Corruption and Waste Plagues AA Condo Development - ReportJanuary 30, 2017 - Ethiopian invested billions of birr in construction materials for the 20/80 condos over the last 10 years. However, lack of proper auditing has led to corruption and waste, according to Capital. According to a source in the Addis Ababa Housing Project Office (AAHPO) the office has been planning an audit but no tangible work has occurred as of yet. The Addis Ababa City Administration spent a total of 17 billion Birr to construct the residential units furnished with necessary amenities. Over the past ten years, the Addis Ababa City Administration was able to build and transfer more than 136,000 residential houses.
President Alpha Conde of Guinea Elected AU ChairmanJanuary 30, 2017 - The president of Guinea Alpha Conde was elected Chairman of the African Union (AU), replacing the outgoing president of Idris Debbi of Chad to lead the continent for 2017. He won after securing the vote of the West African countries. And I hope the representation will be improved and help us echo African voices,” he said in a statement after he won chairmanship. He said he will focus on energy development to help the 700mln Africans, who are inaccessible to energy. Astheme of AU for 2017 launched as “Harnessing Demographic Dividends through investing in youths,” he said that special focus should be given to the dominant portion of the population-the youths.
Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad Elected AUC ChairmanJanuary 30, 2017 - Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Economic Integration of Chad, has been elected the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), reports FBC. After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily. He was a Prime Minister of Chad from June 24, 2003 to February 4, 2005, and serves as a member of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since April 2008. A total of five candidates vied for African Union Commission's post, including Dr. Amina Mohammed of Kenya, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana, Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad, Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea and Dr. Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal. (FBC)Back Print
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meets Egypt PresidentJanuary 30, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held discussion with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt on the sideline of the 28th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to FBC. It is believed that the discussion was centered on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and anti-Ethiopian forces operating in Egypt. The Premier also held discussion with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan on ways of elevating business, investment and diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Sudan. (FBC)Back Print
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is considering reopening the case against the police officer suspected of beating IDF soldier Damas Pakada, a file closed in 2015. However, then-Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein closed the investigation into the incident after concluding that Pakada had provoked the fight, and that the officer did not have racist motives. After the criminal case was closed Pakada filed a civil suit against the Israel police and the officer he accused of assaulting him. The incident set off a wave of protests by Ethiopian Israelis against what they perceived as police brutality and discrimination against the Ethiopian community. Pakada completed military's Officers' Training School last August to become an IDF officer.
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Monday informed a police officer that he would likely be indicted for beating Ethiopian-Israeli soldier Damas Pakada in April 2015 - a shocking and dramatic reversal of his predecessor Yehuda Weinstein's June 2015 decision to close the case. Weinstein had said that Pakada had been at least partially at fault for the altercation and had cleared both sides of any charges. The soldier tries to keep walking and is pushed back once, and then a second time before the officer knees him, punches him in the face and puts his hands around his neck momentarily. The soldier appears to throw a punch at the officer after he was struck.The officer and a volunteer then throw him to the ground in a vacant lot and continue to push him as he gets to his feet and refuses to stay down. The officers have been suspended and the evidence was immediately passed to the department for investigation by the police.
The 28th ordinary summit of the African Union opens on Monday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The summit is expected to lead to the election of a new commission chairperson to replace outgoing leader Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Five candidates are in the running to replace Dlamini-Zuma, a former South African minister and first female AU leader. The candidates in the race are:Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye, special UN envoy for Central AfricaBotswana’s foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-MoitoiChad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki MahamatEquatorial Guinea’s foreign minister Agapito Mba MokuyKenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed. During the summit, Morocco could return to the African Union after more than three decade absence from the body.
The “Ethiopian Railway” project is said to connect the Ethiopian capital with Djibouti on the Red Sea coast. The T-TPLF “thought” it could secure a “foreign loan for 25.9 billion birr” and drum up”34.3 billion birr from domestic sources”. Did the T-TPLF configure passenger traffic as part of the revenue source for the long haul rail line or mainly freight? Domestic revenues obtained from long-term bond sales for the project increased from 15.4 billion birr to 17.6 billion birr. White Elephants in Ethiopia” in April 2014, T-TPLF trolls accused me of being “against Ethiopia”.
“This High-Level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government. And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. Below average rains in south and southeastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole have led to a new “lowland” drought. The new drought has led to severe shortages of water and pasture in the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. Deteriorating livestock body condition and loss of livestock are also being reported as well as high levels of acute and moderate malnutrition.
World Leaders React to Trump PresidencyJanuary 28, 2017 - In just one week, President Donald Trump has announced several executive decisions that will liekly have dramatic consequences for the people in the United States. Several world leaders scrambled to react to Trump’s announcements. Here are some notable comments thus far:French President François Hollande - sees “challenges proposed by the new U.S. administration,”. “We of course have to speak to Donald Trump, as he was chosen by the Americans to be their president,” he said. “We are witnessing a rapid and radical change to the global order and we need to be aware of these new challenges,” Merkel said.
All Executive Orders in One Week of Trump PresidencyJanuary 28, 2018 - In the first few days of office, President Donald Trump used executive authority to rewrite American policy and undo a string of decisions made by former president Barack Obama. Freezing all regulations - Trump froze all pending regulations until they are approved directly by his administration or by an agency led by Trump appointees. Expediting Environmental Reviews on Infrastructure Projects - Trump issued an executive order to streamline environmental reviews of high-priority infrastructure projects - basically losens environmental laws. Promoting “Made-in-the-USA” pipelines - Pipelines created, repaired or expanded in the United States to use materials and equipment produced in the country “to the maximum extent possible.”10. Implementing a lobbying ban - This executive order bars “every executive appointee in every executive agency” from engaging in “lobbying activities with respect to that agency” for five years after leaving the agency.
Ethiopia to Spend 5B USD Building Two Textile ParksJanuary 28, 2017 - Ethiopia will build two new industrial parks for the textile and garment industry, according to Wlata. The Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) of Ethiopia has awarded construction of these parks to Chinese firms. CGCOC will construct the Bole Lemi II industrial park, an extension of the Bole Lemi I, while CCCC will build the Jimma industrial park. The Bole Lemi II Industrial Park will be constructed at a cost of 3.5 billion birr in southern part of Addis Ababa. The Jimma Industrial Park will be built in the Oromia Regional State in Jimma town at cost of 1.5 billion birr.
30th AU Summit Begins with Executive Council SessionJanuary 28, 2017 - Days before the annual Assembly of the Heads of State and Government meeting, the 30th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council opened in Addis Ababa on Thursday, according to the ReporterThe session was officially opened with a remark of the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (PhD). The Executive Council will prepare the agenda of the AU Summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Heads of State and Government summit scheduled to take place from January 30-31, 2017. The meeting of the Council brought together ministers from the AU member states, the permanent representative committee based in Addis Ababa, representatives of UNECA and heads of AU organs, among others. The 28th ordinary session of the summit of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government will chart the continent’s development agenda, including the appointment of a new chairperson for the African Union Commission. One of the key issues at the meeting will be election of a new leader for the African Union Commission.
Global Brands Showing Interest in Ethiopian Shoe IndustryJanuary 28, 2017 - Ethiopian shoemakers are propping up business relationships with renowned international brands that are eyeing to source bulks of shipments from Ethiopia, according to the Reporter. According to Wondu, some 10 manufacturers have joined hands to supply footwear products mainly destined for the US. To that effect, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed recently with US souring brands. Bethlehem told The Reporter that Made by Ethiopia is currently ushering in the Ethiopia footwear industry into the global market by focusing on promotional activities to help the country become one of the major sourcing nations in the footwear and leather market. She also said that so far, Aldo, Wolverine, Caleres, Under Armor, Li&Fung, Sears, RLF, RG Barry, Zara, and Global Brands Group have shown interest to source from Ethiopia.
Nearly 150 Ethiopian migrants who had been detained in Zambia have returned home. They had been detained in Zambia for between one and five years and were serving various immigration-related sentences in prisons across the country. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing discussed the plight of detained migrants when he visited Zambia and met with senior government officials in May 2016. Zambia has strict immigration laws and undocumented migrants can be prosecuted for consenting to be smuggled and given minimum prison sentences of 15 years. Most migrants detained in Zambia come from the Horn of Africa and transit through the country en route to South Africa, where they hope to find employment and a better future for themselves and their families.