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US-AU High Level Dialogue and Ministerial to take place in Washington, D.C (Nov 14, 2017)
The United States (US) -African Union (AU) High Level Dialogue and Ministerial will take place November 16-17 in Washington, D.C. Upon the invitation of the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, 37 Foreign Ministers from throughout Africa, including AU leadership will participate at the high level discussions, Donald Yamamoto, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa said in a telephone media briefing yesterday. more
Ethiopia attracts half a billion US dollars FDI in first quarter (Nov 09, 2017)
Ethiopia attracted half a billion US dollars foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first quarter of this Ethiopian fiscal year (2017/18), said the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). more
Gov't Taking Great Initiative to Advance Democracy: Diplomats (Nov 08, 2017)
Diplomats of different foreign countries residing in Ethiopia commended the government’s initiative towards advancing democratic system in the country. The diplomats whom ENA has talked to following the briefing by the Foreign Minister about current situations of the country on Tuesday praised the ongoing political reforms towards widening the political space. more
Ethiopian to link Buenos Aires with Africa (Nov 08, 2017)
Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, announced that it has finalized preparations to start five weekly flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as of March 8, 2018. Buenos Aires is the world’s capital of Tango, home of centurion old buildings and a vibrant cultural scene. Argentina is one of the largest economies in Latin America and Buenos Aires is the 2nd largest city in South America with a population of over 13 million. more
Ethiopian FM briefs Addis-based diplomats on current affairs (Nov 07, 2017)
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu today briefed Addis-based diplomats on current situations in Ethiopia. In his briefing, he gave particular emphasis on the recent irresponsible clashes in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states, unrest in some parts of Oromia and the recent devaluation of Ethiopian birr among others. Dr. Workneh underscored that clashes in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states were instigated by rent-seeking groups who wanted to take advantage of minor conflicts. more
Political parties agree on percentage of mixed electoral system (Nov 03, 2017)
The negotiating national political parties of Ethiopia have agreed on a bid to raise the proportional representation for the mixed electoral system to 20 percent. The agreement adds 110 new seats to the existing 550 seats, thus raising the total number of seats in the Parliament to 660. more
Ethiopia receives global 'Star Reformer Award' from the World Bank Group (Oct 27, 2017)
The World Bank Group has granted a global ‘Star Reformer Award' to the Government of Ethiopia for its effective foreign direct investment (FDI) related reforms and the resulting success. According to a press release the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) sent to EBC, a high-level Ethiopian delegation headed by Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and Special Adviser to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgne, received the award at the World Bank Group Investment Competitiveness Forum held in Vienna same day. Presenting the award, the World Bank Group appreciated the high-level political commitment the Government of Ethiopia has demonstrated towards FDI attraction and facilitation through the realization of targeted policy reforms. more
'Rights organization' and militant opposition groups are working together against recent developments in Ethiopia (Oct 26, 2017)
Freedom House and Oakland Institute published blog posts on October 16 & 19, 2017, that share similar theme under the title: "Addis Ababa has halted a human rights resolution in the house by threatening to break off security cooperation with the United States," and ''Ethiopia Silences the United States on Human Rights Abuses," respectively. The writers as part of their long standing deliberate flawed persuasion and bias about Ethiopia, have again shallowly understand Ethiopia's major policy pillars and denounce constitutionally established independent institutions' trajectory in the promotion and protection of citizen rights. The allegations in relation to violation of human rights as well as misrepresenting diplomatic engagements against H.Res 128 and it's possible impact are not on the basis of objective accounts. more
Rent-seeking groups instigate recent clashes in Oromia state: Hailemariam (Oct 26, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the recent clashes between members of Oromia and Somali ethnic groups have nothing to do with border issue but were instigated by rent-seeking groups who want to take advantage of the conflict of the friendly peoples of the same nation. The premier's remark came while he gave responses to the issues raised by MPs based on the opening speech given by the head of state on the occasion of the reopening of the parliament after the summer recess a few weeks ago. more
Premier holds talks with U.S. Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley (Oct 25, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held discussions with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley on Monday (October 25, 2017). The discussion was focused on ways and means of solving the crisis in South Sudan and other parts of the region.They exchanged ideas on how to find a lasting solution to the conflict in the world's youngest nation. more
Parties Negotiate on Mixed Electoral System (Oct 17, 2017)
The ruling party EPRDF has proposed a mixed electoral system in which 10 percent proportional representation and 90 percent first-past-the-post would be combined. In the negotiation on the electoral law national political parties took part today, the representative of EPRDF said the proposed electoral system fits the socio-economic conditions of the country. Furthermore, the ruling party said the mixed electoral system would help represent those parties that do not qualify for the first-past-the-post system. On the other hand, the 11 opposition parties that negotiate as one group proposed the percentage to be 50/50 and that a government be formed on getting two third of the votes instead of 50 plus one. more
Egyptian, Sudanese Water Ministers Visiting Ethiopia's Grand Dam (Oct 17, 2017)
Water ministers of Egypt Mohamed Abdel Ati and Sudan Muataz Musa along with their Ethiopian counterpart are visiting the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, in which the East African nation is building along River Nile. Water Resources, Irrigation, and Electricity Minister of Sudan, Muataz Musa; Water Resources and Irrigation Minister of Egypt, Mohamed Abdel Ati and Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister of Ethiopia Sileshi have started their visit to the project. more
PM Hailemariam holds talks with US delegation led by Senator James Inhofe (Oct 13, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn yesterday received and held talks with a US delegation led by James M. Inhofe, the US Senator from Oklahoma. During the meeting, which also attracted Deputy Premier Demeke Mekonnen and other high-level government officials, the two sides exchanged views on ways to elevate ties between the governments of Ethiopia and the US. They also conferred on regional peace and security, according to Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia who attended the meeting held at the Prime Minister's office. more
Senator James Inhofe hails Ethiopia’s ‘impressive’ economic growth (Oct 13, 2017)
The visiting United States Senator from Oklahoma James M. Inhofe says Ethiopia has registered impressive economic growth. Senator Inhofe is known for his constructive views and unwavering support for Ethiopia's development trajectory. A U.S. delegation headed by the Senator conferred with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday in Addis Ababa on various development issues. more
Ethiopia extends E-Visa service to MICE participants (Oct 12, 2017)
Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines Group has launched E-Visa service for African and international participants of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) to be held in Ethiopia effective September 20, 2017.  more
Ethiopia Welcomes End of U.S. Sanctions on Sudan (Oct 11, 2017)
Ethiopia has welcomed the end of U.S. economic sanctions that were imposed on Sudan for the past 20 years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. "It has long been apparent that these have caused unnecessary and considerable problems to the Sudanese people, limiting the country's developmental progress" said the statement that the Ministry has sent to ENA. The removal will be welcomed both in the Sudan and in the region as a step that will support and encourage further regional development, it added. "Sudan is more than a neighbor; we have a great deal in common with our strategic relationship built on close people-to-people relations", the Ministry said. more
Ethiopia Devaluates Currency by 15% (Oct 10, 2017)
Ethiopia has devaluated its exchange rate of Birr by 15 percent against international currencies, the National Bank of Ethiopia announced. Deputy CEO of NBE Yohannes Ayalew said the devaluation is important in enhancing performance of the country's export sector. The move is said to promote the country's export sector that has been performing low over the past years. For the past five years, the fluctuation of commodity price in international market and strength of USD relatively against other foreign exchanges, lead to the decline of Ethiopia’s export commodities, especially coffee, oilseed, gold, and leather. more
Ethiopian voted 2017 Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year (Oct 09, 2017)
Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Africa, announced that it has been recognized as Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year 2017 by Airline Economics, the largest aviation finance and leasing print publication in the world. Winners in the Middle East & Africa Aviation 100 Awards Category have been chosen among the airlines in the Middle East and Africa through customer survey conducted by Airline Economics Magazine. more
Gov't Decisively Working towards Democratization: Diplomats (Oct 09, 2017)
The government of Ethiopia’s move towards promoting democracy in line with the prevailing rapid economic growth is appreciable, resident foreign diplomats said. The resident diplomats made the remark following the announcement of major focus areas of the government during the joint session of the House of Federation and the House of Peoples Representatives. The two parliaments start their session every year at the beginning of October by hearing government's priority areas for the new fiscal year presented by the President. For this year, sustaining efforts towards democratic system building, and ensuring good governance as well as fighting corruption are among priority areas in addition to economic aspects. more
Ethiopia plans to register11.1% economic growth in 2017/18 (Oct 09, 2017)
President Mulatu Teshome today addressed the joint session of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and House of Federation (HoF) of Ethiopia. In his speech, President Mulatu presented government's last year performance report and plan for the 2010 Ethiopian fiscal year (2017/18). According to the report, Ethiopia posted a 10.9 percent growth last fiscal year (2016/17), showing a strong recovery of the economy. more
Renewable Energy Solution Ethiopia Program Launched (Oct 03, 2017)
Renewable Energy Solution for Africa (RES4Africa) Ethiopia Program was launched here today. RES4Africa President, Antonio Cammisecra said the objective of the program is to engage in dialogue with government and private institutions in Ethiopia to build up a fair business environment for implementation of renewable energy projects. more
Irrecha Celebrated Colorfully (Oct 01, 2017)
he Irrecha festival of the Oromo people celebrated colorfully at the resort town of Bishoftu, 42km south-east of Addis Ababa. Wearing traditional clothes, devotees who have been arriving at the town since Saturday, gathered at Lake Hora Arsedi, where the celebration takes place, since 5 am in the morning. Led by the Aba Gedaas, leaders of the traditional social stratification system of the Oromo, the devotees expressed gratitude for Waqqa (God) at the lake side. The Aba Gedaas carried out the rituals in offering prayers in thanksgiving for the past and wishing the best for the future as well as blessing the crowd gathered for the festival. more
PM Hailemariam urges for integrated support to mitigate climate change (Sept 21, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn urged the need for integrated support for developing countries to help them mitigate and adopt climate change. In his remarks on the climate vulnerable forum held at the sidelines of the 72nd General Assembly, the Premier said countries like Ethiopia need to be supported to mitigate and adopt impacts of climate change that has been hindering them from realizing development plans. more
UNSC adopts draft resolution on reform of UN peacekeeping tabled by Ethiopia (Sept 20, 2017)
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today unanimously approved the draft resolution on the reform of United Nations peacekeeping tabled by Ethiopia. It was co-sponsored by all members of the Council. Members of the Council approved the resolution at the High Level Open Debate held in New York under the Chairmanship of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. more
USAID launches $40mln Community HIV Care, Treatment project in Ethiopia (Sept 20, 2017)
The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday announced the launch of the five-year, 40 million US dollars Community HIV Care and Treatment project. Through the project, USAID aims to contribute to the 90-90-90 global goals, which are 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load by 2020 in Ethiopia. more
World Bank provided new credits for trade logistics and industrial competitiveness in Ethiopia
The World Bank' Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Association credit of $50 million for the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Development Project in Ethiopia, aimed at improving the competitiveness of Ethiopian industries. It will support the Government of Ethiopia's efforts to develop the country's standardization practice, metrology, accreditation, and conformity assessment services, inspection, testing, and certification. more
Ethiopia briefs UNSC on Council's mission to Addis Ababa (Sept 13, 2017)
Presidency of the Security Council and Permanent Representative of Ethiopia, Ambassador Tekeda Alemu yesterday briefed the Security Council on the successful conduct of its mission to the African Union which took place from 05-09 September 2017 in Addis Ababa. During the delegation's stay in Addis Ababa, members of the Security Council met and held discussions with the AU PSC for the 11th Joint Annual Consultative meeting which took place on 08 September 2017. more
Economic diplomacy will remain Ethiopia's top priority, says PM Hailemariam (Sept 12, 2017)
Economic diplomacy will remain Ethiopia’s top foreign relations priority area, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. He further said that the country will do its level best for regional peace and security. The Premier was speaking at a discussion held with Ethiopian ambassadors, diplomats and senior heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. Ethiopian diplomats are expected to undertake more efforts to bring foreign direct investment (FDI), search for potential investors and accelerate technology transfer as per the plan set out in the second growth and transformation plan (GTP-II), he said. more
AfDB satisfied with Ethiopia's use of funds (Sept 12, 2017)
The Executive Director of African Development Bank (AfDB) in charge of Eastern Africa, Dr Calleb Weggoro visited Ethiopia from 4th to 12th September 2017. Dr. Weggoro, along with his Senior Advisor, Mr Amos Cheptoo, visited the Bank’s funded transport and energy projects in the all-important Ethiopia – Kenya corridor. In a press release he issued after the visit, Dr. Weggoro was impressed with what he saw in the field. more
President Urges Citizens to Strive for Sustainability of Dev't in New Year (Sept 10, 2017)
President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said the upcoming year should be a period that citizens are working in harmony for the realization of the country's development goals.  In his New Year message, the President urged the need to consolidate efforts for the sustainability of the country's rapid economic growth.  He added that activities towards eradication of poverty and realization of all goals set in the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan need to continue getting special attention.  In order to realize the country's goals, the country needs to work on improving its competitiveness at global level. more
UNSC, AUPSC hold 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting in Addis Ababa (Sept 08, 2017)
The 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and  African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) was held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa today. The meeting exchanged views on peace and security issues in Africa, specifically, on conflict and crisis situations in Somalia, South Sudan and Lake Chad basin region, said Ambassador Tekeda Alem, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN. more
PM Hailemariam meets with UNSC delegation
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today met with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation visiting Addis Ababa. During the meeting, they exchanged views on a range of issues related to regional and international peace and security. more
Somali Council of Ministers says ONLF commander extradited to Ethiopia was a terrorist
Somali Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday (September 6, 2017) said the handover of the commander of the terrorist group, ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front) Abdikarim Sheikh Muse to Ethiopia was in line with "previous joint agreements between the [the Gov't of ] Ethiopia and the Somali Federal Government," that recognizes the Al-Qaeda affiliate militant group- Al-Shabaab and ONLF as terrorist organizations. more
Ambassadors', Consul Generals’ and Director Generals’ Annual Conference underway at Hawassa
The Annual Conference of Ambassadors', Consul Generals' and Director General's which was kicked off on August 31st in Addis Ababa has continued with more lively discussions, deliberations and debates in Hawassa, the capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State. In his welcoming address, Mr. Tamene Tessema from the Cabinet Office of SNNP's Regional Bureau conveyed the message of the President of the Region stating Ethiopia's growing Foreign Direct Investment scheme, outstanding role in regional as well as Global peace keeping operations and its significant activities in areas of climate change unequivocally signifies that the activities of the Ministry was not only in tandem with the Foreign and National Policies and Strategies of the country but also demonstrates that it was increasingly honing its capacity in enhancing the country's foreign relations both in bilateral and multilateral foras. more
Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu gave briefings on Ethiopia at US Congress (July 14, 2017)
H.E Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia briefed, on 12 July 2017, members of US Congress as well as their Foreign policy advisers, legal assistants and staffers at the United States Congress. In his briefing, the Minister stressed that the contemporary foreign policy of Ethiopia is based on promoting the national interest of the country based on domestic reality. The Minister further elaborated that his government’s Foreign Policy, which is all about fighting poverty and bringing about inclusive and sustainable development, is the mirror reflection of the domestic policies of the country. more
Ethiopia an 'anchor of peace' in a region with 'troubled waters' – U.S. Senator (July 14, 2017)
Ethiopia has been described as an anchor of peace in the restive Horn of Africa region. This is according to United States senator, Bob Corker. According to the Corker who is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations, the highest body of the senate in charge of foreign relations of the USA, the region was one that could be described as one in ‘troubled waters.’ He was speaking during a meeting with Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, who is in the U.S. to participate in a security summit. Workneh as part of his engagements, briefed Congress staffers on Ethio-U.S. Relations relative to developments in Ethiopia and the region. more
Ethiopia Pledges to Further Strengthen Support to Refugees (June 21, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has reaffirmed today Ethiopia's continued commitment to further strengthen its support for refugees. PM Hailemariam held talks with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, on refugees, peace and stability in the region. The Premier appreciated the fact Ethiopia’s contribution for dignified treatment of refugees and to stabilize refugees crisis is internationally acknowledged at a time when rich countries are not contributing enough to alleviate the refugee crisis that has occurred across the world. more
Ethiopia Shining Example of African, Int'l Hospitality for Refugees: UNHCR Commissioner (June 21, 2017)
Ethiopia is "a very shining example' of African and international hospitality for refugees in spite of its limited resources and the great challenges of its own, the Commissioner of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, told journalists today that 'Ethiopia is a very good model of how a country with a limited resources and a great challenge of its own keeps its doors open, its arms open to people from neighboring countries that are in trouble and seek protection here." more
Premier discusses with investors,employees at Hawassa Industrial Park (June 21, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held discussion with investors who set up manufacturing facilities in Hawassa Industrial Park. The Prime Minister on the occasion said that the government of Ethiopia will strengthen its efforts to create favorable investment atmosphere for both foreign and local investors. He also gave responses for questions raised by the investors. more
Ethiopian Airlines Places Order for 10 A350-900 Aircraft (June 20, 2017)
Ethiopian Airlines has reportedly placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development to its fast expanding long-haul route network. Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease, according to a press release of the airline. The A350-900 aircraft are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being. more
Hawassa Industrial Park goes fully operational (June 20, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that the Hawassa Industrial Park is a foundation for Ethiopia’s ambition to become the leading manufacturing hub in Africa. The first phase of the Hawassa Industrial Park, an eco-friendly park located in Hawassa town, SNNP regional state, went fully operational today. The Premier on the occasion said despite global slowdown in foreign direct investment flow, Ethiopia has attracted huge FDI, he added. more
Parties Agree to Negotiate on Amending Electoral Laws (Jun 14, 2017)
The ruling party EPRDF and 16 national political parties engaged in intra-party negotiation have agreed to take the issue of revising the electoral laws as an agenda for the political negotiation intended to take place between the parties. The parties agreed on the issue as all the national political parties that are taking part in the negotiation requested to consider an amendment on the prevailing electoral laws. The parties have thoroughly debated on two of the 13 agendas presented by the agenda organizing and media committee to be tabled for discussion on Wednesday. In addition to amending the electoral laws, the committee presented an agenda for the revision of laws such as anti-terrorism, freedom of the mass media and access to information, trade and tax, structural organization of the judiciary, civic organization and state of emergency. more
Ethiopia to Launch Online Entry Visa Application, Issuance (June 13, 2017)
The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, has reportedly finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia. According to a press release of the Ethiopian Airlines, the e-visa is processed and issued online on a single web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa, it added. more
Hailemariam Reaffirms Stance for Peaceful Resolution of Gulf Dispute (June 12, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia will support peaceful means in resolving the dispute among Gulf countries. Hilemariam made the remark while conferring with Qatar's State Minister of Foreign Affairs Sultan Bin Saad-Al Murakhi on Monday in Addis Ababa. more
Ethiopia, Israel Need to Join Hands to Fight Terrorism: Netanyahu (June 07, 2017)
As Ethiopia and Israel have continued to face the challenges of terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the need to join hands in rolling back the adverse effects of terrorist activities. PM Netanyahu said the two countries are obliged to jointly fight terrorism to ensure the development of human civilization globally. The Israeli PM made the remark while welcoming the Ethiopian high-level delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Tuesday in Jerusalem. more
 

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