Hotel investment in Africa upsurges

The number of investments in hotel and tourism sector of Africa has been growing says, a research. Africa is seeing a significant growth in international air travellers – arrivals were up 10.3% between September 2016 and January this year. The encouraging figures for the continent’s economy are released today by ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 16 million flight reservation transactions each day. And Kigali is the only one to see double-digit growth in international capacity for both long-haul and intra-Africa routes. Organized by Bench Events, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers.

March 16, 2017 10:03 UTC

London set to host Africa’s oil summit – new Business Ethiopia (nBE)

London City is set to host the 16th Africa Independents Forum, a key event on the international oil and gas calendar, in the coming May. The city will host the forum from May 24-25, 2017, the organizers said. This annual gathering of Africa’s oil and gas upstream industry is an essential platform for reviewing the state of the industry and exchanging ideas on game-changing opportunities for the future. Being held around the theme of “Shaping the Continent’s Future in Upstream Oil & Gas”, this year’s programme focuses on developing and driving change in the industry. This forecast upswing sets an optimistic tone for the 16th Africa Independents Forum.

March 16, 2017 08:37 UTC

Ethiopia: Death toll in Addis Ababa rubbish dump landslide rises to 115

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. Officials in the capital say they plan to resettle most of the tenants and build a waste-to-energy plant. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but the drive to industrialize has also stoked discontent among those who feel left behind.

March 16, 2017 08:03 UTC

Death toll in Ethiopian trash landslide rises to 113

March 16 (UPI) -- The death toll has risen to 113 after a massive landslide at a landfill near the Ethiopian capital buried a slum's ramshackle housing, local officials said. Ethiopian Communications Minister Negeri Lencho said workers are still digging through the massive pile of decaying garbage days after the landslide in an effort to recover more victims. Hundreds of Ethiopians had built shacks atop the mountain of refuse, which unexpectedly gave way Wednesday for reasons officials have yet to explain. Some 350 permanent residents at the landfill have been relocated since the incident, officials told the BBC. The government declared three official days of mourning in the wake of the incident.

March 16, 2017 05:37 UTC

Ethiopian mother deported for genital mutilation

Ethiopian mother deported for genital mutilationFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, EthiopiaADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – AN Ethiopian woman convicted of the genital mutilation of her two-year-old daughter has been deported after serving a ten-year sentence in the United States. Adem’s case is 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 US laws state law. Female genital mutilation or cutting is a federal crime. During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed 785 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. “The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large,” said ICE’s Sean Gallagher.

March 16, 2017 05:03 UTC

Ethiopian man deported after cutting his daughter’s genitalia

An Ethiopian man was deported to his home country on Monday after serving 10 years in prison for cutting off his 2-year-old daughter's clitoris with a pair of scissors at their Georgia home in 2001, federal officials said. "The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large." Ritualistic cutting is common in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia and some 200 million women and girls have been subjected to the practice, according to estimates from the World Health Organization. Thousands more have been sent abroad for so-called "vacation cutting" — a human rights violating practice that involves sending American-born females overseas to be cut. More than 380 people have been arrested in the U.S. for facilitating such crimes since 2003, according to ICE.

March 16, 2017 03:00 UTC

Turkish Investors Interest in Ethiopia Growing - Ambassador

Turkish Investors Interest in Ethiopia Growing - AmbassadorMarch 15, 2017 - Turkish companies’ interest in investing in Ethiopia is growing, says the country's Ambassador to Ethiopia, according to ENA. President Mulatu Teshome held discussion with Turkish business delegation on Wednesday. Turkey has more than six billion USD investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, of which 2.5 billion USD is in Ethiopia. According to the ambassador, the trade volume between the two countries which stands at 440 million USD per year doesn’t reflect their potential. During the visit of President Mulatu Teshome to Turkey, the two countries agreed to increase their mutual trade volume to one billion USD, he indicated.

March 15, 2017 23:48 UTC

Ethiopia's Emergency Command Post Lifts Some Restrictions

Ethiopia's Emergency Command Post Lifts Some RestrictionsMarch 15, 2017 - Ethiopia's Command Post for the State of Emergency announced that it has lifted some of the restrictions imposed more than five months ago, according to ENA. The curfew that was imposed on movements around major infrastructural facilities from 6:00 P.M to 6:00 A.M for security reasons is among the lifted restrictions. Siraj Fagessa, Minister of Defense and Head of the Secretariat of the Command Post told reporters that the situation for which the restrictions were imposed could now be treated on a regular law enforcement processes. A state of Emergency was declared in the country effective 8 October 2016. Some of the articles in the two directives previously issued to implement the state of emergency have been cancelled because the country is back on normal state of affairs.

March 15, 2017 23:03 UTC

ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation - CBS46 News

"A young girls life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime," said Sean W Gallagher, field office director for the Atlanta ERO Field office. "The Elimination of female genital mutilation/ cutting has broad implications for the health human rights of women and girls as well as societies at large." Female genital mutilation is a federal crime and any involvement in such activity will result in imprisonment and potential deportation. Also, any individuals who send a child overseas for mutilation will be investigated by ICE's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC). Since 2003 ICE has arrested over 380 individuals for human rights related violations.

March 15, 2017 22:41 UTC

Ethiopia: South Sudan gunmen kill 28, kidnap 43

Gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighboring Ethiopia, a government official said on Wednesday. Murle bandits carried out the attack, they fled along with 43 children. The assailants haven’t crossed over to South Sudan yet,” Chany told Reuters, using a term for a local ethnic group. Oil-rich South Sudan has been mired in a civil war since President Salva Kiir, fired his deputy Riek Machar in December 2013. However, regional governments have expressed fears that violence in South Sudan could spill over its borders into their own nations.

March 15, 2017 19:52 UTC

Ethiopia landslide: Number of dead at rubbish dump hits 113

As many as 150 people are believed to have been at the site during the landslide. The dump, which has served the city of four million for more than five decades, provided shelter for some. Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell. Some resided at the rubbish dump permanently. Rescue teams are now using excavators to dig through piles of rubbish.

March 15, 2017 17:03 UTC

Ethiopians Demand Answers Following Koshe Landslide

For 30 years, Werknesh lived in a house built at the Koshe landfill and trash dump site in Addis Ababa. That ended Saturday night, when she returned from a funeral to find her home buried under a landslide of earth and garbage. The U.N. Development Program is working with local authorities and Addis Ababa University to capture methane produced by decomposing organic matter at Koshe. “The Addis Ababa administration that has been dumping trash has also been witnessing that people lived there,” he said. They should be held to account.”Symptom of greater troublesFor city administrators, helping victims of the landslide is not the only challenge.

March 15, 2017 16:30 UTC

South Sudan gunmen 'kill 28' in Ethiopia

Image caption Ethiopia shares a long border with South Sudan and cross-border raids are not uncommon. South Sudanese gunmen killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in Ethiopia's Gambella province, an Ethiopian official says. A similar incident last April prompted Ethiopia's army to cross into South Sudan in a hunt for kidnapped children. The latest raids were carried out over two days - first on Sunday and then Monday - in Gambella's Gog and Jol areas, which border South Sudan, Chol Chany, a spokesman for the Gambella region, is quoted by Reuters as saying. Last year's incidents in which 100 Ethiopian children were kidnapped was also blamed on members of the Murle community.

March 15, 2017 14:03 UTC

UPDATE 1-Ethiopia lifts some restrictions imposed during state of emergency

(Updates with quotes, background)By Aaron MaashoADDIS ABABA, March 15 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government has lifted some restrictions imposed during a state of emergency declared last year following deadly protests, state-run media quoted the defence minister as saying on Wednesday. Minister Siraj Fegessa ended powers granted to security services to stop and search suspects and to search homes without court authorisation. Siraj, who chairs the government's body overseeing the state of emergency, also revoked a dusk-to-dawn curfew on access to economic installations, some infrastructure and factories for unauthorised people. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October following months of deadly protests that killed around 500 people. Ethiopia has designated five groups, including two armed secessionist groups, as terrorist organisations.

March 15, 2017 13:41 UTC

Ethiopia reports deadly raid by gunmen from South Sudan

More than 1,000 gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighbouring Ethiopia, according to a government official. The assailants haven't crossed over to South Sudan yet." According to AP news agency, Mawien Makol Arik, spokesman for South Sudan's foreign ministry, was aware of fighting in Gambella. He said Ethiopian troops have not crossed the border into South Sudan in pursuit of the accused attackers. Regional governments have expressed fears that violence in South Sudan could spill over its borders into their own nations.

March 15, 2017 13:35 UTC

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