Over 45 Million Birr Pledged to Help Rubbish Dump VictimsMarch 17, 2017 - Donation for rehabilitating victims of the rubbish landslide here in the capital city has gained momentum, according to ENA. Among the 3 organizations that extended assistance today, MIDROC sister companies contributed forty million birr. Oromia Regional Government donated 5 million birr and Ethiopian Full Gospel Church 150,000 birr. They further expressed their commitment to stand with the government in all its efforts to rehabilitate the victims. The Qoshe landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's rubbish for more than 50 years and the rubbish landslide has reportedly killed 113 so far.
Submit the press releaseFederica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on an official visit today to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. HRVP Mogherini outlined the European Union’s efforts to support the humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa region, including the droughts affecting Ethiopia and neighbouring countries. HRVP Mogherini outlined the broad areas of cooperation, from economic investments to the common work better manage migration and support the efforts of Ethiopia as a major host of refugees. In this respect, HRVP Mogherini appreciated and encouraged the Prime Minister’s engagement in the establishment of a political platform and a dialogue with the opposition which the EU considers is the right direction to take. HRVP Mogherini had also met with opposition members during the visit.
Khalid Adem, removed from the U.S. after serving a prison term for female genital mutilation. (AP)WARNING: Two images in this report involve female genital mutilation and are graphic and disturbing. Adem’s case is believed to be the first criminal conviction in the United States for female genital mutilation, and became the catalyst for the specific criminalization of female genital mutilation under Georgia state law." ICE states that "any involvement" in female genital mutiliation is a "serious human rights violation." "FGM/C is typically performed on young girls who may not understand what is being done to them or why."
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was in Ethiopia on 16 March as part of a three-day tour of east Africa. He met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Workneh and discussed regional security and expanding cooperation in areas such as migration, development, investment and trade. At Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, the Foreign Secretary saw the benefits that both countries are already experiencing from the growing trade relationship. He also went for a run with double-Olympic champion Haile Gebrselasse, one of the organisers of the Great Ethiopian Run, which is modelled on the UK’s Great North Run. At the end of his visit the Foreign Secretary said: On my first visit to Ethiopia I have been excited to see great examples of the ever increasing cooperation between our two countries.
European Union’s Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, announced a support package of €165 million to address the multiple crises in the Horn of Africa region. The commissioner announced the funding today on the occasion of the official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This package of €165 million will support the urgent needs of South Sudanese people in the country and the region but also the millions of people at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa. Out of this, €30 million will provide lifesaving assistance to vulnerable people in South Sudan. Droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia, KenyaThe second part of the package, in the amount of €65 million, is planned to respond to the serious droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
A new report predicts double digit growth of Ethiopia’s banking industry. Ethiopia’s commercial banking sector will post a steady expansion over 2017, with both loan and deposit growth continuing on a strong upward trend, according to Business Monitor International (BMI) latest report on banking industry of Ethiopia. Robust economic growth will continue to raise disposable incomes, boosting demand for credit and transaction accounts. The country will still post strong economic growth and will see higher value added industries become increasingly important economic drivers over the years ahead. Structural Characteristics of the Banking SectorWhile Ethiopia’s banking sector will continue to be heavily regulated by the government, we expect private banks to rise in prominence over the next several years.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Visits EthiopiaMarch 17, 2017 - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his country is interested in promoting development and investment ventures with Ethiopia, according to ENA. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has conferred with the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in his office. The Foreign Secretary lauded Ethiopia’s development efforts and said he would make all the necessary efforts in person and in his capacity as foreign secretary of U.K to encourage British investors to come and invest in Ethiopia. Mr. Boris Johnson added that Britain would support Ethiopia’s efforts to ensure peace and stability in neighboring countries in her capacity as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. The British foreign secretary finally reaffirmed his country’s support to Ethiopia’s efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia and South Sudan.
By Aaron MaashoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's military has rescued six children kidnapped by South Sudanese raiders in a cross-border attack, an official said on Friday, but dozens of others remain missing and soldiers are pursuing the gunmen to recover them. Officials said 28 people were killed and 43 children were kidnapped in attacks on Sunday and Monday in Ethiopia's Gambella region, which shares a porous frontier with South Sudan. "Soldiers engaged the bandits and brought back the children on Thursday," said Umod Othow, a spokesperson for the regional government. More than one million of them have found refuge in neighboring Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan. Regional governments have expressed fears that violence in South Sudan could spill over its borders into their own nations.
The communities around the Kenya-Ethiopia border in Moyale-Borona area, have long been associated with internecine violence, extreme poverty, and environmental stress. The region has been viewed as largely peripheral, both economically and politically, and therefore attracted limited public and private resources. STATE HOUSE KENYA President Kenyatta and UN Secretary-General Mr Guterres meet at the State House on 08 March 2017. The cross-border trade between the border communities could generate tremendous revenue for both countries. This will especially benefit women who are significantly involved in cross-border trade.
“Nevsu,” a half-hour comedy, focuses on an Ethiopian man who is married to an Ashkenazi Jewish woman. So that’s progress.”Following a series of sometimes violent protests between Ethiopian Israelis and police in recent years, the creators of the new show think comedy is called for. They hope that by making light of the frictions between Ethiopian immigrants and the broader society, they can promote mutual understanding. “Israeli society doesn’t know us because we are not in their environment. The April 2015 demonstrations were a response to video footage showing a seemingly unprovoked police assault on an Ethiopian Israeli soldier.
Ethiopia announced this week that some of the restrictions around its five-month-old state of emergency have been lifted. Expand Ethiopian president Mulatu Teshome addresses members of the Ethiopian Parliament and the House of Federation about the declaration of the state of emergency, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 10, 2016. The announcement that arbitrary detentions – long a significant and underreported problem in rural Ethiopia – are no longer permissible under the state of emergency is welcome news. The government hasn’t permitted the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to investigate allegations despite requests from the UN body in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2015. A Human Rights Watch report last year detailing the brutal crackdown against protesters in Oromia region highlighted the problem of mass arbitrary detention.
ADDIS ABABA: Emergency workers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa searched through a mountain of garbage for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday as the death toll from a landslide at a rubbish landfill site rose to 115. Dozens of victims have so far been buried at the Abune Aregawi Church nearby since Tuesday. Hundreds of people live near the dump, the city’s only landfill site. ADDIS ABABA: Emergency workers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa searched through a mountain of garbage for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday as the death toll from a landslide at a rubbish landfill site rose to 115. Hundreds of people live near the dump, the city’s only landfill site.
In February 2017, 3,367 Eritreans arrived in Ethiopia, according to Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs. There are around 165,000 Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia, according to the UN refugee agency. He explains that the three of them were farmers from the same village who, when drafted into national service, were posted to different locations along the Ethiopian border. Opened in 2004, Shimelba was the first Ethiopian camp for Eritrean refugees. (TOP PHOTO: The rugged landscape of northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, which lies on the Eritrean border.
Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, announces today the launch of its brand in Burkina Faso. Orange will pursue its development in mobile financial services and 3.75G mobile Internet, where it was the first operator to launch today the uncontested leader in Burkina Faso, the company said. Orange will pursue its development in mobile financial services and 3.75G mobile Internet, where it was the first operator to launch and is today the uncontested leader in Burkina Faso. Its Orange Money solution for international transfers will be further expanded in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). Thanks to an ambitious network modernization plan and the strength of its parent company’s innovation capability, Orange Burkina Faso will bring an incomparable customer experience to its 6.3 million subscribers.
Il-Hagar Heart of Gozo is hosting an exhibition of unusual photographs by George Bruce Levine, between the 31st of March and the 25th of April. Mr Levine will also be giving a lecture on Saturday, the 1st of April at 6.30pm, at the museum. Situated in the rugged highlands of Ethiopia, in a place called Lalibela, is a group of churches carved out of the hillside by Ethiopian Christians. It is a proud symbol of the Christians’ reverence for the Patron Saint of all of Ethiopia – Saint George. UNESCO has recognised the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela as a World Heritage Site, and has undertaken their restoration and protection.