The outgoing AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazan Dilamini Zuma lauded the people and government of Ethiopian saying "most decent and hospitable." "I had proven during my tenure, as AUC Chairperson, the people of Addis as most proud, decent and hospitable," she said. Zuma said Africa is proud of its Headquarters for being in Addis, adding the capital contributes its shares during the fight against the shackles of colonialism. "Africa is proud of the incumbent leadership and the sacrifices made Ethiopians to the unity and solidarity of the people of the continent." She said that the incoming chairperson would also enjoy these privileges during his tenure in Addis.
The transition process at the African Union Commission has begun, following a meeting between newly elected chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat — Chad's foreign minister — and outgoing chairperson of the commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. In addtion, the outgoing chairman of the African Union, Chadian President Idris Debby, met Guinean President Alpha Conde — the incoming chairman — at the African Union's headquarters at the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, according to Jacob Enoh Eben, spokesperson for the former chairperson of the African Union Commission. The new African Union Commission head would have about three months to set up his cabinet. Africa and the ICCAt the just-ended African Union summit of heads of state and government in Ethiopia, the leaders resolved to pull out of the United Nations-backed Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) unless the court undergoes some changes. The African Union previously had urged members not to cooperate with the ICC, after accusing the court of targeting Africans.
King Mohammed VI Arrives in Juba for Official Visit to Republic of...Rabat – King Mohammed VI has arrived in Juba, South Sudan, for an official visit on Wednesday. Upon his arrival to South Sudan, the King was received by the country’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit. King Mohammed VI left Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole international airport on Wednesday afternoon accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail. The King was greeted by Ethiopian minister of culture and tourism, Hirut Woldemariam, and Morocco’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Nezha Alaoui M’Hamdi. The King’s visit to Ethiopia was marked by the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) after 33 years of absence.
Mohammed Ademo, an Ethiopian journalist and editor of the OPride news platform, had a difficult time choosing the 2016 Oromo Person of the Year. Feyisa represents an entire generation of young Oromo in Ethiopia – the Qubee, who were the first Oromo permitted to learn in their native language and thus described by an alphabetical feature associated with Afaan Oromo. Because the Oromo are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, numbering more than 35 million, and one that has historically felt marginalized and severely discriminated against by successive governments. Human Rights Violations and Oromo YouthLast month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) praised the release of 9,800 prisoners participating in anti-government protests, many of them in the Oromia region. She was banned from school after the military found a protest song, one of many recorded by Oromo’s young generation, on her mobile phone.
Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Strengthen RelationsJanuary 31, 2017 - Leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to foster and diversify their scope of cooperation in bilateral and regional issues, according to ENA. In a joint statement issued following the discussion between Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the leaders agreed to continue to work together to enhance the bilateral relations between their countries. The two sides stressed the need to widen and deepen the scope of cooperation in all fields of their bilateral and regional relations, including political, economic and security. The leaders underlined the paramount importance to capitalize on the achievements gained so far at the leadership and institutional level, and to enhance mutual confidence. Furthermore both leaders stressed the need to enhance closer communication and continues consultations at the leadership institutional levels regarding all aspects of bilateral relations.
Morocco Rejoins the African UnionJanuary 31, 2017 - Morocco rejoined the African Union this week. The 28th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government accepted the formal application submitted by Morocco for to rejoin the Union after 33 years of withdrawal, according to ENA. Morocco applied for readmission in July 2016 on the 27th Summit of AU heads of State and Government which convened in Kigali, Rwanda. After discussing on the agenda, AU member countries decided to readmit Morocco to the continental organization. Thirty nine of the 53 member states of AU have voted in favor of Morocco while Algeria and South Africa voted against.
UK Minister Priti Patel Visiting EthiopiaJanuary 31, 2017 - Priti Patel, the UK minister for International Development, is in Addis Ababa to attend the AU summit, according to teh Reporter. During her visit, Minister Patel plans to meet with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) and Arekebe Oqubay (PhD), board chairman of the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IDPC). She also plans to visit the Hawassa Industrial Park, where several renowned multinational corporations are installing textile machineries. Priti Patel, a vocal critic of her country's aid spending, recently ended DFID’s funding for an Ethiopian project, Yegna. Her visit to the Hawassa Industrial Park could be one sign of her preference to trade over aid.
Construction is also planned for 10 new sugar factories, according to Girma Amente, Minister for Public Enterprise, Fana Broadcasting Corp reported. The country is expected to have 13 large sugar factories by 2020, according to Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. Ethiopian sugar production is meeting local demand with some surplus production expected this year, Ethiopian Herald reported. The four listed Dangote companies include Dangote Cement Plc, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, NASCON Allied Industries Plc and Tiger Branded Consumers Goods Plc. In Nigeria, Dangote Sugar Refinery produces 800,000 tonnes of sugar a year, and is the major supplier of sugar to Nigeria’s soft drink companies and breweries.
By Bianca BrittonLONDON (CNNMoney) -- Bethlehem Alemu's shoes have been sold worldwide by Amazon, Urban Outfitters and Whole Foods. Alemu is hoping to do more for Ethiopia's recovery with a new business she's about to launch: Garden of Coffee. Guests who visit the Addis Ababa cafe will be able to watch local coffee beans being roasted and ground. While SoleRebels and Garden of Coffee may seem worlds apart, Alemu believes they both show how resourceful Ethiopia can be. "I began Garden of Coffee so that people everywhere can experience the magic of hand-roasted Ethiopian coffees, roasted at their source by Ethiopia's finest coffee artisans," she said.
The jobs pay well too -- three times the average wage, according to Alemu. Alemu is hoping to do more for Ethiopia's recovery with a new business she's about to launch: Garden of Coffee. Guests who visit the Addis Ababa cafe will be able to watch local coffee beans being roasted and ground. While SoleRebels and Garden of Coffee may seem worlds apart, Alemu believes they both show how resourceful Ethiopia can be. "I began Garden of Coffee so that people everywhere can experience the magic of hand-roasted Ethiopian coffees, roasted at their source by Ethiopia's finest coffee artisans," she said.
— Leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to foster and diversify their scope of cooperation in bilateral and regional issues. The remarks came as Zambian President Edgar Lungu conferred with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Monday in Addis Ababa. (Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation/EBC)— Ethiopia has been honored with the 2017 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Awards for its achievement in malaria control. (Fana Broadcasting Corporate/FBC)— Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn conferred with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on Monday in Addis Ababa. (Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation/EBC) EnditemSource: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh
Very few will ever forget the worldwide humanitarian efforts spearheaded by the BandAid movement to help relieve the famine of 1984-5. Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel spoke to ITV News on a trip to the vast new industrial park in the town of Hawasa, south of the capital Addis Ababa. Priti Patel was adamant that this new focus for UK aid was not simply about moving away from traditional humanitarian aid, saying that the UK has a strong commitment to life-saving emergency aid and would never shy away from that. Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel. People wait for food and water as a drought hits the region Credit: APBut she stressed that spending aid and development money on helping countries create factories where international investors would create jobs was fundamentally in Britain’s interest.
The Daily Mail attacked the project for years with a string of vitriolic articles, calling Yegna “the most wasteful, ludicrous and patronizing” aid project in Africa. Yet the aid agency had previously given the program high marks, presenting it as an innovative way to empower Ethiopia's young women. (Noni Rossini/Girl Effect)The show features the five members of Yegna, each from different backgrounds, confronting and overcoming many of the challenges specific to Ethiopia’s young women. Many young women are also forced into early marriages. The program was an initiative of Girl Effect, an organization that advocates for more development programs focused on young women across Africa.
With as little as a quarter of the expected rainfall received, widespread drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the October-December rains. Acute food shortage and malnutrition also remains a major concern in many parts of South Sudan, Sudan (west Darfur) and Uganda's Karamoja region. “The drought situation in the region is extremely worrying, primarily in almost all of Somalia, across southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya. Drought impacts livelihoodsRepeated episodes of drought have led to consecutive failed harvests, disease outbreaks, deteriorating water and pasture conditions and animal deaths. Strengthening FAO's efforts to drought response“FAO’s partnership to build resilience to shocks and crises in the Horn of Africa is critical and will increase,” assured Tijani.
Ethiopian Exports Fall Short of ExpectationsJanuary 30, 2017 - The Ministry of Industry (MoI) reported to parliament that exports of manufactured products only performed half as well as expected over the last six months of the 2016/17 budget year, according to Capital. The nation earned USD 198.5 million in export revenues which is 56.5 percent of Ethiopia’s goal of USD 349 million. However income from textiles, leather, meat, and dairy exports declined when compared with the same period last year. Leather exports declined 7.5 percent, reaching half of their goal. Meat and dairy exports performed better than textiles and leather however they still fell short of their targets.