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Week

April 15,2016

News in Brief

Ethiopia

On a visit to West Africa, to Ghana and to Guinea,  Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held talks with Ghana President Mahama and with President Conde of Guinea from whom he received the Grand Croix award the highest honor that the country awards. The Prime Minister said his six day visit to West Africa was part of Ethiopia's drive to strengthen partnership in the areas of peace and security as well as to promote Africa's integration agenda (See article)

Prime Minister Hailemariam met with a Qatari delegation led by Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar on Thursday (April 14). He called on Qatari investors to invest in Ethiopia.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom met the Minister of Agriculture of Djibouti, Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Awaleh on Thursday (April 15).

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros received President and CEO of the Washington Woodrow Wilson Center, Jane Herman (April 13) at his office. Jane Harman thanked the Ethiopian government for hosting the Munich Security Conference being held for the first time in Africa.

Mr. Péter Szijjártó,  Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade visited Ethiopia this week meeting President Dr. Mulatu and holding talks with Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros as well as opening the Ethio-Hungary Business Forum on Tuesday (April 12). (See article)

Dr. Tedros chaired African Union's Open ended Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the International Criminal Court at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on Monday (April 11, 2016).

Dr. Tedros met the Minister of Commerce and Industry for Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy on Monday(April 11).  An Omani Products Exhibition (Opex) was held this week (April 11-14) in Addis Ababa's Millennium Hall.

Dr. Tedros met with Australia's Special Envoy for Human Rights, Phillip Ruddock this week. Stressing the constantly growing relations between Ethiopia and Australia, Dr. Tedros hoped that Ethiopia would continue to engage consistently with Australia. Mr. Ruddock also briefed State Minister Ambassador Taye on Australia's interest to run for election to the UN Human Rights council for the term 2018-2020 and requested Ethiopia's support.

State Minister Ambassador Taye met the State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office, Markus Ederer, on Wednesday (April 13). Discussions covered national and regional issues.

Ambassador Taye received Djibouti's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Mohammed Idriss Farah in his offices on Monday (April 12). Ambassador Taye congratulated the people and the Government of the Republic of Djibouti on their peaceful, free and fair presidential election.

Ambassador Taye received Kenyan Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ms. Catherine Muigai Mwangi on Tuesday (April 12). Ambassador Taye noted relations between the two countries had been strengthened by the implementation of the cross border integrated program.

The Munich Security Conference which brings together political, academic, business and civic society leaders to discuss key issues of international security policy with a special emphasis in Africa was held in Addis Ababa on Thursday and Friday(April 14-15) (See article)

The fifth Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa will be held this weekend (April 16-17) in Bahr Dar, the capital of the Amhara regional state, under the theme "Africa in the Global Security Agenda."

Ethiopia has prepared a draft proclamation of the regulation of cyber crimes (April 13). The draft proclamation will be referred to the Standing Committee of the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) following wider discussions.

Djibouti

President Ismail Omar Guelleh has won a fourth five-year term as president of Djibouti I the election held on Friday (April 8). The President secured 87% of the votes cast, according to the provisional results announced by the country's interior minister. (See article)

Djibouti port's director general, Saad Omar Guelleh and the vice-president of China's Qingdao port Cheng Xinnong, signed a partnership agreement on Wednesday (April 13) to reinforce Djibouti port's human resource capacities and logistics. 

Kenya  

Kenyan officials arrived in Kampala on Tuesday (April 12) for a three-day meeting to continue discussions on the possible three options for the proposed crude oil export pipeline. A report on the options for the US4 billion project, through Lamu, Mombasa or Tanga will be presented to the Heads of State and adopted at the 13th Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit due in Kampala on April 23.

Somalia

The National Leadership Forum met in Mogadishu from April 9 to April 12 to agree details and modalities for the electoral process for the August election. Participants included President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Speaker. Mohammed Sh. Osman Jawari, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmaarke, President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali of Puntland, President Ahmed Mohamed Islaan of Jubaland,  President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan of the South-West, and President of Abdulkarim Hussein Guled of Galmudug. Somalia. (See article)

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud opened the 8th session of the 9th Somali Parliament on Monday, the last session of the current Parliament before the elections later this year. He told Parliament the government had failed to uphold the one-man-one vote electoral principle but it was committed to holding credible elections.

UNOCHA says an estimated 1.7 million people, nearly 40 percent of the 4.6 million people living in Somaliland and Puntland are in need of humanitarian assistance and livelihood support. OCHA says the forecasts for the Gu rains (April to June) "are less than favorable," and it has appealed for $105 million to urgently scale up "critical, life-saving" aid and to build resilience in these areas.

The German cabinet has agreed to the continued deployment of German troops in the EU anti-piracy mission off Somalia. Troops have been engaged in this mission since 2008.

South Sudan

The government chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial, had told reporters after a meeting attended by President Kiir and the head  of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission,  Festus Mogae, that President Salva Kiir will swear in first vice president designate, Riek Machar, when Dr. Machar arrives in Juba on Monday (April 18).

The South Sudan army (SPLA) has agreed to allow the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) to visit their military sites and verify the demilitarization of Juba as required by the August 2015 peace agreement. The Mechanism reports to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission which oversees agreement.

Dr. Riek Machar has promoted General Taban Deng Gai, the chief negotiator of the SPLM-IO and leader of the advance team in Juba, and General Alfred Ladu Gore, the deputy chairman of the SPLM-IO to the rank of 1st Lt General. 

Sudan

President Omer al-Bashir will take part in the fifth Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa to be held this weekend on Bahr Dar, the capital of the Amhara Regional State. Over 200 participants will attend the Forum including a number of African Heads of State and Government, academics, representatives of NGOs and officials of regional, continental and international organizations.

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, arrived in Khartoum on Thursday (April 14)  for a two week visit to Sudan. During his visit to  assess the efforts of the government to comply with its international human rights obligations, he will also visit  Darfur and South Kordofan.

Darfur residents began voting on Monday (April 11) in a three day referendum on whether to reunite their region into a single state. Darfur is currently made up of five states. The referendum is an element  in the peace plan agreed in 2011 in Doha, but the major rebel groups have never signed up to the plan.


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