Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 02:53:15|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseKHARTOUM, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Sudan said on Tuesday any discussion about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would be under a tripartite framework, involving the development rights of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia. "Any discussion about the Renaissance Dam will be related to how to overcome barriers and ensure the water security for the three countries," Ghandour said. "The GERD is an Ethiopian development project, but it also concerns Sudan and Egypt, where all the discussions about it revolve within this tripartite framework," he added. The dam is set to produce around 6,000 megawatts of electricity and expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Last April, the two countries declared a comprehensive cooperation in fields of security, economy, social development and culture.
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Update: 06:18, 16 August 2017 WednesdayEthiopian PM in Khartoum for talks with Sudanese leaderWorld Bulletin / News DeskEthiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn arrived in Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday to discuss a number of regional issues with President Omar al-Bashir. The ongoing civil war in South Sudan and Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam will top the agenda of talks between the two men, according to Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour. “The strategic issue of Nile water sharing in general -- and the Renaissance Dam [now being built by Ethiopia] in particular -- will be addressed at the meeting,” he added. Egypt, for its part, has voiced fears that the dam -- once completed -- will reduce its historical quota of Nile water. In April, Khartoum and Addis Ababa signed a host of agreements aimed at boosting bilateral trade, including the export of electricity from Ethiopia to Sudan.
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Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 02:13:02|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia on Tuesday unveiled its plan to transform major service deliveries in its capital Addis Ababa. As part of the plan, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Addis Ababa city Mayor, Diriba Kuma, have signed an agreement earlier on Tuesday that envisages an improved service provision in the capital. Desalegn, after signing the agreement, stressed that leaderships at all levels are expected to deliver efficient services for the residents and discharge their responsibilities. The premier also affirmed the need to put in place a system of accountability so as to address challenges related to mal-administration that is witnessed in the capital Addis Ababa with regards to service delivery. Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa is known for hosting various international and regional organizations, which include the African Union (AU) headquarters and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA).
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Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 01:22:24|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Meteorology Agency warned Ethiopians on Tuesday over a prospect of above-average rainfall induced flood accidents in different parts of the east African country. The announcement by the agency on Tuesday indicated that a probable above-average rainfall during the coming six days could result in an unprecedented flood as major rivers in the country could run out of their path. The agency warned that rivers including Blue Nile, major tributary to the world's longest river Nile, could receive excessive water from the expected average and above-average rainfall that could threaten the lives of people living near and by the river banks. The announcement, however, valued the expected above-average rainfall as an advantage to agricultural production in drought affected arid and semi-arid parts of the country. The Ethiopian Meteorology Agency has also advised farmers to watch over their harvest from any threat that could emanate from the unprecedented rainfall.
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During the crack down, 56 senior government officials, businessperson and middlemen were arrested in less than a month. The Ethiopian House of Peoples' Representatives (Ethiopian Parliament), soon after the violence, had also endorsed the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's proposal of the appointment of new cabinet members. Majority of the 56 defendants have so far appeared before the Ethiopian court, including former Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Alemayehu Gujo, the former Manager of Addis Ababa Roads Authority, Fekade Haile, and former head of Ethiopian Roads Authority Zayid WoldeGebrel. Ethiopian roads authority Communications Director, Samson Wondimu, is the latest Ethiopian government official detained on Friday in connection with the large scale anti-corruption investigation in Ethiopia's modern history. Other senior government officials from the Ethiopian Roads Authority, the Addis Ababa Roads Authority, the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation and some foreign nationals were also arrested during the crack down.
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Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 01:42:47|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia has generated close to 271 million U.S. dollars from the exports of flower and other horticulture products during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority revealed on Tuesday. The Ethiopian Horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority, however, disclosed that the amount earned during the just concluded 2016-2017 Ethiopian fiscal year was slightly less than last fiscal year's earnings by 1.5 percent. Export of flower holds the lion-share of the total 271 million U.S. dollars generated from the sector, with 218 million U.S. dollars. Other horticulture products, vegetable and fruits, accounted for the 53 million U.S. dollars generated. The Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association has recently disclosed the need to promote the country's horticulture products in more international markets such as China.
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 01:52:54|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseKHARTOUM, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Tuesday arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on an official three-day visit to boost bilateral ties. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and senior government officials received Desalegn upon arrival at Khartoum airport. Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters at the airport that Desalegn's visit reflects the progressive ties between Sudan and Ethiopia. "The visit aims to discuss bilateral ties and how to boost them, as well as issues of the Horn of Africa region, particularly at a time when eastern Africa region is witnessing many issues that need the two countries' leadership to agree on strategies to preserve security in the region and Africa," said Ghandour. Last April, Sudan and Ethiopia declared a comprehensive cooperation ties in security, military, political, economic, social and cultural fields.
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 01:32:40|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- An Ethiopian man who claims himself to be 107 years old with 108 children and grandchildren has married a 33 years old woman. Hajji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend in Shasemene area of central Ethiopia, 250 km south of capital city Addis Ababa, state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Tuesday. Dekema says despite his fathering 108 children and grandchildren and advanced age, he plans to have more children from his latest wife. Polygamy is common among the rural areas of the Muslim dominated central and eastern areas of Ethiopia despite recent moves by the Ethiopian government to discourage the practice. Ethiopia has a population composed of two thirds Christian and the rest being mainly Muslims, while a tiny minority located in parts of southern and western Ethiopia still profess traditional religions.
EU Presses for Release of Eritrean-Born JournalistAugust 15, 2017 - The European Parliament voted through a resolution calling for the immediate release of Dawit Isaak, the Eritrean-born Swedish journalist, who has been imprisoned without trial in Eritrea for more than 15 years. Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland stated that the new resolution of the European Parliament will help keep up the pressure on Eritrea for the journalist’s release. “We are going to push for an immediate release and to strengthen the relations with civil society groups in Eritrea in order to resolve the situation," said Guteland. "We are happy that the parliament has chosen to highlight the issue surrounding Dawit Isaak and Eritrea. Isaak's long imprisonment is a cause célèbre in Sweden, with the Eritrean Embassy in Stockholm receiving weekly petitions for his release.
Ethiopian Airlines Refits Boeing 767-300RsAugust 15, 2017 - The Ethiopian flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, refurbished its Boeing 767-300ERs with new seating and in-flight entertainment systems. Ethiopian Airlines has six 767-300ERs, which it uses on Indian, Middle Eastern and African routes. The aircrafts have been fitted with new flat-bed seats in a 2-2-2 configuration in its Cloud Nine business cabin, high-resolution 17-inch screens and in-seat power outlets, together with improved lighting. Ethiopian Airlines has a 92-strong fleet with an average age of five years. Future re-equipment plans of the Ethiopian include 19 Airbus A350-900s, four Boeing 787-9s and five Bombardier Q400 turboprops.
Indian Entrepreneurs to Visit EthiopiaAugust 15, 2017 - A team of Indian entrepreneurs representing different industrial segments will visit Ethiopia for exploring the possibilities of setting up production bases in Ethiopia and utilize the preferential tariff advantages which Ethiopia enjoys in global markets. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Tirupur chapter will be coordinating the journey to Ethiopia. “Ethiopia, as an investment destination, is said to be holding distinct advantages for the said three segments when the produces manufactured in Ethiopia get exported. This is because of the many trade advantages Ethiopia has in advanced markets like United States”, he said. “The visit will help the interested businessmen to get a first had experience of the situations in Ethiopia”, said Mr. Venkatesh.
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Khartoum — Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Desalgen has arrived in Khartoum, Tuesday, leading a high level delegation in a three days official visit to Sudan. The Ethiopian Premier was received, at the airport, by the President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher, a number of ministers and senior government officials, staff of Ethiopian embassy and the Ethiopian community in Sudan. Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters, in the airport, that the visit comes in the context of the agreement reached by the two countries during the recent historical visit of President Al-Basher to Ethiopia. Prof. Ghandour noted that the Ethiopian Prime Minister, will visit some of the development projects in the country besides, holding of meetings with a number of circles. 'Desalegn, while here, will give lecture on the importance of the Horn of Africa to Sudan and Ethiopia and means for maintaining security in the region' Ghandour concluded.
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Food insecurity in the Somali region of Ethiopia has worsened, putting 700,000 people on the verge of starvation, according to Oxfam International. Much of Ethiopia is now in the midst of its lean season, and some people at risk have not received any food distributions since May. About two months ago, Ethiopia had 32,000 cases, Agrawal said, nearly all in the Somali region. The worst affected zones in Ethiopia’s Somali region are Dollo, Korahe, Afder and Jarar. Although the southern Somali region is the hardest hit, the southern Oromia region and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region are also experiencing high levels of food insecurity.
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Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-15 20:44:47|Editor: Zhou XinVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn left here on Tuesday for a three-day official state visit to Ethiopia's neighboring country Sudan. Desalegn, during his visit to Sudan starting from Tuesday, is expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on ways of strengthening ties between the two neighboring countries, according to the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The prime minister is also expected to hold talks with Sudan's First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih. Desalegn is also expected to attend a cultural display event in Sudan which would be followed by a visit to Sudan's major industrial installations. The partnership among the two neighboring countries, both the people to people relations and state level partnership, is among the oldest in the horn of African region.
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