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Premier inaugurates Hawassa Industrial Park (July 13, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inaugurated today the eco-friendly Hawassa Industrial Park built with 250 million US dollars in Hawassa town, the capital of SNNP Regional State. The Hawassa Industrial Park will help bring economic transformation in the country by attracting quality foreign direct investments and shifting small-scale manufactures into a larger scale, the Premier said at the inaugural ceremony. Moreover, it allows to attain the target set in the industrial sector and to build the capacity and the competitiveness of local investors, the Premier added. more
Authority finalizes preparations to begin construction of 130 km Adama-Awash expressway (July 13, 2016)
The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) said it has finalized preparations to start the construction of 130 km Adama-Awash expressway. Araya Girmay, Director General of ERA, told FBC yesterday that his authority has issued international tender to recruit contractors for the expressway to be built with a financial support of Exim bank of China. more
Ethiopian wins SkyTrax World Airline Award (July 12, 2016)
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing, most profitable and a technology pioneer African airline, said it has won SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, for the second time, on July 12, 2016 at Farnborough Airshow event held in Hampshire, England. more
President calls for expansion of economic cooperation between Ethiopia, Mexico (July 12, 2016)
President Mulatu Teshome said the economic relations between Ethiopia and Mexico needs to be consolidated. The president held talks on Tuesday with Ambassador Alfredo Miranda, Mexico's departing ambassador to Ethiopia. On the occasion, President Mulatu called on Mexican investors to come to Ethiopia and exploit the favorable trade and investment environment in the country. Praising Ambassador Miranda for the efforts he made in strengthening the relations between Ethiopia and Mexico, Mulatu urged the Ambassador to help attract more Mexican investors to come to Ethiopia. more
IGAD congratulates Ethiopia on its election as non-permanent member of UNSC (June 30, 2016)
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) congratulated Ethiopia on its election as non-permanent member of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC). ''IGAD is proud to learn that Ethiopia, one of its Member States and a founding member of the United Nations has been elected to serve a non- permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for the next five years with an overwhelming support from members of the UN General Assembly,'' Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim said on behalf of IGAD. more
Ethiopia Secures its Third Term at the United Nations Security Council (June 29, 2016)
In one round of voting the United Nations General Assembly elected Ethiopia to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms commencing on 1 January 2017. The election of five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council was held today on 28 June 2016 during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The candidates from four different regions presented for the election were Ethiopia and Bolivia running on a clean slate basis from the African and the Latin America and Caribbean Groups respectively; Italy, Netherlands and Sweden, competing for two seats for Western Europe and others Group; and Kazakhstan and Thailand competing for a single seat for Asia and the Pacific Group. more
USA, Ethiopian governments advance efforts to end tuberculosis (June 27, 2016)
The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia's Ministry of Health and implementing partners KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Management Sciences for Health, and the World Health Organization will celebrate the transition from the HEAL TB activity to Challenge TB activity tomorrow here in Sheraton Hotel. more
Ethiopia has reached on the verge of achieving a record volume of annual export coffee, according to the Ministry of Trade (MoT). The country has exported over 174,000 tons of coffee during the past eleven months which was 96 percent of the targeted 180,000 tons. more
Ethiopia tops Africa, among world's top-10 refugee hosting nations (June 20, 2016)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has revealed that five African countries led by Ethiopia and Kenya are among the world’s top-10 refugee hosting nations. The UNHCR in a report released in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, also revealed that the total number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in sub-Saharan Africa was 18.4 million in 2015. The report was released on Monday as the world marked the World Refugee Day. more
Ethiopia to celebrate second Diaspora Day (June 17, 2016)
Ethiopia is preparing to celebrate the second Diaspora day starting from August 1 in Bahirdar town. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a press briefing regarding the diaspora day. Foreign Affairs State Minister Regassa Kefale said over 3500 diasporas are registered to participate on the day. more
Ethiopia confident of attaining SDGs, says Hailemariam (June 16, 2016)
Backed by its consecutive double digit economic growth, Ethiopia is better placed to attain the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Speaking at the 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD 2016) kicked of yesterday in Brussels, Belgium, Hailemariam said he is confident that Ethiopia will attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said the goals are achievable as they are “on the same wavelength” of the country’s aspirations. more
Premier holds talks with EU, African leaders (June 15, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held talks with Donald Tusk, President of European Council, and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on the sidelines of the 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD 2016) in Brussels, Belgium. During the sideline meeting, the Premier and Tusk discussed on strategic engagement, current situation in the Horn of Africa and cooperation on migration. more
Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom meets with Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (June 14, 2016)
Dr Tedros Adhanom paid an official visit to Jamaica on 13th June 2016 and held meeting with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, H.E. Andrew Holness, at the Prime Minister's Office. This is the first time a high-level Ethiopian government official visited Jamaica in about 50 years after the historic visit of Emperor Haile Selassie to Jamaica. During the discussion, the two sides emphasized on the importance of nurturing the historic relations between Ethiopia and Jamaica, and agreed to work together on enhancing people to people relations as well as strengthening cooperation in the areas of tourism, investment, trade and sport. more
Ethiopia takes measure in response to Eritrea's attempted attack, says GCAO (June 13, 2016)
The Ethiopian defense forces have taken proportional measures against the Eritrean government in response to Asmara's attempted attack at Tsorena front yesterday, said Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO). The attack heavily weakened Eritrean military's attacking capacity, the office indicated. The report issued last week by the United Nations rights investigators accusing Eritrean leaders of crimes against humanity dragged the Eritrean regime into crisis, it noted. more
AMISOM commends Ethiopian troops for defeating Al-Shabaab (June 13, 2016)
In a statement issued on Saturday (June 10, 2016), AMISOM commended Ethiopian troops for defeating Al-Shabaab. According to the statement, AMISOM Acting Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, commended Ethiopian troops for thwarting an Al-Shabaab attack and inflicting heavy casualties on the Al Qaeda-linked militants. Maj. Gen Lakara visited the Halgan Forward Operation Base, in Hiiraan region, a day after troops from the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF), serving under AMISOM, thwarted a dawn attack by Al Shabaab, killing more than 100 militants. Maj. Gen. Lakara was received at the base by the AMISOM sector four Deputy Commander, Col. Ayenom Mesfin, who briefed him on the operation and took him on a guided tour of the camp where a huge cache of arms seized from the attackers was displayed. The battlefield was still strewn with bodies of slain Al-Shabaab fighters. more
Number of Alshabaab militants killed rises to 248 (June 10, 2016)
The number of Alshabaab militants killed by Ethiopian and Somalian forces has increased to 248, according an updated news obtained from Ministry of National Defence. Ethiopian and Somalian forces have foiled planned Alshabab attack on Ethiopian forces yesterday morning in Hiran Zone of Somalia. Although Alshabab militants have planned the attack with car bombs in four directions, Ethiopian and Somalia forces jointly repulsed the attack and killed 248 Alshabab militants including 5 top commanders. The joint forces have also seized several military weapons.
UN Inquiry finds crime against humanity in Eritrea (June 09, 2016)
On statement to the media on Wednesday (June 8), Mr. Mike Smith, Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea disclosed that the Commission found a crimes against humanity. According to the Chairman, crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumanities acts, persecutions, sexual and gender based violence, discrimination on the basis of religion and ethnicity and other crimes which were documented in the previous reports persist. The statement revealed that in the absence of a constitution, an independent judiciary or democratic institutions in Eritrea, the commission has found no improvement in the rule of law. more
Ethiopian Foreign Minister to visit Cuba (June 08, 2016)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, will travel to Cuba tomorrow for an official visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Caribbean country announced today. According to a note posted in the website of the entity, in addition to holding official talks with his peer, Bruno Rodriguez, Dr. Tedros will carry out other activities as part of his agenda there. The two countries reviewed in January the bilateral cooperation and confirmed their governments' willingness to move towards a qualitatively higher stage in the relations. more
The 25th anniversary of Ginbot 20 colourfully marked in Washington D.C. (June 06, 2016)
Diaspora Ethiopians residing in and around Washington D.C. Metro area celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ginbot 20, (May 28) which saw the height of the downfall of the Derg regime and the institutionalization of the Federal System under a new Constitution on Saturday June 04, 2016. Mr. Reta Alemu Nega, Deputy Chief of the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C., welcomed the Diaspora Ethiopians on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra -Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the US, Mexico and Jamaica. more
H.E. Amb. Girma Birru visits HEART Trust / NTA (June 01, 2016)
His Excellency Girma Birru, Ethiopian Ambassador to Jamaica, paid a special visit to the HEART Trust/NTA's corporate offices at Oxford Road in Kingston on Tuesday (May 31, 2016). The Ambassador’s delegation was welcomed by Mr Kevin Mullings, Senior Director, HEART Trust Fund, representing Dr Wayne Wesley, Executive Director, who is traveling on government business. Also present at the courtesy call were, Mrs Yodit Hylton, Honorary Consul, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Mr Nihine Messret-Ademe, Consul at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, Mr Denworth Finnikin, Senior Director for Workforce Development and Employment and Mrs Nicole Manning, Senior Director, Corporate Planning and Strategic Development at the HEART Trust/ NTA. more
Jamaica & Ethiopia to strengthen sport and cultural bilateral cooperation (May 31, 2016)
Jamaica and Ethiopia have agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the areas of sport and culture. The decision was made during a courtesy call, today, with Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Ambassador of Ethiopia to Jamaica, His Excellency Girma Birru. Minister Grange noted that the Ambassador’s visit to Jamaica was timely as it marks the 50thanniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Ethiopia. This significant milestone, she said, will also be marked by formalizing a sport cooperation agreement between the two countries. more
Ambassador Girma Birru visits Jamaica to strengthen ties (May 31, 2016)
Ethiopian Ambassador to United States, Jamaica and Mexico, Girma Birru, is on the island to explore ways in which Ethiopia and Jamaica can further collaborate in the areas of tourism, education, culture, sports and air transport. While on the island, the ambassador is slated to meet with Babsy Grange, Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport; Senator Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information; Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Mining as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to discuss bilateral matters. He will also be touring the facilities of various private sector enterprises, including Red Stripe and Sutherland Global. more
Ethiopia's foreign policy brings peace, dev't over past years: MoFA (May 26, 2016)
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie said Ethiopia's post-1991 foreign policy brings peace and stability as well as economic development to the country. The state minister made the remark on Wednesday at a panel discussion organized in connection with the 25th anniversary of May 28 Victory Day for resident ambassadors and diplomats. Ethiopia's foreign policy redefined poverty, not neighboring countries, as a threat for the country's survival and gave emphasis for peaceful co-existence. more
Ethiopia, Salini sign €2.5 bln contract for Koysha dam (May 25, 2016)
Ethiopia and Salini Impregilo have signed an agreement for the construction of Koysha dam, a new mega hydroelectric project, in Koysha area, SNNP regional state. The new megaproject is worth 2.5 billion Euros and will have an installed capacity of 2,200 MW. The client is the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The project includes a 170 metre high rolled compacted concrete (RCC) dam; the reservoir volume is 6000 million cubic metres. The hydroelectric plant will annually produce 6,460 GWh. more
Dr. Tedros formally announces his candidacy for Director-General of the WHO (May 25, 2016)
Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Health, formally announced his candidacy for Director-General of the World Health Organization at a press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday (May 24, 2016). He was joined by Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, and Algerian Health Minister Mr. Abdelmalek Boudiaf. Dr. Tedros is recognized worldwide as an experienced, collaborative, and diplomatic leader whose reform programs within Ethiopia and at the head of global health organizations achieved significant impact. He received the unanimous endorsement of the African Union to be the next Director-General. more
African nations urged to follow Ethiopia's green dev't approach (May 24, 2016)
Ambassadors accredited to Ethiopia have reiterated the need for African nations to follow Ethiopia's green development model. Talking to ENA, Swedish and Norwegian Ambassadors commended green growth initiatives in Ethiopia. The Ambassadors said Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) is exemplary to other African countries. more
Foreign companies benefiting from Ethiopia's economic growth, AGOA (May 24, 2016)
Ethiopia’s economic growth and the market opportunity it was given by the U.S are benefiting foreign investors, said Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Board Chairman of Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr Arkebe made the remark while discussing with a 50-member Chinese investment delegation who came to Ethiopia to explore the investment opportunities in Ethiopia, particularly in the textile and leather sectors. He said foreign firms engaged in leather and textile in Ethiopia are benefiting from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a duty-free access to the U.S. market. more
World Bank Supports Ethiopia's Small and Medium Enterprises to Boost Job Creation (May 19, 2016)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on Wednesday (May 18) approved a US$200 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support the growth and development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ethiopia. more
Amhara Region Diaspora Members Held a Successful Meeting in Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2016)

Hundreds of Amhara Region diaspora members residing in the Washington D.C. Metro area held a successful meeting at the Ethiopian Embassy on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) delegation led by H.E. Gedu Andargachew, President of the Amhara National Regional State, addressed the hundreds of a packed audience of Ethiopians on regards of the propitious investment environment currently obtaining in Ethiopia, and invited the Natives to invest in the Region. more

Hailemariam holds talks with Blair (May 10, 2016)
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the economic progress Ethiopia has made is so impressive that investors from across the world could take advantage of it. Blair was holding talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on various national and continental issues yesterday. Blair told journalists after the discussion that Ethiopia has made economic achievements which could be exemplary to other nations. more
Nation celebrates Diamond Jubilee of Patriots' Victory Day (May 05, 2016)
The 75th anniversary of Patriots' Victory Day was celebrated across the nation today (May 05, 2016).  The day marks the end of Italian occupation where in 1941, Ethiopian patriots fought for the independence of the country. The Diamond Jubilee of Patriots' Victory Day was colorfully celebrated at the Victory Square, here in the nation's capital in the presence of residents, ministers, ambassadors and high level government officials, including President Mulatu Teshome, Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ato. Diriba Kuma, and President of the Ethiopian Patriots' Association, Lij Daniel Jote Mesfin. more
Ethiopia set to invest 150 billion USD in the launch of green economy projects (May 02, 2016)
Ethiopia is due to embark on investing 150 billion USD in the implementation of various green economy projects over the coming two decades. According to Kare Chawicha, State Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change, the new target aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission, advance economic growth as well as create jobs for women and youth. more
Geldof overwhelmed by massive development in Ethiopia (April 27, 2016)
Irish musician Robert 'Bob' Geldof has paid tribute to progresses achieved in the various fields of development in Ethiopia. The singer-songwriter, who founded Band Aid to raise money for the 1984 famine relief in Ethiopia, is overwhelmed by massive developments in infrastructure and agriculture sectors throughout Ethiopia. "It is interesting for me to come and talk to the government, people and business people, even I couldn't talk to business people 30 years ago because they didn't exist", Geldof told journalists in Addis Ababa. more
Role of private sector vital in accelerating industrial development in Ethiopia: Dr. Mulatu (April 27, 2016)
President Mulatu Teshome has emphasized on the critical role of the private sector in accelerating industrial development in Ethiopia. The President on Tuesday visited ETUR textile PLC, a 400 million Birr Turkish investment in Ethiopia. Dr. Mulatu during his visit to the textile industry in the town of Adama said the industry, established with facilitations from the government, assists plans of meeting targets set for the industry sector. more
Riek Machar sworn in as First Vice-President (April 26, 2016)
Dr. Riek Machar, has been sworn in as First Vice-President shortly after his arrival in the country's national capital, Juba, on Tuesday, (26 April, 2016). Upon arrival, in Juba Machar was received by several of his senior officials and a number of government ministers. Machar immediately took oath of office as first vice president before President Kiir. President Kiir in his speech noted "I have no doubt that his return to Juba today marks the end of the war and the return of peace and stability to South Sudan." more
Prime Minister Hailemariam attends a couple of key events in New York (April 20, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn arrived in New York on Wednesday (April 20) to attend two milestone events in New York. The two important events at the UN are the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement Signing Ceremony due to take place today and tomorrow (April 21 and 22). more
Ethiopia declares two-day national mourning as of tomorrow (April 19, 2016)
The House of People's Representatives (HPR) has announced a two-day national mourning for those innocent civilians killed by an armed group in Gembella regional state last Friday. The national mourning will begin as of tomorrow and remains for two days with Ethiopian flag flying at half-mast across the nation, Ethiopian embassies and consulates as well as Ethiopian owned ships. more
Senior gov't officials visit villages attacked by armed group in Gambella (April 19, 2016)
High level Ethiopian government officials have visited the villages attacked by South Sudanese gunmen in Gambella regional states and pledged maximum efforts to rehabilitate the victims and free abducted children. The ongoing efforts to re-establish the victims and to free the children will be consolidated, said Kassa Teklebirhan, Minister of Federal and Pastoral Area Development, during a discussion held with victims of the attack in Lare woreda. more

AU condemns attack by S.Sudanese gunmen in Gambella (April 18, 2016)

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has condemned in the strongest terms the criminal attack carried out by South Sudanese armed elements in the Jakawa area of the Gambella region of Ethiopia, on 15 April 2016, killing 208 people and abducting 102 women and children. The chairperson expressed AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the injured. She assured the government and people of Ethiopia of AU's full solidarity and support in these difficult circumstances. more
Ethiopian defense force taking measures against Gambella attackers (April 18, 2016)
Several people were killed by an armed group in three woredas of the Nuer zone in Gambella regional state on Friday. "The atrocities committed by armed militants from South Sudan's Murle tribe claimed the lives of 208 mothers and children. They also abducted 102 children," said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The government of Ethiopia expresses its deepest grief over the attack, he said. The Ethiopian defense force is taking measures against the attackers to free the abducted children without any precondition, the Premier said. Several gunmen were killed so far and the result will be announced in the future, he added. The government is preparing to provide the necessary support for victims of the attack, the Premier said. more
Government expressed deep sorrow over the killing of 208 civilians (April 17, 2016)
The Government of Ethiopia expressed it deep sorrow over the killing of 208 civilians. Armed militants of South Sudan's Murle tribe infiltrated into Ethiopia on Friday, and attacked 13 kebeles in Anuak and Nuer Zones of the Gambella Regional State, killing 182 civilians so far. The total number of death reached 208 including those killed last month. According to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), the group also kidnapped 100 children and looted more than 2,000 cattle. more
The 5th Tana Forum on security in Africa wraps up (April 17, 2016)
The 5th Tana Forum on security in Africa wrapped up its two-day session on Sunday (April 17, 2016). Speaking at the conclusion of the forum, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn recognized the great works of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS-Addis), which he noted was instrumental in promoting peace and security in Ethiopia and Africa at large through education. The Premier also announced the soon to be established Tana Foundation. more
Premier addresses the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa (April 16, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam addressed the fifth Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa. The Forum which opened today (April 16, 2016) in Bahir Dar town, Amhara regional state is being held under the theme "Africa in the Global Security Agenda." In his key note address, the premier underlined on the need to develop continental framework and cultivate local capacity with a view to addressing problems in the African continent. more
Ethiopian Airlines celebrates its 70th anniversary (Apr 14, 2016)
Ethiopian Airlines has begun celebrating its 70 years of dedicated and highly successful air transport services to, from and within the continent of Africa as of April 08, 2016. A press release issued yesterday stated with its strong mission of bringing Africa together and closer to the world, Ethiopian has expanded much needed air connectivity within Africa and with the rest of the world in the last 70 years. Leading the way in the past, present and the future; Ethiopian has been an aviation technology leader in Africa and has introduced many new aircraft and systems to the continent. The result of such a long journey of dedicated service has now culminated in connecting 51 cities in Africa with the major trading centers of the world in five continents and 41 cities around the world. more
Dr. Tedros meets President, CEO of Woodrow Wilson Center (Apr 13, 2016)
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom has received President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Jane Herman at his office today. According to the President and CEO of the center, the Woodrow Wilson Center deals with key issues that impact Africa and US-Africa relationships. more
Ethiopia in increased partnership drive on security, African integration (Apr 13, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has confirmed that his visit to West Africa is part of the country's drive to strengthen partnership in the areas of peace and security as well as Africa's integration agenda. The Prime Minister said his visit served as a platform to share Ethiopia's experience in fighting terrorism and its fast economic growth. more
Several countries backing Ethiopia's bid for UNSC seat:MoFA (Apr 09, 2016)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said several countries are expressing their support to Ethiopia in its bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Though Ethiopia was one of the founders of the United Nations, it has served the Council only twice, in 1967 – 1968 and 1989 – 1990. Recently the country began a campaign to hold the seat for the term 2017-2018. more
US-based ECO News Channel vows to Promote Ethiopian Coffee (Apr 06, 2016)
The American news channel, ECO News, has pledged to promote Jimma coffee brand across the United States of America. The promoting will encourage farmers and coffee producers to sell their products at reasonable prices, they indicated. Broadcast journalists of the US-based ECO News Channel have visited the coffee growing Guma Woreda of Jimma Zone. Manager of ECO News Channel, Lancy Lambert said the visit has enabled the journalists to obtain sufficient information about Ethiopian coffee which enables them to promote the product in America. more
Premier: GERD has advanced national consensus and generated a spirit of mutual trust among riparian countries (Apr 02, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been the result of the nation's own capacity and fruitful diplomacy dedicated at exploiting its resources as a tool for reducing poverty in the country. Speaking at the 5th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, in Guba, the construction site, today (April 02, 2016), the Premier said the Dam has proved that the country has developed full capacity to exploit its own resources to the best end of tackling poverty. more 
Ethiopian Ministry of Education and Microsoft sign an Education Transformation Agreement (March 31, 2016)
Ethiopia's Ministry of Education and Microsoft signed an Education Transformation Agreement on Tuesday (March 29). State Minister for Higher Education of Ethiopia, Dr. Kabba Urgessa, said, "The Education Transformation Agreement will help us refine and implement a national ICT in Education strategy." The State Minister added, "Our economic competitiveness as a country depends on how our schools and universities use ICT to prepare students for the modern workplace. more
Ethiopia highlights its leading role in providing female peacekeepers at the UNSC debate on "Women, Peace and Security" (March 31, 2016)
At the UNSC debate on "Women, Peace and Security" held on Monday (March 28) Ethiopia highlighted its leading role in providing female peacekeepers. As the Security Council took up the "women, peace and security agenda", considering the role of women in creating more peaceful and equitable societies on the continent, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, Ambassador Dr. Tekeda, noted "There is no doubt that women are uniquely positioned to nurture a culture of peace and there is no doubt enhancing their effective participation will have meaningful impact whether it is in prevention and resolution of conflicts or participating in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building endeavors." more
Ethiopia launches a five-year health sector roadmap (March 28, 2016)
Ministry of Health today (March 28, 2016) launched a five-year Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP 2016-2020), which is up for ensuring better and fair access to health services. Acknowledging that the success in the health sector was ascribed to the joint efforts of the health army, health extension workers, development partners, and the general public, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen underlined public, private enterprises and stakeholders should contribute their share for the successful implementation of the plan. He added replicating the best practices of model health institutions was key to ensure quality and fair access to health services. more
Ethiopia set to export potash (March 28, 2016)
The Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG) revealed Ethiopia will supply potash to the global market within the coming four years. Mr. Tolosa Shagi, Minister of Mines, said a British company, Circum Minerals Ltd and the Norwegian Yara International Petroleum and Natural Gas are currently undertaking a range of activities to export the product, adding that three international companies are close to engaging in potash development. more
Ethiopia's football to get capacity boost from FIFA (March 24, 2016)
The newly elected President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino has expressed his readiness to advance football in Ethiopia through capacity building initiatives. Infantino's pledge came on Wednesday as he discussed with Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa. In his first working visit to Ethiopia since his election as President of the world's football governing body back on 26 February, 2016, Infantino called for increased capacity building at all levels of football during talks with officials of the Ethiopian Football Federation. more
World Bank helps Ethiopia improve financial management (March 24, 2016)
A $33m fund to help the Ethiopian government modernize management of its public finance and procurement has been approved by the World Bank. The group said that the fund, in the form of an International Development Association (IDA) credit, would allow Ethiopia to strengthen the effectiveness of internal control systems and ensure proper expenditure management to reduce extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. more
Ethiopia's Tourism revenue rises as Diasporas invest in high-end hotels back home (March 24, 2016)
Ethiopia's tourism sector is set for a record year as number of visitors to the coffee producing East African nation increase buoyed by increased number of high-end hotels built by Ethiopians in the Diaspora and improving infrastructure. more
Ethiopia condemns Brussels terrorist attacks (March 23, 2016)
A statement issued today (March 23, 2016) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Government of FDRE on behalf of the people of Ethiopia offers its deepest sympathy to all the families of the victims and to the people of Belgium, adding that the thoughts and prayers of the people and Government of Ethiopia are with all Belgians and most especially with the families of those killed or wounded in these murderous attacks. more
MoCT: Embassies and consuls' active promotional packages beef up the tourism industry (March 21, 2016)
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia's tourism industry showed a rise by 108,136 visitors and generated 404, 842,160 more USD in the first half of the current fiscal year, which among others has been ascribed to government's commitment to the sector, and particularly the undertaking of active promotional packages by the Ethiopian embassies and consuls. The reliable peace and security in the country, infrastructural development and the expansion of hotels at tourist destinations have also contributed a great deal to the new impetus evident in the industry. In an exclusive interview with the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), Mr. Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Director at the ministry disclosed 478,890 tourists have visited Ethiopia during the first half of the current fiscal year, which showed a rise by 108,136 visitors as viewed against the performance witnessed during the same period of the previous yea; thereby generating 1.7 billion dollars, a figure way over last year's performance by 404, 842,160 dollars. more
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, manifestation for popular achievements (March 16, 2016)
The synergy and the conviction of the people and government of Ethiopia towards the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is unprecedented. Despite many piled up national issues and development undertakings no break for the symbolic GERD construction. For many reasons of all the ongoing huge projects under way in the county the GERD has singular features. Soliciting finance for the project is under way here and abroad. The construction of GERD has been contributed significantly in mobilizing domestic resource through saving. more
Ethiopia will be the leading manufacturing hub in Africa by 2025 (March 16, 2016)
Special adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Arkebe Oqubay said, in the last 12 years Ethiopia achieved double digit economic growth, i.e. 11 % each year. He also said, the economy was primarily driven by agriculture and now the country is shifting to manufacturing. In the interview he gave to Bloomberg Dr. Arkebe said, by 2025 Ethiopia planned to be the leading manufacturing hub in Africa. Investment is pouring from China, India, Turkey, European Union, and recently from the US. more
UNICEF Committed to Providing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance: Antony Lake (March 15, 2016)
President Mulatu Teshome called on Antony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, today to further strengthen the fund's assistance in education and health in drought hit parts of the country. During his talks with Antony Lake, President Mulatu said the drought caused by El-Nino has affected rural parts of the country and children in particular. more
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)'s height reaches at 75m (March 14, 2016)
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has reached at a height of 75 meters. The dam, which is at more than halfway now, has a total height of 145 meters. In addition to the construction of the dam, installation of various infrastructures is underway at the dam site. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project is being executed by Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), France and an Italian industrial group, Salini Impregilo. more
Ethiopia unveils new tourism brand "Land of Origins" (March 10, 2016)
Ethiopia has unveiled new tourism brand "Land of Origins" at world's biggest travel platform. Ethiopia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Engineer Aisha Mohammed, is in attendance of the tourism trade fair, where she gave a press conference on Ethiopia’s tourism potential and opportunities. more
Prime Minister Hailemariam: "Ethiopia's economy continues to be on a healthy course" (March 10, 2016)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presented his government's six-months performance report for members of the House of Peoples' Representatives today (March 10, 2016). The Prime Minister in his report said sectors which include construction, service and manufacturing sectors have witnessed growth over the past six months, where investment has shown a threefold growth in comparative terms to the same period last fiscal year. The Premier noted efforts would intensify to sustain the growth ahead in the remaining half of the budget year. more
Ethiopian government expends over 8 billion birr to mitigate effects of drought: Hailemariam (March 10, 2016)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presented his government's six-month performance report to the House of People's Representatives (HPR). The premier included Agriculture, investment, mega projects and other sectors six month's performance in his report. more
'We are an island of stability in a troubled region': PM Hailemariam (March 09, 2016)
AllAfrica's Reed Kramer interviewed Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, after a US-Africa business summit in Addis Ababa in February. These are extracts from the original interview. more
The 4th World Coffee Conference kicks off in Addis Ababa (March 07, 2016)
The 4th World Coffee Conference which is being held (March6-8, 2016) under the theme: "Nurturing coffee culture and diversity" kicked off today (March 07, 2016) in Addis Ababa at the Conference Hall of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in his keynote address expressed his gratitude to the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the International Coffee Organization as well as other stakeholders for organizing such a historic event. more
USAID announces DART deployment to Ethiopia (March 05, 2016)
USAID Administrator, Ms. Gayle Smith in a press briefing on Thursday (March 04, 2016) disclosed that the United States is dispatching a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Ethiopia to help avert the El-Nino induced drought in the country. DART which makes up an elite team of disaster experts would coordinate with the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian organizations and thereby provide technical assistance in the course and conduct humanitarian assessments on the ground to bring vital humanitarian aid, including emergency food assistance, seeds to plant new crops, safe drinking water, and nutrition treatments to those in need. more
Amb. Girma Birru met with the Newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti to the United States of America

H.E. Ambassador Girma Birru met with H.E Ambassador Siad Mohamed Douale, Djibouti's Newly Appointed Ambassador to the United States of America and to the UN, at his office on February 23, 2016. During the discussion, Ambassador Girma welcomed his counterpart and expressed his appreciation for taking the initiative to establish the connection. The two ambassadors exchanged information on the current issues in the horn of Africa. They also talked about the strong friendly relationship between the two countries and the prevailing political conditions both in Djibouti and Ethiopia. Ambassador Siad Mohamed thanked Ambassador Girma for the warm welcome and the briefing on the works at the African Groups. Ambassador Girma Birru shared his experience on the activities and engagements in various sectors. The two ambassadors agreed and expressed their keenness to work together and further strengthen strong relationship in various area.

Gov't Comes up with Plan to Engage Drought Victims in Developemnt Activities (Feb 23, 2016)
Preparations are made to engage citizens living in drought affected parts of the country in development, according to Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. The drought cannot be a continuing threat as activities will be undertaken with full capacity by utilizing the regular rain of the coming winter season, he added. At a press conference he gave here today, the premier stated that the government will intensify its fight to withstand the drought. Some 10.2 million people are currently in need of assistance. more
U.S. investments in Ethiopia climb to $4 billion in 2015 (Feb 17, 2016)
U.S. investments in Ethiopia climbed to $4 billion last year helped by several companies taking advantage of the renewed Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to venture into the East African nation, the country's ambassador to the US said. more
Ethiopia earns 150 mln USD from mineral export in six months (Feb 17, 2016)
Ethiopia has earned 150 million USD from the export of different items of minerals in the first half of this budget year, the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas disclosed. Public Relation Director with the Ministry, Bacha Faji, told WIC that 150 million USD revenue obtained from the export different items of minerals produced by artisanal miners and mining companies in the six months period. more
MoH, USAID launch joint "Communication for Health"Project (Feb 09, 2016)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ethiopia's Ministry of Health jointly inaugurated a new activity "Communication for Health" designed to strengthen evidence-based health communication in Ethiopia. This USAID activity will support the Ethiopian health sector to guide families in making better health choices in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; malaria; tuberculosis; water, sanitation and hygiene; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and nutrition. more
Two thermal wells at Aluto Langano to start power generation (Feb 08, 2016)
Drilling of two wells at the Aluto-Langano Geothermal Power project, carried out with two million USD, has completed. The wells, each with 5 to 7MW power generation capacity, will start to generate power within the coming three months, Habtamu Geremew, site coordinator at the Ethiopian Electric Power said. more
Ministry, Centre ink cancer prevention cooperation MoU (Feb 04, 2016)
The Ministry of Health and University of Texas Andersen (MD) Cancer Centre on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely to eradicate cancer with the latter to provide training and expertise assistance for Ethiopian health professionals working in the area. Health Minister Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu and Centre Global Academic Programme Vice President Oliver Bogler signed the MoU. more
First Lady honored for 'outstanding' work against cancer (Feb 04, 2016)
The American Cancer Society on Thursday honored First Lady Roman Tesfaye for her 'outstanding' contribution in the fight against cancer. The awarding institution announced that the First Lady contributed a lot in preventing non-communicable diseases with particularly immense role against cancer disease. more
US-Africa Business Summit concludes (Feb 04, 2016)
The US-Africa Business Submit 2016 concluded following deliberations on "African Industrial Revolution." The10th Biennale US-Africa Summit was held from February 1- February 4, 2016 at the United Nations Conference Center in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In his closing remarks Reed Kramer, the C.E.O of the African Media Group and Moderator of the US -Africa Closing Ceremony said African Economic renaissance which had been attributed, in part, to the development of its natural resources also benefited from the dynamism of its entrepreneurs who find solutions to local issues. more
US investment in Ethiopia reached 4 bln USD - Amb. Girma Birru (Feb 03, 2015)

The United States investment in Ethiopia has reached four billion USD. Engagement of several US companies and Ethiopians in the Diaspora are contributing to the growth, Girma Biru, Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S said. Corbetti Geothermal Company, KKR & Co. L.P Horticulture, Blackstone, Major apparel manufacturers, GE manufacture and Coca Cola are few of the US companies currently investing in Ethiopia. Pursuant to President Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, Corbetti Geothermal Company has signed a power purchase agreement with the Ethiopian Electric Power Enterprise. more

Dr. Tedros speaks at the "Doing Business in Ethiopia" Forum (Feb 02, 2016)
Dr.Tedros Adhanom addressed a gathering at the "Doing Business in Ethiopia" Forum at the margins of the US-Africa Business Summit organized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) launched at the UNCA Conference Center today (February 2, 2016) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Upon expressing his appreciation to CCA for staging such a platform and the Government of the United States of America for showing a continued commitment to strengthen the economic relations with Africa, Dr. Tedros noted that this was "a clear demonstration and recognition of the new circumstances that Africa has reoriented its priorities toward sustainable economic development". more
The US-Africa Business Summit 2016 opens in Addis Ababa (Feb 02, 2016)
Organized by the Corporate Council on Africa and Co-hosted by the Government of the Federal democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the African Union, the US-Africa Business Summit 2016 opened on Tuesday (February 02, 2016) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. more
UN Secretary-General visits drought affected areas in Ethiopia (Feb 01, 2016)
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, visited the Zway-Dugda District, in Arsi Zone of the Oromiya National Regional State on Monday(February1) to observe areas hit by the drought and Ethiopia's efforts to mitigate the impact of the EL-Nino phenomenon. He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen and Federal and Regional government officials. more
 

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