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April 01,2016

News in Brief

Africa and the African Union

Africa's medium-term growth prospects for 2016 and 2017 remain positive but risks and uncertainties abound says Adam Elhiraika, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on (March 31, 2016). The remarks are made at the ongoing African Development Week, Co-organized by UNECA and the African Union.

A Seminar aimed at establishing an inclusive platform of regional reconciliation, peace-building and transitional justice in Africa commenced (March 30, 2016) at Hilton Hotels in Addis Ababa.


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Korea's experience in urban development has an immense contribution for Ethiopia's ongoing housing development. The Premier made the remark during a meeting with senior experts from the Ministry of Construction and Transportation of Korea on (March 31, 2016).

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on (March 31) held discussions with First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, in Addis Ababa.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom who had been on an official visit to the Republic of Senegal over the week made bilateral consultations with Prime Minister of Senegal Boun Abdallah Dioune and his Senegalese counterpart,  Mr Mankeur Ndiaye among others. Ethiopia and the Republic of Senegal have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in areas of culture and tourism, and capacity building. (See article)

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom on (March 28, 2016) visit the Goree Island and made a stop at the historic  "Maison des esclaves" where he was given a guided tour by the curator of the world heritage site. (See article)

Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on (March 31, 2016) have celebrated 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The event was attended by a high-level Ethiopian delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who has been to Ivory Coast for first official visit. The Minister has made bilateral consultations with his Ivorian counterpart Dr Abdallah Toikeusse. In the event, series of agreements have also been signed.

The government of Japan announced on (March 31, 2016) that it would provide more than 30.1 million US dollars emergency humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia.

Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan on (April 01, 2016) stressed that Sino-Ethiopia relations have been flourishing, particularly, against the backdrop of the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in Johannesburg last December.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie discussed with Ambassadors -based in Addis Ababa on the campaign of Dr. Tedros' candidacy for the post of Director Generalship of the World Health Organization this week. (See article)

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie held talks with Ms. Amanda Dory, US Assistant Secretary for Defense today on (March 30, 2016). Ms. Amanda appreciated Ethiopia's efforts of brining Stability in the region adding that the US would continue working with Ethiopia in the process of stabilizing Somalia.

Ethiopia and U.S. held the 6th Working Group bilateral discussions on democracy, governance and human Rights Working Group in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (March 29, 2016). 

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-silasie on (March31) received copies of letters of credence of Hungarian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Gabor Sagi.

With last week marking the 5th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the celebrations of the anniversary are taking place this week. (See article)

Ato Gedu Andargachew, President of the Amhara National Regional State, held extensive discussions with Ethiopian Diaspora community drawn from different regions of the United Arab Emirates, in Dubai, on Saturday (March 26).  (See article)

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie on (March31) received letters of credence of the first Bangladesh Ambassador, to Ethiopia, Ambassador Md. Monirul Islam.

Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport on (March 30) signed MoU with Korea Expressway Corporation.

Ethiopia's Ministry of Education and Microsoft signed an Education Transformation Agreement on March 29.

At the UNSC debate on "Women, Peace and Security" held on (March 28) Ethiopia highlighted its leading role in providing female peacekeepers. (See article)

The Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG) revealed Ethiopia will supply potash to the global market within the coming four years.

Ministry of Health launched a five-year Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP 2016-2020), on (March 28, 2016) which is up for ensuring better and fair access to health services.

Mr. Demeke Atnafu, Director General of the Diaspora Engagement Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with Mr. Kudret Bulbul, President of the Turkish Aboard and Related Communities. The two sides shared views and experiences on promoting Diaspora engagement.



Egyptian Ambassador to Djibouti, Ahmed Adel in an interview with Daily News on (March 28, 2016) said Egypt is set to launch a new commercial services office in Djibouti. Delegations of Egyptian businessmen will also make visits to exchange information on investment opportunities, he added.


The People's Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) held its first general congress (March 21-25, 2016) in Asmara, Eritrea. PAFD is a political alliance among armed Ethiopian opposition groups, such as the Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front.


Kenya's economy is projected to grow at 5.9% in 2016, recording an improvement over the 5.6% estimated for 2015, says a new World Bank Group economic report released on Thursday (March 31, 2016). The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to improve further to 6% in 2017.

Kenyan Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge on (March 31) said Kenya may build its own pipeline to transport oil from the northern Turkana region to a port at the coast if a proposal to build one jointly with Uganda falls through.

Judges at the International Criminal Court will hand down their ruling on (April 5, 2016) onwhether to throw out a case brought against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for his alleged role in post-election violence.



The United Nations said thousands of people in northern Somalia may die as a result of the El Nino-related drought and a shortage of aid, and the poor rains that are forecast are likely to make things worse (March 31, 2016).

The United Nations and Africa Union on Tuesday began the training of 200 officers of the Somali Police Force in Jubaland (March 31, 2016).

A suicide bombing in central Somalia killed at least nine people and wounded 10 others, a police official said on (March 31).  The bomber blew himself up among a group of people at a café near a hotel in the town of Galkayo.

A statement from the Galmudug government said at least 115 Al-shabaab fighters have been killed and 110 more others captured on (March 28) in a heavy fighting with pro-government forces in northern Somalia.

French Navy frigate FS Provence (March 29) has intercepted a large weapons cache from a small boat sailing towards Somalia. Several hundred machine guns, anti-tank weapons and AK47 riffles were among the weapon seized.

South Sudan

The head of JEMEC, Festus Mogae told the UN Security Council on (March 31, 12016) that the formation of a transitional national unity government in South Sudan was now within reach. He added, despite continuing cease-fire violations, "there has been notable progress." (See article)

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) which is overseeing the Peace Agreement, welcomed the arrival in Juba of the first thirty-nine of the SPLM-IO troops (March 28, 2016)

First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, who has been in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on (March 31, 2016) met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.  SPLM-IO's Spokesman, James Gatdet Dak said both sides discussed the steps being taken and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS)

South Sudanese government (March 30) has regretted a decision of the Sudanese government to close its recently reopened border between the two countries. According to a recent UN report (March 31), more than 48,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighboring Sudan since late January amid food shortages and continuing conflict in the country.

SPLM Spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak (March 31) hinted that SPLM-IO leader and South Sudan's First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, will soon return to the national capital, Juba.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (March 30) has dismissed as "non existent" media reports that its peacekeepers had failed to offer protection to civilians who fled protection sites in the Upper Nile capital, Malakal.

South Sudanese army (SPLA) has accused the armed opposition group SPLM-IO of allegedly attacking their forces on Mayendit-Leer road on (March 30). Meanwhile, South Sudanese army (SPLA) has been accused of planning to attack forces of the opposition SPLM-IO in Unity state. SPLA-IO's spokesperson, Deng on (March 29) said their forces have been warned of imminent attack in Leer and Mayandit counties in Unity state.


An African Union team arrived in the Sudanese capital on (March 31, 2016) to monitor the three-day administrative referendum in Darfur region which will be held during the second week of April.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon (March 29) has called on the Sudanese opposition to sign the Roadmap Agreement concocted by the African mediators.

Sudanese government on (March 31) called on the international community to increase pressure on the holdout groups to sign the Roadmap Agreement brokered by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

Sudanese government on (March 29) has once again closed its borders with South Sudan, just a week after Khartoum threatened to treat South Sudanese in Sudan as foreigners.

A militarily official said on (March 28)the Sudanese army recaptured key positions in the areas held by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan state.