf both see Ethiopia, whose global importance will only continue to grow, as an area full of promise.

March 20, 2017 08:48 UTC

Ethiopian govt advise Dangote Cement, Others on youth inclusiveness on business plan

Dangote operation asked to let youth supply raw materialsRegional administration seeks to reduce youth unemploymentEthiopian regional officials are demanding foreign cement producers including Dangote Cement Plc hand control of some parts of their businesses to groups of unemployed youths. Pumice is an additive used in cement manufacturing and its extraction is overseen by local bureaucrats, rather than Ethiopia’s central government. Dangote Cement was among several businesses attacked during the unrest, which caused foreign investment to slump. Oromia has 1.2 million unemployed youth, according to the Addis Ababa-based Walta Information Center news service, which cited a local youth affairs office. The company’s plant in Mugher, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Addis Ababa, has the capacity to produce 2.5 million metric tons a year of cement, according to Dangote’s website.

March 20, 2017 08:00 UTC

Dangote Cement Faces Disruptions in Ethiopia Over Jobs Plan

Ethiopian regional officials are demanding that foreign cement producers including Dangote Cement Plc hand control of some parts of their businesses to groups of unemployed youths. Pumice is an additive used in cement manufacturing and its extraction is overseen by local bureaucrats, rather than Ethiopia’s central government. Dangote Cement was among several businesses attacked during the unrest, which caused foreign investment to slump. Oromia has 1.2 million unemployed youth, according to the Addis Ababa-based Walta Information Center news service, which cited a local youth affairs office. The disruptions haven’t forced Dangote to stop output, CEO Onne van der Weijde said in an interview.

March 20, 2017 05:07 UTC

Ethiopian Restaurant Owner Killed In Targeted Shooting

South Nashville restaurant owner Gitem Demissie, age 41, was fatally shot overnight as he was preparing to close his business. Metro Police responded to Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant in the 2500 block of Murfreesboro Pike after midnight, early Sunday morning, where they discovered Demissie who had been shot multiple times. "We were really broken," said Father Mesfin Tesemma, who leads the Ethiopian church where Demissie was an active member. In January 2015, Demissie opened a second business, the restaurant and bar, where he was shot and killed early Sunday morning. A witness said the suspect went up to Demissie, shot him multiple times, and fled from the building.

March 19, 2017 21:11 UTC

Ethiopia, Tanzania Top Recipients of Indian Line of Credit

Ethiopia, Tanzania Top Recipients of Indian Line of CreditMarch 19, 2017 - Following the pledge made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the third India-Africa Forum to extend a total of 10 billion dollars in the form of concessional credit to African countries, the Export Import (EX-IM) Bank of India and Indian government has placed Ethiopia among the top recipients for a Line of Credits (LoCs) to the tune of 1.004 billion dollars, according to the Reporter. The top recipient was Tanzania with LoC of 1.115 billion dollars. The line of credit is suppored to be disbursed in the coming five years since the summit. Just behind the two countries is Mauritius at 864 million dollars LoC, which is also one of the biggest trade partners of India in Africa, followed by Sudan with LoC of 737.07 million dollars and Mozambique 639 million dollars. As of the end of last year, the Indian government has supported 149 LoCs reaching some 7.6 billion dollars.

March 19, 2017 19:52 UTC

Ethiopian Agency Tables New Directive to Regulate Higher Education Institutions

Ethiopian Agency Tables New Directive to Regulate Higher Education InstitutionsMarch 19, 2017 - Higher Education Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA) is discussing with private higher education institutions to introduce a new directive which will regulate them and possibly penalize them in case of breaches, according to the Reporter. The directive, which was prepared by the Agency last year, was tabled to stakeholders including owners, presidents and associations of private higher education institutions for a final discussion. The draft directive gives the Agency the power to penalize institutions that don't follow regulations under civil and criminal law. “The latest one is more detailed and specific than the zero draft,” Solomon Tadesse,” head of legal department at the Agency, said. The Agency, which has its offices only in Addis Ababa, oversees around 111 colleges, universities, university-colleges and institutes scattered across the country.

March 19, 2017 19:41 UTC

Ethiopian Political Parties Fail to Reach Agreement - Report

Ethiopian Political Parties Fail to Reach Agreement - ReportMarch 19, 2017 - Ethiopia's 22 national political parties concluded their meeting today without reaching agreement on whether to involve third-party intermediaries or not in the upcoming dialogue, according to FBC. During the meeting, all opposition political parties suggested the dialogue to be mediated by neutral bodies. The ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), for its part opposed the idea and said “a third-party negotiator is unnecessary.”After discussing on the issue for six hours, all parties agreed to meet again on March 29, 2017 to pass decision on it. During the meeting, other parties also opposed Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum’s (MEDREK) proposal to negotiate with EPRDF unilaterally as a chief negotiator. In the next meeting, the political parties are also expected to approve the draft modality prepared for the dialogue.

March 19, 2017 19:30 UTC

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