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04/04/07

  01:53:08 pm, by admin, 90 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

Ethiopian Man awarded $7,000 for discrimination

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/04/04/hitachi-order.html

Saskatoon man awarded $7,000 for discrimination company has been ordered to pay $7,000 to a former employee, originally from Ethiopia, who says for years he was victimized by racial discrimination.

Last month, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal ordered Hitachi Canadian Industries to pay the award to Ephrem Kahsai, a welder who says he was subjected to racist remarks from co-workers while working at the turbine plant between 1997 and 2002.


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  11:44:21 am, by admin, 476 words  
Categories: Business, Ethiopia

Ethiopia Economic Performance Robust - UNECA

Link: http://www.uneca.org/era2007/

Economic performance remained robust in Ethiopia -UNECA

Ethiopia has the 4th best performing Economy (8.5% Annual growth) according to the UNECA report released yesterday. Angola is the best performing economy with an annual growth rate of 17.6 for 2006, Mauritania is second with 14.1%, and Sudan third with a growth rate of 9.6%.

Source: Figure 2.5 UNECA Report

According to the latest Economic Report on Africa 2007 from UNECA, Ethiopia's economic performance remained to be robust at 8.5 per cent growth.

Ethiopia Economic Report
Africa, as a whole, reached a GDP real growth of 5.7 percent in 2006.

Generally, 26 African countries recorded a significant economic growth over the last three years, reads the UNECA document.

The econometric graph on Africa`s Economic Commission for Africa lists the continent`s ten best performing countries in 2006 in decreasing trend as follows:

Angola, Mauritania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Congo R., Malawi, Congo DR.

Africa`s worst economy is that of Zimbabwe that in 2006 recorded a negative growth of about minus 4,4 percent (-4,4%).

Excerpts from the ECA report

Economic performance remained robust in Ethiopia (8.5 per cent),
Kenya (5.5 per cent), Tanzania (5.8 per cent), and Uganda (5.0 per cent) owing to higher commodity prices, especially tea and coffee.

Ethiopia continues to feature on the list of top performers in Africa because of generally good rainfall and high export prices for tea and coffee, the country’s main export commodities.

Some countries have made significant progress in primary education as in the case of Ethiopia, where enrollment more than doubled from 22 per cent in 1990 to 47 per cent in 2004 (United Nations 2006b) due to large-scale investments in government schools, which now serve nearly 90 per cent of students in primary and secondary schools (World Bank 2005). However, the increase in enrollment needs to be matched by proportional increases in teaching staff and materials to guarantee adequate quality of education. This is true in Ethiopia as in other SSA countries. It is estimated that to reach UPE in SSA the current stock of teachers has to increase by almost 20 per cent each year (World Bank and IMF 2005).

In 2004, Ethiopia had the lowest coverage in the world of rural population with safe drinking water - only 11 per cent. In contrast, Burundi and Gambia had a coverage of 77 per cent in the same year. The rapid increase in the urban population, low investment in new water supply systems,and poor maintenance of existing water networks in Africa constitute major challenges to adequate provision of drinking water in most African countries (United Nations 2006a; WHO and UNICEF 2006).

One area of particular concern is the impact of HIV/AIDS on food security. In a recent study of two local communities in rural Ethiopia, UNECA, UNDP and WFP found that even though the progression of the pandemic in rural Ethiopia was at an early stage, the impact could already be felt (UNECA/UNDP/WFP 2004).

International Tourist Arrivals

International Tourist Arrivals

International Tourist Arrivals ('000s')

1990 2000 2004
Ethiopia 79 136 210
Kenya 814 899 1199
Uganda 69 193 512
  09:53:40 am, by admin, 388 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Somalia

Somalia: Anarcho-Capitalism in Somalia

Link: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=4994

Business in Somalia – Stateless but not lawless: step forward anarcho-capitalism

Somalia
High demand and an absence of government intervention means entrepreneurs are making good in Somalia, arguably the world’s most failed state
The east African country of Somalia has been without a functioning central government since the overthrow of its aging ruler, General Mohamed Siad Barre, in 1991. Since the dictator fled, the country has been victim to a horrific clan-based conflict, and has become the archetype of a failed state.

The US tried to impose order in 1993, but left following the ill-fated “Black Hawk Down” episode in which 18 US soldiers were killed after the shooting-down of two US helicopters. Another administration is now in place – the 14th since then – this time backed by troops from neighbouring Ethiopia. The omens for its survival seem no better than for its many predecessors.

"It takes just three days for a landline to be installed"

Yet, despite the chaos, and the lack of any central government, Somalia has one of the most efficient telephone systems in its region. It takes just three days for a landline to be installed, compared with waiting times of many years in neighbouring Kenya, where a stable democratic government has been in place for half a century.

The country also has a thriving mobile phone network. According to the World Bank, Somalia now has 112,000 fixed lines and 50,000 mobile subscribers, up from a total of 17,000 lines in 1991. Competition between rival suppliers has resulted in some of Africa’s lowest call costs: about 50 cents per minute. In addition, problems such as allowing calls between different networks are resolved through the Somali Telecoms Association. This body, based in Dubai, represents all the telecoms companies, as well as the International Telecommunication Union.

Other sectors, too, are operating successfully, despite the absence of a state structure. The World Bank reports that in the supply of electricity, enterprising companies are making good the governance gap. Entrepreneurs have divided cities into manageable sectors and provide electricity on a local basis (there is no functioning national grid), using generators bought overseas. These providers offer households a menu of choices, including daytime, evening or 24-hour supply, and charge per light bulb.


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  09:46:12 am, by admin, 231 words  
Categories: Ethiopia

U.S. agents use prisons in Ethiopia

U.S. agents use prisons in Ethiopia

CIA and FBI agents hunting for al-Qaida militants in the Horn of Africa have been interrogating terrorism suspects from 19 countries held at secret prisons in Ethiopia, which is notorious for torture and abuse, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

Human rights groups, lawyers and several Western diplomats assert hundreds of prisoners, who include women and children, have been transferred secretly and illegally in recent months from Kenya and Somalia to Ethiopia, where they are kept without charge or access to lawyers and families.

The detainees include at least one U.S. citizen and some are from Canada, Sweden and France, according to a list compiled by a Kenyan Muslim rights group and flight manifests obtained by AP.


Forty-two-year-old mother of three, Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni, left, sits with her brother Sabry Abdullah in her house in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 1, 2007. Kamilya said she was held incommunicado, without charges or due process for more than two and a half months in jails in Kenya, Somalia and finally Ethiopia. She was freed a month after being interviewed, fingerprinted and photographed by a U.S. agent, she said. (AP Photo/Nousha Saimi) (Nousha Salimi - AP)

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04/03/07

  06:38:22 pm, by admin, 159 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Entertainment

Ethiopia - Mahmoud Ahmed Winner of BBC Radio 3 World Music Award

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/worldmusic/a4wm2007/winners.shtml

Ethiopia's renowned singer Mahmoud Ahmed has been named winner of the 6th BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music from Africa category.


Listen to 'Fetsun denq ledj nesh'

This year sees the 6th BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music taking place at London's Barbican on 26th-27th May.

This annual celebration has become a fixture on the UK music calendar and this year is bigger than ever before.

Mahmoud Ahmed is both a living legend and something of a mystery in the West. Undeniably Ethiopia’s most famous singer of its “golden era”, the three albums reissued of his recordings by French label Buda Musique as part of their Ethiopiques series have captured Western listeners in the same way that, say, the reissues of Robert Johnson’s Delta blues did a previous generation.

Source:
BBC Radio


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