Ethiopia Will Cement Relationships with Neighboring Countries - PMJanuary 12, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his government will strengthen its bilateral relations with neighboring countries, according to FBC. The Premier gave today explanation for questions raised by members of the parliament (MPs). It is a big success to finalize the Ethio-Djibouti railway within four and a half years. The Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has also reached at 58 percent, the Premier told the MPs. The delay in sugar projects is resulted from the problem in planning initially to build 10 factories at the same time and lack of capacity of contractors, especially Indian contractors.
(Nairobi) – Ethiopia plunged into a human rights crisis in 2016, increasing restrictions on basic rights during a state of emergency and continuing a bloody crackdown against largely peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Expand Ethiopian security hold back demonstrators chanting slogans during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2, 2016. Many of those who were released reported that they were tortured in detention, a longstanding problem in Ethiopia. The government needs to restore basic rights and engage in meaningful dialogue instead of responding to criticism with more abuses.”In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In response, angry youth destroyed private and government property, particularly in the Oromia region.
Business News of Thursday, 12 January 2017Source: dailyguideafrica.comEthiopian Airlines Records Impressive GrowthTewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian AirlinesTewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines, has stated that 2016 was an exceptionally challenging year for the African aviation industry. The CEO said Ethiopian Airlines added eight aircraft to its fleet in 2016 and closed the year with 82 airplanes in service. “For the first time in its history, Ethiopian Airlines has diversified to include Airbus aircraft, with Africa’s first A350. With an average fleet age of just five years, Ethiopian has one of the youngest and most modern fleet in the world,” Mr GebreMariam added. “We wish to thank our valued customers for their continued vote of confidence in our services and for making Ethiopian their airline of choice,” he said.
An Italian textile machinery delegation is set to participate at the upcoming multi-industry Addis Chamber International Trade Fair (ACITF), showcasing products from business services, gifts & handicrafts, industrial products, plant, machinery & equipment industries, to be held in Addis Ababa exhibition centre, Ethiopia, from 23 February to 1 March 2017.Ethiopia is an emerging production hub for the global textile and garments industry. Cheap labour costs, free trade agreements with major Western markets and a constantly growing economy (with a forecast GDP of 10 per cent for the coming years) have made this Sub-Saharan African country a choice destination for the manufacturing of garments by major industry retailers.The 21st edition of the multi-industry ACITF trade fair will feature a delegation of Italian textile machinery manufacturers at the Italian pavilion organised by the ICE-Agency. The ACIMIT associated members partaking in the event include Carù, Corino, Fadis, Ferraro, Itema, Marzoli, Mei, Reggiani, Roj, Salvade, Savio, Sicam, and Simet.ACIMIT president Raffaella Carabelli said, “Our exports have grown significantly over the past five years, although their overall value remains quite modest (4.4 million in 2015). The quality of our machine technology is superior to that of our competitors currently operating in this market. (GK)Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India
The DFID British Aid funded girl band, 'Yegna' dubbed the Ethiopian 'Spice Girls', have been given £9.2 million to change Africa though ‘girl power’Geldof, who calls himself a ‘private equity whore’, is here for business, not charity. Tell that guy to respect girls and we will respect him.’Like the original Spice Girls, the band members were each given a nickname. Incredibly, the publicity is handled by Freuds, the high-powered London-based PR firm headed by the media figure Matthew Freud (ironically enough, he also acted for the Spice Girl Geri Halliwell). All of which raises more questions as to why British taxpayers were subsidising an Ethiopian girl band for four years. A source involved in Yegna productions — the girls also appear in radio dramas designed to change attitudes among young girls — cast doubt on the figures.
Ethiopian Israelis will be permitted to donate blood without restrictions. The new Health Ministry rules will take effect on July 1, Haaretz reported Tuesday, citing the Magen David Adom ambulance service. Blood donations from Ethiopian-born Israelis have been banned since 1977. The ministry also changed the rules for blood donations from homosexuals and those older than 65. Tamano-Shata was told subsequently that she could donate, but the blood would be frozen and never used.
Ethiopian Israelis will be permitted to donate blood without restrictions. Blood donations from Ethiopian-born Israelis have been banned since 1977. Blood donations now can only be refused from an Israeli who has spent more than a year in a country afflicted by a widespread disease, including HIV/AIDS. The ministry also changed the rules for blood donations from homosexuals and those older than 65. Tamano-Shata was told subsequently that she could donate, but the blood would be frozen and never used.
Ethiopia Committed to Policy Based on Mutual Benefits - PMJanuary 11, 2017 - Ethiopia is committed to pursuing its policy based on mutual benefits with any country, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said, according to ENA. Yet, some institutions in Egypt have been collaborating with groups categorized as terrorists set to destabilize Ethiopia, he pointed out. In response, the Egyptian Ambassador in Ethiopia has explained that their stance does not represent that of the Egyptian government. The Prime Minister said diplomatic efforts to make those forces intent on disrupting peace to behave will continue, he further stressed. The premier also underlined that the countries need to cooperate for mutual benefits.
Conference on Peace and Development Opens in Addis AbabaJanuary 11, 2017 - A national consultative forum aimed at deliberating on peace and development kicked off here in Addis Ababa yesterday, according to FBC. Organized by the Inter Religious Council of Ethiopia, the two-day forum will help come up with solutions for common challenges of peace and development. Speaking at the event, Kassa Teklebirhan, Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development, said the government has continued conducting reform program to better respond for questions raised by the public. The public have been taking active part in the reform program carried out so far, he said, further calling on religious institutions to strengthen their role for sustainable peace and development. The consultative forum is being held under the theme, “Inspired by Common Values, We Stand Together for Sustainable Peace and Development of Our Country!” (FBC)Back
Haile Gebresilassie Seeks Plot of Land for Hyundai Assembly PlantJanuary 10, 2017 - The legendary long distance athlete and investment tycoon, Haile Gebresilassie, said that he is still waiting for the approval of the Addis Ababa City Administration cabinet to secure a plot of land he requested to build an assembly plant for the Korean vehicle brand Hyundai in the southwestern outskirts of Addis Ababa. Haile had requested some 70 hectares of land for the car assembly originally. On his part, Haile told The Reporter that he recognizes the need to reduce it to 30 hectares. “I understand the problems in investment land shortage which the administration is feeling in recent times”. He also said that the Korean carmaker’s board reapproved Haile’s car assembly plant to manufacture the vehicle in Ethiopia recently.
Ethiopia Earns USD 872 mln from Tourism in One QuarterJanuary 10, 2017 - Despite the mounting fears and speculation that the State of Emergency (SoE) is likely to affect the tourism sector, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Thursday that in the first quarter of the current fiscal year the nation has managed to bag some USD 872 million exclusively from foreign tourist flows. Hirut assured MPs that the nation can be “sanctuary to tourists just like what has been mentioned in religious books” through a concerted effort. According to Hirut, in the stated three months alone, over 223,032 tourists have visited the country mostly through conference tourism, research business and other activities. Hence, she added, based on the formula, USD 872 million has been generated in the stated period. She also underscored that close to 300,000 local tourists have visited various sites across the nation in the same period.
.- With a recent gift of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts, the Catholic University of America is now home to one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious manuscripts in the United States. It is the largest collection of Ethiopian Islamic manuscripts outside of Ethiopia. Many of the manuscripts in the collection, including the “magic” scrolls, contain intricate illuminations and other decorations on the scrolls. According to Butts, the collection’s age is fairly typical for Ethiopian manuscripts. The Washington, D.C. area is home to one of the largest Ethiopian populations outside of Ethiopia, and there are several Ethiopian Orthodox and Ethiopian Catholic churches, along with cultural centers, in the area.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent Jan 10, 2017Ethiopian Airlines will in February commence flights from Addis Ababa to Conakry, serving the Guinean capital initially five times a week. As announced in November last year will Ethiopian return to Conakry after some absence and use a Boeing B787 for the flights which will launch on the 01st of next month. From Conakry will Ethiopian be able to offer onward flights into the region through ASKY, a partner airline which is part owned by Ethiopian and assisted with management support. Meanwhile will a major ICAO Training Workshop be held in conjunction with Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa from the 11th to 13th of April this year. Also part of the three day event is an Aviation Symposium for which representatives of leading airlines are expected in the Ethiopian capital.
Africa’s largest Airline Group, Ethiopian Airlines, has ended the year with profitable growth highlighted by fleet and network expansion as well as significant investment in customer services. “As a result, demand for air travel has been suppressed and the shortage of foreign exchange has severely affected the financial performance of airlines in the continent,” he added. He said the company had also within the year introduced Africa’s first Ethiopian Airbus A350, and spread its wings to more countries on five continents. Ethiopian Cargo Services has also remained to be the largest cargo airline in Africa. During the 2016 Ethiopian partnered with significant number of local and international organisations to discharge its corporate Social responsibility.
Trains can reach speeds of 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/h for cargo trains, slashing freight carriage times. press releaseThe completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a new 752km track linking Ethiopia's capital with the Port of Djibouti, was officially marked today at a ceremony at Nagad Railway Station in Djibouti. The new railway can reach speeds of 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/h for cargo trains. Currently, more than 90% of Ethiopia's trade passes through Djibouti, accounting for 70% of the overall activity at Djibouti's ports. The railway project has been coupled with a US$15 billion expansion programme to improve Djibouti's port facilities, and build new highways and airports in the country.