COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish doctor who had been imprisoned in his native Ethiopia on charges of corruption and terrorism has been freed. Fikru Maru tells Swedish broadcaster SVT that "it's great to be out in the fresh air." State-owned media last week reported that Ethiopia had dropped the charges. Daughter Emy Maru, who paid daily visits to her father in the capital, Addis Ababa, told SVT on Tuesday that "I have just met with Dad. He was arrested in 2013 after a years-long dispute over equipment for his cardiology clinic in Addis Ababa.
May 15, 2018 10:52 UTC
The Prime Minister, who stated that his government is ready to ratify the AfCFTA deal and deposit its instruments to the African Union, said: ‘Let us finance our own development. We are all winners.’ He also stated it must create ‘inclusive prosperity’ for all Africans, including marginalized and vulnerable communities. According to the ECA, however, the ratio of tax revenue to gross domestic product is already low in African countries. The importance of infrastructure and logistics for the AfCFTA was a major focus for the meeting. The lecture was given by Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, Senegal’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation.
May 15, 2018 10:07 UTC
Global technology firm Voith has opened a new facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in order to support the regional development of hydroelectricity generation. The new Voith Hydro East Africa Hub will be used to carry out planning and coordinating activities with the projects located across nine countries in Eastern Africa. Voith Hydro CEO Uwe Wehnhardt said: “Voith has been supporting the development of clean energy generation in Africa since the 1940s. A number of Ethiopian hydropower plants are currently equipped with Voith technology, which is supplying clean and sustainable electricity to nearly 900,000 households in the country. In addition to Ethiopia, the company is providing its services to hydropower projects in other East African countries, including the Wanjii power plant in Kenya.
May 15, 2018 09:45 UTC
( ) has been in communication with all Ethiopian government offices dealing with the Tulu Kapi Gold Project in the Federal and Oromia Regional Governments, welcoming new appointments of state ministers. The AIM-listed firm said the government is KEFI’s partner in the Project company, Tulu Kapi Gold Mine Share Company Limited (TKGM), and its representatives on the TKGM board work close with KEFI and other members of the Project consortium. Also, Tulu Kapi Gold Project is expected to play an important role in the country’s development. KEFI has been advised that the international bond markets favourably view the Ethiopian government’s smooth transition to its new leadership. “The Bond will be a senior secured sinking fund bond issued by KEFI's Luxembourg SPV and listed in Luxembourg,” the company said.
May 15, 2018 07:18 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise plans to establish half a dozen international offshoots before the end of the year as Africa’s biggest carrier steps up efforts to dominate markets across the continent. The new initiatives are aimed at consolidating its lead over rivals Kenya Airways Plc and state-owned South African Airways. The company will own all of the planned Ethiopia Mozambique Airlines and 49 percent of Guinea Airlines, he said. A government accord with Djibouti could have implications for airlines but the focus is more on improving port access for landlocked Ethiopia, he said. Completing the African expansion are direct routes operated by Ethiopian Airlines from Ivory Coast, with a service from Abidjan to Newark in New Jersey commencing this month to be followed by flights to Washington in December.
May 15, 2018 03:22 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday said his country would ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, giving a major boost to the continental economic initiative. The PM made the remark during the opening of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa. Ahmed said ratifying the AfCFTA agreement will boost intra-Africa trade and boost employment opportunities for Africa's predominantly young population. So far, Ghana and Kenya have ratified the Continental Free Trade Area, though 44 African countries have signed the AfCFTA document. A minimum of 22 countries need to ratify the AfCFTA document for it to come into force.
May 14, 2018 18:33 UTC
Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) conducted a half-day Autism Awareness panel discussion on May 11, 2018 at EAA Auditorium under the theme “Flying with Autism”. The event, which was held to mark Autism Awareness Month, aimed at celebrating the role of Ethiopian Airlines in easing travel stress for families and children with Autism by providing Autism awareness training on how to assist travelers with Autism for the Airline’s staff. The discussion highlighted the need for a paradigm shift concerning children with autism as being differently abled rather than disabled. The panel discussion is part of CC&CT School’s initiatives to make air travel more accessible for passengers with Autism. EAA also plans to provide similar training for its new cadets and staff on yearly recurrent programs.
May 14, 2018 16:07 UTC
Ambassador David Friedman welcomed a jubilant crowd to the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, drawing a first standing ovation at the words “Jerusalem, Israel” and another at the mention of US President Donald J. Trump. 70 years later, we take the next step – we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem. Again the United States leads the way.”Friedman added that efforts to move the embassy began in 1995 and was reaffirmed last year by a Senate vote of 90-0. As President Trump has said, obvious should be said from time-to-time: Jerusalem is the heart of sovereignty of the State of Israel. Yes, President Trump – Jerusalem is home to president of Israel, Jerusalem is the home of the government of Israel, the Knesset, the legislature of Israel, Jerusalem is the home of the Supreme Court of Israel.
Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) will bolster its widebody order books later this year the chief executive of the Ethiopian Aviation Holding Group has told Reuters. The ch-aviation fleets module shows Ethiopian currently operates eight A350-900s, six B767-300(ER)s, six B777-Fs, four B777-300(ER)s, nineteen B787-8s, and two B787-9s. According to its own records, Ethiopian has sixteen A350-900s due from Airbus alongside six B787-9s and four B777(F)s due from Boeing. To cope with the airline's unanticipated rapid growth, the Ethiopian government has committed to expanding Addis Ababa Bole International Airport through the construction of a new passenger terminal as well as additional apron space. “The project is huge," Tewdros told The Reporter.
The U.S. Embassy will hold a panel discussion entitled “Reporting on Gender-Based Violence” to foster co-operation and co-ordination among Ethiopian and international stakeholders involved in combatting GBV. Attendees will include a diverse group of medical professionals, law enforcement officials, including police officers and prosecutors, journalists, civil society leaders, and others. The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa invites you to attend. Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:30 pmVenue: U.S. Embassy, Entoto RoadRSVP to Zelalem Befekadu (091-150-9522) or Yohannes Gezahegn (091-151-2227)
Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid EmailPassengers will soon be able to fly from into the heart of Africa - thanks to Manchester Airport’s first ever service to Ethiopia. Bosses at Ethiopian Airlines have confirmed they will operate a four-times-a-week service to Addis Ababa, the capital of the East African nation. It will leave Manchester at 7pm, arriving at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 6am. Andrew Cowan, Manchester Airport CEO, said the route underlines the ‘critical role’ Manchester Airport plays in connecting people and businesses of the north. Sheona Southern, managing director at Marketing Manchester, said the new service from the north is a great coup.
14 May 2018 - 10:58 by OOSKAnews InfoMekelle, EthiopiaChina will grant Ethiopia a total of $250 million USD under an agreement signed May 10 by Ethiopian Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Admasu Nebebe, and the Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Tan Jian. The financing is granted as a concessional loan to implement a project aiming at addressing the drinking water shortage in Mekelle, capital of Tigray region in northern Ethiopia. Implementation will be underatken by China's CGGC Group.
“I Am Israel is about building a stronger and more vibrant Israel through unity and diversity,” said Joseph Bornstein, CEO and founder of CauseMatch. We want to showcase the incredible range of nonprofits that help build a stronger and more vibrant Israel,” Bornstein told Breaking Israel News. In CauseMatch’s first I Am Israel campaign in 2016, 18 nonprofits raised over $2 million for Israeli charities from over 7,000 donors. “Organizations like United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom stood side-by-side in their support for Israel,” said Bornstein. “When people donate to an I Am Israel campaign, they aren’t just supporting a specific nonprofit they are passionate about, they are contributing to a global movement for Israel.”
May 14, 2018 15:00 UTC
By Aaron MaashoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - An exiled Ethiopian opposition party from the country's restive Oromiya region said it had held talks with the government, a tentative step in its aim of returning to the political fold. The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) was formed in 2013 by former members of the secessionist Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and seeks self-determination for ethnic Oromos, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group. "A high-level delegation of the government ... and a delegation of the Oromo Democratic Front held a fruitful discussion, from May 11-12, 2018, regarding the reforms currently unfolding in Ethiopia," the group said in a statement. "Pursuant to its longstanding public position, the ODF reiterated its commitment to deepening and broadening the reforms and democratization process. The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been in power since 1991, when it took over from the Derg military regime.
May 14, 2018 14:48 UTC
Ethiopian coffee growers may be facing a threat from khat, but the culture of drinking it anytime is enduring this pressure. Raziah Athman was recently in Addis Ababa, where she moved around the famous coffee places in the city. Take the tour with her, in this report on Ethiopia’s coffee craze.
May 14, 2018 14:26 UTC