LUSAKA, Zambia, May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Almas Jiwani Foundation, represented by its CEO, Almas Jiwani, delivered a keynote address titled Empowering Women in Technology and ICT4D, specially in Africa at the 10th annual ICT4D Conference, at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. In the address, Ms. Jiwani stressed the importance of empowering women in technology, touching on three main areas of focus in Africa, namely the digital financial inclusion of women, humanitarian response, and the importance of women in the agriculture sector. Commenting on the Conference, the Vice President for Overseas Operations at the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Michele Broemmelsiek, said: “We are grateful for Almas Jiwani’s participation in the ICT4D Conference this year. In so much of our work, ICT4D plays a vital role in women’s empowerment and in strengthening their roles in the community. CONTACT INFORMATIONAlmas Jiwani FoundationNaline Rampersan, VP, Public RelationsBasel Ismaiel, Director of Strategy(613) firstname.lastname@example.orgPhotos accompanying this announcement are available at:https://ibb.co/mDQg8yhttps://ibb.co/jG318y
May 15, 2018 13:52 UTC
Ethiopian authorities on Tuesday released an Ethiopian-born Swedish cardiologist who has been in jail since 2013 on corruption and terrorism charges, his family members said. The terrorism charges against him were dropped on May 10. “Five years of his life have been taken away despite his innocence. Words cannot express my happiness at his release,” his daughter Amy Fikru told Reuters shortly after he walked out of the prison complex. Fikru is one of thousands of prisoners, including high-profile journalists and opposition leaders who had been charged with a variety of offences, including terrorism, to be freed.
May 15, 2018 13:30 UTC
The Prime Minister, who stated that his government is ready to ratify the AfCFTA deal and deposit its instruments with the African Union, said: ‘Let us finance our own development. There are no losers with the AfCFTA. We are all winners.’ He also stated it must create ‘inclusive prosperity’ for all Africans, including marginalized and vulnerable communities. According to the ECA, however, the ratio of tax revenue to gross domestic product is already low in African countries. The importance of infrastructure and logistics for the AfCFTA was a major focus for the meeting.
May 15, 2018 13:18 UTC
Maru's lawyer, Hans Bagner, confirmed the news to the TT news agency early on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: TTMaru has been in prison in Addis Ababa since May 12th in 2013, originally suspected of corruption and later of terror crimes. The doctor, born in 1950 and with family ties to Ethiopia, said he only has eyes for one thing now. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, in Ethiopia, said she was glad Sweden’s “intense” work on the case paid off. “It makes me extremely happy that we finally go the result and that he can finally be with his family after these long years,” she told news agency TT.
May 15, 2018 11:04 UTC
Airline reveals new route from Manchester to EthiopiaThe new flight route begins on December 1Ethiopian Airlines has unveiled a new "landmark" route from Manchester Airport to the north African city of Ethiopia. Andrew Cowan, chief executive at Manchester Airport, said: "The introduction of this route underlines the critical role Manchester Airport plays in connecting the people and businesses of the north to the world's most important markets. Ethiopian Airlines chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: "We are elated to start services to Manchester, our second destination in the UK next to London Heathrow which we have been serving since 1973. Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945. The multi award-winning airline offers passengers outstanding on-board service in economy and business class, complete with meals, beverages and in-flight entertainment.
May 15, 2018 10:52 UTC
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish doctor who had been imprisoned in his native Ethiopia on charges of corruption and terrorism has been freed. Fikru Maru tells Swedish broadcaster SVT that "it's great to be out in the fresh air." State-owned media last week reported that Ethiopia had dropped the charges. Daughter Emy Maru, who paid daily visits to her father in the capital, Addis Ababa, told SVT on Tuesday that "I have just met with Dad. He was arrested in 2013 after a years-long dispute over equipment for his cardiology clinic in Addis Ababa.
May 15, 2018 10:52 UTC
The Prime Minister, who stated that his government is ready to ratify the AfCFTA deal and deposit its instruments to the African Union, said: ‘Let us finance our own development. We are all winners.’ He also stated it must create ‘inclusive prosperity’ for all Africans, including marginalized and vulnerable communities. According to the ECA, however, the ratio of tax revenue to gross domestic product is already low in African countries. The importance of infrastructure and logistics for the AfCFTA was a major focus for the meeting. The lecture was given by Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, Senegal’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation.
May 15, 2018 10:07 UTC
Global technology firm Voith has opened a new facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in order to support the regional development of hydroelectricity generation. The new Voith Hydro East Africa Hub will be used to carry out planning and coordinating activities with the projects located across nine countries in Eastern Africa. Voith Hydro CEO Uwe Wehnhardt said: “Voith has been supporting the development of clean energy generation in Africa since the 1940s. A number of Ethiopian hydropower plants are currently equipped with Voith technology, which is supplying clean and sustainable electricity to nearly 900,000 households in the country. In addition to Ethiopia, the company is providing its services to hydropower projects in other East African countries, including the Wanjii power plant in Kenya.
May 15, 2018 09:45 UTC
( ) has been in communication with all Ethiopian government offices dealing with the Tulu Kapi Gold Project in the Federal and Oromia Regional Governments, welcoming new appointments of state ministers. The AIM-listed firm said the government is KEFI’s partner in the Project company, Tulu Kapi Gold Mine Share Company Limited (TKGM), and its representatives on the TKGM board work close with KEFI and other members of the Project consortium. Also, Tulu Kapi Gold Project is expected to play an important role in the country’s development. KEFI has been advised that the international bond markets favourably view the Ethiopian government’s smooth transition to its new leadership. “The Bond will be a senior secured sinking fund bond issued by KEFI's Luxembourg SPV and listed in Luxembourg,” the company said.
May 15, 2018 07:18 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise plans to establish half a dozen international offshoots before the end of the year as Africa’s biggest carrier steps up efforts to dominate markets across the continent. The new initiatives are aimed at consolidating its lead over rivals Kenya Airways Plc and state-owned South African Airways. The company will own all of the planned Ethiopia Mozambique Airlines and 49 percent of Guinea Airlines, he said. A government accord with Djibouti could have implications for airlines but the focus is more on improving port access for landlocked Ethiopia, he said. Completing the African expansion are direct routes operated by Ethiopian Airlines from Ivory Coast, with a service from Abidjan to Newark in New Jersey commencing this month to be followed by flights to Washington in December.
May 15, 2018 03:22 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday said his country would ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, giving a major boost to the continental economic initiative. The PM made the remark during the opening of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa. Ahmed said ratifying the AfCFTA agreement will boost intra-Africa trade and boost employment opportunities for Africa's predominantly young population. So far, Ghana and Kenya have ratified the Continental Free Trade Area, though 44 African countries have signed the AfCFTA document. A minimum of 22 countries need to ratify the AfCFTA document for it to come into force.
May 14, 2018 18:33 UTC
Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) conducted a half-day Autism Awareness panel discussion on May 11, 2018 at EAA Auditorium under the theme “Flying with Autism”. The event, which was held to mark Autism Awareness Month, aimed at celebrating the role of Ethiopian Airlines in easing travel stress for families and children with Autism by providing Autism awareness training on how to assist travelers with Autism for the Airline’s staff. The discussion highlighted the need for a paradigm shift concerning children with autism as being differently abled rather than disabled. The panel discussion is part of CC&CT School’s initiatives to make air travel more accessible for passengers with Autism. EAA also plans to provide similar training for its new cadets and staff on yearly recurrent programs.
May 14, 2018 16:07 UTC
The U.S. Embassy will hold a panel discussion entitled “Reporting on Gender-Based Violence” to foster co-operation and co-ordination among Ethiopian and international stakeholders involved in combatting GBV. Attendees will include a diverse group of medical professionals, law enforcement officials, including police officers and prosecutors, journalists, civil society leaders, and others. The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa invites you to attend. Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:30 pmVenue: U.S. Embassy, Entoto RoadRSVP to Zelalem Befekadu (091-150-9522) or Yohannes Gezahegn (091-151-2227)
Ambassador David Friedman welcomed a jubilant crowd to the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, drawing a first standing ovation at the words “Jerusalem, Israel” and another at the mention of US President Donald J. Trump. 70 years later, we take the next step – we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem. Again the United States leads the way.”Friedman added that efforts to move the embassy began in 1995 and was reaffirmed last year by a Senate vote of 90-0. As President Trump has said, obvious should be said from time-to-time: Jerusalem is the heart of sovereignty of the State of Israel. Yes, President Trump – Jerusalem is home to president of Israel, Jerusalem is the home of the government of Israel, the Knesset, the legislature of Israel, Jerusalem is the home of the Supreme Court of Israel.
Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) will bolster its widebody order books later this year the chief executive of the Ethiopian Aviation Holding Group has told Reuters. The ch-aviation fleets module shows Ethiopian currently operates eight A350-900s, six B767-300(ER)s, six B777-Fs, four B777-300(ER)s, nineteen B787-8s, and two B787-9s. According to its own records, Ethiopian has sixteen A350-900s due from Airbus alongside six B787-9s and four B777(F)s due from Boeing. To cope with the airline's unanticipated rapid growth, the Ethiopian government has committed to expanding Addis Ababa Bole International Airport through the construction of a new passenger terminal as well as additional apron space. “The project is huge," Tewdros told The Reporter.