Ethiopia Purchasing Additional 400,000T of WheatNovember 18, 2017 - The government of Ethiopia announced plans to procure another batch of wheat amounting to 400,000 tons, reports Ethiopian weekly English newspaper, the reporter. It is to be recalled that a week ago two international trading companies agreed to supply 400,000 metric tons of wheat. The latest purchase has come five months after a similar procurement of 400,000 tons of wheat for the same purpose of market stabilization. The latest purchase of wheat will be the second biggest wheat purchase made in as many years. It is to be recalled that in 2015-16, Ethiopia made its biggest purchase of wheat in recent years by procuring 17 million quintals of wheat at a total cost of 8.8 billion birr.
November 18, 2017 20:15 UTC
Egypt Pulls Out of Dam Talks with Ethiopia, SudanNovember 18, 2017 - Egypti announced that it has stopped talks on Grand Renaissance Dam talks with Ethiopia and Sudan, according to reports. The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation announced the stalling of all technical talks with Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday. However, an official Egyptian source linked to GERD revealed that Egypt had rejected the amendments requested by Ethiopia because they were incompatible with Article 5 of the Declaration of Principles. Egypt demands that this period be 7 to 10 years while Ethiopia insists on a maximum of 3 years. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson revealed that there was direct contact at the time between the foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia.
November 18, 2017 20:07 UTC
Cairo, Nov 19 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has said that Egypt’s share of Nile water is “a matter of life or death” for his nation. “No one can touch Egypt’s share of Nile water,” Xinhua news agency quoted Sisi as saying in a televised talk on Saturday during the inauguration of the Middle East’s largest fish farm in Kafr El-Sheikh province Delta. It is the President’s first remarks on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) since negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the project stalled last week. Sisi noted that he understands the developmental goals behind the GERD, adding that the development for Ethiopia in this case is a “matter of life and death” for Egypt. Egypt is worried about its annual share of 55.5 billion cubic meters of the Nile River water amid the GERD’s rapid construction.
November 18, 2017 19:07 UTC
(Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Saturday called for concerted efforts to encourage technical innovation to boost the country's economic development. Speaking at the 8th National Science and Technology Innovation award (NSTIA) ceremony held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Desalegn said encouraging innovations can make Ethiopia's economic growth more comprehensive. Pointing to his government's focus on innovation the premier gave 29 gold, 50 silvers and 66 bronze medals for 145 innovators, students, researchers and teachers for their contribution in Ethiopia's ICT sector. He further said while Ethiopia's ongoing economic growth is bringing about growth in the Information and Technology (ICT) sector more efforts is needed to inspire innovators for more successes. Ethiopia hopes the ICT sector will be a key anchor of its economic ambition, which sees the East African country become a net zero carbon emitting middle income economy by 2025.
November 18, 2017 18:33 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-19 01:20:06|Editor: Zhou XinVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Nov.18 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's national flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) announced on Saturday it has named its latest airplane Boeing 787-9 in honor of China's capital city, Beijing. Speaking to Xinhua, ET's Corporate Communications Office said the airline decided to name the airplane after Beijing to emphasize its historical presence in the Chinese aviation market dating back to 1973. China is the largest national market for Ethiopian Airlines which currently flies to five Chinese destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. China is the single largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Ethiopia for the last several years, as Ethiopia bids to attract Chinese expertise and money for its industrialization ambitions. Chinese tourists are also a rising demographics with the East African country attracting 41,660 Chinese tourists in 2015, a trend the Ethiopian government expects to grow in the coming years.
November 18, 2017 17:26 UTC
Qalbi Dhagah was handed over to Ethiopia on 28th August this year following a raid by Somali force on his hotel in Galkayo, central Somalia. The parliamentary commission formed mid September to probe the circumstances under which Mr. Qalbi Dhagah was extradited, blamed Somalia's spy agency for providing misinformation about the victim. The 15 member parliamentary committee probed and reviewed the previous so-called transfer of criminals agreement between Somalia and Ethiopian in relation to this matter. The government of Ethiopia confirmed the handing over of Mr. Qalbi Dhagah , citing a security partnership treaty between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu. By Ahmed Mohamed AdanSOMALI UPDATE ONLINEMOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The extradition of Abdikarim Muse Qalbi Dhagah, ONLF rebel commander and former Somali military officer, to Ethiopian regime was illegal, a report by parliamentary committee said on Saturday.
November 18, 2017 16:07 UTC
Ethiopia is finalizing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its first major dam on the Blue Nile, and will eventually start filling the giant reservoir behind it to power the Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam. Ethiopia says the dam is essential to its development and has repeatedly sought to reassure Egypt. The Nile provides over 90 percent of Egypt’s water supply. It already receives the lion’s share of Nile waters — more than 55 billion of the around 88 billion cubic meters of water that flow down the river each year. The government has publicly ruled out military action, but top Egyptian officials have in recent months been sharpening their rhetoric on Ethiopia.
November 18, 2017 16:07 UTC
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said Saturday that no entity can touch or affect Egypt’s water share of the Nile river, after the failure of the last negotiations session with Sudan and Ethiopia regarding the Great Ethiopian Renascences Dam (GERD). The president said Egypt informed Ethiopia that it does not have any reservations on development projects, as long as they do not affect Egypt’s water share. The Ethiopian government started establishing the GERD in April 2011 on the Blue Nile river. However, Egypt fears the dam will affect its historic Nile water share of 55 billion sqm, which it has had access to since a 1959 agreement with Sudan. The Foreign Ministry announced last week that Al-Sisi will soon meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to discuss the GERD.
November 18, 2017 15:00 UTC
Ethiopia is finalizing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its first major dam on the Blue Nile, and will eventually start filling the giant reservoir behind it to power the Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. Egypt fears that will cut into its water supply, destroying parts of its precious farmland and squeezing its population of 94 million people, who already face water shortages. Ethiopia says the dam is essential to its development and has repeatedly sought to reassure Egypt. The Nile provides over 90 percent of Egypt's water supply. It already receives the lion's share of Nile waters — more than 55 billion of the around 88 billion cubic meters of water that flow down the river each year.
November 18, 2017 13:35 UTC
Ethiopia is finalizing construction of Africa's largest hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile. Egypt fears that will cut into its water supply. Cairo said last week that the three countries had failed to approve an initial study by a consultancy firm on the dam's potential effects on Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia has repeatedly reassured Egypt, but Cairo's efforts to engage in closer coordination have made little headway. El-Sissi sought to reassure Egyptians in televised comments Saturday, but stressed that "water is a matter of life or death."
November 18, 2017 13:07 UTC
The president added that he understands the developmental goals behind the GERD, but that development for Ethiopia in this case is a "matter of life and death" for Egypt. Next month, President El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn are scheduled to meet in Cairo to discuss the deadlock. Ethiopia hopes to be able to export electricity generated by the dam, which will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa. Egypt, however, has expressed concerns that the dam might reduce its share of Nile water. Ethiopia maintains that the dam will not have any negative impact on Egypt or Sudan.
November 18, 2017 12:35 UTC
“Lalibela was both a priest and a king,” Mr. Asmro said. When King Lalibela saw that, he envisioned a New Jerusalem to which the faithful could make the pilgrimage. “Behind that is the holiest of holies,” Mr. Asmro explained in a hushed tone — replicas of the ark of the covenant that only the priests were allowed to view. Before parting, I tipped Mr. Asmro 500 birr for the two days we were together — a little less than $20. While the churches are Lalibela’s biggest attraction, they weren’t its only appeal: I also had to eat.
November 18, 2017 11:00 UTC
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November 18, 2017 10:41 UTC
The Ethiopian government says it will not require external assistance to complete its flagship hydroelectric dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on a recent visit to Qatar dispelled rumours that as part of his trip, Ethiopia planned to seek Qatari support for the project. The Premier said that completing the project with local resources was a position that will not be compromised, state affiliated ENA portal reports. Ethiopia besides its political obligation and involvement in the region is a strong business force also despite being landlocked. Meanwhile, the ongoing dispute over the project especially its impact on water distribution of the River Nile continues.
November 17, 2017 23:24 UTC
Ethnic tensions in Ethiopia is affecting university education as students from the northen Amhara region have abandoned their studies in the Oromia region. Local media portal, Addis Gazetta, reports that the Amhara students were leaving Metu University campus ‘in droves.’ Their reason for leaving was for fear of their safety, the portal added. According to reports, classes had stalled since last week due to the tensions. Reports indicate that they opted to leave despite assurances from the Oromia regional government to ensure their safety. Protests had also been staged inside universities in Oromia demanding reassignment of students from Jijiga university due to ‘safety concerns,’ the Addis Standard news portal reported at the time.
November 17, 2017 23:03 UTC