Addis Ababa January 12, 2018 Negotiating national parties have agreed to discuss articles of the Anti-terrorism law in detail in the middle of next week.
The parties had submitted a list of articles to be amended, annulled and included in line with the negotiations they conducted earlier.
In the third round of negotiations they held yesterday, the national parties focused on the general content of the proclamation without going into the details of the list.
One of the points raised during the negotiation was the issue that “the proclamation contravenes the provisions of the federal constitution.”
The ruling party EPRDF, on the other hand repeatedly suggested that it would be better to negotiate on the details instead of resorting to the general view that the “proclamation contravenes the constitution.”
Yet the parties spent a lot of their time on discussing about the Anti- terrorism proclamation in general.
The parties, therefore, reached a consensus to discuss the list of articles to be amended, annulled and included in their next date of appointment as they had no time to take up the issues in detail.
Since EPRDF did not have the chance to response to the various ideas and questions raised due to lack of time, it said responses to the questions posed by the participants will be given during the next discussion.
Apart from the negotiations on the Anti-terrorism proclamation, the negotiating parties asked EPRDF for a briefing on the current state of the country.
Representatives of the parties have agreed to meet on January 17 to continue the negotiations.
Addis Ababa January 12/2018 The Ethiopian economy will maintain its growth lead for the East African region in 2018, according to the latest World Bank forecast report.
Citing the report, Africa news reported that the latest forecast puts Ethiopia at a percentage point behind Ghana. The West African nation is forecast to grow at 8.3 percent as against Ethiopia’s 8.2 percent.
Among East African countries, Ethiopia is likely to remain the fastest growing economy, but growth is expected to soften as it takes measures to stabilize government debt, it added.
The WB report said: “Among East African countries, Ethiopia is likely to remain the fastest growing economy, but growth is expected to soften as it takes measures to stabilize government debt. Growth is expected to recover in Kenya, as inflation eases, and to firm in Tanzania on strengthening investment growth.”
Other 2018 forecasts for the East African region’s economic giants are: Kenya (5.5%), Tanzania (6.8%), Uganda (5.1%) and Rwanda (5.9%). Africanews reported that Ethiopia beat Kenya last year to become economic giant of the region according to the IMF.
WB’s Global Economic Prospects report released on January 10, 2018 said there was a modest recovery underway in Sub-Saharan Africa buoyed by an improvement in commodity prices.
“Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is estimated to have rebounded to 2.4 percent in 2017, after slowing sharply to 1.3 percent in 2016, as commodity prices recovered, global financing conditions remained favorable, and slowing inflation lifted household demand,” WB said.
Under the area of outlook, the report said regional growth was projected at 3.2 percent for this year up to an average of 3.6 percent in 2019 – 2020. It hinted at a solid performance for non-resource-intensive countries hinging it to public investment growth.
“Non-resource-intensive countries are projected to expand at a solid pace, helped by robust public investment growth. Economic activity is expected to remain solid in WAEMU, with Ivory Coast and Senegal expanding at a rapid pace,” the report added.
Addis Ababa January 12/2018 Ethiopia and Norway have reportedly agreed to work more closely on migration and handling of refugees.
Foreign Affairs State Minister Hirut Zemene had discussion with Sylvi Listhaug, Norwegian Minister of Immigration and Integration.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Minister Hirut said during the discussion that migration is a global agenda affecting many nations. Addressing the causes of migration is thus crucial, and the United Nations, AU as well as other institutions need to devise various mechanisms, she added.
Ethiopia has taken the lead in accepting refugees in Africa and is setting exemplary deeds by pursuing "open camp policy," the State Minister noted.
She further pointed out that Ethiopia is working to protect the rights of refugees, provide essential supplies and education as well as jobs.
The visit of the Norwegian Prince Haakon Magnus in November 2017 to Ethiopia is the manifestation of the growing relation in different sectors between the two countries.
The State Minister finally appreciated Norway’s constructive role in the peace process in South Sudan.
Norway's Minister of Immigration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug, on her part said
Norway is ready to work closely with Ethiopia and other European countries in refugees and handling of refugee.
Listhaug said joint effort is needed to control and prosecute illegal human traffickers.