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United States Extends Residence Permits for Ethiopian Migrants

United States Extends Residence Permits for Ethiopian Migrants

Amidst the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia, the United States has taken a significant step by extending residence permits to Ethiopian migrants who have sought refuge within its borders. This move comes as a response to the dire situation faced by Ethiopians who had initially entered the United States on temporary visas, facing uncertainty and challenges in returning to their homeland. Initially, during the escalation of conflict in northern Ethiopia, the United States provided temporary residency permits for 18 months to Ethiopians.  This decision was motivated by the acknowledgment of the difficulties these individuals would encounter should they return to…
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Britain Cuts Off Tariffs to Ethiopian Flowers

Britain Cuts Off Tariffs to Ethiopian Flowers

Britain has announced a significant policy change regarding the importation of Ethiopian flowers, allowing them to enter the country duty-free. The British Trade Commission issued a statement lifting the 8 percent tax previously imposed on traders importing flower products into the UK, effective from April 11, 2024. This decision marks a pivotal moment for both British and East African economies. John Humphrey, the British Trade Commissioner, highlighted the positive implications of this move, emphasizing that tax-free imports will not only benefit flower producers and traders in East African countries but also stimulate flower production in Britain. Humphrey emphasized the mutual…
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Oromo Liberation Front Spokesperson Killed in Meki

Oromo Liberation Front Spokesperson Killed in Meki

Mr. Bete Urgesa, a spokesperson for the opposition Oromo Liberation Front Party (OLF), was tragically killed in Meki city, located 150 kilometers away from Addis Ababa, last night. According to his party's statement, he was taken from the hotel where he was staying and later found dead on the road. The OLF party unequivocally declared Mr. Bete Urgesa's death as an extrajudicial killing, asserting that it was a deliberate attempt to suppress the Oromo question and leave them leaderless. This incident adds to the distressing pattern of violence targeting prominent figures within the Oromo community, such as the renowned Oromo…
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Ethiopia Nears to the East African Community Membership

Ethiopia Nears to the East African Community Membership

Ethiopia is on the verge of becoming the newest member of the East African Community (EAC), marking the culmination of its efforts to strengthen economic ties within the region. Established 24 years ago, the EAC Alliance has consistently expanded its membership base, serving as a pivotal platform for fostering economic cooperation among East African nations. Another East African Country, Somalia, recently joined the alliance in November 2023, following a formal request made a year prior. The decision to accept Somalia as the eighth member country came after thorough evaluations conducted by the coalition's experts. With its headquarters located in Arusha,…
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Ethiopia Suffers $1.6 Billion Loss Due to Internet Shutdown

Ethiopia Suffers $1.6 Billion Loss Due to Internet Shutdown

NetBlocks, a renowned organization monitoring international internet services and issuing reports, has recently unveiled its 2023 report. According to this report, Ethiopia ranks second in terms of income loss after Russia following a significant internet shutdown. Russia incurred a staggering $4 billion loss in revenue due to disconnecting 113 million citizens from the internet, while Ethiopia, with approximately 30 million citizens affected, faced a substantial loss of $1.6 billion. The deliberate internet shutdown by the government is believed to have multifaceted motivations, including suppressing protests, restricting freedom of expression, and safeguarding election processes. Notably, Ethiopia is among the 25 countries…
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Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Suspends Loans

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Suspends Loans

One of Ethiopia's oldest and wealthiest commercial banks has halted its lending operations, marking a significant development in the country's financial landscape. The decision comes amidst various procedures undertaken by the bank for loan disbursement, with reports indicating that even those already approved for loans are affected by the suspension. According to sources, customers who had been granted loan approval and were awaiting disbursement have been informed of the temporary suspension. Expressing their frustration, one such customer, preferring anonymity, recounted their experience of having their loan put on hold just as they were anticipating its release. Another customer shared a…
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Ethiopian Airlines Marks 78 Years of Trailblazing in African Skies

Ethiopian Airlines Marks 78 Years of Trailblazing in African Skies

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa's largest airline group, has marked its 78th anniversary, highlighting a legacy of resilience and innovation since 1946. Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mesfin Tassew and Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Lemma Yadecha accompanied the crew on a flight to Cairo, marking the airline's inaugural international service. Their involvement extended beyond in-flight duties, as they also provided assistance to passengers during check-in and boarding processes, ensuring a seamless travel experience. Regarding the occasion Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “This event symbolizes our unwavering commitment to our passengers and our belief that true leadership lies in…
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Ethiopia Grants Tax Exemption for Start-Ups

Ethiopia Grants Tax Exemption for Start-Ups

The Ethiopian Startups Exhibition Fair is currently underway at the Addis Ababa Science Museum, showcasing the burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit in the country. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, speaking at the Exhibition opening ceremony, highlighted the government's efforts to foster a conducive environment for start-ups, including the provision of various incentives. Among the reforms introduced to support start-ups are tax-free opportunities, allowing them to retain full foreign currency earnings from international transactions. Additionally, the requirement for a physical office space to obtain a business license has been eliminated, streamlining the registration process for aspiring entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the government is facilitating access to…
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Somaliland and Puntland Reject Closure of Ethiopian Consulates

Somaliland and Puntland Reject Closure of Ethiopian Consulates

Four months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the President of the self-declared independent Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, inked a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa. This agreement, among other things, granted Ethiopia ownership of a port and recognized Somaliland as a sovereign state. However, this move has sparked significant outrage and opposition in Somalia, which considers Somaliland as part of its own territory. Last Thursday, Somalia declared that the Ethiopian ambassador must vacate Mogadishu within 72 hours, and the consular offices in Hargeisa and Garowe would be shuttered, with their staff required to depart Somalia within two weeks.…
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Huawei and AAU job fair commences in Addis Ababa

Huawei and AAU job fair commences in Addis Ababa

Huawei Ethiopia, in partnership with Addis Ababa University (AAU), hosted its annual hand-shaking forum and talent show today at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), with the goal of increasing internship and recruitment prospects for graduate students. The agreement, which intends to increase collaboration between the two institutions in talent and skill cultivation, is also signed. It will also enable students to intern at Huawei and gain more practical ICT experience. In his opening remarks, Mr. Liu Jifan, CEO of Huawei Ethiopia, said that “we gather here to celebrate the convergence of academia and industry, where the brightest minds…
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OSC and AFLAX  signed A New Partnership Agreement

OSC and AFLAX  signed A New Partnership Agreement

An imperative requirement of South-South cooperation and solidarity for a just, prosperous, and sustainable Third Way of Development was concluded yesterday following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Southern Cooperation (OSC), Manssour Bin Mussallam, and the Chief of Academy of the African Leadership Excellence Academy (AFLEX), Mr. Zadig Abreha, at the Headquarters of the intergovernmental organisation in Addis Ababa.  The forging of this MOU will open up a new way of development for the OSC and AFLEX to build sustainable partnership in the areas of capacity building and research undertaking initiatives. …
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Ethiopia Inks $1.72 Billion Finance Agreement with World Bank

Ethiopia Inks $1.72 Billion Finance Agreement with World Bank

Ethiopia has secured a significant financial boost, receiving more than $850 million in grant from the World Bank. The Ministry of Finance recently announced the signing of a monumental agreement between Ethiopia and the World Bank, totaling $1.72 billion, equivalent to 97 billion birr. The agreement, a testament to the collaborative efforts between Ethiopia and the World Bank, was formalized through the signatures of Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and Ousmane Dione, the World Bank's representative for Sudan and South Sudan. Of the total financial assistance received, $850 million is earmarked for various developmental projects across Ethiopia. Specifically, $500 million of…
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THE VOICE OF THE LANDSCAPE

THE VOICE OF THE LANDSCAPE

Tukusanyukidde! "this Ugandan phrase that translates to "welcome "in English is a warm and inviting greeting that embodies the hospitality and openness of the Baganda people. In the enchanting land of Uganda, nature parents a breathtaking masterpiece. From the lush green landscapes, greeneries, melodious echoes from the parks, the natural havens that home an orchestra of wildlife, the awe-inspiring falls, and the rich tradition of the Baganda people, these are just a few examples of the extraordinary diverse tapestry of Uganda's tourism awaiting with open arms for your eager exploration! Uganda, often hailed as the "Pearl of Africa," a term…
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Ethiopian Inaugurates the New Jinka Airport Terminal

Ethiopian Inaugurates the New Jinka Airport Terminal

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Africa, inaugurates its Jinka airport project, unveiling a new terminal and support facility buildings. The new state-of-the-art airport terminal is now open for service, following a grand celebration held today in Jinka, one of the emerging cities in the South Ethiopia Regional State. The two-and-a-half-year project covered the construction of a new terminal building having a total built-up area of 3,500 square meter, support facility building, and external facilities including exclusive VIP parking area and other facilities. Regarding the inauguration of the new Jinka Airport, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew…
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Ethiopia’s Two-Week Deal with IMF Ends without Agreement

Ethiopia’s Two-Week Deal with IMF Ends without Agreement

Ethiopia continues its discussions with international lending institutions and countries, aiming to secure support for its economic reforms. One of the major institutions engaged in talks with the Ethiopian government is the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which recently concluded a visit to Addis Ababa. According to information released on the IMF's website, the institution's visit to Addis Ababa took place from March 24 to April 2, 2024, at the request of the Ethiopian government. Ethiopia has sought IMF assistance to bolster its economic reform agenda, leading to the dispatch of a team of IMF experts led by Alvaro Piris to…
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Ethiopia Sets to Regulate Housing Rent

Ethiopia Sets to Regulate Housing Rent

The House of Representatives has approved the Housing Rent Control and Management Proclamation, passing the House Rent Control and Management Bill during its regular session. In an explanation given by Mr. Tesfaye Beljige, a government spokesperson, it was noted that despite various efforts by the government to improve housing provision, it still fails to meet the high demand. Mr. Tesfaye added that there have been excessive rent increases in Ethiopian cities, surpassing tenants' ability to pay. This surge in housing rent costs has led to numerous complaints among low-income city dwellers, disrupting their peaceful living. The government perceives housing rent…
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Ethiopia Braces for Potential Floods crisis in Multiple Regions

Ethiopia Braces for Potential Floods crisis in Multiple Regions

Autumn rains are set to intensify across various regions of Ethiopia in the coming days, posing a risk of flash floods in many areas. The Ethiopian Meteorological Institute has issued a forecast indicating a significant increase in rainfall over the next 10 days, particularly in regions known for autumn crop cultivation. According to the institute, light to moderate rainfall is expected to blanket a wide expanse of autumn growing areas. However, areas such as East Showa, Addis Ababa, East Amhara, Harar, Diredawa, and Aisha of Somali region are anticipated to experience heavy rainfall, potentially leading to flash floods due to…
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Ethiopia Suspends Fuel Subsidies from April

Ethiopia Suspends Fuel Subsidies from April

Ethiopia, which entirely relies on imports for its fuel needs, has been subsidizing fuel to prevent transportation costs from escalating. Last year, the Ministry of Transport announced its decision to gradually diminish and eventually halt fuel subsidies due to heightened government expenditures and financial constraints. The suspension of fuel subsidies for companies not engaged in public transportation services began a year ago. Now, it has been declared that vehicles providing public transportation will also no longer receive fuel subsidies. The Fuel and Energy Authority has specified that minibuses, which have been benefiting from fuel subsidies since 2023, will cease to…
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Addis Ababa Mayor Admits over 11,000 Residents Displaced from Piazza

Addis Ababa Mayor Admits over 11,000 Residents Displaced from Piazza

Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abeibie has acknowledged that more than 11,000 residents have been displaced from Piazza and its surrounding areas due to ongoing urban beautification construction that commenced a few weeks ago. In a speech broadcasted by all state media outlets, the mayor stated, "We have relocated a total of 11,000 individuals from that area to more suitable accommodations." The residents affected by the demolition of their homes hail from various locations including Ras Mekonon Bridge, Mahmoud Music Hall, Adwa Victory Memorial Museum area, Abrihot Library (located four kilometers away), Tewodros Square, and Churchill Street, all due to the…
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251 Communications Unveils Its Rebrand

251 Communications Unveils Its Rebrand

251 Communications, a leading Ethiopian communications and marketing agency, is thrilled to announce its dynamic rebrand strategy designed to propel it into the future of marketing. For over a decade, 251 Communications has been a trusted partner for businesses, crafting effective communication strategies under the Kazana Group umbrella. Now, the agency embarks on a bold transformation, realigning its identity with the ever-evolving marketing landscape. This strategic move reflects a commitment to resonate with today's clients and their aspirations. The new brand identity embraces the concept of "The Now/The Future," signifying continuous innovation while staying grounded in present needs. "Our rebrand…
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Yango Celebrates Driver Appreciation Day in Ethiopia

Yango Celebrates Driver Appreciation Day in Ethiopia

A special Iftar program for Muslim drivers Yango, an international tech company, a ride-hailing app in Ethiopia, celebrated dedicated drivers on Driver Appreciation Day, recognizing their vital role in providing safe and convenient transportation across Addis Ababa and Sheger City. Yango, together with its franchise partner G2G IT Solutions, acknowledges partner drivers as the backbone of its operations. Driver Appreciation Day served as a heartfelt thank you for their passion, professionalism, and commitment to delivering exceptional service to passengers. To show appreciation, Yango presented each driver with specially designed Yango gifts and merchandise. These tokens symbolize the important role drivers…
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Digital Ethiopia 2024 Summit kicks off in Addis Ababa

Digital Ethiopia 2024 Summit kicks off in Addis Ababa

A summit entitled "Accelerate Digital for Education" is being hosted in Addis AbabaHuawei’s annual Ethiopia Digital Week 2024-Huawei Education Summit is underway in Addis Ababa, with the participation of several stakeholders. Huawei Digital Africa Tour 2024 is a series of events newly launched to serve as a technology and innovation communication platform for ICT practitioners and industry insiders. Dr. Samuel Kifle, Addis Ababa University president, in his opening remarks said that “digital transformation is an important direction of education transformation worldwide. Following the initiative "Digital Ethiopia 2025," the Digital Strategy Country Action Plan (DSCAP) is being taken to use IT…
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Ethiopia Generates Over $252 Million from Mining Sector

Ethiopia Generates Over $252 Million from Mining Sector

The Ministry of Mines recently announced a significant milestone for Ethiopia's economy, revealing that the mining sector has contributed over $252 million in revenue during the last eight months of the fiscal year. Minister of State for Mines, Million Mathios, disclosed that this impressive sum was achieved through the exportation of various minerals to international markets. Among the exported minerals, gold featured prominently, with more than 2,673 kilograms making its way to foreign markets. Additionally, substantial quantities of tantalum and luteum ore, totaling over 66 tons and 11,176 tons respectively, were exported during the same period. The export figures also…
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Ethiopia’s University Faces Disappearance of 18 PhD Teachers

Ethiopia’s University Faces Disappearance of 18 PhD Teachers

In a recent development, Addis Ababa University of Science and Technology has encountered a concerning issue involving the disappearance of 18 of its teachers. This alarming revelation came to light during a review conducted by the Standing Committee on Government Expenditure Management and Control Affairs of the House of Representatives, which examined the audit findings report of the university. During the discussion among the members of the Standing Committee, the Auditor General of the Federal Auditor General's Office, and the university leadership, it was underscored that the matter of the missing university teachers, who were sent to pursue third-degree (PhD)…
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Ethiopia Set to Offer 10 Percent Stake of Ethio Telecom in Aprill

Ethiopia Set to Offer 10 Percent Stake of Ethio Telecom in Aprill

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently convened with a group of esteemed businessmen, recognized as "honest" taxpayers, at his office to address pertinent economic concerns. These individuals sought clarification from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on various issues, including security challenges, foreign exchange shortages, tax relief, access to credit, policy inconsistencies, and the government's economic priorities. In response, Prime Minister Abiy outlined his administration's efforts over the past five years to bolster the economy and outlined future strategies. He acknowledged the inadequacies in tax collection, revealing that Ethiopia captures less than one percent of its generated wealth, despite projecting an annual production…
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Diffusion and delusion tactic on Adowa : From victimhood to vindictive mentality

Diffusion and delusion tactic on Adowa : From victimhood to vindictive mentality

By Dereje Yimer The political horizon of Adowa  The victory of Adowa is a critical juncture in the course of mankind’s history.  Its impact goes beyond the horizon of Africa. Those who traced their origin from Africa and lived in North America and Caribbean used the victory as a means of boasting their black identity.   The indomitable spirit of black consciousness has laid its foundation on Adowa.  The prominent black nationalists, Marcus Garvey, came up with the motto of” one aim, one God and one Destiny” for all blacks with the thought of invincibility  in front of a formidable…
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Ethiopia Enforces Complete Ban on Fuel-Powered Vehicle Imports

Ethiopia Enforces Complete Ban on Fuel-Powered Vehicle Imports

After months of deliberation, the Ethiopian government has taken decisive action by implementing a ban on the importation of private service vehicles that rely on fuel. Companies involved in importing vehicles from various countries into Ethiopia have been notified that they are no longer permitted to import fuel-run vehicles as of last week. This directive extends to vehicles sourced from the Middle East, Europe, and South Africa, a decision that has left importers grappling with significant losses and challenges. Reports from affected parties indicate a sense of frustration and financial strain resulting from the abrupt enforcement of the ban. Many…
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Ethiopia Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Moscow, Russia

Ethiopia Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Moscow, Russia

On March 22, 2024, tragedy struck Moscow, Russia, as gunmen launched a brazen assault on a music party held at Crocus City Hall, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. The assailants, armed with automatic weapons and explosives, mercilessly targeted innocent attendees, resulting in a staggering death toll surpassing 115, with over 145 individuals sustaining injuries. In the aftermath of this heinous act, Ethiopia swiftly denounced the atrocity, expressing solidarity with the Russian people and government. In a solemn declaration issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia vehemently condemned the barbaric assault, labeling it as a despicable act…
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Ethiopia prohibits sperm donations

Ethiopia prohibits sperm donations

Ethiopia has recently taken a stance against sperm donations, sparking controversy following a report from the Tigray region suggesting otherwise. The report highlighted the possibility for men to donate sperm and women to donate eggs, with a medical institution in Mekele, Tigray, and offering compensation of 10,000 birr for sperm donors and 30,000 birr for egg donors, as reported by BBC Amharic. The institution in Mekele commenced treatments aimed at assisting individuals facing infertility issues, outlining specific criteria for participation. However, this news quickly spread across social media platforms, prompting the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to address the matter.…
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Ethiopia reveals to repatriate over 70,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia

Ethiopia reveals to repatriate over 70,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia

Ethiopia is undertaking a significant initiative to repatriate over 70,000 of its citizens from Saudi Arabia. This move comes in response to the challenging circumstances faced by Ethiopian nationals residing in the kingdom. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that efforts will be made to bring these individuals back to their homeland. State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bertukan Ayano, revealed that the third phase of repatriation, involving 70,000 Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to commence within two weeks. The National Committee, established specifically to oversee the return of Ethiopians facing difficulties in Saudi Arabia, has provided guidance…
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Over 6,000 Jobs Lost Due to Conflict in Amhara Region

Over 6,000 Jobs Lost Due to Conflict in Amhara Region

Top of Form More than 6,000 employees have lost their jobs as a consequence of the war in the Amhara region. The strife erupted in April 2023 when the federal government announced its decision to restructure the regional special forces, triggering a sequence of events leading to full-blown warfare. In response to the escalating crisis, the former state government relinquished its authority to enforce the state's security force law, prompting intervention from the federal government. In July 2023, the House of People's Representatives declared a state of emergency in the Amhara region for six months, subsequently extending it for an…
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Ethiopian Airlines commences to Construct Five Local Airports

Ethiopian Airlines commences to Construct Five Local Airports

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa,is expanding its operations by constructing five new local airports, as announced by the CEO of the organization. Despite already serving 136 international destinations and 22 domestic ones, Ethiopian Airlines aims to bolster its domestic network with additional airports. Mr. Mesfin Tasew, the executive of Ethiopian Airlines, revealed plans for new airports in Mizan Tepi, Yabelo, Gore, Mettu, and Debre Markos, with four expected to be operational within a year. Mesfin emphasized that this expansion initiative is driven by the growing demands of domestic customers, with further construction plans contingent upon comprehensive…
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Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute Initiates new TB vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute Initiates new TB vaccine

A large Phase 3 trial will evaluate whether the M72/AS01E vaccine candidate can protect adolescents and adults from pulmonary tuberculosis Clinical trial site at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, is first of up to 60 sites in seven countries The M72/AS01E vaccine candidate could be the first new TB vaccine in 100 years if proven effective The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI) today announced that a Phase 3 clinical trial to assess the efficacy of the M72/AS01E tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidate is now underway, with first doses given in South Africa, where TB takes a…
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Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Discloses 2.6 Billion Birr Transaction within Six Hours

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Discloses 2.6 Billion Birr Transaction within Six Hours

The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia discloses a transaction amounting to 2.6 billion Birr in a single night. It was disclosed by the bank that a staggering 25,000 illegal money transfers occurred during the night of Friday, March 16, 2024. In response to this alarming revelation, the bank promptly formed a task force with the objective of investigating the perpetrators behind these illicit transactions and recovering the lost funds. Experts speculate that the breach may have originated from within the bank's digital infrastructure, suggesting a potential insider attack. The task force, comprising experts from the National Bank, Commercial Bank, and security…
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Ethiopian Team Secures Third Place in Africa ICT Competition

Ethiopian Team Secures Third Place in Africa ICT Competition

The Ethiopian team won third place in the Africa final of the ICT competition in Tunisia. The Huawei ICT competition global final was held from March 5 to 8, 2024, in Tunisia, amongst 90 students from nine countries, namely Ethiopia, Mali, Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Morocco. An Ethiopian team with three students in a computing truck won third place, following Morocco and Tunisia. The company awarded the students Huawei's latest mobile, while the rest of the six students were awarded Huawei tablets for their participation. The company also acknowledged the instructors for supporting their students. Those three…
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Ethiopian Mercenary Fighter Engages on Ukraine’s Side

Ethiopian Mercenary Fighter Engages on Ukraine’s Side

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, now in its third year, has evolved into a complex and protracted struggle, drawing involvement from various nations across the globe. Recently, Russia disclosed the identity of mercenaries who have been fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, shedding light on the diverse composition of the conflict. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, among the mercenaries is an Ethiopian soldier, whose presence signifies the international dimension of the conflict. Despite being identified as Ethiopian, the individual's specific identity remains undisclosed, underscoring the clandestine nature of mercenary involvement in the conflict. Since the conflict erupted…
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Ethiopia releases three jailed political figures

Ethiopia releases three jailed political figures

Ethiopia has recently witnessed the release of two prominent political figures, signaling potential shifts in the country's political landscape. Among those released are Desalegn Chane, a member of the Ethiopian legislation council, and Abdi Ile, the former president of the Somali region. Desalegn Chane, who represents the Amhara National Movement (ANM) party, was arrested two months prior to his release. His detention occurred before he could fully exercise his parliamentary duties, raising concerns about political freedoms and due process. However, his lawyer, Solomon Gezahegn, announced that Desalegn Chane was released on bail today, providing relief to his family and supporters.…
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Ethiopia legislation council revokes Mr Christian Tadele’s immunity

Ethiopia legislation council revokes Mr Christian Tadele’s immunity

The House of Legislation has revoked Mr. Christian Tadele’s immunity following a meeting held by the House of People's Representatives, where two objections and two abstentions were recorded. Mr. Christian Tadele, a founding member of the Amhara National Movement (ANM) party, was elected from Quarit district Amhara region, in the national elections held three years ago. Known for his outspokenness and criticism of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during council meetings, Mr. Christian Tadele was arrested six months ago. Despite being in prison for the past six months without his immunity being lifted, Mr. Christian Tadele's immunity was officially lifted today.…
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G7 and EU Urging Accelerated DDR Process in Ethiopia

G7 and EU Urging Accelerated DDR Process in Ethiopia

The G7 and the European Union (EU) have jointly recommended expediting the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process for former combatants in Ethiopia. This recommendation comes in the wake of the Pretoria Peace Agreement commitments, which have garnered support from more than 30 countries and entities. Representatives from Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, stationed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have expressed their appreciation for the ongoing dedication of the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and the Tigray Interim Regional Administration. Both parties have pledged to fulfill the outstanding provisions of the Permanent Cessation…
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Somalia and Turkey inks Gas exploration agreement

Somalia and Turkey inks Gas exploration agreement

Somalia and Turkey have recently inked a significant agreement aimed at the development of gas and oil resources in Somalia waters. The agreement, announced by the Turkish Energy Minister, marks a milestone in the burgeoning relationship between the two nations, building upon a military agreement they previously sealed just last month. This latest accord is anticipated to bolster bilateral ties even further. According to reports from Reuters, the agreement encompasses various facets, including the exploration and production of oil within Somalia's territorial waters and land. Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar emphasized that the primary objective of the agreement is to…
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Ethiopian Airlines Organizes Special All-Women Flight to London

Ethiopian Airlines Organizes Special All-Women Flight to London

Ethiopian Hosts a Bold Celebration of March 8 Honoring Women’s Contributions in the Aviation Industry. Ethiopian Airlines Group, one of the fastest growing airline brands globally, and the leading aviation group in Africa, has colorfully celebrated the International Women's Day, March 8 with an all women-functioned flight to London-Heathrow. The airline commemorated the day at Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, honoring women’s contribution in the aviation industry. The vibrant celebration took place in the presence of high-ranking government officials, ambassadors, honorable guests alongside the incredible women of Ethiopian Airlines, with the theme "Empowering Women: Connecting Africa.” Celebrating women's excellence at Ethiopian Airlines,…
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The war in Amhara costs Ethiopia 15 Billion Birr

The war in Amhara costs Ethiopia 15 Billion Birr

Ethiopia has borne a significant economic burden due to the conflict in the Amhara region, amounting to over 15 billion birr. The genesis of the conflict traces back to April 2023 when tensions escalated following the federal government's decision to reorganize regional special forces. A regional dispute gradually spiraled into a full-fledged war, prompting the former state government to formally request federal intervention, citing its inability to enforce state security laws. In response to the escalating crisis, the House of People's Representatives declared a state of emergency in the Amhara region in July 2023, initially for six months. Subsequently, the…
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African Union Reviews Ethiopian Peace Agreement Signed in Pretoria

African Union Reviews Ethiopian Peace Agreement Signed in Pretoria

The African Union convened to review the Ethiopian peace agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa in November 2022. The forum witnessed the participation of the Federal Government of Ethiopia, TPLF (Tigray People's Liberation Front), US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer, and other relevant stakeholders. The two-year conflict in northern Ethiopia concluded following the signing of a peace agreement in Pretoria. However, a year has passed since the agreement, and there are lingering issues raised by both parties, which have yet to be addressed in accordance with the terms outlined in the agreement. Getachew Reda, Interim President…
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Ethiopia Agrees to Sell 400 MW of Energy to Tanzania

Ethiopia Agrees to Sell 400 MW of Energy to Tanzania

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed paid a two-day official visit to Tanzania last week. During his visit to Dar es Salaam, Prime Minister Abiy signed agreements on aviation cooperation and the sale of electric power with the government of President Samia Suluhu Hassan. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem, announced in his weekly diplomatic statement that Ethiopia has signed an agreement to sell 400 megawatts of energy to Tanzania. Ethiopia has emphasized its commitment to energy and aviation diplomacy with neighboring countries, particularly highlighting its provision of training for pilots, air traffic controllers, and aviation experts…
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Global Health Organizations Rally to Close Critical Gap in Surgical Safety

Global Health Organizations Rally to Close Critical Gap in Surgical Safety

In a significant move to improve safety for millions of people undergoing surgery each year, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, Smile Train, and the safer surgery global nonprofit, Lifebox, have come together to urge health care systems and equipment standard guidelines, including those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) globally, to include a capnograph as an essential anesthesia monitoring equipment for safer surgery. Demonstrating their commitment to closing the global capnography gap, Smile Train this week announced they would be donating additional capnographs valued at over $300,000 to their partner hospitals around the world. This brings Smile Train’s total commitment to delivering capnography to well…
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Ethiopia Represented by Nine university Students at Africa ICT Competition

Ethiopia Represented by Nine university Students at Africa ICT Competition

Nine university students are representing Ethiopia at the 8th Huawei ICT Competition regional final in Tunisia. Huawei in collaboration with Ethiopian ministry of education launched Huawei ICT completion 2023-2024 in Ethiopia last year. Following the completion of the national ICT contest, nine Ethiopian university students have the opportunity to represent their country at the 8th Huawei ICT Competition 2023-2024 Regional Final in Tunisia. Ethiopian university students who won the national final Huawei ICT competition in Addis Ababa are representing Ethiopia in the regional competition, which is now taking place in Tunisia. Students will compete amongst 90 students from 9 Counties,…
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Japan Supports IOM’s Flood Response in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia

Japan Supports IOM’s Flood Response in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia

In line with International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Appeal 2024, IOM welcomes the Government of Japan support towards the flood response in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia that saw more than 1 million people displaced and 5 million affected. According to the Kenya Red Cross, El Niño floods have displaced more than 300,000 people resulting in over 181 deaths. More than 17,000 livestock deaths have been reported in different parts of the country since floods began in November 2023. In addition, over 1,300 businesses and over 25,000 acres of farmland destroyed. Out of Kenya’s 47 counties, 38 were affected, with the highest…
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Ethiopia Nears Completion of Africa’s Largest Dam on Nile River

Ethiopia Nears Completion of Africa’s Largest Dam on Nile River

Ethiopia has achieved a significant milestone in the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), with only 5% remaining to complete the project, Africa's largest dam on the Nile River. The National Council for Public Participation Coordinating Office of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has announced that after 13 years of construction, the GERD is now 95% complete. This includes the completion of 98.9% of the dam's civil works, with the electro-mechanical works also nearing finalization. In terms of electricity generation, the GERD is currently producing 540 megawatts with two turbines. Mr. Hailu Abraham, the Public Relations Director of…
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Ethiopian Airlines Expands Fleet with Boeing 777X Jets

Ethiopian Airlines Expands Fleet with Boeing 777X Jets

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the acquisition of the latest Boeing 777-9 airplanes, signaling a significant expansion of the carrier's widebody fleet. The agreement encompasses the purchase of eight 777-9 passenger airplanes initially, with the potential for up to 12 additional jets by Ethiopian, Africa's largest airline. This strategic move positions Ethiopian Airlines as the first 777X customer in Africa and underscores its commitment to enhancing its modern fleet, following its landmark 2023 order for 11 787 Dreamliner and 20 737…
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War and Drought Leave 2.6 Million Students Out of School in Amhara

War and Drought Leave 2.6 Million Students Out of School in Amhara

Amidst the ongoing war and drought ravaging the Amhara region, approximately 2.6 million students find themselves unable to attend school, as reported by the regional education office. Mr. Getachew Biazen, the head of public relations for the office, highlighted the immense challenges faced due to the security crisis and drought, which have significantly hindered student enrollment efforts. The region aimed to accommodate and educate 6.2 million students but fell short of achieving this target. The grim reality is reflected in the staggering number of 2.6 million unregistered students, depriving deserving learners of their right to education. The conflict, which escalated…
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UN Body Steps Up Pace to Implement Carbon Crediting Mechanism

UN Body Steps Up Pace to Implement Carbon Crediting Mechanism

The United Nations Body charged with implementing a new carbon crediting mechanism under the Paris Agreement has expedited plans for action at their first meeting since COP28. The Supervisory Body of the Paris Agreement Crediting Mechanism took a firm step to set out a direction for the year. The Body has stepped up the pace of implementation by simultaneously launching work to develop methodological tools and guidelines while also gathering input on concerns raised by Parties in Dubai. This dual approach aims to progress the work while developing further documents for consideration at COP29 in Baku. "The implementation of a…
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Ethiopia Places Fifth in Glasgow 2024 World Indoor Athletics Championships

Ethiopia Places Fifth in Glasgow 2024 World Indoor Athletics Championships

Ethiopia secures strong finish in Glasgow 2024 world indoor athletics championships with four medals. Ethiopia demonstrated its prowess in athletics, securing a commendable fifth-place finish at the Glasgow 2024 World Athletics Championships. The nation's achievements reverberated beyond the outdoor competition as it also excelled at the 19th World Athletics Indoor Championships, held in Glasgow, Scotland. The 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships recently drew to a close, marking a culmination of outstanding athletic performances on a global stage. Over 650 athletes representing more than 130 countries converged to compete in various disciplines from March 1 to March 3, 2024. Ethiopia's contingent,…
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Heavy Fighting Erupts in Amhara Region Capital Bahirdar

Heavy Fighting Erupts in Amhara Region Capital Bahirdar

Reports from residents indicate that heavy fighting has broken out in Bahirdar, the capital of the Amhara regional state, since this morning. According to an anonymous resident of Bahirdar, who expressed concern for their safety, gunshots have been echoing since 6 o'clock in the morning. Residents took precautionary measures, locking themselves inside their homes with their families due to the intensity of the conflict. The gunfire, involving heavy weaponry, persisted until 9 o'clock, leaving residents gripped by fear. Residents, convinced that the skirmish involved government security forces and Fano militants, reported no significant damages as they remained indoors. They noted…
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Ethiopia to Hold Elections in Four Regions

Ethiopia to Hold Elections in Four Regions

The Ethiopian National Election Board has made a significant announcement regarding the upcoming electoral process in four regions, scheduled for June 2024. The board disclosed plans to conduct the 6th round of by-elections and repeat general elections in four regions across the country. These elections are deemed necessary in areas where previous elections could not be held due to security concerns and other factors. The regions identified for the upcoming electoral process include Benshangul Gumz, Afar, Somali, and Central Ethiopia. In total, the board is overseeing elections in 29 constituencies spread across these four regions. The election program outlines the…
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Ethiopian Airlines Unveils Groundbreaking e-commerce Logistics Facility

Ethiopian Airlines Unveils Groundbreaking e-commerce Logistics Facility

Addis Ababa (Ethio Negari) February 29, 2024:- Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Africa and a rapidly expanding global brand, has proudly inaugurated its pioneering e-commerce logistics facility at Bole International Airport, marking a significant milestone in the continent's logistics landscape. Situated within the Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics premises, this state-of-the-art facility is dedicated solely to e-commerce, mail, and courier logistics services. Its strategic location aims to position Addis Ababa as the premier cross-border e-commerce logistics hub for Africa and beyond. During the grand unveiling ceremony, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, expressed his enthusiasm, stating,…
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Ethiopia reveals over 800,000 citizens migrated to foreign countries

Ethiopia reveals over 800,000 citizens migrated to foreign countries

Over the past five years, more than 800,000 Ethiopians have migrated to foreign countries, comprising a demographic where 78 percent are young individuals, predominantly women. The motivations driving this significant migration flow are multifaceted. Factors such as limited employment opportunities, pervasive poverty, regional conflicts disrupting peace, inadequate access to essential resources, as well as the adverse impacts of climate change and natural disasters, collectively contribute to the decision to seek opportunities beyond Ethiopia's borders. Among the intriguing drivers behind Ethiopian migration is the aspiration to secure livelihoods and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. It's noteworthy…
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TECNO Reaches for the Future with AI and AR Products

TECNO Reaches for the Future with AI and AR Products

TECNO Reaches for the Future with AI and AR Products and Innovative New Technologies at MWC 2024 TECNO will exhibit its diverse smartphone and AIoT line-up, futuristic AR and AI products, innovative concept technologies, and unveil its new POVA 6 Pro 5G smartphone on the first day of MWC Barcelona 2024. The brand will host its New Technology and Flagship Product Launch event on the second day. TECNO’s stand is located at 6B11, Hall 6, Fira Gran Via.  Innovative technology brand TECNO is today showcasing its latest groundbreaking and futuristic devices in its milestone second appearance at MWC Barcelona 2024.…
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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed scheduled to visit Tanzania

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed scheduled to visit Tanzania

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is scheduled to visit Tanzania this Friday, marking a significant diplomatic engagement. His recent trip to Kenya for the United Nations Climate Conference was met with a warm reception by Kenyan President William Ruto, signifying the amicable relations between the two nations. During his stay in Nairobi, the Prime Minister engaged in discussions on bilateral and environmental issues with President Ruto, and also visited various institutions, underscoring the depth of cooperation between Ethiopia and Kenya. Notably, this visit marks Prime Minister Abiy's first official trip to Kenya since President Ruto assumed office in September 2022. The…
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Ethiopia needs over $3 Billion to feed its needy people

Ethiopia needs over $3 Billion to feed its needy people

Ethiopia calls on international humanitarian organizations to provide over $3 billion to address the needs of its people. The government has made a stark announcement, indicating that more than $3 billion is necessary to assist the growing number of individuals facing crises within Ethiopia. In a collaborative effort, the United Nations and the Ethiopian government have released a joint report asserting that $3.4 billion is essential to provide food aid for the increasing population of displaced citizens in Ethiopia, a consequence of various factors including natural disasters, climate change, and conflicts. Mr. Atalele Abuhai, a senior public relations expert at…
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Mobile World Congress 2024 Kicks off in Spain, Barcelona

Mobile World Congress 2024 Kicks off in Spain, Barcelona

Huawei and Operators jointly established the "Northern Africa Digital Intelligence Transformation Pioneer Club" Northern Africa OTF (Operations Transformation Forum) 2024 was successfully held by Huawei during Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, encircling the theme of " Embracing the New Era of Digital Intelligence Transformation ". More than 100 executives from delegates of government, operator, industrial organization and analysts in the region had in-depth exchanges on the concepts, models, and practical experience of carriers' digital intelligence transformation. At the Forum, Huawei and African operators jointly established the "Northern Africa Digital Intelligence Transformation Pioneer Club", which marks the opening of a…
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Ethiopian Army Accused of Killing 17 Civilians in Bahirdar

Ethiopian Army Accused of Killing 17 Civilians in Bahirdar

Amnesty International has released a damning report alleging that the Ethiopian Defense Forces perpetrated extrajudicial killings of civilians in Bahirdar, the capital of the Amhara region. The report sheds light on egregious human rights violations within the region. According to the report, Amnesty International has corroborated eyewitness testimonies confirming the deaths of more than 17 innocent individuals in the Abune Hara, Ledta, and Saba Tamit areas. The killings occurred three months following the onset of clashes between the Defense Forces and Fano militants in the Amhara region. The organization highlights the challenges in documenting these violations, attributing them to internet…
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Ethiopia Mourns: 24 Lives Lost in Tragic Traffic Accident

Ethiopia Mourns: 24 Lives Lost in Tragic Traffic Accident

Ethiopia was struck by a wave of tragedy as 24 individuals lost their lives in a series of devastating traffic accidents. The incidents occurred yesterday across different regions, namely Dukem, Wolayita, and Meskan district within the Gurage zone. According to reports from the respective Communication Offices where the accidents transpired, the magnitude of the accidents was profound. Alongside the loss of 24 lives, an additional 20 individuals sustained varying degrees of injuries, ranging from serious to minor. The first tragic incident unfolded in Dukem Sub-city, vicinity not far from the capital Addis Ababa. A Sino truck vehicle collided with two…
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HIV/AIDS Prevalence Getting Worse in Tigray Region, Ethiopia

HIV/AIDS Prevalence Getting Worse in Tigray Region, Ethiopia

The Tigray Region of Ethiopia faces a dire situation as HIV/AIDS prevalence worsens, exacerbated by critical shortages of children's co-morbidity medicine and HIV test kits. The Tigray Region Health Office highlighted the scarcity of essential supplies amidst the current challenges in the region. Mr. Fisiha Birhane, the coordinator of HIV prevention and control at the Tigray Regional Health Bureau, emphasized a stark contrast in health performance over the past three years. Previously, there was more effective management of HIV/AIDS prevalence and related services. However, the landscape has deteriorated significantly. Mr. Birhane attributed the worsening spread of HIV to increased vulnerability…
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Drone Attack kills 30 Civilians in North Shewa, Amhara Region

Drone Attack kills 30 Civilians in North Shewa, Amhara Region

A tragic incident unfolded in the North Shewa Zone of the Amhara region, where 30 civilians lost their lives and 18 others sustained injuries in a devastating drone attack. According to local residents, the attack targeted an Isuzu vehicle carrying passengers in the Moja and Wedera districts of Sasit. Five days before, a drone attack occurred, killed 30 and leaving 18 individuals wounded when the vehicle came to a halt to disembark pa ssengers. Notably, witnesses reported that there was no ongoing conflict between defense forces and Fano militants in the vicinity at the time of the drone strikes. Despite…
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Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Passenger Services to Freetown

Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Passenger Services to Freetown

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest network operator in Africa, announced a launch of a thrice weekly passenger services to Freetown, Sierra Leone via Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso starting from 31st of May 2024. This new route marks yet another milestone in the airline's extensive network expansion endeavor, connecting more African countries and providing travelers with convenient and efficient travel options. The new thrice weekly services to Freetown will be operated using the most modern and eco-friendly Boeing 787-800 aircraft, offering passengers a comfortable and enjoyable flight experience. The B787 is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities, including spacious seats, personal entertainment systems, and onboard…
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Addis Ababa to Host Ethiopian Premier League’s Final Games After Four-Year Hiatus

Addis Ababa to Host Ethiopian Premier League’s Final Games After Four-Year Hiatus

After four years of isolation, the Ethiopian Premier League is set to return to Addis Ababa, marking a significant moment for football enthusiasts across the country. The 2023/24 Ethiopian Premier League kicked off on October 1, 2023, following the release of the game schedule in August of the same year. The league's inaugural match pitted Adama Kenema against the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead. For the past four years, Premier League matches have been held at stadiums in Adama, Diredawa, Hawassa, and Bahirdar due to the renovation of the Addis Ababa stadium, necessitating…
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African leaders call on global community to honour climate change commitments

African leaders call on global community to honour climate change commitments

Africa Union, FAO, Uganda host high-level event on climate finance on the margins of AU Summit. High-level representatives from across Africa have led calls for greater action on the climate crisis for climate-responsive agrifood systems and economic growth on the continent. The call came at a high-level event hosted by the African Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization with the Government of Uganda on the eve of the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. At the event, Climate finance for agriculture and food security: Implementation of the Nairobi Declaration and Outcomes of the UNFCCC…
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Ethiopia Earns $285 Million from oilseeds and pulses Export

Ethiopia Earns $285 Million from oilseeds and pulses Export

The Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration has reported that Ethiopia earned $285.53 million from the export of oilseeds and pulses over the past six months. This revenue marks a significant contribution to the country's economy. Specifically, in the first half of the current fiscal year, $109.66 million was generated from oilseed exports, surpassing the ministry's expectations by 109 percent, as outlined in its six-month performance report. This represents a $26 million increase compared to the same period last year, indicating a positive trend in Ethiopia's export market. Additionally, the export of cereals contributed substantially to the country's earnings, amounting…
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One Million Life-Saving Vaccine Doses Administered to Horn of Africa children

One Million Life-Saving Vaccine Doses Administered to Horn of Africa children

One million doses of life-saving vaccines have been successfully administered to children across Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (HoA) region, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to combat disease and improve healthcare access in fragile and conflict-affected areas. The collaboration between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been instrumental in reaching children who previously had no access to vaccinations. This initiative has addressed the critical need for healthcare services in regions where government health systems face challenges in reaching remote and conflict-affected communities. The Zero-Dose Immunization Programme (ZIP), led by Gavi and…
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World Vision allocates $1.7 billion to end child hunger in Africa

World Vision allocates $1.7 billion to end child hunger in Africa

World Vision has allocated $1.7 billion to combat child hunger in Africa, where approximately 342 million people suffer from severe food insecurity, constituting one-third of the global severely food insecure population. Within Africa, a staggering fifth of the population, amounting to 278 million individuals, faces undernourishment. Shockingly, 55 million children under the age of five in Africa suffer from stunted growth due to severe malnutrition. This crisis underscores the urgent need for intervention. World Vision International has launched the ENOUGH campaign to address the escalating hunger crisis across the continent. The campaign, spanning three years, aims to enhance the nutritional…
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Addis Ababa Hotels Struggle Amid Security Threats

Addis Ababa Hotels Struggle Amid Security Threats

The hotel industry in Addis Ababa is facing a significant downturn attributed to security concerns, impacting revenue streams and operational sustainability, reports the Addis Ababa Hotel Owners Association. Mrs. Aster Solomon, President of the Addis Ababa Hotel Owners Association, has expressed deep concern over the declining income of hotels, primarily due to the pervasive security challenges prevailing in the city. The situation has led to some organizations withdrawing from the hotel business, exacerbating the existing issues and contributing to an environment lacking in stability. Citing the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mrs. Solomon noted that many hotels, already grappling with…
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Ethiopia Permits 25 Cryptocurrency Traders to Establish Centers

Ethiopia Permits 25 Cryptocurrency Traders to Establish Centers

25 international cryptocurrency traders have recently established centers in Ethiopia, marking a significant stride in the country's endeavor to attract global institutions. This initiative, facilitated by the Ethiopian Investment Commission and other relevant bodies, underscores Ethiopia's growing openness to international investment and technological advancement. The Ethiopian Investment Commission has been instrumental in encouraging foreign participation in the country's burgeoning cryptocurrency sector. As part of this effort, 25 data mining companies have successfully registered with the commission and are currently finalizing power supply agreements with Ethiopian Electric Power, the national electricity provider. The Department of Marketing and Business Development at Ethiopian…
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OSC to Establish a Regional Trans disciplinary Research Institute in Gambia

OSC to Establish a Regional Trans disciplinary Research Institute in Gambia

The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Southern Cooperation (OSC), Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of the Republic of The Gambia, Professor Pierre GOMEZ, at the OSC Headquarters in Addis Ababa.  The Memorandum of Understanding aims to establish a leading Regional Trans disciplinary Research Institute of the OSC in Gambia to reinforce South-South cooperation through knowledge production, sharing, translation, and transmission.  This OSC Regional Trans disciplinary Research Institute will contribute to advancing balanced and inclusive education systems that address and respond to contextualized needs of communities and societies, and thus participate in…
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Mauritania takes over African Union Chairmanship from Comoros

Mauritania takes over African Union Chairmanship from Comoros

The 37th African Union Summit of 2024 is currently underway in Addis Ababa, with leaders from member states participating in discussions and decision-making processes. This year, the West African nation of Mauritania has been elected to chair the African Union, succeeding Comoros, which held the position in 2023. President Mohamed Ould Ghazoni of Mauritania has assumed the role of Chairman of the African Union, succeeding President Azali Assoumani of Comoros. The chairmanship of the African Union rotates among member states annually, granting each the opportunity to lead the organization. President Mohamed's election took place following the approval of the Foreign…
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European Union Law Threatens Five Million Ethiopian Coffee Farmers

European Union Law Threatens Five Million Ethiopian Coffee Farmers

Five million Ethiopian coffee farmers are facing existential threats due to a recent EU law. The European Union passed legislation two weeks ago aimed at barring the entry and sale of products deemed environmentally harmful within its member countries. The law, crafted to combat global warming and prevent deforestation, targets products linked to forest depletion, thereby promoting environmental preservation efforts. Of particular concern is the impact of this law on Ethiopia, a major exporter of forest coffee to European and global markets. The Ethiopian Coffee Association has voiced apprehension, warning that failure to accommodate Ethiopia's unique circumstances under the new…
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Ethiopia Signs $250 Million Agreement for Cryptocurrency infrastructure

Ethiopia Signs $250 Million Agreement for Cryptocurrency infrastructure

Ethiopia signs $250 million agreement to construct crypto currency data mining center. The burgeoning demand for crypto currency trading has captured the attention of Ethiopia over the past five years. Despite the National Bank of Ethiopia's declaration two years ago, prohibiting crypto currency transactions under penalty of law, the interest in infrastructure development to facilitate Bitcoin transactions has surged. Presently, while Ethiopia prohibits crypto currency trading, the nation has inked agreements to construct data centers. Recently, West Data Center Plc. sealed a monumental $250 million deal with Ethiopia Investment Holding in Addis Ababa. This landmark agreement outlines plans for the…
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Raila Odinga Announces Candidacy for African Union Commission Chairmanship

Raila Odinga Announces Candidacy for African Union Commission Chairmanship

Raila Odinga, a prominent figure in Kenyan politics, has declared his intention to run for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission, seeking to succeed the current chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, whose term concludes in July. With the impending end of Moussa Faki Mahamat's tenure, nations across the African continent are already presenting candidates for the esteemed position. Raila Odinga, representing the Kenyan opposition, has formally announced his candidacy for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission. In his bid for the position, Raila Odinga has enlisted the support of Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria and the African…
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African Union Issues Warning Against Uninvited Countries at Leaders’ Summit

African Union Issues Warning Against Uninvited Countries at Leaders’ Summit

The 44th meeting of the African Union Executive Council, gathering the foreign ministers of member states, is currently underway in Addis Ababa. As the African Union summit of the Union approaches this weekend, a notable directive has been issued to non-permanent member countries planning to partake in the event: refrain from attendance without prior invitation. In a recent statement released by the Africa Union, a clear warning was articulated, specifying that countries and institutions not formally invited as observers should abstain from participating. The Union stressed the importance of adherence to this protocol, emphasizing that the 37th leaders of the…
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NABU, a Century-Old German Environmental Protection Institute, Opens African Office in Addis Ababa

NABU, a Century-Old German Environmental Protection Institute, Opens African Office in Addis Ababa

German's century-old environmental protection institute, NABU, has recently inaugurated its African office in Ethiopia, a significant milestone for the renowned German Institute for Nature and Biodiversity Conservation (NABU), which was founded 125 years ago. The decision to establish this office in Addis Ababa reflects NABU's recognition of Ethiopia's exceptional biodiversity and its pivotal role as a gateway to Africa. Jörg Andreas Kruger, the president of NABU, emphasized that Ethiopia stands out as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, making it an ideal location to foster relationships and expand conservation efforts across the continent. The establishment of the Addis Ababa office…
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Ethiopia commemorates a museum for its anti-colonial victory over Italy

Ethiopia commemorates a museum for its anti-colonial victory over Italy

Ethiopia commemorates the historic victory of Adwa with the inauguration of the Adwa Victory Museum, marking 128 years since the pivotal anticolonial war that safeguarded Ethiopian sovereignty against Italian colonial ambitions. The Adwa victory stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of Ethiopian patriots who repelled colonial forces seeking to subjugate the nation, amidst the backdrop of the European powers' partitioning of Africa during the Berlin Conference. The significance of the Adwa victory, which occurred in 1896, reverberates throughout Ethiopian history and is annually celebrated on February with various events and ceremonies. Despite the monumental importance of this…
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Twenty Ethiopian opal miners trapped underground in Delanta, Amhara

Twenty Ethiopian opal miners trapped underground in Delanta, Amhara

Twenty Ethiopian opal miners are trapped underground in Delanta, sparking a desperate rescue effort in the South Wolo Delanta area of the Amhara region. The incident occurred in the Alehuat area of South Wolo Zone's Delanta District 018 Kebele, where a group of young miners found themselves trapped beneath the earth while extracting opal. According to Mr. Eyasu Yohanes, the head of the communication department of the zone government, the trapped miners, comprised of 20 youths organized into an association for opal extraction, had their exit blocked by rocks during their nighttime excavation. The local community has since rallied together,…
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Côte d’Ivoire Emerges Victorious in AFCON 2023 Football Tournament

Côte d’Ivoire Emerges Victorious in AFCON 2023 Football Tournament

The 37th edition of the African Football Cup concluded with the resounding victory of the host country, Côte d'Ivoire. Commencing on January 12 and culminating on February 11, 2024, the tournament showcased thrilling matches and remarkable achievements. In the final showdown between Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria initially seized the lead with Amblela Ekong's goal in the first half. However, Côte d'Ivoire's resilience and determination surfaced as Frank Kessie and Sebastian Haller secured the goals that propelled them to the championship title. South Africa claimed the third position, while the Democratic Congo settled for fourth place. Among the standout performers,…
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Ethiopia urged to withdraw from Samoa agreement

Ethiopia urged to withdraw from Samoa agreement

Ethiopian Religious Council urged Ethiopia federal government to withdraw from Samoa agreement which was signed last November. The council urged the government to withdraw from the Samoa agreement, a trade and economic partnership pact signed between the European Union, Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific countries. The council cited concerns regarding the agreement's provisions on sexual and reproductive health, rights of homosexuals, and promotion of abortion and prostitution. One contentious point highlighted by the religious council is Article 40.6 of the African Protocol within the agreement, which mandates universal sex education for children and teenagers, deemed dangerous by the council. Additionally, the…
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Ethiopia Extends Foreign Residence Permit registration Deadline

Ethiopia Extends Foreign Residence Permit registration Deadline

Ethiopia has extended the deadline for the registration of residence permits for foreigners, citing concerns over the use of counterfeit documents by foreign nationals entering the country. The Ethiopian Immigration and Citizenship Service made this announcement a month ago after discovering instances of individuals using forged documents to gain entry. Selamawit Dawit, the Director General of Immigration and Citizenship Services, highlighted the prevalence of fake permanent residence permits, temporary residence permits, passports, visas, and other documents among foreign nationals residing in various parts of Ethiopia. The investigation uncovered over 20,000 counterfeit temporary residence permits, visas, and additional travel documents across…
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Debretsion G/Michael Makes First Appearance in Addis Ababa after Years of war

Debretsion G/Michael Makes First Appearance in Addis Ababa after Years of war

Former Tigray region president, Debretsion Gebremichael, who’re president of the region during the outbreak of war in northern Ethiopia on November 24, 2019, has emerged in Addis Ababa after a four-year absence. During his tenure, he was also responsible for the Tigray special police, which engaged in hostilities against the Northern Command of the National Defense Army, precipitating Ethiopia's descent into conflict. The war, which resulted in the loss of over one million Ethiopian lives and the destruction of property estimated at $28 billion, was halted following the signing of a peace agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, brokered by the…
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Ethiopia’s Iconic Black Lions Face Extinction Threat

Ethiopia’s Iconic Black Lions Face Extinction Threat

The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority has sounded the alarm on the endangered status of the Ethiopian black gopher lion, attributing its decline to various factors. According to Daniel Paulus, a senior expert in the authority's wildlife trafficking control, illegal settlements, deforestation, farming, and grazing are chief among the reasons contributing to the destruction of the lions' natural habitat. Consequently, the disruption in the food chain poses a significant threat to these majestic animals, leaving them vulnerable to illegal hunting. Notably, the black gopher lion, a distinct species found in the Horn of Africa, faces heightened risk due to smuggling routes…
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US Urges Independent Investigation of Mass Killing in Merawi, Amhara

US Urges Independent Investigation of Mass Killing in Merawi, Amhara

The United States is urging an independent investigation into the mass killing that occurred in Merawi city, Amhara region. Last week, a violent confrontation erupted between government security forces and Fano militants in Marawi city, situated near Bahirdar, the capital of the Amhara region. The skirmish resulted in the Fano militants gaining control of Marawi city. However, following their departure, the national defense forces, upon entering the city, reportedly killed more than 50 residents, as reported by BBC. Residents reported that the National Defense Forces rounded up individuals from the streets and homes, subsequently executing them. Expressing deep concern over…
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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Reshuffles Security and Diplomatic Cabinet

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Reshuffles Security and Diplomatic Cabinet

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced a series of significant changes to Ethiopia's security and diplomatic portfolios, introducing new appointments to the House of Representatives for approval. Temesgen Tiruneh, formerly the Director of National Security, has been appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister, while Taye Atsikeselasie, the former Ethiopian permanent representative to the United Nations, assumes the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Additionally, Dr. Makdes Daba replaces Dr. Lia Tadese as Minister of Health, following her resignation. Redwan Hussain, previously serving as a security adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, has been appointed as the Director General of the…
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Capital Market Authority Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Share Sellers

Capital Market Authority Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Share Sellers

The Capital Market Authority has issued a stern warning against fraudulent share sellers, highlighting recent concerns over deceptive practices within Ethiopia's financial sector. This caution comes amidst a significant development in Ethiopia's banking landscape, as four international investment banks have expressed keen interest in entering the country's banking sector. Director the Ethiopian Capital Market Authority Brook Taye, emphasized the institution's commitment to fostering a transparent and regulated investment environment. Brook announced that starting February 12, 2023, licenses will be granted to both local and foreign entities seeking to participate in Ethiopia's capital market sector. "We have received considerable interest from…
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Sudan Defaults on $70 Million Electricity Payment to Ethiopia

Sudan Defaults on $70 Million Electricity Payment to Ethiopia

As part of its energy procurement strategy, Sudan has been purchasing electricity from Ethiopia for several years. However, the East African nation has fallen behind in clearing its outstanding debt, resulting in a substantial shortfall in payment. This failure to settle its dues has prompted Ethiopia to reduce the electricity supplied to Sudan by 50 percent. The situation is exacerbated by Sudan's ongoing civil war, which has displaced over 8 million citizens. Consequently, neighboring countries like Ethiopia, Egypt, and Chad have absorbed a significant portion of Sudanese refugees. Over the past six months, Ethiopia anticipated earning $66 million from the…
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Britain Grants $125 Million for Emergency Food Aid in Ethiopia

Britain Grants $125 Million for Emergency Food Aid in Ethiopia

The British Director of African Development visited Ethiopia for two days, expressing his support following the visit. The minister stated afterward that the number of Ethiopians facing serious food security issues would reach 10.8 million in the coming months. The $125 million grant aims to provide life-saving assistance to three million people. Urgent support will be extended to 75 health institutions to mitigate deaths caused by malnutrition and other essential resource shortages. The European Union provided 2.8 billion Birr in support to citizens displaced by drought and conflicts in Ethiopia one month ago. In Ethiopia, the number of citizens requiring…
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Ethiopia Pays $10 Billion in Loans over the Last Five Years

Ethiopia Pays $10 Billion in Loans over the Last Five Years

The Prime Minister hinted that amendments are being considered for the Constitution of Ethiopia. During a briefing to the House of Representatives on his government's six-month performance, Prime Minister Abiy highlighted the establishment of a national dialogue commission aimed at addressing concerns raised by the Amhara region regarding the constitution. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated that, "A national dialogue commission has been established to address questions raised by the Amhara region regarding the constitution, and the commission is actively addressing these concerns." The Amhara people have raised concerns that the current constitution poses threats to their rights of movement, work,…
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Turkey requests Ethiopia to restore Islamic heritage

Turkey requests Ethiopia to restore Islamic heritage

Turkey has formally requested to restore Ethiopia's Islamic heritage, particularly focusing on the historic Al Nejashi Mosque situated in the Tigray region. The mosque, a symbol of cultural significance, suffered extensive damage during the conflict in northern Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Heritage Protection Authority has confirmed that Turkey has submitted a formal request to the Ethiopian government for the restoration of this historical Islamic site. Both the Ethiopian Heritage Protection Authority and the Tigray Region Culture and Tourism Bureau have acknowledged and accepted Turkey's request to participate in the restoration efforts. Preparations for the restoration process have commenced, with Turkish heritage…
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Ethiopia’s Leather and Mineral Exports Suffer $200 Million Revenue Loss

Ethiopia’s Leather and Mineral Exports Suffer $200 Million Revenue Loss

Ethiopia has experienced a significant loss of revenue, amounting to $200 million, from its leather and mineral exports. The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association recently reported a staggering loss of $100 million over the past six months alone. Endale Seifu, the secretary of the association, disclosed that there was an initial target of earning $124 million from the export of leather products during this period. Unfortunately, the actual achievement fell drastically short, with only $14.8 million realized. This marks a considerable decline of $3.5 million compared to the corresponding period last year, indicating a troubling trend for the leather sector. The…
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Ethiopia Declares Military Readiness to Counter Threats

Ethiopia Declares Military Readiness to Counter Threats

Field Marshal Birhanu Jula, the Chief of General Staff of the National Defense Army, has announced the army's preparedness to repel attacks from any direction. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of officers trained by the Ethiopian Military Academy for the 24th round of Hurso Contingent Training, the Commander-in-Chief emphasized that the Ethiopian Defense Forces are more prepared than ever. Addressing the graduating military officers, Field Marshal Birhanu highlighted Ethiopia's quest for a peaceful resolution in securing access to a sea gate, amidst challenges posed by historical adversaries seeking to exacerbate internal strife. While refraining from explicitly naming the forces deemed…
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National Army Kills Over 50 in Amhara Region

National Army Kills Over 50 in Amhara Region

A recent violent confrontation erupted between government security forces and Fano militants in Marawi City, situated not far from Bahardar, the capital of the Amhara region. Subsequent to this clash, reports from the BBC indicate that Fano militants briefly seized control of Marawi City, only for the national defense forces to reclaim it, resulting in the deaths of more than 50 residents. Eyewitnesses claim that the National Defense Forces indiscriminately rounded up residents from the streets and their homes, leading to their deaths. The tragic incident underscores the ongoing strife and instability in the Amhara region, where heavy fighting persists…
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Ethiopia Plans National Population Census within Two Years

Ethiopia Plans National Population Census within Two Years

Ethiopia is gearing up to conduct its first population and housing census in 17 years, reflecting the country's commitment to accurately capturing demographic data. With the population expanding by approximately 10 percent annually, the need for updated census figures has become increasingly pressing. Despite persistent challenges stemming from political instability, conflicts, and security issues, the Ethiopian government has persistently pursued efforts to organize the census, albeit with setbacks and delays. Three years ago, a substantial budget of four billion birr was allocated for this purpose, and preparations, including the mobilization of experts and materials, commenced. However, the outbreak of conflict…
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Amhara’s State of Emergency Extended for additional Four Months

Amhara’s State of Emergency Extended for additional Four Months

The state of emergency decree, initially declared for six months in the Amhara region last July, has been extended for an additional four months. The House of People's Representatives convened in a special session today to deliberate on the extension of the state of emergency in the Amhara region which is the second largest region and 60% share of national food production. During the discussion among council members regarding the emergency declaration, it was revealed that the decision to extend the declaration for four months faced two rejections and three approvals. This highlights the divided opinions within the council regarding…
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UN Allocates $28 Million to Boost Ethiopia’s Textile Industry

UN Allocates $28 Million to Boost Ethiopia’s Textile Industry

Ethiopia has secured a significant budget of $28 million from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aimed at enhancing productivity and modernizing the country's textile industry. The agreement, signed by the Minister of State for Finance, Sumerita Sewasew, and the UNIDO Ethiopia representative, Kalbaro Aurelia Patrizia, marks a pivotal step towards revitalizing Ethiopia's industrial sector. Over the next five years, the Ethiopian Textile Industries Development Institute will spearhead the implementation of the project, as outlined by the Ministry of Finance. The primary objectives of this initiative extend beyond mere industrial advancement. The endeavor seeks to stimulate economic growth within…
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Ethiopia Prepares to Inaugurate Its Largest Coal Refinery Factory

Ethiopia Prepares to Inaugurate Its Largest Coal Refinery Factory

The construction of the coal production plant, situated in Tarcha town within the Dauro zone of South Ethiopia, is nearing completion, with operations set to commence in less than two months. The project, known as ET Mining factory, represents a significant investment of 5.2 billion birr and is poised to revolutionize Ethiopia's coal industry. Once operational, the ET Mining factory will have the capacity to produce 150 tons of coal per hour, fulfilling 75 percent of the national demand for coal among cement factories. The factory's project manager highlighted the pressing need to address Ethiopia's reliance on imported washed coal,…
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Standard Bank Explores Entry into Ethiopia’s Banking industry

Standard Bank Explores Entry into Ethiopia’s Banking industry

Standard Bank, headquartered in South Africa, has expressed its interest in joining the Ethiopian banking market, marking a significant move in its expansion strategy. The bank's decision to apply for an investment banking license in Ethiopia reflects its recognition of the country's potential as one of the largest untapped markets in Africa. Ethiopia's Capital Market Authority recently announced its readiness to accept applications for investment banking licenses, signaling a pivotal moment for foreign financial institutions seeking entry into the Ethiopian market. By promptly responding to this call and showcasing their commitment, Standard Bank has positioned itself among the frontrunners in…
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Italy Hands Over the looted homemade aircraft to Ethiopia

Italy Hands Over the looted homemade aircraft to Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, participating in the Italian-African Leaders Summit in Rome, Italy, announced the acquisition of Ethiopia's first homemade plane. According to the Prime Minister, he officially received the first homemade named as "Tsehay" aircraft and looted 82 years before from the Italian government. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Melone has supported the handover of the plane over the past year. The "Tsehay" aircraft was built in Ethiopia in 1935 by the German engineer and royal pilot, Herr Ludwig Weber Blom, in collaboration with Ethiopian experts of the time. Italy made two attempts to colonize Ethiopia, with the first failing…
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OSC Institute and Library inaugurates in Addis Ababa

OSC Institute and Library inaugurates in Addis Ababa

January 29th marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Balanced and Inclusive Education (UDBIE), and the establishment of the Organisation of Southern Cooperation (OSC) with the election of the first Secretary-General. Celebrating this 4th twin anniversary, OSC held a series of events today under the leadership of its Secretary General, Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam, and the Minister of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia, Belete Molla Getahun, as Guest of Honour, and with Ethiopian officials, the Addis-Ababa- based diplomatic community, Faculty Deans, Heads of Academic Research Centres, higher learning students in attendance. Stock was taken of the occasion to inaugurate…
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Ethiopia to Ban Entry of Fuel-Powered Vehicles

Ethiopia to Ban Entry of Fuel-Powered Vehicles

The Minister of Transport and Logistics has submitted his six-month report to the House of Representatives, outlining plans to fully implement a ban on the entry of fuel-powered vehicles into the country. Minister Alemu Sime stated that the ban on importing fuel-powered vehicles for personal or other purposes will be strictly enforced. This decision is viewed as a strategic response to concerns about climate change and the escalating costs associated with traditional fuel consumption. Rising fuel prices have prompted policymakers to reevaluate the nation's dependence on conventional vehicles and seek ways to reduce carbon emissions. The ban aims to mitigate…
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UN Security Council to Meet on Ethiopia and Somalia Port Deal

UN Security Council to Meet on Ethiopia and Somalia Port Deal

The United Nations Security Council has announced that it will convene to address the escalating tensions surrounding a recent agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Addis Ababa a month ago, sparking a diplomatic dispute. Somalia, which claims Somaliland as part of its territory, has intensified efforts to assert its diplomatic authority following the agreement. Last week, Somalia formally requested the Security Council to hold a meeting to discuss Ethiopia's alleged violation of the United Nations Charter through its agreement with Somaliland. Responding to Somalia's…
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Ethiopia’s Deputy PM, Demeke Mekonnen, Retires from Politics

Ethiopia’s Deputy PM, Demeke Mekonnen, Retires from Politics

Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, the Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, has tendered his resignation. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, has stepped down from his party, as announced by party officials. The Central Committee of the Prosperity Party stated that, "following the principle of leadership succession and proper procedure, Mr. Demeke has retired with honor." Former Amhara Region President and current Director-General of the National Intelligence and Security Service, as well as an executive member of the party, Mr. Temesgen Tiruneh, has been elected as the Vice President of the Prosperity Party, succeeding…
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Brazilian President Lula da Silva Set to Visit Ethiopia

Brazilian President Lula da Silva Set to Visit Ethiopia

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is scheduled for an official visit to Africa, marking a significant diplomatic endeavor for South America. According to reports from the Brazilian News Agency, President da Silva will arrive in Addis Ababa on February 17, 2024, to engage in crucial diplomatic engagements. During his stay in Addis Ababa, President da Silva will actively participate in the 37th African Union Leaders' Summit, scheduled for February 17-18, 2024. This summit serves as a pivotal platform for African leaders to address pressing regional and global issues, and President da Silva's attendance underscores Brazil's commitment…
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Ethio Telecom Records 11 Billion Birr Net Profit in Six-Months

Ethio Telecom Records 11 Billion Birr Net Profit in Six-Months

Frehiwot Tamiru, the CEO of Ethio-Telecom, recently presented a performance report for the first half of the fiscal year 2016, highlighting significant achievements and advancements made by the company. Over the last six months, Ethio Telecom has demonstrated substantial growth and expansion in its operations. During this period, the telecom giant deployed 232 new mobile network stations across the country, enhancing its service coverage. The company also invested in building a robust infrastructure capable of accommodating an additional 1.9 million mobile network customers, contributing to a remarkable total customer base of 81 million. A notable aspect of Ethio Telecom's strategy…
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ERA Reveals 21 road projects delayed due to security issues

ERA Reveals 21 road projects delayed due to security issues

In a recent announcement, the Ethiopian Roads Administration revealed that 21 out of the 54 planned road construction projects have been delayed due to security issues stemming from the ongoing war in Ethiopia. Engineer Mohamed Abdurahman, the Director General of the Ethiopian Roads Administration, presented the 2023/24 year work performance report to the House of Representatives, shedding light on the challenges faced by the administration. Abdurahman informed the standing committee that, within the past few months, security concerns prevented the implementation of 21 projects. The overall performance of design works during this period was reported at 57 percent, reflecting a…
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More than 3.4 million people displaced by conflicts in Ethiopia

More than 3.4 million people displaced by conflicts in Ethiopia

International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that, over 3.45 million people were internally displaced in more than 2,500 assessed and accessible sites across 12 regions in Ethiopia. The report finds that, between August and September 2023, more than 3.4 million people displaced by conflicts in Ethiopia and noted that Amhara region was largely uncovered this round due to increased insecurity. IOM Ethiopia’s National Displacement Report 17 reveals that the main causes of displacement were conflict (64%), drought (17%) and social tension (9%). Somali region hosts the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) primarily due to drought, while Tigray region…
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African Development Bank to Reinstate Ethiopia’s Office

African Development Bank to Reinstate Ethiopia’s Office

Two months ago, the African Development Bank (AfDB) made headlines when it reported that two of its employees in Addis Ababa had been subjected to physical assault, arrest, and torture by Ethiopian security forces. The incident prompted the AfDB to assert that Ethiopia had breached the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Diplomacy and the Agreement of the African Development Bank Office of Host Countries in Ethiopia. In response to the violation, the AfDB officially communicated the incident to the Ethiopian government, urging an investigation and appropriate action. Despite assurances from Ethiopia that the matter would be addressed, the bank…
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Global Non-Aligned Movement Summit Commences in Uganda

Global Non-Aligned Movement Summit Commences in Uganda

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), established in 1961, emerged as a pivotal force aimed at steering the world away from the tensions of the Cold War. With a membership comprising 120 countries, the movement seeks to collectively combat the oppression faced by developing nations, advocate for anti-colonial struggles, and foster the creation of independent countries. Headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia, the NAM, boasting a significant number of member countries, stands as a major international organization following the United Nations. NAM was headquartered in Eastern Europe, the former Yugoslavia and currently capital of Serbia, Belgrade. The founding leaders who played instrumental roles in…
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TECNO Mobile Ethiopia Unveils two new mobile phone brands

TECNO Mobile Ethiopia Unveils two new mobile phone brands

TECNO Mobile Ethiopia Unveils the SPARK 20 Pro+ and SPARK 20 Series Limited Edition Launching in Celebration of the African Cup of Nations, SPARK 20 Pro+ brings elevated design and technologies to the popular SPARK 20 Series. Addis Ababa, Ethiopla January 18, 2024: Innovative technology brand TECNO today unveiled its latest SPARK 20 series model at a grand event in Addis Ababa attended by TECNO Mobile Ethiopia executives, Senior representatives of the Ethlopian Football community, and key stakeholders. As the official mobile phone sponsor of the Africa Cup of Natlons 2024, TECNO also unveiled the SPARK 20 pro+ Serles Limited…
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Somalia Denies Ethiopian Airlines Plane Access to Land in Hargeisa

Somalia Denies Ethiopian Airlines Plane Access to Land in Hargeisa

Amidst growing diplomatic tensions, Somalia denies Ethiopian Airlines plane access to land in Somaliland, Hargeisa Three weeks after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland's President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa, tensions have escalated between Ethiopia and Somalia. The agreement permitted Ethiopia to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in the Gulf of Aden in exchange for recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign state. This move has triggered strong opposition from Somalia, which considers Somaliland as part of its own territory. On the recent incident, Flight ET8372, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, was denied permission to land…
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Ethiopian Army Bolsters Its Arsenal with Su-30 Fighter Jets

Ethiopian Army Bolsters Its Arsenal with Su-30 Fighter Jets

In a significant move aimed at enhancing its defense capabilities, the Ethiopian Air Force has recently taken delivery of a fleet of modern Su-30 fighter jets and strategic drones. The handover ceremony, attended by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Berhanu Jula, took place in Addis Ababa today. Field Marshal Jula emphasized the critical role these state-of-the-art Su-30 fighter jets and strategic drones play in safeguarding the nation. He stated, "Our possession of the world's best Su-30 and strategic drones is crucial to thwarting attacks on our country." Highlighting the importance of modernizing the air force,…
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Melfan Tech Unveils ‘Mall In Addis’ Application

Melfan Tech Unveils ‘Mall In Addis’ Application

In a groundbreaking move, Melfan Tech, an indigenous technology company, has launched the ‘Mall In Addis’ application, designed to consolidate information on all shopping destinations in one convenient platform. The innovative app is the brainchild of a team of young Ethiopian technology experts who have harnessed their skills to enhance the shopping experience for consumers. During the launch event, Mr. Melkamu Mitiku, the Manager of Melfan Technology, emphasized the application's pivotal role in simplifying daily life. Melfan Tech, with over five years of experience in technology and innovation, has actively collaborated with federal and state administrations, private enterprises, and veteran…
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Arab League Calls Emergency Meeting Over Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU

Arab League Calls Emergency Meeting Over Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) three weeks ago in Addis Ababa. This agreement allows Ethiopia to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in the Gulf of Aden in exchange for recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign state. However, the deal has triggered outrage in Somalia, which views Somaliland as part of its own territory. Subsequently, various countries and institutions, including the Arab League and Egypt, have declared their non-support for the agreement, emphasizing their respect for Somalia's sovereignty. In a recent statement, the Arab League announced an emergency meeting where…
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Ethio Telecom-Huawei broadband development summit kicks off in Addis Ababa

Ethio Telecom-Huawei broadband development summit kicks off in Addis Ababa

Huawei Ethiopia, in collaboration with Ethio Telecom and the Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, had a summit that focused on broadband development, Fiber to the Home. In the opening remarks, Mr. Fenta Dejen, state minister to the Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, said, “We perceive a global transformation driven by new technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, among many others, that offer new models of production, communication, and lifestyle. Thus, Ethiopia as a nation is highly interested in digitizing its economic, social, political, and environmental activities through the introduction of new technologies and innovations. This is…
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Africa50 secures $222 million fund from African organizations

Africa50 secures $222 million fund from African organizations

An African First - Africa50 Infrastructure Acceleration Fund reaches first close with $222.5 million - securing strong support from mostly African institutional investors Africa50 Group, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform announced today the successful first close of the Africa50 Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (Africa50 – IAF) on December 29th, 2023 - securing $222.5 million in commitments. In an African first, Africa50-IAF secured participation from 16 African institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, social security funds, insurance companies, banks and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), underlining the commitment of regional stakeholders to drive transformative change on the continent. First close investors…
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Zemen Bank Buys a 47 million birr stakes from Ethiopian Securities Exchange

Zemen Bank Buys a 47 million birr stakes from Ethiopian Securities Exchange

An Investment Agreement between the Ethiopian Securities Exchange(ESX) and Zemen Bank SC will bring the launch of the ESX closer to realization, provides much need financial resources towards a first launch. Zemen Bank, one of Ethiopia’s leading private banks, announced today a significant equity investment in the Ethiopian Securities Exchange (ESX), the first modern securities exchange under establishment in Ethiopia. This investment reflects the Bank’s long-standing commitment to be at the forefront of major innovations and technological advancements taking place within Ethiopia’s financial services industry. Zemen Bank’s equity investment will be in an amount of 47.5 million birr and is…
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European Union grants €43 million to Ethiopia

European Union grants €43 million to Ethiopia

Displaced persons and host communities in Ethiopia to benefit from new 2.7 billion birrs support from European citizens. The European Union (EU) and its partners launched a three- year programme to provide sustainable support to displaced persons and their host communities in the Ethiopian regions of Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz and Tigray. The programme is coordinated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and jointlyimplemented with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), theItalian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), the Danish and Ethiopian Red Cross and t theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The 43.5 Million Euro (2.7 Billion Birr)…
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Ethiopian Airlines commences New Cargo Flight to Casablanca, Morocco

Ethiopian Airlines commences New Cargo Flight to Casablanca, Morocco

Ethiopian Airlines has expanded its cargo services by introducing a new flight route to Casablanca, Morocco, bringing the total number of cargo destinations in Africa to 35. The newly launched cargo flight to Casablanca utilizes a Boeing 777-200F freighter boasting a remarkable payload capacity exceeding 100 tons. In a statement, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, expressed his satisfaction, stating, "We are delighted to commence a new cargo flight service to Casablanca, Morocco." This development marks the airline's commitment to enhancing its cargo services while simultaneously reaffirming its dedication to providing reliable and efficient solutions in the cargo…
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Ethiopia Lifts Ban on Volkswagen Electric Vehicles

Ethiopia Lifts Ban on Volkswagen Electric Vehicles

The ban that had been placed on Volkswagen ID Series electric vehicles from entering Ethiopia has been officially lifted. The Ministry of Transport and Logistics had enforced the ban in June 2023, prohibiting the importation of these electric vehicles into the country. The German-manufactured Volkswagen ID Series, imported from China to Ethiopia, faced restrictions due to concerns about the compatibility of its battery with Ethiopia's climate. Abera Mosisa, the Executive Representative of the Public Transport and Vehicle Leader at the Ministry of Transport and Logistics, highlighted that the initial ban was based on a complaint stating that the batteries of…
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Ethiopia Issues Warning to Foreigners to register in a month

Ethiopia Issues Warning to Foreigners to register in a month

Ethiopia has issued a stern warning to more than 20,000 foreign nationals who entered the country using fraudulent documents. The Ethiopian Immigration and Citizenship Service has uncovered a significant number of individuals residing in various parts of the country with counterfeit permanent residence permits, temporary residence permits, passports, visas, and other fraudulent documents. Selamawit Dawit, the Director General of Immigration and Citizenship Services, highlighted in a statement that the investigation revealed over 18,000 fake temporary residence permits, more than 1,500 counterfeit visas, and more than 1,800 individuals falsely claiming Ethiopian citizenship. In response, the government is urging individuals possessing illegal…
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US and African Union Urge Respect for Somalia’s Sovereignty

US and African Union Urge Respect for Somalia’s Sovereignty

The United States and the African Union are jointly calling for the resolution of escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia. The recent agreement between Ethiopia and the self-independent Somaliland, signed just four days ago, has triggered diplomatic discord in East Africa, prompting various nations to address the issue. Somalia contends that Somaliland is an integral part of its territory, framing the agreement as an invasion. In response, Somalia has called upon the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, and other nations to support its stance. The United States has voiced its disagreement with recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign…
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Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU Creates Diplomatic Ramifications in East Africa

Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU Creates Diplomatic Ramifications in East Africa

The recently announced port and naval base agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland has sparked a new wave of diplomatic tension in East Africa. Ethiopia, in its ongoing pursuit of a Red Sea port, revealed that it has secured a lease for a port from the self-governing region of Somaliland. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlines that Ethiopia will gain access to both a port and a military base situated approximately 20 kilometers from the Berbera port in Somaliland. In return, Ethiopia commits to recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign nation. Additionally, Somaliland will obtain a 20 percent stake in Ethiopian Airlines,…
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Ethiopia Secures Port Agreement with Somaliland

Ethiopia Secures Port Agreement with Somaliland

In a significant development, Ethiopia has successfully negotiated a port agreement with the semi-independent region of Somaliland, fulfilling its longstanding quest for access to a Red Sea port. The Office of Prime minister Ethiopia announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Despite the milestone achievement, key details of the agreement, such as its duration, financial considerations, and specific terms, have not been disclosed by either party involved. The lack of transparency on these critical aspects raises questions about the intricacies…
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Ethiopia loses $17 million monthly Due to Illegal livestock Export

Ethiopia loses $17 million monthly Due to Illegal livestock Export

According to a research, Ethiopia is facing significant economic losses due to illegal livestock export. Ethiopia is grappling with substantial economic losses, exceeding $630 thousand per day, attributable to the illicit exportation of over 1,200 domestic animals daily. This alarming issue was the focal point of a national conference on preventing illegal trade, convened in Addis Ababa and organized by the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The conference disseminated research findings highlighting the pervasive nature of illegal trade in Ethiopia, with investigations delving into the legal frameworks governing activities related to livestock, medicine, textiles, and the logistics system. The…
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Thousands books to get married in a single day in Ethiopia

Thousands books to get married in a single day in Ethiopia

A grand spectacle is set to unfold in Ethiopia as a thousand couples are poised to embark on the journey of matrimony together on a single day. Facilitating this monumental event, Yament Events has formalized a partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, solidifying their commitment to unite couples and celebrate the institution of marriage. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Yament Events and the Ministry of Culture and Sports marks a pivotal moment in the endeavor to address challenges related to family formation. This ambitious project, known as 'Yeshi Gabicha' or ‘Marriage  of Thousands' is…
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UNHCR and Gebeya commences co-project to empower refugees talents

UNHCR and Gebeya commences co-project to empower refugees talents

UNHCR and Gebeya announced transformative partnership "Boundless Skills” in Ethiopia. Gebeya Inc., a Pan-African SaaS-Enabled Marketplace headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Ethiopia, are pleased to announce the establishment of a refugee talent cloud called: "Boundless Skills". This innovative collaboration is dedicated to positively contributing to the global workforce landscape by unlocking the potential of the digital economy for businesses and refugees alike. For refugees and the communities that host them, online work can broaden their horizons and provide crucial income – but many still face barriers to full participation. Through this collaboration, which…
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Ethiopian, Dashen Bank Launch ’Fly Now Pay Later’ Service Package

Ethiopian, Dashen Bank Launch ’Fly Now Pay Later’ Service Package

  The service allows passengers to fly without paying upfront   Ethiopian integrated the new Dashen Credit service to its Mobile app Dashen Bank and the Ethiopian Airlines Group have jointly launched an innovative service package dubbed 'Fly Now Pay Later'. This new technological innovation offers unprecedented flexibility and convenience for travelers allowing them to experience the unique opportunity to fly first and make payment at a later date. This pioneering move will redefine the travel experience. The impact of technology in the travel industry is not only limited to registering business growth and profitability, but more importantly, it enhances…
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UN warns Ethiopia’s Justice for past abuses must be victim-centred

UN warns Ethiopia’s Justice for past abuses must be victim-centred

UN announced that justice for past abuses must be victim centred and include criminal prosecutions, reparations, truth-seeking and institutional reforms. New report issued today by the UN Human Rights Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) calls on the Government of Ethiopia to ensure that ongoing efforts to address the country’s legacy of human rights violations and abuses are grounded in applicable international human rights law, and consistently focus on the rights and needs of victims and their families.The 91-page report sets out findings of 15 community consultations held from July 2022 to March this year with more than 800 participants,…
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US, Canada, and Britain Express Concerns Over Ethiopia’s Violation of the Vienna Convention

US, Canada, and Britain Express Concerns Over Ethiopia’s Violation of the Vienna Convention

A month ago, the African Development Bank (AfDB) reported a troubling incident in Addis Ababa, where two of its employees were allegedly beaten, arrested, and tortured by Ethiopian security forces. The bank asserted that the employees had violated the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Diplomacy and the Agreement of the AfDB Office in Host Countries, specifically referring to Ethiopia. Upon reporting the incident to the Ethiopian government, the AfDB emphasized the severity of the matter, citing a breach of international law. Ethiopia pledged to investigate the incident and take appropriate action. However, the bank later revealed that the promised…
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More than 2,000 schools halts education amid war in Amhara

More than 2,000 schools halts education amid war in Amhara

A dire security situation has resulted in the displacement of over two million students, preventing them from attending school. According to statements from the regional education office, Mr. Getachew Biazen, the head of public relations for the office, highlighted the profound impact of the security problem on student registration. Mr. Biazen emphasized that the region aimed to enroll and educate 6.2 million students but faced significant challenges due to the ongoing security crisis. Unfortunately, the region fell short of its enrollment target, leaving more than two million students unregistered. He expressed concern that deserving students were being denied access to…
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Ethiopia Takes Bold Stride Towards World Trade Organization Membership

Ethiopia Takes Bold Stride Towards World Trade Organization Membership

Ethiopia Takes Bold Stride Towards World Trade Organization Membership Ethiopia establishes new negotiating team for world trade organization membership. Ethiopia has taken a significant step towards joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) by forming a new national committee tasked with managing WTO membership negotiations and strengthening regional trade ties. The Ministry of Trade and Regional Coordination made the announcement, highlighting the inclusion of senior leaders and experts from various government institutions in the committee. Despite expressing its desire to become a WTO member on multiple occasions, Ethiopia faced challenges due to its inability to meet certain inclusivity requirements set by…
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Ethiopian Catholic Church Rejects Pope Francis’s Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Ethiopian Catholic Church Rejects Pope Francis’s Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

The Ethiopian Catholic Church has firmly declared its stance against the approval of same-sex marriage and the blessing of such unions. This response comes in the wake of Pope Francis granting permission for priests to bless same-sex couples, a decision that has sparked reactions globally, including in Ethiopia. Pope Francis, through the Roman Catholic Church, granted priests the authority to give blessings to same-sex couples, albeit under specific circumstances considered "unusual" by church authorities. However, the Vatican clarified that such blessings are not part of the standard ceremonies conducted by the Church, emphasizing that marriage, in its traditional understanding, remains…
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itel Mobile Ethiopia appoints Nuhamin Meseret as Brand Ambassador

itel Mobile Ethiopia appoints Nuhamin Meseret as Brand Ambassador

itel Mobile Ethiopia is excited to announce the appointment of Nuhamin Meseret, Actress and advertising model, as the brand ambassador. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for itel Mobile Ethiopia as the brand continues to strengthen its presence in the dynamic Ethiopian market. Itel Mobile Ethiopia plans to leverage the young actress and advertising model in further promoting the brand and its mobile models in the Ethiopian market. Known for her talent, grace, and widespread appeal, Nuhamin Meseret is set to lend her unique charm to itel Mobile Ethiopia's communication and promotional efforts which were demonstrated during her involvement in…
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Russian BTC to Build Bitcoin Mining hub in Ethiopia

Russian BTC to Build Bitcoin Mining hub in Ethiopia

The Russian bitcoin company, BitCluster (BTC), has officially announced plans to establish a Bitcoin mining data center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As reported by Russia Today, BTC has designated January 2024 for the launch of its mining center African headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. The forthcoming Bitcoin mining center, spanning an impressive 30 thousand square meters, is set to commence construction in January. An interesting facet of this initiative is that the center's power supply will be exclusively derived from the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD). Once operational, this mining center is poised to position Ethiopia as one of the…
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Ethiopia mistakenly pays AFDB’s $6 million to another party

Ethiopia mistakenly pays AFDB’s $6 million to another party

It has been reported that Ethiopia erroneously transferred its annual contribution of $6 million to the African Development Bank (AFDB) to an incorrect account. The incident comes in the wake of a series of challenges between the Ethiopian government and the AFDB, including the recent altercation involving two AFDB employees who were allegedly beaten, arrested, and tortured by Ethiopian security forces in Addis Ababa. A month ago, the AFDB revealed that Ethiopia violated the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Diplomacy and the Agreement of the AFDB Office in Host Countries. The AFDB formally reported the incident to the Ethiopian…
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California Training Institute graduates 102 trainees

California Training Institute graduates 102 trainees

The California Training Institute successfully graduated 102 digital marketing trainees. Specializing in digital training, the institute provided short courses in various fields, including digital marketing, website development, coding, graphic design, and related skills. During the graduation ceremony, Mr. Surafel Asefa, the institute's manager, emphasized that individuals with basic computer knowledge and the ability to use social media can benefit from the training, regardless of their literacy level. The training encompassed practical sessions lasting for a month and a half, offering students a comprehensive foundation. The manager noted that over half of the graduates were men, marking the second round of…
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National ICT competition commences in Ethiopia

National ICT competition commences in Ethiopia

Huawei ICT competition provides an environment to compete and the exchange of ideas.  Huawei ICT Competition 2023-2024, which promotes the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and supports the integration of industry and education, is happening in Ethiopia. The 6th round in Ethiopia and the 8th in the world Huawei ICT competition, which attracts more than one thousand higher education students, held its preliminary and national final exams consecutively. The preliminary exam was held on December 15, 2023, and attended by more than 280 higher education students, among whom 80 attended the national final competition held online today. The…
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Ten Universities Remains inoperative Amidst war in Amhara region

Ten Universities Remains inoperative Amidst war in Amhara region

Ten universities in the Amhara region are facing a significant challenge, as they have been unable to admit students due to the ongoing war. The security situation in the region has prevented ten public universities from reaching out to both existing and newly assigned students. In contrast, universities located outside the Amhara region have successfully accepted and commenced teaching their students. However, those assigned to the universities within the Amhara region have yet to receive any communication. As a result, students are repeatedly expressing their concerns about being exposed to psychological and various problems. They emphasize their despair as four…
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BGI Faces Challenges Amidst ongoing War in Ethiopia

BGI Faces Challenges Amidst ongoing War in Ethiopia

BGI Ethiopia faces challenges amidst war and plans strategic changes Herve Milhad, the CEO of BGI Ethiopia, a prominent alcohol company in the country, recently addressed several key issues affecting the organization. Among these topics were the company's new plans, the relocation of the factories to Sebeta and Maichew, the sale of the head office compound to Purpose Black Ethiopia, profit-related matters, and more. In his statement, Herve Milhad announced that BGI would merge the previously independent joint stock companies into a unified entity. Additionally, the company aims to undertake product improvement initiatives, doubling its beer production from the current…
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African Development Bank Threatens Closure of Ethiopian Office

African Development Bank Threatens Closure of Ethiopian Office

A month ago, the African Development Bank publicly disclosed a disturbing incident involving the assault, arrest, and torture of two of its employees by Ethiopian security forces in Addis Ababa. The bank asserts that the actions taken by the security forces not only violated the rights of its employees but also breached the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Diplomacy and the Agreement of the African Development Bank Office Host Countries. The African Development Bank promptly reported the incident to the Ethiopian government, urging an investigation and appropriate actions. Despite assurances from Ethiopia that an inquiry would be conducted, and…
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Ethiopia Accuses Egypt of Hindering GERD Agreement

Ethiopia Accuses Egypt of Hindering GERD Agreement

Following the conclusion of the fourth round of negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a statement issued by Egypt has sparked a blame game between the two nations regarding the failure to reach an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopia contends that the talks failed due to Egypt's refusal to address legal and technical issues, while Egypt attributes the breakdown to what it characterizes as Ethiopia's 'colonial perspectives.' The fourth tripartite talks, involving Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan, took place on Monday and Tuesday in Addis Ababa, following an agreement reached in Cairo last July between Ethiopian Prime Minister…
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Ethiopia Requests $3.5 Billion Loan from IMF

Ethiopia Requests $3.5 Billion Loan from IMF

Reuters has reported that Ethiopia is currently in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure a $3.5 billion loan aimed at supporting its ongoing economic reform and addressing its financial crisis. The report highlights that Ethiopia has formally requested a special loan from the IMF to assist in covering its annual budget deficit. During a meeting with international bond buyers last week, government officials expressed confidence in reaching a loan agreement with the IMF within the first three months of 2024. The report also indicates that the country's foreign currency reserve for import trade is less than one…
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Ethiopian Airlines and Citi Sign a $450m Loan Agreement

Ethiopian Airlines and Citi Sign a $450m Loan Agreement

Ethiopian will boost its fleet to more than 150 Agreement reflects Citi’s ability to offer clients complementary banking services and shows strength of global network Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest carrier, today announce a landmark $450 million loan agreement that will finance five new Boeing aircraft: three Boeing 737-8 and two Boeing 777F (Cargo). The loan will be secured against the value of the five planes and has been arranged exclusively by Citi’s Corporate Banking and Export Agency and Finance teams. It is guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).Ethiopian Airlines is a longstanding client of Citi’s Treasury…
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Unleash the Extraordinary with TECNO POP 8: All You Want Just Doubled!

Unleash the Extraordinary with TECNO POP 8: All You Want Just Doubled!

Are you ready to experience a smartphone that redefines the limits of style and performance? Introducing the TECNO POP 8, where innovation meets elegance, and all your desires are doubled. Let's dive into the features that make the POP 8 the ultimate choice for buyers. With the tagline "All You Want Just Doubled," the TECNO POP 8 promises an exceptional doubling of your smartphone expectations. From the display to performance, storage, and design – get ready for a revolutionary experience. Immerse yourself in a vast wonderland on the 6.6-inch ultra-wide display. At an impressive 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, the POP 8…
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Ethiopia Bans Thousands Sport Betting centers

Ethiopia Bans Thousands Sport Betting centers

The Addis Ababa Peace and Security Office has announced the closure of 3,241 sports betting houses in Addis Ababa. In its statement regarding sports betting houses, the bureau announced that action has been taken against 3,241 sports betting houses that were operating illegally. The betting game has caused serious problems for the city administration and the socio-economic life of the people on a daily basis, the office said in its statement. The bureau closed down the sports betting houses as they were causing harm to the younger generation beyond the scope of sports betting. Due to the high crime rate,…
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European Champions League playoffs draw Unveils

European Champions League playoffs draw Unveils

Champions League Playoff draw unveils in Nyon, Switzerland thrilling matchups in two European football matches. The highly anticipated draw for the upcoming fixtures of the revered European Champions League, featuring football giants from across the continent, has been officially announced. Reigning champions of the 2022/23 season, Manchester City from England, find themselves pitted against Copenhagen of Denmark in what promises to be an electrifying clash. In other compelling matchups, group leaders Arsenal are set to face Porto of Portugal, Napoli will test their mettle against Barcelona, PSG will square off against Real Sociedad, and last year's finalists Inter Milan will…
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Ethiopian Airlines celebrates the 40th anniversary of flights to Brazzaville

Ethiopian Airlines celebrates the 40th anniversary of flights to Brazzaville

Ethiopian Airlines Marks 40 Years of Operations to Congo Republic, Brazzaville with Ambitious Plans. Ethiopian Airlines commemorated the 40th anniversary of its inaugural direct flights to Brazzaville, the capital of Congo. As the oldest aviation company in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines embarked on its first direct flight to Brazzaville in 1983, marking a significant milestone in its long and distinguished history. Presently, Ethiopian Airlines operates an impressive schedule of 10 flights per week from its hub in Addis Ababa to Brazzaville, solidifying its commitment to connectivity in the region. As Ethiopian Airlines reflects on its four-decade journey to Brazzaville, the celebration…
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Fourth Round of GERD Negotiations Commences in Addis Ababa

Fourth Round of GERD Negotiations Commences in Addis Ababa

The fourth round of trilateral negotiations involving Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan commenced today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These deliberations stem from the Joint Statement issued on July 13, 2023, by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and President Abdel Fatah el Sisi of Egypt, signaling a commitment to expedited negotiations aimed at finalizing guidelines and rules governing the initial filling and annual operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Preceding the fourth round, a one-day meeting of technical experts from the three countries set the stage for the ministerial discussions. The goal of these negotiations is to build upon…
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Ethiopia and UAE Conduct Joint Military Air Show

Ethiopia and UAE Conduct Joint Military Air Show

The two countries military planes conducted a joint military airshow in Addis Ababa to Mark Ethiopian Air Force Anniversary. In celebration of the 88th anniversary of the establishment of the Ethiopian Air Force, a spectacular military air show took place, featuring a joint performance with war jets from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and various dignitaries were in attendance at the event held in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Defense Forces officially named the collaborative air show "Black Lion Air Show," symbolizing the strength and prowess of the participating air forces. Notably, military attachés stationed in Addis…
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Ethiopian Army Chief Confirms Continuation of Drone Attacks in Amhara

Ethiopian Army Chief Confirms Continuation of Drone Attacks in Amhara

In an exclusive interview with the state-owned national television, Field Marshal Birhanu Jula, the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, provided insights into the ongoing conflict in the Amhara region, Ethiopia's national defense, negotiations with militants, and the overall security situation in the country. The interview addressed the current state of peace in Ethiopia, with Field Marshal Birhanu highlighting the challenges faced by the nation. Following the attack on the North Command, a two-year war ensued, leading to security concerns in Gambella, Amhara, Tigray, Afar, Benishangul, and Oromia regions. The Chief of Staff pointed out that Ethiopia's security…
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UNESCO and Huawei handovers ICT equipment to Ethiopian schools

UNESCO and Huawei handovers ICT equipment to Ethiopian schools

UNESCO-Huawei Technology-enabled Open School Systems for All project (TeOSS) handovers ICT equipment for the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. In the ceremony, Mrs. Ayelech Eshete, Ministry of Education state minister, reflected her deepest gratitude to UNESCO and Huawei for their unwavering commitment to education and for sharing their vision of a digitally inclusive society. She said, “I extend my gratitude once again to UNESCO and Huawei for their dedication to education and for this significant donation at this very critical time.” The state minister mentioned that this donation of ICT equipment will open doors to a world of opportunities for their…
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World Bank and IMF exempt $4.5 billion in loans for Somalia

World Bank and IMF exempt $4.5 billion in loans for Somalia

The government of Somalia celebrated a significant milestone as the IMF and World Bank granted $4.5 billion in debt relief. Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre emphasized that this relief, part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program, symbolizes Somalia's financial viability and attracts foreign investment. The relief, inclusive of forgiveness from various creditors, reduces Somalia's external debt from 64% of GDP in 2018 to less than 6% by the end of 2023. PM Barre sees this as a monumental opportunity, allowing Somalia to invest in development, revitalize the economy, and access loans from international institutions. In contrast, Ethiopia faces…
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TECNO Phantom V Flip: A Symphony of Style and Innovation

TECNO Phantom V Flip: A Symphony of Style and Innovation

In a world where technology meets artistry, the TECNO Phantom V Flip emerges as a beacon of elegance and sophistication. Elevate your style and redefine your smartphone experience with the latest addition to the TECNO Phantom series. As we embark on this journey, let the captivating allure of the Phantom V Flip and its revolutionary features take center stage. The moment you lay eyes on the TECNO Phantom V Flip, prepare to be captivated. The sleek, minimalist design combines form and function effortlessly, embodying the epitome of elegance. The Phantom V Flip introduces a revolutionary flip mechanism, transforming the device…
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Ethiopia plans to build a new airport city on the outskirts of Addis Ababa

Ethiopia plans to build a new airport city on the outskirts of Addis Ababa

Top of Form Ethiopian Airlines is set to embark on the ambitious venture of constructing a new 'airport city,' investing a substantial $5 billion in the project. The airline's CEO, Lema Yadecha, disclosed that the decision to initiate the construction of this sprawling complex, termed the "Airport City," stems from the imperative to meet the escalating demands of its customers. Yadecha further explained that the meticulous planning behind this project takes into consideration the burgeoning growth in the aviation sector. Without the construction of the envisioned 'airport city,' the existing airport infrastructure could potentially face challenges in coping with the…
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National Lottery in Pursuit of Eight Million Birr Lottery Winner

National Lottery in Pursuit of Eight Million Birr Lottery Winner

The National Lottery Administration has declared its search for the fortunate recipient of 8 million birr, whose winning ticket has gone unclaimed. The National Lottery regularly organizes lotteries, and this particular draw, with a grand prize of 20 million birr, took place in August 2023, revealing 1820259 as the first lucky number. Tedros Niway, the Director of Communications for the National Lottery Administration, conveyed that, "Aside from the three winners already announced, the recipients of two winning tickets have yet to come forward." The National Lottery Administration stipulates that if the winners of these two lots, each worth eight million…
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M-PESA Safaricom Launches an automobile rewards for customers

M-PESA Safaricom Launches an automobile rewards for customers

M-PESA Safaricom Launches "Terek Be M-PESA" to Reward Over One Million Customers M-PESA Safaricom has announced the launch of a 90-day National Lucky Draw Promotion, named "Terek Be M-PESA," designed to reward over one million M-PESA customers, agents, and merchants. This promotional campaign is set to run from December 11, 2023, to March 11, 2024. The primary objective of Terek Be M-PESA is to raise awareness about M-PESA and boost its usage. Participants, both customers and businesses, stand a chance to win various prizes by receiving unique codes upon registering and conducting transactions on the M-PESA platform. The enticing prizes…
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Ethiopia Grapples with Financial Distress countries list

Ethiopia Grapples with Financial Distress countries list

Ethiopia is grappling with financial distress countries list amid mounting loan pressures. Ethiopia finds itself in a precarious financial situation, as reports indicate the government's struggles to meet its loan obligations. Plans are underway for further discussions with creditors this week, focusing on the long-term loan and interest payments. According to a Bloomberg report, doubts loom over the Ethiopian government's capacity to repay a 1 billion euros loan and $33 million in interest from the 2014 Eurobond loan. The report suggests that Ethiopia is at risk of joining the ranks of financially distressed countries in Africa, following in the footsteps…
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Professor Mulatu Lemma Honored as the Top Professor of the Year

Professor Mulatu Lemma Honored as the Top Professor of the Year

Ethiopian Professor Mulatu Lemma has been distinguished as the best professor of the year, as announced by the International Association of Professors based in the United States. This prestigious recognition is part of the association's annual tradition of acknowledging outstanding professors globally. In the year 2023, Professor Mulatu Lemma, a distinguished Ethiopian mathematics professor, has been chosen for this esteemed title. The International Association of Professors, headquartered in the United States, has a longstanding tradition of commending professors worldwide for their remarkable achievements, academic leadership, tenure, and other noteworthy contributions. In this year's selection, Ethiopian Professor Mulatu Lemma stood out…
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Amhara Bank Revokes President amid Financial Woes

Amhara Bank Revokes President amid Financial Woes

In a recent turn of events, Amhara Bank has removed its president, Mr. Henok Kebede, from his position. The decision was made by the bank's Board of Directors, citing Mr. Kebede's responsibility for causing a substantial loss of 460 million birr to the institution. This move comes on the heels of Mr. Henok Kebede's resignation as the CEO of Amhara Bank. The Board of Directors took the unprecedented step of revoking the signatures of the CEO and the Chief Corporate Service Officer, Mr. Henok Kebede. This action was taken in response to what the chairman of the bank's board described…
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CALA awards 76 outstanding African agricultural leaders

CALA awards 76 outstanding African agricultural leaders

Over one hundred of Africa’s leading and emerging agriculture leaders from across the continent came together to mark and celebrate graduation for the second cohort of the Centre for African Leaders In Agriculture (CALA)’s Advanced Leadership Programme. The centre is an AGRA-led initiative, co-implemented by African Management Institute (AMI) and Policy Link. The 76 delegates, drawn from the public, private sector and civil society will be awarded with certificates, marking their status as leaders in Africa’s Food Security and Sustainability after completing the 16-month collaborative, hands-on, and tailored experience for senior and rising leaders in Africa’s agriculture sector. The programme,…
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Ethiopia sets to build tractor factory and plans to export

Ethiopia sets to build tractor factory and plans to export

Ethiopia is set to establish a state-of-the-art tractor factory with a budget of $50 million, as announced by Suleiman Dedefo, the CEO of Ethio Engineering Group. The proposed location for this venture is Mojo City in the Oromia region, eastern gate of Ethiopia. Contrary to conventional tractor assembly plants, this innovative factory is designed to function independently, focusing on the manufacturing of tractor components rather than the mere assembly of complete units.  Suleiman Dedefo emphasized that the vision goes beyond acquiring tractors; instead, the goal is to cultivate a distinct Ethiopian agricultural brand. This ambitious initiative aims to establish a…
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Boeing appoints Henok Teferra as Managing Director for Africa

Boeing appoints Henok Teferra as Managing Director for Africa

Based in Addis Ababa, Teferra Shawl positioned to strengthen Boeing operations and relationships across the African continent. Boeing has appointed Henok Teferra Shawl as the new managing director for Boeing Africa to strengthen the company's operations and relationships across the African continent. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Henok Teferra Shawl reports to Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Türkiye, Africa, and Central Asia (METACA). In his new role, Teferra will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Boeing plans to open an office early 2024. With an impressive career history in aviation, regulatory affairs and government relations, Teferra Shawl is…
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itel Mobile announces its rebranding initiative

itel Mobile announces its rebranding initiative

itel Announces its Rebranding Initiative: Redefining Smart Life Service in Emerging Markets Including Ethiopia. itel, the global leading smart life brand committed to providing quality consumer electronic products, is thrilled to announce a monumental shift in its rebranding logo and brand identity, and rewriting the playbook on which it means to live the smart life. As part of its commitment to cater to the technological needs of underserved markets and enhance the quality of life of consumers in emerging economies, itel has undergone a remarkable rebranding initiative. This evolution marks a significant turning point in the brand’s history, introducing a…
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CPJ Urges Ethiopia to Free Journalist Belay Manaye

CPJ Urges Ethiopia to Free Journalist Belay Manaye

Ethio News journalist Balay Manaye was arrested on November 13, 2023 by security forces from his office in Arat Kilo, Addis Ababa. In a report released by the CPJ, an organization advocating for journalists' rights, it has been three weeks since the journalist was arrested and he has not yet been brought to court. Mutoki Mumo, the representative of CPJ in sub-Saharan Africa, stated that journalists in Ethiopia have been hindered in their ability to work freely. The CPJ has called on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release journalist Belay Manaye from prison. Furthermore, the CPJ has urged…
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ILO Requests Ethiopia to Determine Minimum Wage Level

ILO Requests Ethiopia to Determine Minimum Wage Level

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has requested Ethiopia to determine the minimum wage level. The organization, dedicated to achieving social justice globally, urged Ethiopia to establish a minimum wage level. Ethiopia joined the International Labour Organization a century ago, aiming to contribute to social justice worldwide. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia stands alone as the sole African nation within the organization, commemorating the occasion with the presence of United Nations leaders, ILO representatives, employers, trade unions, and experts. Fanfan Rwanyindo Kayirangwa, the African director of the International Labour Organization, expressed appreciation for Ethiopia's ratification of eight out…
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Ethiopia denies the devaluation of Birr

Ethiopia denies the devaluation of Birr

Ethiopia has denied reports of a devaluation of the Birr, the national currency. The National Bank of Ethiopia refuted a report published by the Reporter newspaper on December 03, which claimed that there were plans to make a major change in the foreign exchange rate. In a statement released by the bank, it condemned the false and misleading report, stating that it deviates from journalistic ethics. The bank clarified that during the presentation of the current fiscal year's first quarter plan performance report to the Parliament's Standing Committee on Planning, Budget, and Finance Affairs, no discussion or proposal regarding a…
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UAE to construct East Africa’s biggest Wind Farm in Ethiopia

UAE to construct East Africa’s biggest Wind Farm in Ethiopia

The Somali region of Ethiopia is set to become home to a massive 300-megawatt wind power plant, with a projected cost of $600 million. The agreement for the construction of this wind power station was signed in side line of COP28 event by Finance Minister Ahmed Shede and the United Arab Emirates Power Company in Dubai. Located in the Aisha zone of the Somali region, this wind power plant will have the capacity to generate 300 megawatts of power.The project will be spearheaded by AMEA Power, a company based in the United Arab Emirates. Once completed, this wind farm will…
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Ethiopian Athletes smashes Valencia Marathon

Ethiopian Athletes smashes Valencia Marathon

The marathon race held in Spain's Valencia ended with the dominance of Ethiopians. In Valencia, Spain, where Ethiopians often rule, Ethiopians have won similar victories. In this competition, Ethiopian athletes of both sexes finished as one. In the women's marathon race, Ethiopians dominated the first to third place, while athlete Wurqneshe Degefe, Almaz Ayana, and Hiwot Gebrekidan finished with the first to third place. In this men's marathon, athlete Sisay Lemma finished first, Kenyan athlete Alexander Mutiso second, and Dawit Wolde and Kenenisa Bekele finished third and fourth. Athlete Sisay Lemma was finished the distance in 2:01:48, and while he…
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US Concerns over Ethiopia’s Sea Gate Quest

US Concerns over Ethiopia’s Sea Gate Quest

The United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, African Affairs Subcommittee, conducted a hearing last night focused on the topic of "Hope or Threat in Ethiopia, the State of U.S. Policy." During the hearing, committee members questioned Mike Hamer, the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, regarding Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's request for a sea gate. Mike Hamer expressed concern over Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's statement that "the port issue is an issue of survival for Ethiopia," emphasizing that it not only poses a threat to the countries in the region but also to the United States.…
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Ethiopian Bank revises loan interest rates

Ethiopian Bank revises loan interest rates

The Development Bank of Ethiopia has revised the loan interest rates for agricultural projects. The bank announced a reduction in the interest rate for borrowers engaged in agricultural activities from 11.5 percent to 7 percent. This revision aims to encourage agricultural activities in Ethiopia by reducing the interest rate charged on loans to borrowers. The discounted loan interest seeks to utilize uncultivated land resources and encourage investors, farmers, and pastoralists in Ethiopia. The new interest rate of 7 percent applies to small, medium, and corporate project loan applicants in the agricultural investment sector. The Ethiopian Development Bank is a government…
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Global Southern countries organizes CLUB to tackle Debt Burdens

Global Southern countries organizes CLUB to tackle Debt Burdens

OSC Ministers of Finance Approves the Establishment of the Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers (CLUB). Finance Ministers of the Member States of the Organisation of Southern Cooperation have adopted the Bylaws establishing the Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers (CLUB) which is a union of sovereign debtors that aims to pool  capacities of member states to reduce external debt burdens and secure more favourable fresh financing that is conducive to transformative, sustainable and multidimensional development through borrower-coordination and collective negotiations with creditors. The meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between 28 and 29 November 2023, at the invitation of Secretary-General…
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UK Commences a $6.7 million Investment in South African Wind Farms

UK Commences a $6.7 million Investment in South African Wind Farms

UK’s development finance institution British International Investment (BIl) aims to help tackle South Africa’s energy crisis and accelerate economic growth. BII has been a partner to South Africa since 1995, backing 150 businesses across the country since then; current portfolio stands at $285 million. BII companies in South Africa have created 54,500 jobs a year since 2014. BII hails role of technology and digital transformation in South Africa to address inequality and accelerate growth. BII’s clean and renewable energy investment strategy aligns with the South African’s government energy priorities, announcing new investment in 140MW South African wind farms. British International…
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COP28 Opens in Dubai with Calls for Accelerated Action against Climate Crisis

COP28 Opens in Dubai with Calls for Accelerated Action against Climate Crisis

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 will opened today with a resounding call to accelerate collective climate action. The conference takes place in what is already known to be the hottest year ever recorded in human history and as the impacts of the climate crisis wreak unprecedented havoc on human life and livelihoods around the world. COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 30 November to 12 December 2023, is a decisive moment to act on climate commitments and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. UAE has the presidency for COP28, with Dr Sultan Al Jaber as…
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Smart Data Centre Technology Forum Kicks off in Addis Ababa

Smart Data Centre Technology Forum Kicks off in Addis Ababa

With a focus on smart and low-carbon data centers, the Smart Data Centre Technology Forum has been held in Addis Ababa in collaboration with Huawei Ethiopia and IE Network Solutions. The event discussed the latest trends, new opportunities, demands, and challenges for the data center industry in the AI computing era and shared cutting-edge technologies and innovative practices for green data centers. It brought together leaders and experts from government agencies, the BFSI industry, as well as international institutions and stakeholders. Mr. Dylan Chen, Executive Director, Huawei Congo Digital Power Business, remarked in his opening speech that "as the core…
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Athlete Kenenisa Bekele to participate in the Valencia Marathon

Athlete Kenenisa Bekele to participate in the Valencia Marathon

Athlete Kenenisa Bekele has announced that he will participate in the Valencia Marathon on December 3rd. "After many injuries, I will participate in the Valencia Marathon," the athlete said on his Facebook page. "I am happy to return to the competition after many injuries and ANTA is my sponsor," Kenenisa Added. The competition will be held in Valencia, Spain on December 3, 2023. Athlete Kenenisa has been an all-time successful athlete in five and ten thousand competitions for years. Kenenisa, the athlete who has held the world records for both distances for 16 years, has recently turned his attention to…
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Addis Ababa Gears Up for Grand Peace Rally amidst Ongoing Conflict

Addis Ababa Gears Up for Grand Peace Rally amidst Ongoing Conflict

The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP) has formally requested the Mayor's office to permit a grand peaceful demonstration aimed at addressing the escalating conflict in various parts of Ethiopia. Scheduled for December 10, 2023, under the banner "Stop the war! Peace be upon us, let the defense forces return to their camp immediately!", this demonstration seeks to bring attention to the dire situation the country is facing. The organizers, in their plea to the government, will advocate for an immediate cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of the army from regions where it is currently deployed a return to army bases,…
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French Company withdrew from buying Ethio Telecom Shares

French Company withdrew from buying Ethio Telecom Shares

Orange, a prominent French telecom company, initially had aspirations to acquire approximately 45 percent of Ethio telecom's shares. However, the company ultimately withdrew from the deal, citing challenges in swiftly implementing their strategic ideas and achieving desired results. The backdrop of this decision is Ethiopia's ongoing evaluation of its telecommunications market, with the intention of introducing a third telecom service provider alongside the existing state-owned Ethiotelecom and Safaricom, which recently entered the market. In addition to exploring new market dynamics, Ethiopia is also in the process of divesting less than half of Ethiotelecom, attracting interest from international giants such as…
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A Six Billion Birr Steel Manufacturing Industry Commences in Mekelle, Tigray

A Six Billion Birr Steel Manufacturing Industry Commences in Mekelle, Tigray

A collaboration between Ethiopian and Chinese investors, a groundbreaking steel production industry, valued at 6 billion birr, is set to be established in Mekelle city. The project, slated for completion within ten months, marks a pivotal moment in the efforts to revitalize the region's and country’s economy. The interim administration head of the Tigray Region, Mr. Getachew Reda, emphasized the positive impact of the Legend Steel Industry on job creation for the local youth. This private association is spearheading the development, and its commitment to generating employment opportunities has garnered support from both private and associational investors. Engineer Yared Tesfaye,…
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Ethiopia Initiates Construction of 28 Irrigation Dams

Ethiopia Initiates Construction of 28 Irrigation Dams

The Ministry of Irrigation and Lowland Environment has announced that Ethiopia is currently in the process of constructing 28 irrigation dams. Efforts are underway to partially complete 13 of these dams within the current fiscal year. The ministry has allocated over 8 billion birr for the completion of these projects by the end of the year. According to Mr. Bizuneh Tolcha, the Public Relations and Communication Executive of the Ministry of Irrigation and Lowland Environment, a total of 28 irrigation development projects are currently underway across the country. Upon the partial completion of 13 projects, an impressive 2,450 hectares of…
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Somalia Joins East African Community

Somalia Joins East African Community

The East African Community Block annual meeting kicked off in Arusha, Tanzania. For 24 years, the East African Community Alliance, which was established to facilitate the economic ties of East African countries, has been constantly attracting new members. One of Ethiopia’s neighboring countries, Somalia officially requested to join this alliance a year ago. The coalition deployed its experts to answer the question of the organization, made various evaluations, and announced that it accepted Somalia as the eighth-member country. Headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, the economic alliance has announced that it officially welcomed Somalia as a member at its annual meeting in…
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Ethiopian authorities cautioned about Red Sea comment

Ethiopian authorities cautioned about Red Sea comment

Ethiopian Scholars have stressed that the statements given by the authorities about the Red Sea case should be cautious. Addis Ababa University organized a discussion forum for scholars on the Ethiopian sea gate matter. Scholars who presented research and held discussions on this scholarly forum cautioned the authorities to be careful with their statements, emphasizing the need for a cautious and diplomatic approach. In this workshop titled "Equitable Port Use for Sustainable Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa", a wide intellectual discussion was held about the options by which Ethiopia can peacefully own the sea gate. The historical…
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Ethiopian Airlines resumes flights to Israel

Ethiopian Airlines resumes flights to Israel

Since the outbreak of the war, which was triggered by Hamas’s sudden and unexpected attack on Israel, many international airlines suspended their flights to or from Israel. Although many have been calling for an end to this war, in which about 15 thousand people have been killed on both sides, they have reached an agreement for a temporary ceasefire. Due to the war, many international airlines, including Ethiopian Airlines, have canceled their flights to/from Israel. Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will resume the flight that was suspended due to war on October 7, 2023. The airline added that it…
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Raxio Technology company unveils data center in Ethiopia

Raxio Technology company unveils data center in Ethiopia

The US-based Roxio data center opened the second data center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and it's in Africa next to Uganda. Raxio Group, an independent data center in Africa, has launched its second data center in Ethiopia with an investment of $30 million. The company has opened its data center in ICT Park in Addis Ababa and making the data flow completely domestic, will help to reduce the expenses of the users of the service for the Internet. The new level III data center opened in Ethiopia has 800 racks and up to 3MW of IT power. Founded in 2018,…
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Ethiopia draws more than $1 billion from industrial parks

Ethiopia draws more than $1 billion from industrial parks

The country earned $one billion from the products that were exported from the industrial parks. The Industrial Parks Development Corporation has announced that $1.1 billion has been obtained from the products sent to foreign countries from the industrial parks in Ethiopia in the last four years. In Adama Industrial Park, a factory that produces various plastic pipes with an annual income of $17 million has been completed and started working. Mr. Aklilu Tadesse, CEO of Industrial Parks Development Corporation said that various products from 13 industrial parks managed by the corporation are being offered to the foreign market. The CEO…
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Ethiopia to ban old vehicles to protect pollution

Ethiopia to ban old vehicles to protect pollution

Addis Ababa Environment Protection Authority has announced that drivers with cars that emit high levels of smoke should prepare solutions in advance. Devices for measuring the smoke emitted by vehicles and quality assurance or standards are being prepared. According to Addis Ababa Environmental Protection Authority General Manager, Dida Driba, a car smoke standard is being prepared, and the smoke emitted by each car will be measured. He said that if the car emits more than the set limit, it will not be out of service. The authority said that vehicles that emit high levels of smoke are usually used for…
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Noah Real estate inaugurates 754 residential units

Noah Real estate inaugurates 754 residential units

Noah Real Estate PLC Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with Grand Inauguration of 754 New Residential Units in Addis Ababa. On a momentous day, Noah made history as it reached a milestone of serving more than 8,000 families in Ethiopia over the span of a decade. This remarkable achievement marks a significant step forward in the development of urban areas in Ethiopia. “This journey has positioned the company as a key player in Ethiopia's housing sector, greatly contributing to national development goals,” said Nituse Awgchew the CEO of Noah Real Estate “Celebrating the newly inaugurated residential complex at Noah Green Park Site…
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Safaricom Ethiopia plans to invest $2 billion for network expansion

Safaricom Ethiopia plans to invest $2 billion for network expansion

Safaricom Ethiopia’s half year performance results of FY2023 indicate a strong performance reinforcing a solid commercial momentum, achieving majormilestones in both mobile (GSM) and M-PESA services. During the first half of the FY2023, the 07 network and services expanded to 26 large & medium cities & 254 small cities and towns, with a population coverage of 30%. Major focus and priority have been afforded to infrastructure roll out; to date, 2057 network sites have been erected, with an accelerated monthly pace of 150 new towers. The company said that, to reach our customers closely, our distribution channel has grown to…
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Ethiopia admits its conflict with African Development Bank

Ethiopia admits its conflict with African Development Bank

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has started a press conference on current diplomatic issues. The spokesperson of the ministry, Ambassador Meles Alem, made a press briefing on diplomatic and current issues. The spokesperson explained that there was a dispute regarding the payment of a loan that Ethiopia owes to the African Development Bank. The dispute is between the Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia and African Development Bank Addis Ababa office. What is the conflict between the two entities? Has the Bank closed the Ethiopian office? A question was raised to Ambassador Meles from journalists. Ambassador Meles said, "The…
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Yango ride hailing company commences its service in Ethiopia

Yango ride hailing company commences its service in Ethiopia

Yango and ShuuFare Celebrate the Launch of Innovative Ride-Hailing Service in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The companies marks a significant milestone in Ethiopia's transportation landscape as international tech powerhouse Yango and leading local brand ShuuFare, a G2G IT Group company, officially unveil their groundbreaking ride-hailing service in Addis Ababa. Yango, renowned for its cutting-edge technologies and global commitment to excellence in ride-hailing services, has partnered with ShuuFare, an innovative local IT company, to deliver an unprecedented transportation experience in Ethiopia. Yekenalem Abebe (Dr) Country Manager for Yango in Ethiopia, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, "We are thrilled to introduce Yango's…
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Universal Music Group and Sewasew Multimedia Signs Music Distribution agreement

Universal Music Group and Sewasew Multimedia Signs Music Distribution agreement

Universal Music Group and Sewasew Multimedia Sign First of Its Kind DSP Agreement for Ethiopian Market. Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, and Sewasew Multimedia, Ethiopia’s leading music and Entertainment Company, announced that they have signed a first of its kind distribution agreement for the Ethiopian market. Under the terms of the agreement, Sewasew Multimedia will be responsible for the digital distribution and marketing of UMG’s extensive catalog of music in Ethiopia. This includes music from UMG’s globally recognized labels, such as Def Jam, Interscope Records, Island Records, Motown Records, Republic Records, and Virgin Records, as…
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Ethiopian Airlines Agrees to buy 78 Boeing and Airbus Jets

Ethiopian Airlines Agrees to buy 78 Boeing and Airbus Jets

The agreement is to buy 11 787 Dreamliners, 20 737 MAX, with opportunity for 36 more jets, represents the largest Boeing jet purchase by an African carrier. And Ethiopian and Airbus aviation Technology Company signed a memorandum of understanding to buy 11 Airbus A350-900s. Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines has agreed to buy 11 787 Dreamliner and 20 737 MAX airplanes with an opportunity for 15 and 21 additional jets, respectively. The agreement, signed by Ethiopia's national carrier at the Dubai Airshow, represents the largest-ever purchase of Boeing airplanes in African history. "We are pleased to announce that Ethiopian Airlines has reached a deal with Boeing…
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USAID resumes humanitarian aid to Ethiopia

USAID resumes humanitarian aid to Ethiopia

The American aid organization announced that it will start food aid all over Ethiopia from next month. USAID has suspended humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia since last June due to the theft of food aid. The US humanitarian organization refers to the fact that food aid bought by donors is marketed and sent to foreign countries as well. USAID decided to resume its support after a series of discussions with the Ethiopian government regarding the distribution of aid. The organization started providing food aid to refugees in the country last month and from next month it will start providing aid to…
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General Al Burhan, arrives in Addis Ababa for an official visit

General Al Burhan, arrives in Addis Ababa for an official visit

The president of Sudan's sovereign council and the commander of the country's army, General Abdulfatah Alburhan, has arrived in Addis Ababa for an official visit. General Al Burhan will discuss the current situation in Sudan and other bilateral issues with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The war between the Sudanese army and its rapid force, which has been in its seventh month, has claimed the lives of more than 9,000 people. Efforts to end the war, which has displaced more than 5.6 million people, through diplomatic means, continue. Although the two powers have repeatedly held talks in Riyadh, they have…
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Ethiopia to join the East African Community block

Ethiopia to join the East African Community block

For 24 years, the East African Community Alliance, which was established to facilitate the economic ties of East African countries, has been constantly attracting new members. One of Ethiopia’s neighboring countries, Somalia officially requested to join this alliance a year ago. The coalition deployed its experts to answer the question of the organization, made various evaluations, and announced that it would accept Somalia as the eighth-member country. Headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, the economic alliance has announced that it will officially welcome Somalia as a member at its annual meeting next week. "Somalia will become a member of the East African…
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World Athletics names Tigist Assefa as one of the best athletes of the year

World Athletics names Tigist Assefa as one of the best athletes of the year

Marathon record holder Tigist Assefa joins the final round for the World Athlete of the Year Award. Athlete Tigist Assefa was one of the top 11 athletes in the world in the list of the best athletes of the year 2023 for World Athletics. The World Athletics Federation announced the list of successful athletes in various competitions held in 2023. In the first round of the world's 11 best athletes, the 5,000-meter record holder Gudaf Tsagaye and the marathon record holder Tigist Assefe were athletes included in the list. According to the information released by World Athletics, the list of…
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Ethiopia’s Army general and Oromo liberation militant leader meets in Zanzibar

Ethiopia’s Army general and Oromo liberation militant leader meets in Zanzibar

Ethiopian National Defense Army top generals and the leader of the Oromo Liberation Army, Jal Mero, met face-to-face in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The second round of peace talks between the Ethiopian government and the armed group of the Oromo Liberation Army has begun in Tanzania. According to a report published by the BBC citing sources close to the matter, the peace talks have been going on for a few days and are being attended by representatives of armed forces from both sides. The East African Nations Organization (IGAD), the United States, Norway, and Kenya took the role of coordinator and facilitator…
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TECNO Unveils a new Phantom V Flip 5G mobile phone

TECNO Unveils a new Phantom V Flip 5G mobile phone

Meet the TECNO Phantom V Flip 5G, the ultimate device for Multitasking and Entertainment If you are looking for a smartphone that combines style, performance and innovation, then you should check out the TECNO Phantom V Flip. This is the first vertical foldable phone from TECNO Mobile, and it offers a unique and versatile experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. It is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience the best of both worlds: a compact flip phone and a large-screen smartphone The V Flip’s exterior is covered with vegan leather. What makes it…
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Ethiopian Human Rights Council urges the government to stop kidnapping by militants

Ethiopian Human Rights Council urges the government to stop kidnapping by militants

The Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC) has stated that the government didn’t pay attention to the kidnapping made by the militants. EHRC stated that in addition to Ethiopians, foreign nationals are also being kidnapped in the Oromia region. Attacks and obstructions by militants in various areas, especially in the Oromia region, neither the federal government nor the regional state governments have paid enough attention to EHRC in his statement. EHRC announced that the attacks being carried out by armed groups against citizens of the country as well as foreigners in various parts of the country are increasing. "The government's responsibility…
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US Urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to refrain from provocation

US Urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to refrain from provocation

The United States Department of State urged Ethiopia and Eritrea to refrain from violent acts. It has been a year since the signing of the peace agreement that ended the two-year bloody war in northern Ethiopia. In the statement issued by the United States regarding the first year of the agreement, it stated that the agreement not only stopped the war but also allowed displaced citizens to return to their homes and restoration of services that had been cut off. The United States welcomes the significant progress made on COHA implementation, including the establishment of the Tigray Interim Regional Administration,…
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Ethiopia postpones the third satellite launching period

Ethiopia postpones the third satellite launching period

Ethiopia announced its readiness to install the third earth observation satellite ETRSS-02 in space within months, but it has been delayed. The Space Science and Geospatial Institute announced three months ago that it will soon launch its third satellite. However, the institute extended the satellite named ETRSS-02 to be launched in the next two years. The institute also stated that the satellites that were sent into space with the assistance of China in the past have successfully completed their missions after completing their service period. Abdisa Yilma, Executive Director of Space Science and Geospatial Institute stated that the government has…
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Is Pretoria Peace Agreement guarantees sustainable peace to Ethiopia?

Is Pretoria Peace Agreement guarantees sustainable peace to Ethiopia?

The war broke out in northern Ethiopia following the TPLF's attack on National Defense Army of Northern command in 2019. This war, which lasted for two years, caused about 800,000 Ethiopians to lose their lives and $26 billion in economic losses. The peace agreement that led to this cessation of hostilities was signed a year ago in Pretoria, South Africa. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem, gave a statement about the agreement and other current issues. What benefit did the peace agreement brokered by the African Union between the federal government and the forces of…
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European Union stands against crimes on Journalism

European Union stands against crimes on Journalism

Ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November, and in the year that marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, High Representative Josep Borrell and Vice-President Věra Jourová issued a statement. “In these difficult times, marred by wars, conflict, and terrorist acts, we recall and praise the essential role played by journalists and media workers in fighting for the truth and human rights. Journalists contribute to countering disinformation and hate speech and keeping checks and balances on governments and public institutions. They shed light on war crimes and human rights…
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Safaricom Ethiopia to provide telecom services in Tigray

Safaricom Ethiopia to provide telecom services in Tigray

Safaricom Ethiopia has announced that network and infrastructure development in the Tigray region will begin in the coming weeks. Safaricom, which entered the Ethiopian market two years ago, has been offering its telecom services to its customers throughout the country except for the Tigray region. This company, which was unable to provide its telecom services due to the war in northern Ethiopia. The CEO of Safaricom Ethiopia, Wim VanHelleput, went to the Tigray region and discussed with the leaders of the interim administration of the region, the organization announced on its social media page. In the coming weeks, he held…
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Ethiopia reports the rapid decline of donkeys

Ethiopia reports the rapid decline of donkeys

Brooke Ethiopia, an animal rights organization that works on donkey welfare, stated that the number of donkeys is decreasing. In recent years, Ethiopia has started exporting donkey meat to foreign countries, and the purpose is to earn foreign currency. As a result of this donkey slaughtering and trade, the number of donkeys is decreasing and this is a concern, according to a donkey rights organization called Brooke Ethiopia. Yilma Abebe, consultant of Brooke Ethiopia, said that donkey slaughtering in Ethiopia and selling the meat and skin to the foreign market has led to a dwindling number of donkeys in the…
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Ireland grants €8.4 million to Ethiopia’s food security program

Ireland grants €8.4 million to Ethiopia’s food security program

The financial agreement was signed by the Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia and the Government of Ireland in Addis Ababa. The 8.4 million euro financial support agreement was signed by the Minister of Finance Ahmed Shede and Irish Minister of State for International Development and Diaspora Sean Fleming. From the total grant agreement, the first 5 million euros will be used for the Safety Net program and 3 million euros will be used to support sustainable development goals focused on health. The remaining money will be used to support the homegrown economic reform program. After the signing ceremony, in the…
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Government Security forces commits unlawful killing and Rape in Amhara – Human Rights Body

Government Security forces commits unlawful killing and Rape in Amhara – Human Rights Body

Ethiopia Human Rights Commission (EHRC) stated that killings by government security forces in the Amhara region continued. EHRC has released its investigation report on the ongoing war in the Amhara region. Since July 2023, all zones in the Amhara region have been under fierce fighting with government security forces and an entity commonly known as Fano, the commission said. The war is undergoing heavy weaponry and occasional air/drone strikes in some areas, and civilian deaths and injuries have been reported. Innocent people, including a child under two years of age, were killed by drones and heavy weapon attacks in North…
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Dashen Bank earns 5 billion birr profit in a year

Dashen Bank earns 5 billion birr profit in a year

Dashen Bank, which is holding its 30th regular meeting in Addis Ababa, has earned five billion birr annual profit. The chairman of the bank's board, Mr. Dula Mekonen, said that the bank had a total income of 18 billion birr in the last 12 months. Also, in the same year, the bank collected 23.6 billion birr in deposits and the total deposits have increased to 115 billion birr. The bank's total assets reached 145 billion birr, announced to the shareholders at the meeting. The total capital of Dashen Bank is 19.3 billion birr and the amount of paid-up capital is…
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