• Ethio-Djibouti railway to be inaugurated tomorrow

     The Ethio-Djibouti railway will be inaugurated tomorrow, said the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC).

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti will inaugurate the railway line linking the two countries.

    Dereje Tefera, Communication and Public Relations Director at the Corporation told FBC today that the railway will start trial operation after the inauguration.      

    After 3-5 months of test run, the railway, which was built at a cost of 3.4 billion US dollars, will begin regular service.

    Upon going fully operational, the railway helps carry 3,000 tonnes of goods in a single trip. It also reduces goods travel time from Djibouti to 10 hours.

    It will give transport service for 2, 400 people. The Ethio-Djibouti line will create jobs for 5,000 people.



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  • Obama lauds Ethiopia's role in sheltering, supporting refugees


     Premier reaffirms continued support
    US President Barack Obama has praised Ethiopia's role in hosting and supporting refugees as well as efforts to improve their condition.
    Speaking at a panel organized on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, President Obama said the role Ethiopia plays in sheltering refugees and helping them access to humanitarian assistance is exemplary to others.
    Noting that Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, Canada and Sweden have also been playing important role, Obama urged other countries to share these practices so as to address challenges refugees have been facing.
    At the panel Ethiopia, Canada, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden share their experiences in sheltering large number of refugees and activities to improve their conditions.
    Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen said that Ethiopia will continue to provide shelter to refugees and activities to improve their condition.
    The government is providing the chance for refugees to get access to education and engage in income generating activities including agriculture, Hailemariam said.
    The government is facilitating conditions to make refugees access to 30 per cent of job opportunities to be created in various industrial parks, as part of improving their condition, he added.
    Currently, 65 million people, roughly one per cent of world's total population, are displaced worldwide.
    Ethiopia has been sheltering over 800,000 refugees.
    World leaders are discussing ways of tackling the growing global migration crisis, the biggest migration crisis in which the number of displaced people surpassed those of World War II.


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  • Ethiopian PM Blames Olympic Protest on U.S.-Based Dissenters


    When Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa held his arms in an “X” as he crossed the finish line for a silver medal last month at the Rio Olympics, he says he was culminating a political protest he’d planned for months. But top Ethiopian officials say he was put up to the stunt by U.S.-based opposition groups in order to protest the government’s crackdown on demonstrations and further fuel controversial secessionist movements at home and in neighboring Eritrea.

    Speaking to Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview from the living room of his suite at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said he strongly believes that groups of anti-government Ethiopians based in the United States convinced the athlete to use the Summer Games as a protest venue. He also figures they helped get him from a Rio hotel to Washington, D.C. in time for a televised press conference last week.

    “It’s me who sent him to Rio for the Olympics, and we expected him to come back after winning the medal,” Hailemariam said, specifically naming members of the Oromo Liberation Front as having likely contributed to Feyisa’s protest. 

    “This is not the capacity of the man himself. It’s something which has been orchestrated by someone else from outside.”

    “This is not the capacity of the man himself. It’s something which has been orchestrated by someone else from outside.”


    The OLF did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Feyisa could not be reached for comment, but he told the Washington Post earlier this month that Oromo sympathizers helped him with his U.S. visa application.

    Feyisa’s move was meant to signal solidarity with protesters in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, who have taken to the streets in recent months to protest their marginalization from the country’s central government. International human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, have reported that security forces killed more than 400 peaceful protesters in the Oromia and Amhara regions since demonstrations began last November.

    Feyisa claims that he had planned his own protest in Rio for months. Fearing retribution for his political demonstration, the silver-medal winner left the Olympic Village after his race and hid in a Brazilian hotel until early September, when he flew to the United States and appeared at a press conference organized by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa. There, Smith announced his plan to introduce bipartisan legislation that would recommend the Ethiopian government allow an independent rapporteur into Ethiopia to assess the human rights situation in the country.

    Ethiopia wants nothing to do with that.

    Hailemariam, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly this week, told FP that he would never allow an outside investigation to take place when Ethiopia has its own institutions available, because to do so would be a “breach of sovereignty.”

    In an email to FP, Smith said that the rapporteur would not be imposed upon Ethiopia without its consent, but that “in the absence of any credible human rights reporting from the Ethiopian government on many incidents regarding the denial of human rights,” it would be standard for the U.N. to “gain an impartial assessment” of the situation on the ground.

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  • Ministry to finalize construction of 11 new universities


    The new 11 universities, whose construction launched in five regional states in the past, will be finalized at the end of this Ethiopian budget year, said the Ministry of Education (MoE).

    Project Office Head at the Ministry, Samuel Kifle, said efforts will be made to complete the construction of all universities until June. The universities will begin enrolling students in 2010 EC.

    Works were underway to furnish the universities with the necessary laboratory, dining and other equipment that are essential for the teaching-learning process, including the construction of internet, electricity, water and other related infrastructure.

    Nine of the 11 universities will enroll a total of 16, 500 students in 2010 Ethiopian academic year. The remaining two universities will go under expansion project. 


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  • Ethio telecom to introduce mobile credit card service


    Ethio telecom is set to introduce mobile credit card service for its clients.According to Andualem Admasie, CEO Ethio telecom, agreements have been signed with two global companies to put in place the new system, which was proved successful in other countries.

    The company will begin providing the new service for its clients soon, he added.The company also plans to start new services in this Ethiopian fiscal year. 

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