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Local European Union Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

LONDON, 31 July 2014 / PRN Africa / — A statement by the local European Union (EU) on the situation in Ethiopia The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Ethiopia “The EU Delegation is deeply concerned about developments in the case of the ten bloggers and journalists charged under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation on 18 July, as well as recent arrests of opposition members. It calls on the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that proceedings are carried out according to the Ethiopian Constitution and respecting international and regional human rights standards, in particular granting access to legal counsel and family, as well as the right to apply for bail when applicable, and that the trial is transparent and free from political interference. The EU Delegation recalls the European External Action Service statement of 6 May 2014 which underlined the importance of enhancing the political space, particularly in view of the ele…

East Africa boosts anti-Ebola measures

NAIROBI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Kenya and Ethiopia, home to some of Africa's largest transport hubs, said Thursday they had boosted measures to combat possible Ebola cases arriving in their countries.

Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre said in a statement that "port health services are on standby, with enhanced screening at border points to prevent and contain any possible disease threat".

Meanwhile Ethiopia Airlines said it was taking "extraordinary precautions in connection with the outbreak of the disease".

Ethiopia's national carrier is a major airline connecting countries across Africa, as well as flying to the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.   

"Stringent and specific surveillance is being carried out regarding all flights from west Africa at Addis Ababa airport," the airline said in a statement.

Fears that the outbreak of the virus in west Africa could spread have grown in recent days.

Almost 700 people have been killed sin…

በአራት ቢሊዮን ብር ወጪ የሚስፋፋው ሐዋሳ ዩኒቨርሲቲ

ሐዋሳ ከተማ እንደ ዕድሜ ለጋነቷ ሁሉ በውስጧ አቅፋ የያዘቻቸው ከፍተኛ የትምህርት ተቋሞች ዕድሜ ከሁለት አሠርት ብዙም አይርቅም፡፡ ወንዶ ገነት ደንና ተፈጥሮ ኮሌጅን፣ ሐዋሳ ግብርና ኮሌጅን፣ ሕክምናና ጤና ሳይንስ ኮሌጅንና ሌሎችን ጨምሮ የያዘው ሐዋሳ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪዎችን በመጀመርያና በሁለተኛ ዲግሪ ሲያስመርቅ የዘንድሮው ለ15ኛ ጊዜ ነው፡፡ የዩኒቨርሲቲው ፕሬዚዳንት ዶ/ር ዮሴፍ ማሞ እንደገለጹት፣ ዩኒቨርሲቲው ዘንድሮ ከሁሉም ተቋማቱ 4,276 ተማሪዎችን አስመርቋል፡፡ ዩኒቨርሲቲው ሲመሠረት በቅድመ ምረቃ የነበሩት ስምንት የሥልጠና መስኮች ሲሆኑ፣ በአሁኑ ወቅት መስኩን ወደ 67 አሳድጎ በድኅረ ምረቃ 52 ፕሮግራሞችን ከፍቷል፡፡ ከዚህ ውስጥ ሰባቱ የዶክትሬት (ፒኤችዲ) ዲግሪ ፕሮግራሞች ናቸው፡፡ ከመማር ማስተማሩ ሒደትና ተያያዥ ጥያቄዎችን በማንሳት ደረጀ ጠገናው የዩኒቨርሲቲውን ፕሬዚዳንት ዶ/ር ዮሴፍ ማሞን አነጋግሯቸዋል፡፡ ሪፖርተር፡- የሐዋሳ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ከተቋቋመበት መሠረታዊ ዓላማና ከዕድሜው ለጋነት አኳያ ምን ያህል ኃላፊነቱን ተወጥቷል ማለት ይቻላል? ዶ/ር ዮሴፍ፡- ዩኒቨርሲቲው አምስት ካምፓሶች ያሉት ሲሆን፣ በሰባት ኮሌጆችና በአንድ የቴክኖሎጂ ኢንስቲትዩት የተደራጀ ነው፡፡ ከሐዋሳ ዋናው ግቢ፣ ግብርና ኮሌጅ ሕክምናና ጤና ሳይንስ ኮሌጆች በተጨማሪ፣ በይርጋለም የሚገኘው የሐዋሳ ካምፓስና ወንዶገነት ደንና ተፈጥሮ ሀብት ኮሌጆች የዩኒቨርሲቲው አካል ናቸው፡፡ በዚህ መነሻነት ዩኒቨርሲቲው ከተቋቋመበት መሠረታዊ መርሆዎች ማለትም መማር ማስተማር፣ ምርምር፣ የኅብረተሰብ አገልግሎትና የቴከኖሎጂ ሽግግር አኳያ በ2006 የትምህርት ዘመን ከመንግሥት በተመደበለት 1.2 ቢሊዮን ብር በጀት መጠነ ሰፊ ሥራዎችን አከናውኗል፡፡ ይኼውም ተቋሙ ሲመሠረት በቅድመ ምረቃ ከነበሩት ስምን…

Ethiopia: New Housing Scheme for Diaspora and Diplomatic Mission Workers

A draft directive is prepared by the Ministry of Development, Housing and Construction (MUDHC) on housing registration for members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community. This housing scheme is going to be open only for the Ethiopian Diaspora. The directive stipulates different list of prices and different housing schemes from which they can own a house from 40/60 and 20/80 schemes, which currently are underway. According to the draft document, beneficiaries of the directive are the Diaspora and workers of the Ethiopian diplomatic missions. Members of these groups can register individually or can organize themselves and register under housing cooperative associations. Individuals who would like to be included under this scheme have different alternatives. They can register for houses from two to four bedroom houses. According to Fortune, the directive rules out the alternative of a one bedroom apartment. A two bedroom apartment is going to lie on 74 square meters and built on a minimum …

Connecting the dots throughout the world leading to economic empowerment

by Harry C. Alford The idea hit me during the International Panel at our 22nd annual conference in Chicago July 10-12. Speaking on the panel were NBCC members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences. It was Colombia’s first and they were given an NBCC board seat, taken by Juan Camilo Cabezas, for their effort in forming a strong and viable chapter headquartered in Cali, Colombia, a city of 2.5 million people – and 70 percent Black! As impressive as this map is, an argument can be made that there are more countries with over 100,000 people of African descent, such as Papua, New Guinea, Australia and, as Harry Alford points out, even China. – Map: CompareAfrique.com The Ethiopia participation comes by way of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This association of 35 African countries was recently formed and is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We look forward to a productive rela…

የሲዳማ ፊቼ በኣል በማይዳሰሱ እና ኣስቸኳይ ጥበቃ በሚሹ ባህል ስር በዩኔስኮ በኣለም ቅርስነት መመዝገቡ ወይም ኣለመመዝገቡ የምታወቀው እንደፈረንጆች የዘመን ኣቆጣጠር በ2015_2016 ባለው ጊዜ ውስጥ መሆኑ ታወቀ።

ሰሞኑን ሃዋሳ ላይ ልምምድ ሲያደርግ የሰነበተው የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ እግር ኳስ ብድን ወደ ኣንጎላ ያቀናል

አዲስ አበባ ሐምሌ 21/2006 የወንዶች እግር ኳስ ብሔራዊ ቡድን የወዳጅነት ጨዋታ ለማድረግ በመጪው ረቡዕ ወደ አንጎላ እንደሚያቀና የኢትዮጵያ እግር ኳስ ፌዴሬሽን አስታወቀ። የፌዴሬሽኑ የህዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ አቶ ወንድምኩን አላዩ እንደተናገሩት ብሔራዊ ቡድኑ የወዳጅነት ጨዋታውን ከአንጎላ አቻው ጋር የፊታችን እሁድ ያካሂዳል፡፡ ቡድኑ የአቋም መለኪያ የወዳጅነት ጨዋታውን የሚያደርገው በሚቀጥለው ዓመት ሞሮኮ በምታዘጋጀው የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ ላይ ለመካፈል እንደሆነ ጠቁመው በተጨማሪም ጨዋታው ኢትዮጵያ ከአልጄሪያ ጋር ለምታደርገው የማጣሪያ ውድድር ለቡድኑ ቅድመ ዝግጅት ይረዳዋል ብለዋል። በፖርቱጋላዊው አሰልጣኝ ማሪያኖ ባሬቶ በሃዋሳ ልምምድ ሲያደርግ የሰነበተው የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ቡድኑ በአሁኑ ወቅት በአዲስ አበባ ይገኛል። አስልጣኙ አገሪቱን በመወከል ከአንጎላ ብሔራዊ ቡድን ጋር የሚጫወቱ ተሰላፊዎችን ዛሬና ነገ ይፋ እንደሚያደርጉ ይጠበቃል። ብሄራዊ ቡድኑ ከአንጎላ ጨዋታ መልስ ወደ ብራዚል በመጓዝ ከአምስት የብራዚል ክለቦች ጋር የወዳጅነት ጨዋታዎችን ያደርጋል ያሉት ኃላፊው  ዋልያዎቹ በብራዚል ለ17 ቀናት እንደሚቆዩ ገልጸዋል። ከኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ቡድን ጋር የወዳጅነት ጨዋታ ለማድረግ ከግብፅ፣ ቤኒን እና ከሌሎችም ብሔራዊ ቡድኖች ጥያቄዎች መቅረባቸውን አቶ ወንድምኩን ተናግረዋል። ግብጽ በነሐሴ ወር ከኢትዮጵያ ጋር የወዳጅነት ጨዋታ ለማድረግ ያቀረበችው ጥያቄ ፌዴሬሽኑ እንደተቀበለውና በቀጣይ ለአገሪቱ እንደሚያሳውቅ ገልጸዋል። ከቤኒን እና ከሌሎች ብሔራዊ ቡድኖች በኩል ለቀረበው ጥያቄ ግን ፌደሬሽኑ እስካሁን ምላሽ አልሰጠም። ኢዜኣ

Ethiopia needs to do better

That's the message for Ethiopia Copyright 2014: Houston Chronicle July 28, 2014 | Updated: July 28, 2014 10:25pm As they ready for two days of wheeling and dealing with a high-ranking Ethiopian delegation at a local hotel, Houston business and elected leaders today need to look beyond a foreign market opportunity and first ask hard questions about Ethiopia's recent crackdown on nine journalists, as well as the country's unsuccessful move this spring to make homosexuality a "non-pardonable" crime. Ethiopia is the second largest jailer of journalists in Africa, behind its neighbor on the Horn, Eritrea. This month it upped the tally by formally indicting nine editors, freelancers and bloggers with trumped up charges of inciting violence and terrorism. The world's preeminent advocacy organization for journalists and press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists, called the government's action a move to "suppress political dissent and intimidate jou…

Ethiopia should consider currency devaluation: World Bank

Ethiopia should consider devaluing its currency to boost exports as they are mostly unprocessed products and need to stay competitive on price, a World Bank economist said on Tuesday. Ethiopia, whose main exports are coffee, horticultural products, oilseeds and livestock, has operated a carefully managed floating exchange rate regime since 1992.

The last big devaluation was in 2010 when the birr lost 16.7 percent of its value to the dollar. The central bank quoted the birr at 19.6511/19.8476 to the US currency on Tuesday. "By one measure of real exchange rate, Ethiopia's currency is 31 percent overvalued," the World Bank's lead economist in Ethiopia, Lars Christian Moller, said in Addis Ababa.

At an event to launch an economic report on the Horn of Africa nation, he said devaluing the currency by 10 percent could increase export growth by 5 percentage points a year. "Ethiopia's exports are relatively unsophisticated, unprocessed and tend to compete in price, …

'Freedom of the press' in Ethiopia

Source: RADIO NETHERLANDS Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers, who had been arrested in April, have been charged with terrorism for having links with the US-based Ginbot 7 opposition movement, and for planning attacks. Ginbot 7 is considered a terrorist organisation in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn denies he is undermining the freedom of the press. "Anyone who is seen and acting within this terrorist network will be eligible for the course of law," he told reporters. "When you put yourself into this network and you try to become a blogger, don't think that you are going to escape from the Ethiopian government.” Gado by Gado Cartoon: Gado Who is Gado? Gado, full name Godfrey Mwampembwa, is one of Africa's most influential cartoonists. He draws a daily cartoon for Kenyan newspaper The Nation, and his work has appeared in various other publications, such as Le Monde, the Washington Times and the Japan Times. Gado is also the man behind XY…

World Bank ‘wrong’ on Ethiopia’s ranking on ease of doing business - Desalegn - CNBC Africa

Ethiopia continues to record impressive economic growth and is estimated to be one of the first growing economies in Africa. Ethiopia - Gross domestic product48.15
(US dollars, billions)
in 2013 GDP at purchaser's prices is the sum of gross value added by all resident producers in the economy plus any product taxes and minus any subsidies not included in the value of the products. It is calculated without making deductions for depreciation of fabricated assets or for depletion and degradation of natural resources. Data are in current U.S. dollars. Dollar figures for GDP are converted from domestic currencies using single year official exchange rates. World Bank ‘wrong’ on Ethiopia’s ranking on ease of doing business - Desalegn - CNBC Africa

Egypt set to play Ethiopia friendly in Augus

The Pharaohs will square off against Ethiopia in preparation for September's Senegal and Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
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Ethiopia: How Coffee Farmers Sponsor Government Projects

Nairobi — Ethiopia, a poor East African country with record of abject poverty, is now one of the fastest growing economies in that region. This achievement followed an effective value chain developed by the country's coffee farmers under the aegis of Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) that does not only improved the earnings of the Ethiopian farmers but also empowered the OCFCU to sponsor some government projects. Delivering a paper at the recently concluded conference on Finance for Revolutionising agricultural value chain in Nairobi, Kenya, co-sponsored by the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) and the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperative (CTA), Mr. Dessalegn Jena of OCFCU said his union provides social services as part of its contribution to the government and people of Ethiopia. He said the union has built 81 schools and related facilities and transferred to the government, constructed 20 clinics, provided 89 sources of …

Hailemariam Desalegn Humiliated By Abebe Gellaw

Hailemariam Desalegn Humiliated By Abebe Gellaw Posted By Mesay On July 23, 2014 @ 9:30 pm In Ethiopia | (AV) Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn faced a stinging humiliation as Azusa Pacific University (APU), whose motto is “God First”, has withdrawn an honor it had already bestowed on him. The university administration had to reverse its decision to honor Mr. Desalegn in light of gross human rights violations in Ethiopia being perpetrated by the regime he serves.
The administration of the American evangelical university made the decision in an emergency meeting last Friday after this reporter raised a number of critical questions on whether honoring a human rights violator was consistent with APU’s core values and motto. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians (GARE) also wrote a letter highlighting gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Mr. Desalegn and the TPLF-led regime he is serving.
The honoring ceremony, which was slated for July 31 at the univ…