Obama visit to Ethiopia brings fresh eyes to the country, say Seattle Ethiopians
Source: Seattle Globalist
President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Ethiopia in July—the first visit for a sitting U.S. President— is an exciting moment for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, and gives hope the attention will help erase the negative and outdated stereotypes of the African nation.
“It highlights how Ethiopia has taken the leading role to become a safe place to invest,” said Ezra Teshome, a successful Ethopian American businessman in Seattle.
While the U.S. was one of the most generous countries to Ethiopia in its dismal past, Ethiopians now in the U.S. hope Obama’s historic visit will start a new era of partnership in investment and trading between the two nations.
“It’s exciting to see a sitting president set foot in Ethiopia,” said Teshome, who came to the United States in 1971. “To me, seeing the first African American president visiting Ethiopia is very exciting.”
The White House announced last Friday that POTUS will be visiting Ethiopia in late July. The president plans to visit Ethiopia and the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, according to the announcement. The trip to Ethiopia will follow the president’s visit to Kenya.
The White House added that the visit underscores US efforts to work with “sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.”
While Obama had visited Ethiopia in 2006 as a senator, the presidential visit now is being welcomed by Ethiopian Americans living in Seattle.
Ethiopia to widen choices over ports
Source: Business Weekly
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia wants to reduce its dependency on the Port of Djibouti by developing links with Mombasa Port in Kenya, Berbera Port in Somaliland, and Port Sudan in Sudan writes JOHN SAMBO.
Presently, well over 90% of Ethiopia’s imports and exports pass through Djibouti Port at the mouth of the Red Sea.
In February this year, Workeneh Gebeyehu, the Minister for Transport while briefing the Federal legislature said, “Five to 10% of the country’s imports are planned to come through the port of Berbera (Somaliland), and we will be looking for proper ports for different areas of the country. But the Port of Djibouti continues to be the major one,” he said.
Djibouti port is administered by DP World Djibouti, a subsidiary of DP World. This global handling company was formed in September of 2005 with the integration of the terminal operations of the Dubai Ports Authority (DPA). It currently oversees 65 marine terminals across six continents, including Africa’s biggest port, Durban in South Africa.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is backing the Ethiopian move to widen its options of ports.
In November 2014, a 12 member Ethiopian delegation was in Somaliland to inspect port and fuel storage facilities.
According to Kenya Engineer, the use by Ethiopia of Mombasa Port will serve as an outlet for goods mainly from the southern part of Ethiopia.
The publication states, ‘Using the port and the Mombasa Corridor will also connect Ethiopia to the markets of the East African Community (EAC). Road works are underway in Ethiopia and will connect to Kenya’s fully paved roads leading to Mombasa Port.
‘The approval process is also underway in Kenya to widen the road from four to six lanes from Mariakani to Mombasa. At least some of the Ethiopian goods destined for export markets will make use of the expanding port facilities in Mombasa.’
Ethiopia to host Cecafa Cup
Source: BBC News
Ethiopia have stepped in to replace Rwanda as hosts of November's east and central Africa's regional championship, the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup
Rwanda had been due to host the event but have withdrawn as they preparing to host the African Nations Championship (CHAN), next January.
The tournament had to be cancelled last year after Ethiopia's decision they could not hosting the event.
"We'll have dates and more details soon, as now we're starting to prepare," Ethiopia FA president Junedin Basha said.
Ethiopia last hosted the regional event in 2006 when Sudan beat guest side Zambia in the final.
Kenya are defending champions having won on home soil in 2013 and are now coached by Scotsman Bobby Williamson, who won the trophy twice with Uganda.
Uganda has won the trophy a record 13 times, while Kenya have six titles, Sudan and Tanzania have been victorious three times each.
Ethiopia aims to join international space station by 2025
By Tesfa Mogessie
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
Anadolu - The Entoto Space Observatory and Research Center, the first of its kind in Ethiopia, says it has been preparing to launch a satellite by 2025, enabling the Horn of Africa country to join the international space station.
The observatory was established three years ago by the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) at the top of the Entoto Mountains – a chain of mostly eucalyptus strewn hills in the northern part of the capital, Addis Ababa.
The ESSS was founded 11 years ago by 47 volunteers from different scientific fields to create public awareness around space science issues.
The society began by putting the needs of Ethiopian space science in perspective.
According to Dr. Tulu Beshah, division head of the observatory’s Earth Observation, the satellite launch will mean that Ethiopia no longer has to seek data from the satellites of other countries.
Ethiopia spends close to $100 million per year in order to access information gathered by other satellite launching nations, according to information obtained from the observatory.
“We will launch a satellite into space by the year 2025,” Dr. Tulu said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency in his office at Addis Ababa University's Technology Faculty Campus.
The information collected by the satellite will be used by Ethiopian students and also researchers from other countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.
The observatory also signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland Space Science Technology last year, which Dr. Tulu described as crucial to helping his country's dream come true.
However, a shortage of skilled workers and modern technology has become a constraint on development, Dr. Tulu said.
Courses on space science are being offered to students in universities to help fill the loophole in skilled human resources, he said.
“We are working to provide space science courses to students in more universities,” said ESSS General Manager Amare Babu.
Amare said that space science had long been neglected in the country, hinting that the ESSS will be turned into a government run-institution in the near future to raise its public profile and solve its funding issues.
The Ethiopian government seems to be increasing investment in space science research and development, recently laying the foundations of a rocket launching pad in Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia.
Seven passengers on inaugural flight from Ethiopia claim asylum
Source: Irish Independent
Seven passengers - including two children - on the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight through Dublin claimed asylum at the airport’s immigration gates.
A Garda spokeswoman this morning confirmed that it was five adults and two children that claimed asylum.
“We are working with Ethiopian Airlines to ensure proper processes are in place for people coming into the country,” she said.
The new service from Addis Ababa stops in Dublin en route to Los Angeles and the maiden flight took place on Saturday.
It is understood that the passengers disembarked and made their way to Dublin Airport’s immigration gates where they claimed asylum.
They reportedly arrived at the desk without ID or travel documentation.
A spokeswoman for Ethiopian Airlines this morning insisted that all passengers on the flight had full legal documents when they boarded in Addis Ababa but said that the airline does not comment on individual cases.
“Ethiopian Airlines has been operating for over 40 years in Europe and Dublin is its 11th City.
“We only carry passengers with full legal documents and appropriate visas. We also carry out extra checks when in doubt and take guidance from appropriate immigration teams of the destination country we operate to, if needed,” she said.
An event to mark the airline’s first flight through Dublin had been taking place at the Departures gate a DAA spokeswoman said.
“It’s literally tea, coffee and juice and we do this every new airline or flight to welcome the new route.
“Separately, downstairs, apparently passengers had declared asylum, but that’s a matter for the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau),” she added.
A Justice Department spokesman said "it is a regular occurrence that claims for asylum be made by persons arriving at Dublin airport."
"In 2014, 221 persons claimed asylum at ports of entry having been refused leave to land.
"However, this must be seen in the context of overall numbers of persons refused leave to land and returned to where they came from.
"In 2014, almost 2400 persons were refused entry to the State and returned to the place from where they came," he said.
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