TOUGH TALK


Foreign Minister Worqneh Gebeyehu was in Cairo last week, meeting Egypt`s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and his counterpart, Sameh Shoukry (left). Taye Astqesellasie, Ethiopia’s ambassador to Egypt, was also in the meeting.
Worqneh was following up on earlier meetings between Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Al Sisi, in an effort to rekindle confidence between the two countries locked in mutual mistrust. Egypt is anxious with the potential impact of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the water volume its receives from the Abay River, while Ethiopia has been complaining about Egypt’s hosting forces that it sees subversive to its security.
In Cairo last week, Worqneh reassured Egypt that his country has no intention to do anything that harms Egypt’s interests, receiving a reciprocal pledge by the President on Egypt’s resolve to respond to Ethiopia’s concerns, according to diplomatic sources. Both sides have agreed to step up their efforts to restore confidence among their respective public, said these sources.


NEW VIEW ON THE BLOCK


A new resort on the shores of Lake Langano, 200Km south of Addis Abeba, is scheduled to start service beginning September 2017. Under construction by owners of TRACON Trading Plc,…


Hot Comeback


A flank eruption site of a volcano in Erta Ale, Afar Regional State, has erupted last week, the first since 2009. Located 600 meters below sea level in the Denakil…


Morning Surprises


At three o’clock in the morning on Tuesday December 27th, in Yeka district, near Megenagna, a double pronged pole supporting a transformer fell to the ground. Fortunately, there were no…


Marching Towards Stability


Prime Minister Hailemaiam Desalegn was in Mogadishu, Somalia, early last week to attend the 28th summit by IGAD heads of state. Seen by political pundits as a validation of Somalia’s recovery, the event was held for the first time since Somalia hosted similar summit in 1986. It was the second visit by Hailemariam, who was there before in September 2012, a day after he was elected as EPRDF’s chairman, following the death of the late Meles Zenawi. Meles was the first Ethiopian leader to have visited Mogadishu in June 2007, six months after Ethiopian troops made a historic march to the city.

Four years ago, Hailemariam was there to attend the inauguration of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (walking alongside him in the photo) as president of Somalia. As the case was then, Mogadishu was highly fortified last week, in the effort to secure the safe arrivals and departures of its guests. Sudan’s President, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, did not attend the summit, while Djibouti President, Ismael O. Guelleh’s plane had mechanical problems making landing difficult, according to media reports. He has failed to appear at the summit, while South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Eritrea’s Issayas Afeworqi were not in attendance.

Presidents of Kenyan and Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni, respectively, have attended the summit whose agenda was dominated by conflict in South Sudan and Somalia’s elections before the end of this year.


HEADS TALK!


The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame (right) was a good friend and admirer of the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. Kagame paid tribute on Meles’ death and since then he…


Parliamentary Address


Thursday, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn appeared in front of the parliament for a report on his government’s six months performance having an amalgamated personality of both humor and scolding. Reacting…


Gates Honoured Apolitically


The world’s wealthiest man, whose charity outfit, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gives Ethiopia more than 250 millions dollars in aid, was in town last week, where he was honored with an honorary degree from the Addis Abeba University (AAU).


Drilling Well


Addis Ababa Water and Sanitation Development & Rehabilitation Project, which is under the Addis Abeba Water & Drainage Authority, is currently drilling water wells it has started since February, 2011. Out of the total number of 67 water wells to be drilled a few number the wells are finalized and begun supplying water for the city residents.


Promises Delivered


While the government devised financing for prospective home owners through formulas of 10/90, 20/80, and 40/60, a private real estate introduced its own scheme dubbed 30/30/40. Nonetheless, the offer is…


Enat Comes with a Replacement


Meaza Ashenafi, chairperson of the Board of Directors of Enat Bank S.C, left, took time to provide journalists, who gathered at late morning of Saturday, January 11, 2014, explanations of…


Pinning Hopes on China


Tedros Adhanom (PhD), minister of Foreign Affairs was enthusiastic about how Ethiopia’s mega development projects are being carried out with the support from China, while he held talks on Monday,…


The Private Sector’s Offer


Foreign minister, Tedros Adhanom (PhD) and his state minister for Business & Diaspora Affairs, Dewaro Kedir, seated next to him, had a meeting with leaders of the private sector in…


Two Faces of the same week


The lighter side of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s (left) personality seems to have shone through on the sidelines of the Third Arab-Africa Summit in Kuwait early last week, as he…


Election Time for Awash


Shareholders of Awash International Bank, the oldest private bank in the country, were busy right after their 18th annual meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013, when they had to queue…


New Five-Star Hotel Joins Hospitality Industry


A new five-star hotel is set to join the hospitality industry in Ethiopia, with the inauguration of Elilly International Hotel on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Located in the Kazanchis area…


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