• 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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  • EPRDF passes resolutions to uphold rights, benefits of the people


     The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) passed resolutions that remove the challenges which threaten the developmental democratic system and bolster the rights and benefits of the people.

    In a communiqué it issued at the conclusion of its regular meeting on Monday, the executive committee of the EPRDF hailed the achievements attained during the past 15 years and identified abuse of office for private gains as one of the challenges the developmental democratic system has been facing. This has been a source of public grievances, it added.

    Therefore, the abuse of power for personal gains in whatever proportion and level is wrong and should be curtailed, the executive committee stressed, adding that additional measures would be taken in this regard. 

    According to the communiqué, the executive committee has decided that all the necessary measures be taken to investigate all areas where such tendencies are observed and take corrective measures to sustain the strength and cleanliness of the organization.

    In this regard, the executive committee has vowed to firmly fight against narrow nationalism and chauvinism, which are the manifestations of dependency, within it, by preparing detailed plans.

    EPRDF sees with great respect the struggle the people have waged to point out the weaknesses among the party and government bodies by withstanding pessimism and trusting the development and democratic rays of hope shinning in the country.  

    Though the correlation that remained imbalanced between the organization and the leadership in government prevented the voice of the peoples from being heard loudly and the resolutions of their problems quickly, the persistent struggle of all the peoples of the country that took part in the elimination of problems in their localities has served as strong foundation for the reforms the executive committee has taken, the communiqué stated.

    The party that has from the very outset decided to build a democratic and developmental government knows the existence of incessant temptation among some people in a transition economy to abuse of power for personal gains, it added. 

    Having realized that all the peoples of Ethiopia are against persons that abuse government power for their personal prosperity as they endanger their hopes and dreams, EPRDF has without blaming any other third party begun activities to take corrective measures within the government and party framework.

    The activities will be consolidated and implemented with reform programs that are expected early in the Ethiopian budget year.  

    The executive committee reiterated that even if we were not able to create full satisfaction among the peoples due to the obstacles faced, it is certain that the hurdles will be tackled and sustainable growth ensured as long as the people strengthen the struggle against dependency and staunchly realize the reform program designed by the party.

    The executive committee finally called on the people to further consolidate their peaceful and legal struggle so that the reform movement and effort for renaissance would be realized.

    The meeting of the executive committee took place from August 18-22, 2016.


    Source EBC

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