The Government of Ethiopia, which has been in the process of privatizing a number of state-backed businesses and propelling the nation towards a market-oriented economy, would sell off a 40 per cent stake of Ethio Telecom, the Addis Ababa-based lone telecommunication service provider in the horn Africa, as a part of the Ethiopian Government’s attempt to open up the world’s last major telecom market, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Finance Eyob Tekalign Tolina said to a press agency. Apart from that, two senior Government officials directly briefed over the subject-matter were quoted saying on condition of anonymity that a number of foreign firms would be invited in the auction, while the Ethiopian citizens would also be allowed to purchase small minority stakes in Ethio Telecom and the Government would retain the controlling 60 per cent stake. In point of fact, latest remarks from Tolina to sell off a 40 per cent stake of Ethio Telecom came forth a day after the Ethiopia’s Communication regulator said that Ethiopia, the low-income landlocked African nation, a third of whose population has been residing below poverty-level, would leap forth with its planned stake sale of the monopolized telecommunication sector despite a pandemic outbreak at large. Nonetheless, while being asked over the issue, the Ethio Telecom had declined to comment over the auction procedure, though a spokeswoman for the Ethiopian telecom giant had confirmed that an auction for Ethio Telecom’s 40 per cent stake would take place in a near-term outlook. Ethio Telecom stake sale- a bigger bet to liberalize nation’s economy for PM AhmedMore importantly, as the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been seeking to open up the nation’s economy, a privatization of the country’s telecom industry is contemplated as one of the strongest pushes to turn PM Ahmed’s vision into a realty given the scale of the size of the market that serves nearly 110 million people.
May 25, 2020 21:00 UTC
All the detainees were arrested in the capital Addis Ababa during raids by the police on Sunday night, the city’s police commission said in a briefing. Meanwhile, Ethiopia has recorded 73 new cases of coronavirus out of the 2, 844 laboratory tests conducted in the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 655, according to a statement by the Ministry of health. Out of the 73 cases, 49 are male and 24 are female, with the youngest being eight years old and the oldest 75 years, it said. The statement indicated that 67 of the cases are Ethiopian citizens, while the remaining six are foreign nationals.
May 25, 2020 18:56 UTC
(KDRTV)-Another Kenyan plane was allegedly shoot by Ethiopian troops in Somalia in Qansahdere, Bay region in SomaliaThe aircraft was shot while carrying humanitarian aid and caught fire mid-air after the shootingReports indicate that the Kenyan plane, registration number 5Y-VVA, recorded no injury or fatality during the incidentRead also: Somalian Forces ‘Mistakenly’ Crash Kenyan Aircraft With RPGHowever, according to the Voice of America (VOA) correspondent in Somalia, Harun Maruf, preliminary reports hints that Al-shabaab militants are to blame for the shootingAt the same time, KDRTV understands that several sources in Somalia allege that the downing could have been mistakenly done by the Ethiopian troops attached to the areaSomalian online media agency, Halgan Media asserted that the crew on the aircraft were arrested by the Somalia`s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) agents and phones taken away after the incident. KDRTV recognizes that this is the second time Kenyan plane is being attacked in Somalian region being protected by the Ethiopian troops with the first incident claiming lives of six crew. According to our previous reports, on Monday, May 4, 2020 an aircraft called African Express was crashed by Ethiopian troops in Somalia near Bardale TownOn the following day, the Kenyan government obligated the Somalian government and global agencies to investigate the incidentRead also: Uproar as COVID-19 Pitches Camp in LangataHowever, on Saturday, May 9, Ethiopian Army admitted that they shot the plane but they claimed to have downed the it mistakenly for ‘potential suicide mission’
May 25, 2020 18:49 UTC
Ethiopian Election Board Set to Hold Elections within 13 MonthsBy Staff ReporterMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is set to hold the 6th general elections after 13 months at maximum with additional funding requirements of more than 2.5 billion birr. NEBE on Thursday proposed two elections time frames during which it can finalize preparations to conduct the elections amid coronavirus pandemic. The electoral board on March 31, 2020 announced the postponement of the national elections scheduled for August 29, 2020 due to problems related to coronavirus pandemic in the country. Wubishet announced two scenarios in which NEBE can organize the elections and according to the first scenario, the electoral board can organize the election without further procedural amendments. He said that the board needs more than 139 million Birr for training, logistic and related works, and a total of 10 months for the whole pre-election activities.
May 22, 2020 06:11 UTC
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government sees potential job creation opportunity for Ethiopia in a privatized telecom sector. Photo credit : SMborkenaMay 21, 2020Ethiopia’s communication Authority is now inviting applications from companies (apparently including expatriate ones) that are interested in taking part in the country’s telecom sector. For now, Ethiopia is ready only for two more companies that could offer service in the telecom sector, and the authority has released a document inviting a letter of interest from interested companies. Notable economists like Kebour Gena have been criticizing prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration move to nationalize national assets. It is unclear as to why Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government chooses to get the privatization done in a time of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
May 21, 2020 23:15 UTC
“HAS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC REVEALED THE DEEPER FLAWS WITHIN THE ETHIOPIAN CONSTITUTION?”Mr. Obang MethoMay 20, 2020A newly invigorated media debate has emerged over the last three weeks. Without question, different power players will distrust the motivations of others, sometimes for good reason, especially in light of a past history where deceptive tactics have repeatedly led to power and resource grabbing. Here is one for today: why are the disagreements on how to solve our present Constitutional crisis so closely related to tribal affiliation? It does not ensure individual rights; but instead, it favors tribal rights for the winners and their cronies. Eighty-six different ethnic groups are represented; however, if a group has over a million members; for every added million, that group is allowed another member.
May 21, 2020 22:41 UTC
The Unexplored Options for Ethiopian ElectionsBy Abel MerawiMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- From the start of May, the major discussion in Ethiopian politics has centered around the upcoming elections. They include electronic voting, voting by mail, and also the changing of election day into election month(s). Considering the antagonism between Ethiopian political parties, postponing could not be a long-term solution. Also in previous Ethiopian elections, there were areas who voted after election day due to political unrest or other issues. The above alternatives for the Ethiopian political election can be more practical if used in combination.
May 21, 2020 20:15 UTC
That was US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, May 12th talking about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a project dam the Blue Nile. Now on that very day, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed proposed to Sudan to sign an agreement to start filling the dam in July of this year. And that agreement, partial agreement, was initialed by Egypt but Sudan refused to, at the time, to initial that agreement because of the absence of Ethiopia. When Sudan refused the initial agreement back in February, it was accused of taking sides … That it was taking side with Ethiopia against Egypt. And if the Nile River doesn’t come to [inaudible 00:10:24], all 11, not just Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, I think we will see a lot of problems in the future arising again.
May 21, 2020 19:07 UTC
Gihon Ethiopian Kitchen: Genesis of a meal I can hear pans clacking and smell umami scents wafting out. Wicked eggplantPlace GIHON Ethiopian Kitchen 2432 El Cajon Boulevard, San DiegoSo last week, when the governor said “Restaurants can open,” did he mean like straightaway? For starters a main ingredient is Ethiopian teff, a kind of grain that’s gluten-free and twice as healthy as wheat, from what I hear. “It’s an important part of the Ethiopian diet,” Mercy says. It sits like a caldera in the folding wads of injera, which actually looks like some kind of carpet underlay.
May 21, 2020 19:01 UTC
A plane carrying 119 immigrants from Ethiopia landed in Israel on Thursday, as the country marked the annual memorial day for Ethiopian Jews who died en route to the Jewish state. The immigrants were greeted by the new Immigration Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, the first female Ethiopian-born minister in Israel’s history, and Jewish Agency head Isaac Herzog. Now they’ve made it home and I’m extremely moved,” she added, using the Hebrew term for Jewish immigration to Israel. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, some immigration to Israel has continued, including a group of new immigrants from Ethiopia who arrived in late March. Hundreds or, by some estimates, thousands of people died on the trip from Ethiopia to the Sudanese camps from where they left to Israel.
May 21, 2020 18:56 UTC
ADDIS ABABA - Djibouti has more than 1,800 COVID-19 cases, making it the African country with the highest number of cases per 100,000 people. The head of Djibouti’s main COVID-19 response center says systematically giving COVID-19 patients the anti-malarial drug chloroquine is the main reason for the country's low death rate. But even scientists who see evidence of the efficacy of chloroquine caution on their use. Despite some observational optimism, scientists say it is still too early to attribute low death rates to antimalarial drugs. Offering one explanation, he said “chloroquine anti-malarial drugs act positively on the virus.”“That’s what we think, though nothing has confirmed it,” he said.
May 21, 2020 18:39 UTC
borkenaMay 21, 2020Ethiopia’s first ever constitutional inquiry commission had its first hearing on May 16,2020. Part I and Part II of the hearing session is shared below. Part II is featured belowVideo : embedded from EBC YouTube channelCover photo : screenshot from video of part I of the hearingJoin the conversation. Like borkena on Facebook and get Ethiopian News updates regularly. As well, you may get Ethiopia News by following us on twitter @zborkena
May 21, 2020 17:52 UTC
They are just a small share of the thousands of Ethiopian workers stuck in the Middle Eastern country due to global travel restrictions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The would-be passengers had left Ethiopia to find work in Lebanon as live-in domestic workers. There are an estimated 150,000 Ethiopian women in Lebanon, most having flocked there in search of jobs that pay as little as $150 a month. Ethiopian workers wait at Beirut airport, Lebanon“I’m frustrated,” says Samia, 28, who has been stuck, unemployed in the Middle Eastern country for weeks. “It wasn’t our decision to cancel the flights,” Ethiopian Airlines’ Beirut office manager Daniel Tsige wrote in response to texted queries.
May 21, 2020 17:00 UTC
Organizers had had high hopes for this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), an annual event focusing on the AI technique of deep learning. “Africans and the institutions in Africa missed a chance to make connections and secure important collaborations,” says computer scientist Meareg Hailemariam at Addis Ababa University. But in recent years, visa issues have blocked many participants, often from developing countries, from attending AI meetings. The Canadian government was criticized in 2018 for turning down visa applications for NeurIPS, another major AI meeting, which was held in Toronto. The dream of hosting an ICLR meeting in Addis Ababa lives on.
May 21, 2020 16:30 UTC
Sustainable land managementUnder SLMP, about 900,000 hectares of land are now being sustainably managed, benefitting some 2.5 million people. World Bank support for sustainable land management also includes the creation of green corridors – strips of continuous native vegetation that link restored landscapes with biodiversity hotspots and help restore watersheds where biodiversity can flourish. Photo: © Kaia Rose, Connect4Climate – World Bank GroupNew global framework for natureEfforts such as these in rural Ethiopia come as nature is under unprecedented pressure worldwide. The World Bank is also preparing a position paper on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people, which will be released later this year. Ensuring women’s inclusionEthiopian farmer Tadelech Kebede benefited from World Bank’s Sustainable Land Management Program (SLMP).
May 21, 2020 15:11 UTC