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Published: 03 Aug 2019 10:38

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Ethiopia:  Premier Forms Committee to Draw Investment

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has formed a new national steering committee to oversee and reform the investment climate and employment regime. To be chaired by Prime Minister Abiy, the steering committee will have high-level government officials and regional state heads as members and is expected to be operational in the coming weeks. A representative from the ...

Source: Addis Fortune (30 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia:  Preventing Further Conflict and Fragmentation in Ethiopia

analysis Ethiopia is being buffeted by deadly unrest as it attempts a rapid transition to multi-party democracy under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. His government has chalked up significant achievements during the last eighteen months of political and economic liberalisation. But the challenges it faces were laid bare...

Source: International Crisis Group (26 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Going green: Ethiopia's bid to plant four billion trees

By AFP Addis Ababa. These days whenever Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appears in public, he removes his jacket, rolls up his sleeves, grabs a shovel and gets to planting a tree. Abiy is leading by example as Ethiopia plans to plant a mind-boggling four billion trees by October, as part of a global movement to restore forests to help fight climate change and ...

Source: The Citizen (31 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Makes Bold Step Towards Creating a Cashless Economy

For over three decades, starting and running a business in Ethiopia has always been a herculean task. With the new commercial laws, all this is set to change...at least we hope so. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy's administration has approved a new policy that is set to do away with cash transactions in a move intended to stem underground illegal currency transactions.

Source: The African Exponent (24 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Economy/markets

Ethiopia: Growing Ethiopian economy, yet facing political troubles, external risks

Ethiopia's economy and wealth levels have been growing strongly at 9% per annum on average for the past five years. Moody's Investors Service published a new report on Tuesday addressing the reform efforts, political situation, and external risks in Ethiopia...

Source: MENAFN News (12 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: PM Remains Defiant Over Foreign Debt Stress

By Yonas Abiye The House of People's Representatives (HPR) ended its fourth year of the current parliamentary term by endorsing the proposed federal government's budget worth 386,954,965,289 birr (over USD 13.8 billion) for the fiscal year 2012 E.C (2019/20 GC). However, despite the growing concerns from various sides, the Prime Minister insisted that the country is not ...

Source: The Reporter (16 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Changing Ethiopia's Dev't Finance Model - Easier Said Than Done

opinion By Getachew T. Alemu I am sitting at the waiting area of an airport in one of the regional state capitals, waiting to board my flight to Addis Abeba. This and other airports remain flagship achievements of Ethiopia’s fast-paced economic growth, which, according to the World Bank, averages around 10.1pc for the last 15 years. Ethiopia’s allocation of public investment to economic and social infrastructure has been one of the highest in Africa, with 63pc of the latest budget allocated for education, health and infrastructure development.

Source: Addis Standard (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Politics

Ethiopia, Sudan: Deportation of Sudan Rebel Delegation From Ethiopia Halted

Addis Ababa — The Ethiopian security authorities initiated deportation procedures for the delegation of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) headed by Jibril Ibrahim on Sunday morning., however Diplomatic intervention stopped the delegation from being moved to Addis Ababa airport. The JEM delegation is in Addis Ababa in order to consult with the Sudan's opposition ...

Source: Radio Dabanga (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Power, Security and Democracy Dilemma

analysis By Semir Yusuf Addis Ababa — Recent assassinations of senior political and military leaders in Ethiopia sent shock waves across the country, casting another shadow over the transition process. These incidents are just one reflection of the deep problems facing the country, despite political reforms. Political change has come rapidly in Ethiopia, raising ...

Source: Institute for Security Studies (15 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: At least 17 killed during violence over Sidama autonomy

ADDIS ABEBA – At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group, according to a local official and hospital authorities. A local district official told Reuters news agency on Saturday that at least 13 people were killed in a town near Hawassa city, 275 km south of the ...

Source: The Namibian (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Abiy's Walking a Tightrope, Let's Pray He Doesn't Fall Off

column By Charles Onyango-Obbo Something peculiar – and profoundly significant in the broad sweep of African politics – is happening in Ethiopia. As Ugandans would say, we should “speak on it” before its historical significance disappears over the horizon...

Source: The East African (22 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Country At a Crossroads As Region in South Pushes for New State

Ethiopia risks splitting into small regional units if the government allows the Sidama in the south to declare its own state in five months. Though the push for unilateral declaration of a Sidama federal state by July 18 was thwarted after the election board of Ethiopia promised to hold a referendum...

Source: The East African (21 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Federation of Nation States - the Only Viable Option for Ethiopia

opinion In a recent panel discussion held recently in Addis Ababa, one of the most prominent scholars in intergovernmental and intragovernmental relations in Horn of African countries, Professor Medhanie Taddesse, recommended loosening the federal system in Ethiopia as a way out of the predicament the country is in. He declared it as the only way to save Ethiopia as a ...

Source: The Reporter (16 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: How Ethiopia Is Dealing With Unprecedented IDP Crisis

In his July 1st 2019 parliamentary address outlining the performance of his government in the last 11 months (2011 E.C.), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admitted internal displacement as one of the challenges his administration has had to contend with. Indeed, Ethiopia has faced a myriad of inherited and fresh socio-economic and political challenges...

Source: Addis Standard (16 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, Somalia: Should Ethiopia Recognize Somaliland?

opinion The beginning of this month saw the Transitional Federal "Government" of Somalia, residing in a highly fortified Villa Somalia, cut non-existent diplomatic ties with Guinea Conakry because the latter accorded what looks like official reception to the Somaliland delegation led by its President. The diplomatic row may be inconsequential, but it illustrates how ...

Source: The Reporter (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Meles - Why the Addis Effect is Now Resonating All Over the World

opinion By Meles Alem Tikea When he assumed power, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed's clarion call was that for political progress to happen in Ethiopia, Ethiopians must debate issues openly and respectfully. This, he noted, was because it is easier to win people over to democracy than push them towards democracy. Tied to this is Abiy's vision, rooted in the concept ...

Source: The East African (24 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, Kenya: Mutual Ignorance Standing in the Way of Kenya-Ethiopia Ties

opinion By Michael Kuria It is now de rigeur to see breathless proclamations of just how close to collapse Kenya's northern neighbour is. These proclamations come mostly from the media but can also be traced to assorted online commentators -- academics, think-tankers, policy fellows, varied experts and the odd tweep -- most of whom are given to the easy catastrophising of ...

Source: The Nation (25 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Parliament to Break Recess to Deliberate On Election Law

opinion By Yonas Abiye The House of People's Representatives (HPR), which is currently on recess, will be recalled to session in the coming weeks to debate on the Electoral and Political Parties draft proclamation, The Reporter has learnt. According to the information obtained from the parliament's Communication Directorate, the legislators will be summoned in the coming ...

Source: The Reporter (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Agriculture/food

Ethiopia, East Africa: FAO steps up cross border animal health and disease surveillance in East Africa

15 July  2019, Nairobi  - Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and pests are one of the main risk factors in IGAD countries. Pastoralist communities that live and frequently migrate within the cross-border areas share natural resources, and marketing of livestock and livestock products. Regrettably, there has been limited coordination by the countries in animal health ...

Source: Food (News) (30 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, Yemen, East Africa:  FAO Warns of Desert Locust Outbreaks in Yemen and the Horn of Africa

Locusts multiply and spread due to weather conditions causing damage to crops Desert Locust summer breeding, amplified by heavy rains, can pose a serious threat to agricultural production areas of Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia and northern Somalia during the next three months, FAO warned today. This could result in potentially adverse impacts on the ...

Source: FAO  (29 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Aid & development

Ethiopia: UNICEF signs annual work plans worth 1.4 billion birr with the Government of Ethiopia

UNICEF signed the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2012 annual work plans worth US$ 49 million (1.4 billion birr) with the Government of Ethiopia under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2016-2020)...

Source: Africa Newsroom (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Banking/financial services

Ethiopia: Ethiopia opens up banking sector to diaspora, dual-nationals

Ethiopia’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to open up the country’s financial sector to an estimated five million citizens living abroad or with dual nationality, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks and start lending businesses. The changes are part of a raft of economic reforms initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed when he came to power last ...

Source: The East African (31 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Central Bank Tightens Grip On Bank Appointees

By Fasika Tadesse The old directive used to compel the banks to nominate presidents that have a decade of experience in the industry. The central bank has tightened its grip on requirements and qualifications of nominees to the board of directors and chief executive officers of commercial banks. With its newly issued directive, the National Bank of Ethiopia has ...

Source: Addis Fortune (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Softens Banking Rules To Boost Foreign Exchange Reserves

The banking sphere in Ethiopia isn't usually open to foreign investment and is led by two very old and profitable firms, Dashen and Awash Bank.

Source: PYMNTS.com (31 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Energy

Ethiopia, UK: British energy organizations to visit Ethiopia next week

About 17 British energy organizations will be visiting Ethiopia next week as part of the Energy Catalyst Mission. The organizations will meet Ethiopian counterparts in the energy sector to understand the opportunities for UK-Ethiopia collaboration, said the UK Embassy in Ethiopia...

Source: Fana (12 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Internet/technology/telecoms

Ethiopia: Ethiopia internet shutdown: A potential return to old regime habits - CNN

Abel Wabella is no stranger to the dangers of pursuing digital activism in Ethiopia. In 2014 he was charged under a controversial anti-terrorism law, which has been described as providing the state with "unnecessarily far-reaching powers" by Amnesty International. Wabella spent over a year in jail because of his role as co-founder of Zone9, a blogging collective that highlighted human rights abuses...

Source: CNN Africa (Africa News) (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Offers New Hope for Phone Providers

Yabsira Tadesse had no trouble getting a new SIM card when he popped into an Ethio Telecom store in northern Addis Ababa the other day. He still thinks it’s intolerable that the state-owned behemoth is the only option for phone and internet users in a country of 100 million...

Source: Bloomberg (19 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Leisure/tourism

Ethiopia, Kenya: Hyatt Regency Sets Up Water Bottling Plant

The purification system at Hayat Regency Hotel was installed in order to make the hotel plastic-free. Hyatt Regency, an internationally franchised hotel in the capital, is the first hotel to bottle water for its own consumption. To set up the water bottling plant, excluding the treatment facility, the hotel invested 40,000 dollars. Installed in the basement of the ...

Source: Addis Fortune (30 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia backs Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 24, 2019/APO Group/ -- Prominent figures from Ethiopia’s public and private sectors have spoken out publicly to welcome the return to Addis Ababa of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (24 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Media

Ethiopia:  Bill to Relax Media Investment Law

Non-national co-owners of Nahoo Television, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS) and Kana Television have also transferred their shares after being required to do so by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority. Non-nationals will soon be able to hold up to 25pc equity in local media companies if parliament legislates the amended media law. The bill, which has been in ...

Source: Addis Fortune (30 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Mining

Ethiopia: Committee Emerges to Rescue Mining Sector

The Committee aims to create a minimum of 200,000 jobs and generate a minimum of 265 million dollars from mineral exports in the current fiscal year. Concerned with the ever-declining revenues from the export of minerals, the government has formed a new committee to rescue the sector. Composed of 12 members from the Ethiopian Geological Survey; Mining, Oil and Biofuel ...

Source: Addis Fortune (30 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Set to Strength Mining Sector

Ethiopian government plan to rejuvenate the country’s revenue through the mining sector by six folds during the just started Ethiopian fiscal year. The government also announced the formation of a national coordination committee to gain it ...

Source: New Africa Business (Business) (30 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Trade

Ethiopia: FDI in Ethiopia: Is “Abiymania” Enough?

Following his ascension to the position of prime minister, Abiy Ahmed’s commitment to enact a series of lofty reforms designed to modernize Ethiopia’s economy has attracted a considerable amount of foreign direct investment into the country. Recent figures suggest that Ethiopia alone accounts for over 33% of all FDI within East Africa. With recorded FDI inflows reaching $3.3 billion USD in 2018...

Source: Geopolitical Monitor (31 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, East Africa:  Can the Peace-Trade Equation Stabilise the Horn?

analysis By Shewit Woldemichael and Senai W Andemariam The launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 7 July at the African Union (AU) summit in Niamey, Niger, has created the largest free trade zone in the world for 1.2 billion people with a gross domestic product of around US$3.4 trillion....

Source: Institute for Security Studies (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, Africa: Report suggests policies to boost Africa’s GDP by $134 billion – New Business Ethiopia

The 2019 African Economic Outlook by the African Development Bank (AfDB) suggests five trade policy actions that can bring Africa’s total gains to 4.5% of its GDP, or $134 billion a year. The report launched on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the sidelines of the African Union Summit suggested the following policies to improve Africa’s trade...

Source: New Business Ethiopia (Trade) (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia’s export income declines 9 percent – New Business Ethiopia

Continuing its decline Ethiopia’s export income for the first nine months of the fiscal year started July 8, 2018, goes down by about 9 percent compared to same time last fiscal year. From July 2019 to March 2019, Ethiopia has earned $1.9 billion from ...

Source: New Business Ethiopia (Trade) (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Transport

Ethiopia, Somalia: Ethiopian Airlines commences direct flights to Puntland, Somalia

GAROWE, Puntland - Ethiopia's flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has launched thrice-weekly direct passenger flights between Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and Somalia's Puntland state...

Source: Garowonline (15 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines gets gold prize for cargo service – New Business Ethiopia

Posted on February 7, 2019 by newbusinessethiopia Ethiopian Airlines gets gold prize for cargo service Ethiopian Airlines gets gold prize as the top performing cargo transportation airline at the Customers Annual Meeting organized by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport on 30th January 2019. “The award was handed to Ethiopian ...

Source: New Business Ethiopia (Trade) (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, Somalia: Somaliland launches road project connecting Berbera Port and Ethiopia

President Muse Bihi Abdi Somaliland and Ethiopia officials from Somali region laid a cornerstone for the construction of a highway that links Berbera Port with Ethiopia’s border town Togochale. The 72 kilometers road ...

Source: New Business Ethiopia (Trade) (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia, France: French multinational logistics companies enter Ethiopian market

Following the recent decision of Ethiopian Government to liberalization its logistics sector, Bolloré Africa Logistics and CMA/CGM Group of France venture with two local logistics companies. The executives of the two ...

Source: New Business Ethiopia (Trade) (17 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Collision of Dreams & Nightmares

A new restriction banning heavy trucks operating on the streets of the capital has turned to dreams come true for commuters and a nightmare for the truckers and businesses delivering commodities, merchandises and material. The Addis Abeba City Administration issued the directive restricting the movement of heavy trucks on city roads and streets between the hours of 6:30am and ...

Source: Addis Fortune (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Women and Youth

Ethiopia: #MeTooEthiopia - Empowering Citizens to Demand Change

interview By Samuel Getachew Tiemert Shimelis is one of the founders of an Ethiopian movement - #MeTooEthiopia - geared towards fighting gender-based violence among Ethiopians. This new effort is an offspring of @ShadesOfInjera, an Instagram account that has hosted important discussions on vital social issues for the last seven years. Tiemert recently held discussions ...

Source: The Reporter (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Other

Ethiopia, Japan: Tokyo's Little Ethiopia

opinion By Asrat Seyoum Ephrem Haile is a familiar name and face in Tokyo and Japan as a whole. Featured on a number of television shows and documentary programs in Japan, Ephrem has really been the face of Ethiopian community in Japan for over a decade. His latest stint is the biggest yet with a popular Japanese television comedian Kazuyoshi Morita aka Mr. Tamori ...

Source: The Reporter (23 Jul 2019 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Forced Displacement Causes Controversy in Ethiopia's Omo Valley

A dam project and sugarcane plantation intended to transform southern Ethiopia could mean the end to a way of life for indigenous people living in the region. The $1.7 billion hydroelectric Gibe III dam, completed in 2015, harnesses power from the Omo River. It can generate up to 1,870 megawatts of energy, equal to 40 percent of Ethiopia's total electricity demand...

Source: Voice of America (22 Jul 2019 )  Share

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