ICONIC MOMENT, ERITREAN SANCTION LIFT


A rare but iconic photo. Taye Asqe-Sellasie, Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative in the United Nations, voted in favour of lifting sanctions imposed on Eritrea. Members of the Security Council voted –…


Addis to Kampala


Following a week in Ethiopia that witnessed a number of major changes – from the decision by the EPRDF Executive Committee to open up some of the commanding heights of…


Bilateral Talks


Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (left), president of Equatorial Guinea, met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the former’s three-day visit to Ethiopia at the National Palace on February 22. Having…


Yamoussoukro Takes Off


Tewolde GebreMariam (centre-right), CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, and Henock Tefera, vice president for strategic planning and alliance at Ethiopian Airlines, were at the occasion. Wosenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.) (left), director-general of Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and Tefera Mekonnen (centre-left), director of Air Transport at the African Civil Aviation Commission (AfCAC), likewise attended the event at the headquarters of Ethiopian, which had around eight million passengers passing through last year.


SURPRISE VISIT


Foreign Minister Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD), in his official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), met Ethiopian expatriates at the nation’s embassy there, a very small portion of the 100,000…


A DECADE CELEBRATING ART


This year’s art exhibition at the Sheraton Addis, its 10th edition, is dominated by landscape paintings as most are also realist in genre in the theme. The show, opened last…


WEGAGEN RISING


Along the Ras Mekonnen Street, commonly known as Stadium, stands the newly inaugurated headquarters of Wegagen Bank. Standing at more than two dozen storeys and stretched over almost 28,000sqm of…


Industrial Expansion


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (centre), Arkebe Oqubay, special adviser to the prime minister and board chairperson of the Industrial Park Development Corporation (IPDC) (left), and Gedu Andargachew, president of Amhara…


Heart-to-Heart


A side chat between Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda, and Hailemariam Desalegn, prime minister of Ethiopia, during a regional summit held on June 22, 2017, in Entebbe, to dialogue over…


NUCLEAR ENERGY COOPERATION


Ethiopia and Russia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, in Moscow, Russia, on June 19, 2017. The document was…


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…




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