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Ambassadors from Europe and the Americas briefed on current Situation in Ethiopia (Aug 22, 2016)
State Minister Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie gave briefings to Ambassadors from Europe and the Americas on current situations in the country, particularly on the recent protests that occurred since mid-July in parts of Amhara and Oromiya Regional States at the Ministry hall on Tuesday (August 22, 2016). Ambassador Taye shared detailed accounts on the situation of recent incidents, the causes and the cautious efforts undertaken by the Government of Ethiopia to manage the situation. more
State Minister Regasa Kefale meets with delegates of Corporate Council on Africa (Aug 19, 2016)
State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Mr. Regasa Kefale, on Thursday (August 18, 2016) received delegates of Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) who are on a three day Trade mission to Ethiopia. Noting Ethiopia's non-oil fast growing economy and path of industrialization which he said was based on agriculture, State Minister Regasa Kefale expressed that Ethiopia attaches utmost priority to enhancing the flow of investment in agro-processing. Further noting the fact that the government is the sole investor in building large infrastructures including railways, Regasa said partners and investors who could fill specific gaps in regional electric connectivity and road are most welcomed. more
Ethiopia, US keen to foster multisector partnerships (Aug 15, 2016)
A workshop on enhancing the US-Ethiopia partnerships and particularly improving the agriculture sector, and thereby maximizing food security via higher education linkages commenced today (August 15, 2016) at Hilton Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, the U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa, and the Ministry of Education, the workshop was attended by State Minister of Agriculture and Natural resources of Ethiopia, Ato Wondirad Mandefro, U.S Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M. Haslach, Honorary Consul General of Ethiopia in Texas, Ato Gezahegn Kebede and Former U.S Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, high-level government officials, diplomats as well as representatives of a number of higher learning institutions from both countries. more
Gada system to join UNESCO’s intangible heritage list (Aug 10, 2016)
The Gada system of Oromo will soon be inscribed in UNESCO's intangible heritage list, according to the Oromia Culture and Tourism Bureau. Preparatory works have been finalized to secure inscription of the heritage the coming November. The Gada system is already in the list of UNESCO files being treated for the 2016 cycle. The list will be examined by UNESCO's Committee at its eleventh session in November/December 2016. more
Religious leaders urge all people to prioritize peace, join efforts for development (Aug 10, 2016)
Ethiopian religious leaders have urged all people to prioritize peace and team up efforts for the development and prosperity of the country. The brotherly love which guaranteed the sovereignty and unity of Ethiopia should be preserved, said leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (EIASC). Commenting on the recent violence occurred in some parts of Oromia and Amhara Regional States, the leaders said the people need to resolve their problems through dialogue by refraining from actions which destruct peace. more
Nation set to build over 4,000MW power dams in four years time (Aug 10, 2016)
The construction of six hydroelectric power dams, which could generate more than 4,000 MW, will be commenced within the coming four years, said the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The power projects are parts of the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II), Engineer Azeb Asnake, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EEP, told FBC today. With installed capacity of 254MW, the Genale dam will begin power generation at the end of 2009 EC. The 260 million US dollars dam has reached at more than 80 percent completion status, she said. more
Ethiopia to begin construction of four integrated agro industry parks (Aug 10, 2016)
The Ministry of Industry (MoI) said the construction of four integrated agro industry parks will be launched in Humera, Bure, Ziway (Batu) and Sidama zone as of next Ethiopia fiscal year. "We have completed a feasibility study and are identifying investors who will be engaged in the sector," Dr Mebrhatu Meles, State Minister of Industry told FBC. more
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
 

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