External-self-determination was the concept introduced in the realm of international law to expedite Africa’s decolonization from the European colonial rule. The propagandists and advocates of this ethnic-based federalism have mainstreamed that federalism is the blissful system unlike the unitary system to be applicable in Ethiopia. They intentionally preached the public that it’s only the federalism system which appropriates power to the federal/central government and the regional/sub-national administrations. For those who call themselves as federalist forces, ethnic groups are their best commodities to trade on. We should say no for political entrepreneurs who preached ethnic federalism as a matter of life and death.
May 27, 2020 12:56 UTC
As in the past, security forces responded with brutal force, resulting in over 1,000 deaths, disappearances, and the imprisonment of thousands. But to truly break with the past, Ethiopia needs to meaningfully pursue truth, justice, reconciliation, and redress —and not embrace one approach to the detriment of others. Abiy continues to focus on reconciliation as his preferred approach for dealing with the country’s past. Ethiopia still has a way to go to fully learn and heal a divided nation that has suffered from legacies of abuse. The Commission’s future recommendations could also feed into judicial and security sector reforms, given their past and present abusive roles.
May 27, 2020 12:56 UTC
The Ethiopian government is set to sell off a 40 per cent stake in state owned Ethio Telecom to private, international investors, as the country begins opening up its telecoms market. The Ethiopian government will retain ownership of the remaining 60 per cent of Ethio Telecom. In addition to selling off the stake in Ethio Telecom, the Ethiopian government is also set to auction off two 15 year licences to prospective mobile network operators to provide services across the country. The licences are expected to raise over $1 billion in revenues for the government. Vodacom Group, MTN Group Ltd, Orange SA and Helios Towers have all expressed an interest in acquiring a licence in the country.
May 27, 2020 12:22 UTC
The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 4,352; of these thirty (30) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Seven-Hundred-Thirty-One (731). Among the confirmed cases, 22 of them are male and 8 are female and their age ranges from 9 to 60 years. All of the people confirmed for COVID-19 am Ethiopians. Considering the increase in transmission of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like the public to strictly adhere to all precaution measures. We need to be reminded that every single action we take determines the risk of contracting the virus.
The logo of the Carlyle Group is displayed at the company's office in Tokyo, Japan October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato ReutersBy Chibuike Oguh(Reuters) - Four dealmakers responsible for Carlyle Group Inc's Sub-Saharan Africa Fund are leaving to launch their own firm, Carlyle said on Wednesday, in the latest private equity retreat from the continent. But the Washington, D.C.-based firm said it would no longer pursue an Africa-dedicated buyout fund to succeed its $700 million Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund, which it raised in 2014. Alterra will also assume management of Carlyle's Sub-Saharan Africa Fund as sub-advisors starting from July 1. That same year, Blackstone Group Inc sold its stake in Black Rhino Group, an African infrastructure development firm, back to its management.
To the surprise of many, African governments have taken bold and swift measures in response to the pandemic, despite their resource constraints and weaker economic base. Preparations began in January and February, and a national response was declared with Ethiopia’s first reported case on 13 March, with tighter measures including compulsory quarantine and an increased public awareness campaign. The government’s declaration of a public health emergency involved extremely rigorous contact tracing and compulsory quarantine. The impact of COVID-19 is extending beyond the public health emergency and the economy, leading also to the postponement of national elections. First, Ethiopia’s unconventional approach aims to apply cost-effective public health emergency measures that rely on an extension of its present measures.
ADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaLeaders of political parties in Ethiopia on Wednesday met government officials and members of the National Committee for Coordination of Public Participation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. “We need not focus on our differences right now but join forces in our support to our dam,” said Mussa Adem, chairman of the Ethiopian Political Parties Joint Council. He made the call during a high level conference by political parties, The Role of Political Parties on the Support of GERD. “Egypt and external forces that do not want us to make use of our natural resource for development are getting emboldened by perceived political division in Ethiopia,” Adem said, adding that political forces in the country should enhance their unity around GERD. Ethiopia said it would start the first-phase filling of the $5 billion dam on the Nile this July.
May 27, 2020 11:03 UTC
It starts its operational phase with the launch for the first two calls for applications towards incubators/accelerators and civil society organisations. More than 1,000 young project leaders will benefit from this project. On the 19th of May 2020, Safir initiated the selection process of incubators and civil society organisations. The launch of calls for applications towards young project leaders and universities is scheduled in September. The Institut français with the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) will in parallel offer 21 civil society organisations sessions to strengthen their advocacy training methodologies.
Source:News Business Ethiopia
May 27, 2020 10:30 UTC
The Addis Ababa City Administration donated 200 water pumps and five tractors to urban agriculture farmers to commonly use the machines. Cognizant of these plausible food crises, the Addis Ababa City Administration has launched an official extensive urban agricultural scheme. Though Urban Agriculture is not new to Addis Ababa, the present urban agriculture development is expected to significantly contribute to soften the economic impact through stabilizing price of vegetables and horticulture products. “Recognizing the importance of urban agriculture to sustainable urban development the government of Ethiopia prepared urban agriculture development strategy in 2020.”“Oftentimes, people living in major cities obtain their food supply from nearby rural areas. This could be accomplished through urban agriculture that involves horticulture-based activities, agroforestry, urban livestock and aquaculture” he added.
Source:News Business Ethiopia
May 27, 2020 09:45 UTC
The pandemic that left thousands of Asheville workers unemployed has been particularly hard on the artists, musicians and performers who help define the city’s character. The soul of the city – its many talented and quirky artists and small business owners -- are fighting to survive. “Most people are not treading water right now,” said Andrew Montrie, who runs the Asheville Art in the Park market. “When it comes to things like the impact on artists, is going out and buying art as essential as buying groceries? “Some of our very first thoughts were for the artists, handcraft artists, the healing artists, the culinary artists,” she said.
May 27, 2020 05:37 UTC
borkenaMay 26, 2020Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has been running Tigray regional state, in north Ethiopia, much like a de facto state. Against the backdrop of those circumstances, a series of protests this week transpired in several areas of the Tigray region. “Media that breathe with the same lung,” the statement called those media outlets. Federal authorities have not yet responded to the statement from the Tigray region. Images purportedly showing protests in different parts of the Tigray region have been circulating on social media like Facebook and Twitter.
May 27, 2020 03:45 UTC
Ethiopian Council of Ministers Approved Record High Budget for 2020/21 YearBy Staff ReporterMay 26, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Council of Ministers approved a record-high 470 billion Birr annual budget for the next Ethiopian year starting from July 8, 2020. The new budget has seen a nearly 17 percent rise compared to the budget allocated to this year. The council referred the new budget bill to the House of Peoples of Representatives for approval. The government envisages securing about 20 percent of the total budget from local and external loans amounting to 100 billion. All the cases are Ethiopian nationals, with the youngest being 15 years old and the oldest 70 years, the statement indicated.
May 27, 2020 03:22 UTC
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that millions of people in Africa could be pushed into extreme poverty due to the pandemic. The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said on Monday that despite progress, Africa remains afflicted by poverty, violence and a lack of democratic governance. Today it is celebrated as Africa Day, formerly African Freedom Day, or African Liberation Day. In 2002, the OAU was transformed into the African Union (AU), an institution which includes all 55 states on the continent. “The pandemic threatens African progress,” Guterres said.
May 27, 2020 01:30 UTC
Science Committee Member Alpay Azap says a second wave may hit Turkey in the fall. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Africa is the world's least-affected region. Is There a Risk of a Second Wave in Turkey? Speaking to reporters, Dr. Azap says that as the Scientific Committee, they do not expect the second wave in the summer. WHO: Africa Least-Affected AreaMeanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made statements about the global state of the coronavirus outbreak.
May 26, 2020 19:07 UTC
Isaiah Dickerson, headed the first mass reparations movement in the United States, founded in 1898. She was active in every major reparations movement until her death in 1996. Finally, although my primary focus has been on obtaining reparations for African descendants in the United States, it is critical to recognize that our quest is part of the international movement for reparations as well. As such, I have worked closely with supporters of reparations throughout the world, recognizing that the success of the movement for reparations for diasporic Africans anywhere advances the movement for reparations by Africans and African descendants everywhere. Fifty years after I first entered the reparations movement, I’m optimistic.
May 26, 2020 18:45 UTC