Addis Ababa August 10/2017 The government of Ethiopia has denied reports by the U.S. Embassy regarding fighting between cities of Babile and Harar, Eastern part Ethiopia.
The Minister Negeri Lencho told ENA that there is no fighting and closed road in the area.
The Minister noted that there were sporadic clashes between residents in areas bordering Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states, but not now.
To peacefully resolve clashes in the bordering areas, the regional governments of the states had signed an agreement to demarcate the border between the states, Negeri recalled.
Demarcating the border between the two states is being undertaken by experts drawn from the regional states and the federal government, pursuant to the agreement, Negeri said.
Saying that there was a misunderstanding between the experts who were engaged in the process and local residents, the group has stopped the work.
In its travel warning message, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said that it is aware of reports that “the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire. Ethiopian Defense Force troops are arriving in the area, and the road is not passable.”
The Embassy has also recommended that U.S. citizens to avoid travel between Babile and Harar at this time.
Addis Ababa August 10/2017 The Federal Attorney General announced today that a court has frozen the properties of 15 companies and 210 individuals suspected of corruption.
Attorney General Getachew Ambaye told ENA that the companies and individuals whose properties have been frozen are owned by the suspects and their relations.
The companies whose properties are frozen include Aser Construction, Gemshu Construction, TINA Construction, DMC Construction, Yemane Girmay General Contractor, TCT (Trans National Computer Technology), Haisem Engineering PLC, Temanik Trading PLC, and Jing Ling International Trading.
Meanwhile, the number of individuals detained for alleged corrupt practices has reached 54, according to Getachew.
The government has launched crackdown on alleged corrupt officials, businesspersons and brokers since last month.
Since then, 54 individuals including one Member of Parliament are apprehended and facing justice.
Forty-three of the detainees have appeared before court and the court has granted police 14 days to collect additional evidences on the cases.
Addis Ababa August 10/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has received today a message from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushyikiwabo handed over the message.
Prime minister congratulated Rwanda for its peaceful election.
The Premier and the Foreign Minister have exchanged views on ways of boosting trade and investment as well as sharing experiences in various areas.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Mushyikiwabo told reports that the message recalls the agreement reached between the two countries and the cooperation needed to do much more.
Ethiopia and Rwanda have decided to cooperate in various fields during the visit of Prime Minister Hailemariam to Kigali early this year, minister noted.
“We are going to scale up and upgrade our partnership, particularly in areas economic and infrastructure”, the Minister said.
Rwanda has just completed a very important electoral exercise and President Paul Kagame is re-elected for the next seven years, she said, adding that “we want to refresh out of the election to bring back that discussion between the two countries.”
Mushyikiwabo stated that Rwanda and Ethiopia “have many areas of cooperation in our plan.” The two countries need to do more to implement the various agreements.
Both countries have been cooperating in areas of defense and capacity building over the past years and 11 agreements were concluded to bolster ties during Prime Minister Hailemariam's visit in 2017, according to her.
The agreements signed include extradition treaty, mutual legal assistance, communication, information and media, youth and sports, tourism and health, among others.
Rwanda opened its embassy in Addis Ababa in 1978 and Ethiopia opened an embassy in Kigali in the presence of Prime Minister Hailemariam in April, 2017.
Addis Ababa August 10/2017 Chairperson of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called on all political parties and candidates yesterday to respect the will of the people of Kenya and to refrain from any act that might be of disruptive nature to the peace and stability of the country.
Hailemariam stated that IGAD has been closely following the elections that took place on 8th August 2017 and appreciates the way they have been conducted so far in a peaceful, orderly and transparent manner.
He said the people of Kenya casted their vote to elect their leaders democratically.
IGAD, therefore, calls on all political parties and candidates to respect the will of the people of Kenya and to refrain from any act that might be of disruptive nature to the peace and stability of the country.
The press release said IGAD would like to urge the concerned parties to stay calm until the whole process is completed to ensure a successful conclusion of the democratic exercise.
Addis Ababa August 10/2017 Ethiopia has registered remarkable achievements in terms of economic diplomacy in the past Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Attracting anchor companies, expanding market destinations, and promoting tourist sites are among the achievements mentioned by the Spokesperson of Meles Alem while briefing journalists.
The role of economic diplomacy that the country has been pursuing was immense in this regard particularly in attracting foreign direct investment and expanding trade relations.
“During the fiscal year, some 84 anchor companies have managed to come here. They are transnational companies with a capital of 500 million to one billion USD. They can contribute a lot in terms of technology transfer. They also employ many people" he said.
Though most of the companies are from Asia and Oceania, a good number of companies from America and Europe are also coming, Meles added.
Development of industrial parks, expansion of other infrastructures as well as the luring investment policy and political stability of the country are among the contributors.
In expanding trade destinations and relations, the country has been engaged in various activities, Meles said.
Hosting global trade fairs and taking part in business forums were among the activities undertaken to create partnership among domestic and transnational companies, he added.
Regarding to market destinations, the country has managed to export its products to 122 destinations. According to Meles, the plan was to expand the country's market destinations to 200.
"Tremendous activities were undertaken in terms of exporting value added products" he said. Though there is work that needs to be done to meet the goal.
According to Meles, the year is also a success in promoting Ethiopia's tourist sites in collaboration with East African and Asian tourism companies.
Some 106 global tour operators were recruited to incorporate Ethiopian tourist destinations in their package. Promotional activities were also made through exhibitions held in different countries, he said.
Noting the need to sustain the achievement, Meles pointed out that the plan is to further enhance the effort in the current Ethiopian fiscal year to enable the nation boost its performance.
Addis Ababa August 10/2017 The Republic of Korea announced additional one million USD to support humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa said.
Of the total assistance, 400,000 USD will go to the Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 of UNICEF and 500,000 USD to the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) of OCHA.
The funding also contributes 100,000 USD to IOM to assist Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia, the release that the embassy sent to ENA said.
While Ethiopia continues to recover from the 2016 El Niño induced drought, poor performance of rains this year, reduction in animal feed, poor harvest and dwindling water resources exacerbated drought conditions.
Due to this, the number of people who need humanitarian assistance in the second half of 2017 has increased to 8.5 million from 5.6 million in January.
According to the Mid-Year Review of the 2017 HRD launched on August 7, the net requirement to address food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year is 487.7 million USD.
Today’s contribution is additional to the one million USD assistance provided by Korea last year for drought response in Ethiopia.
The release indicated that the new funding will enhance the ever growing relations between the two countries.
According to the release, Ethiopia is the largest beneficiary of Korea’s grant aid in Africa with 127 million USD between 1991 and 2016.
Korea had also launched a soft loan program called Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) amounting to 500 million USD for the period of 2016 to 2018, during the visit of President Park Geun-hye to Ethiopia in May 2016.
The Horn African nation has also been designated as a priority country for strategic cooperation since 2012.