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07/21/16

  09:57:00 pm, by admin   , 453 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

Bill Gates Declines to Criticize Ethiopia Social Media Cut

Bill Gates Declines to Criticize Ethiopia Social Media Cut

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates speaks during a Reuters interview in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, July 21, 2016.
Reuters/Tiksa Negeri
Bill Gates Declines to Criticize Ethiopia Social Media Cut

By The Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Jul 21, 2016
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has declined to criticize Ethiopia's recent blockage of social media, saying it is up to individual countries to regulate their internet.

He was responding to Ethiopian reporters' questions about the government's disabling of social media sites earlier this month.

Ethiopian authorities said the sites were disabled during national school examinations so students would not be distracted.

Critics said the government has no legal basis to deny the freedom of expression to millions of citizens.

Gates said each country "decides what the rules are going to be in terms of p0rnography, hate speech . what is allowed and what's not allowed."

He added that making the internet low-cost and available is good for economic growth.

Gates was visiting Ethiopia to discuss health and agriculture.

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Health remains priority for work of Gates foundation in Africa

ADDIS ABABA | By Aaron Maasho

Reuters-
Bill Gates said health would remain a priority for the work of his foundation in Africa and it faced a struggle to bring down the rate of new HIV infections in the world's poorest continent.

Speaking to Reuters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Gates said the foundation planned to spend $5 billion in Africa in the next five years. The Horn of Africa country is one of the biggest recipients of funds from the foundation.

"Our big priority is health and there is still a lot to be done. The child mortality rate came down from 1990 to the present - it was cut in half, which is fantastic. But that still leaves far too many children dying," he said, referring to pneumonia, diarrhea and other illnesses.

Turning to HIV/AIDS, Gates said much had been achieved such as an increase in the number of people under treatment for the disease to 12 million globally. But he noted two-thirds of new HIV/AIDS infections continued to take place in Africa.

"It is a mixed situation," he said. "We have a challenge to bring the numbers down."

The philanthropic organization formed in 2000 by the world's richest man has an endowment of more than $40 billion. It distributed grants of nearly $4 billion in 2014.

Slumping commodity prices have posed serious challenges to economic and political stability in some African countries, and have slowed the momentum of poverty reduction.

But Gates said infrastructure, education and health investment during the boom years had laid solid foundations.

The commodity slump will slow down the pace of development, "but the direction is largely going the right way," he added.

(Editing by George Obulutsa and Alexandra Hudson)

  09:53:00 pm, by admin   , 250 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Djibouti, China to launch $4B nat. gas project

Ethiopia, Djibouti, China to launch $4B nat. gas project

Under the project, Ethiopia could export 10M cubic meters of LNG to China each year

By Addis Getachew

Anadolu Agency : ADDIS ABABA

Ethiopia says physical work on a massive $4 billion cooperative natural gas project between Ethiopia, Djibouti, and China will soon be launched.

The announcement was made Thursday by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom at the opening of the 4th Ethiopia-Djibouti Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The project is made up of a natural gas pipeline, a liquefaction plant, and an export terminal at Damerjog, Djibouti.

Speaking at the event, Adhanom said the project is one component of a number of cooperation areas between Ethiopia and Djibouti, its smaller neighbor lying where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden.

“We will expedite the process of economic integration,” he said, highlighting the importance of highway, railway, and electric power interconnection projects.

For his part, Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said, “We are meeting to push forward our agenda of integration,” which he described as being a dynamic, performing role model.

He said, however, that the process is facing “daunting challenges.”

The project, which includes a 700-kilometer pipeline capable of transporting up to 12 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, would enable Ethiopia to export 10 million cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China annually.

Chinese firm POLY-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Ltd. will finance the project, which is set to take three years to complete.

07/16/16

  10:39:00 pm, by admin   , 333 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

Ethiopia inaugurates largest Chinese-built industrial park

Ethiopia inaugurates largest Chinese-built industrial park
Workers go about their work at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa twon, 275 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 13, 2016 (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
Ethiopia inaugurates largest Chinese-built industrial park

ADDIS ABABA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia on Tuesday inaugurated its largest industrial park so far as it races to meet its development target and create enough job opportunities for the young population.

The 1.3 million square meters industrial park dedicated solely to the textile and apparel sector is located in Hawassa city, 275 kms southeast of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

Haielmariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said that the eco-friendly industrial park will showcase that environmental protection and development can go hand in hand.

Ethiopia inaugurates largest Chinese-built industrial park
A worker is seen at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa, Ethiopia, July 13, 2016.(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

"The manufacturing sector's share in Ethiopia's Growth Domestic Product (GDP) for many years stood at only 5 percent, showing the need for economic structural challenge if the country is to meet its economic promise" said the PM.
Yuan Li, Chairman of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), which designed and built the industrial park, said that Hawassa IndustrialPark (HIP) has already attracted 15 major manufacturing firms from China, Indonesia, U.S. and Ethiopia.

"Industrial parks create powerful wing for economic development of a country, our company deem ourselves as a strategic long-term link between China and Ethiopia" said Yuan.

Arkebe Equbay, special advisor to the PM said the park can attract Chinese firms that are moving overseas to open plants.
According to him, Ethiopia with a young labor force of 45 million people has a huge potential in the manufacturing sector.

Ethiopia inaugurates largest Chinese-built industrial park
Local residents walk past the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa twon, 275 kilometres south of Addis Ababa,Ethiopia, July 13, 2016. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

"As annual manufacturing growth currently is 25 percent, in 10 years time, it's projected to increase its GDP share by four fold and it's share in exports to 50 percent," said Equbay.

The Hawassa Industrial Park is expected to employ 60,000 people at full capacity and be able to generate export revenue amounting to 1 billion U.S. dollars.

  10:32:00 pm, by admin   , 451 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s world heritage sites are fueling a tourism boom as Kenya and Tanzania take a hit

Ethiopia’s world heritage sites are fueling a tourism boom as Kenya and Tanzania take a hit

Ethiopia’s world heritage sites are fueling a tourism boom as Kenya and Tanzania take a hit

Source: Quartz

For a landlocked country without any fancy ocean-view beach resorts, Ethiopia’s tourism industry is not doing badly. Named the world’s best tourist destination of the year in 2015, Ethiopia says it post a 20.7% spike in tourism dollars last year hitting a record of $3.4 billion.

Much of the growth of Ethiopia’s tourism has been due to its nine UNESCO world heritage sites, such as the 13th century rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, which continue to be a big draw. Also important, Gezahegn Abate, tourism ministry spokesperson, says, is the Ethiopia’s growing popularity as hosts of international business events and conferences which “had also a direct and positive impact in boosting tourism.”

In total, visitor numbers has increased 12% annually over the last decade with around 2.2 million jobs created as of 2014 according to the African Development Bank. Having welcomed 910,000 visitors in 2015, the country is on track to reach 1 million visitors this year.

Even as Ethiopia’s tourism dollars spiked last year, both its east African neighbors Kenya and Tanzania saw their revenues decline.

For its part, Kenya’s tourism industry has suffered a slump following high profile terror attacks like the devastating raid of Nairobi’s Westgate mall in 2013 and a similar attack on Garissa university last year, both carried out by al-Shabaab. Police also say they have thwarted similar attacks which, while comforting, are a reminder of the threat the country continues to face from terrorists.

Despite its recent success, Ethiopia is not letting up. It has set a target to grow visitor arrivals to 2.5 million by 2020 and earlier this year, it launched a new tourism brand marketing itself as the ‘Land of Origins’ with government officials keen to sell the message of the country’s history and culture to the world.

“People don’t know a lot about Ethiopia,” Solomon Tadesse, CEO of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization says. “It is the land on which human beings walked upright for the first time. It is the land that brought a gift to the whole world, the coffee that everybody enjoys every morning. It is the land with the source of the Blue Nile, where civilization started.” Tadasse says the country is working on “simplifying the visa processing for both tourists and potential investors” as they aim to continue to grow the country’s tourist profile but admits there is “a lot of work” to be done “telling the world about the real Ethiopia.”

Regardless of the upbeat outlook on Ethiopia’s tourism potential however, it still contends with serious internal challenges. Earlier this year, while facing its worst drought in 50 years, as many as 18 million people were left in need of food aid.

  10:25:00 pm, by admin   , 707 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

Ethiopia announces team for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Ethiopia announces team for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Almaz Ayana

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana will seek to become just the second woman in history to win Olympic gold in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next month.

IAAF

The 24-year-old was announced for both events by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and appears to hold a strong chace of emulating the feat first accomplished by countrywoman Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008. Ayana tops the world lists at both distances this year, having run 14:12.59 for 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome and 30:07.00 for 10,000m in Hengelo last month.

Reigning Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba is slated to compete solely over that distance in Rio, though is also listed as a reserve for the 5,000m. The 30-year-old will be seeking her fourth Olympic gold medal in Rio, though has competed sparingly so far this year. In her only outing over 5000m, Dibaba clocked 14:41.73 at a small meeting in Kortrijk, Belgium last weekend, and in her sole 10,000m race she finished third in the Ethiopian trial race in Hengelo in 30:28.53.

Genzebe Dibaba will narrow her focus and compete over 1500m, the event at which she holds the world record at 3:50.07. The reigning world champion clocked 3:59.83 in her sole outing at that distance in Barcelona last weekend.

Dejen Gebremeskel, the silver medallist over 5000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will bid to go one better over the same distance in Rio and will be joined by Muktar Edris and Hagos Gebrhiwet.

Another looking to go one better in Rio will be Sofia Assefa, the 3000m steeplechase silver medallist at the 2012 Games, though the 28-year-old has a best of just 9:18.16 this year.

Former world champion Mohammed Aman is the sole Ethiopian entrant in the men's 800m and will be looking to win his first Olympic medal, having finished sixth in the 800m final four years ago.

The men's marathon team is headed Tesfaye Abera, a winner in both Dubai and Hamburg this year. Lemi Berhanu, a runner-up in Dubai this year, will join him on the team along with Feyisa Lelisa, a winner at the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year.

The women's marathon trio is headed by world champion Mare Dibaba, who will be joined by 2015 London Marathon champion Tigist Tufa and 2016 Dubai Marathon winner Tirfi Tsegaye.

MEN
800m: Mohammed Aman
5000m: Muktar Edris, Dejen Gebremeskel, Hagos Gebrhiwet, (Abadi Hadis)
10,000m: Yigrem Demelash, Abadi Hadis, Tamirat Tola, (Ibrahim Jeilan)
Marathon: Tesfaye Abera, Lemi Berhanu, Feyisa Lelisa, (Lelisa Desisa)
3000m steeplechase: Hailemariyam Amare, Chala Beyo, Tafese Seboka, (Birhan Getahun)

WOMEN
800m: Habitam Alemu, Tigist Assefa, Gudaf Tsegay
1500m: Genzebe Dibaba, Besu Sado, Dawit Seyaum, (Gudaf Tsegay)
5000m: Almaz Ayana, Senbere Teferi, Ababel Yeshaneh, (Tirunesh Dibaba)
10,000m: Almaz Ayana, Gelete Burka, Tirunesh Dibaba, (Netsanet Gudeta)
Marathon: Mare Dibaba, Tirfi Tsegaye, Tigist Tufa, (Aberu Kebede)
3000m steeplechase: Sofia Assefa, Hiwot Ayalew, Etenesh Diro, (Weynshet Ansa)
20km race walk: Yehualeye Beletew, Askale Tiksa

IAAF

Ethiopia announces team for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Source: Athletics Wekly

Almaz Ayana is set to double up and contest both the 5000m and 10,000m in Brazil

Ethiopia has named its team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with Almaz Ayana set to double up and contest both the 5000m and 10,000m.

Tirunesh Dibaba is listed just for the 10,000m, but is named as a reserve for the 5000m, while her younger fellow world record-breaking sister Genzebe is selected for the 1500m. Mohammed Aman is the sole athlete listed for the men’s 800m.

Muktar Edris, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Dejen Gebremeskel are named for the men’s 5000m, while the men’s 10,000m selections are Yigrem Demelash, Abadi Hadis and Tamirat Tola.
Ethiopia team for Rio 2016
(reserves in brackets)

MEN
800m: Mohammed Aman
5000m: Muktar Edris, Dejen Gebremeskel, Hagos Gebrhiwet, (Abadi Hadis)
10,000m: Yigrem Demelash, Abadi Hadis, Tamirat Tola, (Ibrahim Jeilan)
Marathon: Tesfaye Abera, Lemi Berhanu, Feyisa Lelisa, (Lelisa Desisa)
3000m steeplechase: Hailemariyam Amare, Chala Beyo, Tafese Seboka, (Birhan Getahun)

WOMEN
800m: Habitam Alemu, Tigist Assefa, Gudaf Tsegay
1500m: Genzebe Dibaba, Besu Sado, Dawit Seyaum, (Gudaf Tsegay)
5000m: Almaz Ayana, Senbere Teferi, Ababel Yeshaneh, (Tirunesh Dibaba)
10,000m: Almaz Ayana, Gelete Burka, Tirunesh Dibaba, (Netsanet Gudeta)
Marathon: Mare Dibaba, Tirfi Tsegaye, Tigist Tufa, (Aberu Kebede)
3000m steeplechase: Sofia Assefa, Hiwot Ayalew, Etenesh Diro, (Weynshet Ansa)
20km race walk: Yehualeye Beletew, Askale Tiksa

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