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Brasília, Brasil

May 13,2016

News in brief


President Mulatu Teshome received the newly appointed Ambassadors of Hungary, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Chad and Fiji to Ethiopia on Thursday (May 12).  He called on their countries to support Ethiopia's bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nation Security Council.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn attended the inauguration of President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti on Sunday (May 8).The Prime Minister also attended the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in Kampala on Thursday (May 12) in an event attended by the Presidents of Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe, as well as Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Prime Minister Hailemariam participated in the "Grow Africa" panel on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Thursday (May 12), underlining the due attention Ethiopia was giving to improve productivity of small scale farmers as part of its policy of modernizing the agriculture sector. The World Economic Forum for Africa opened in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday this week (May 11). It lasts until the end of the week. (See article)

Prime Minister Hailemariam met with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday this week (May 9) and discussed industrial parks, infrastructure and various development activities. Mr. Blair, in Ethiopia to visit the activities of his charity, also visited the Bole Lemi industrial park. He said the coming of leading companies would play a key role for the economic transformation of the country.

The Sudan Public Diplomacy Delegation arrived in Addis Ababa for a week-long visit on Sunday (May 8). They were welcomed by the Speaker of House of People's Representatvies, Abadula Gemeda; State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie and Ethiopia's Public Diplomacy Team. During their visit, the Sudanese delegation have been visiting sights in Addis Ababa as well as travelling to the Al-Nejash mosque in Tigray Regional State. (See article)

Dr. Yinager Dessie, Minister of the Planning Commission, led a high-level Ethiopian delegation to Germany this week to attend two Ethio-German Business Fora, one in Hamburg  on Wednesday and Thursday  (May 11-12) concentrating on agro-business opportunities as well as other areas. The second was held in Munich on Friday (May 13) covering manufacturing opportunities and other options available in Ethiopia. Members of the Ethiopian business community attended both meetings.                                             

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie met with Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, Special Representative on African affairs of the Chinese Government, on Saturday (May 7). They discussed ways of building on South Sudan's political process and supporting its economic recovery. Ambassador Zhong thanked Ethiopia, IGAD and the international community for their efforts  to bring peace and stability to South Sudan.

State Minister Ambassador Taye attended the Europe Day celebration on Monday (May 9) at the Africa Hall of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.(See article)

State Minister Ambassador Taye received a UK trade and investment delegation, headed by the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Ethiopia, Richard Benyon, that arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (May 10). The delegation, which is looking at possible business and investment opportunities, will be visiting key industrial and manufacturing locations as well as meeting representatives of Ethiopia's private sector.

Ten more of the 125 children abducted by heavily armed Murle gunmen from South Sudan last month were reunited with their families on Wednesday (May 11). This brings the number so far reunited with their communities in Gambella to 29.

The National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal Police Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce said on Wednesday (May 11) that it has captured and killed a group of Eritrean-backed terrorists near the border in the south of the country on Friday last week (May 6). The group, trained in Eritrea, had travelled to Uganda and then into Kenya before crossing the border at Moyale carrying travel documents prepared in Eritrea. 

Government  and international humanitarian agencies said on Wednesday (May 11) that flash floods had displaced nearly 120,000 people in Ethiopia over the previous month and a total of almost half a million people might be affected during the year. The International Organization for Migration said 119,711 people in six areas had been displaced by last month's "exceptional" flooding. The floods are part of the El Nino phenomenon that earlier caused the severe drought last year and have been hampering the deliveries of food aid to drought affected areas.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Friday (May 13) that it was providing nearly US $128 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ethiopia face the impact of the worst drought in fifty years.

Ethiopia's participation in the 8th day-long festival, "Passport DC, Around the World Embassy Tour" , in Washington highlighted attracted more than seven thousand Washington residents to the Ethiopian Embassy on Saturday (May 7). The festival included the traditional coffee ceremony and  authentic cuisine, accompanied by traditional songs and displays to showcase Ethiopia's wealth of music, art, culture, flora and fauna.


President Ismail Omar Guelleh was sworn in as President for his fourth term in office on Sunday (May 8) at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti City. The ceremony was attended by a number of regional leaders including Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia.  President Ismail Omar Guelleh won the election in April with 87% of the vote.

President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Wednesday received the resignation of Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed. The President thanked the Prime Minister for his loyalty and his skills and immediately reappointed him  as Prime Minister. Mr. Kamil Mohamed welcomed the honor and said he would "redouble efforts to show he was worthy of the President's confidence." He would announce members of his new government soon.


The Ministry of Information in a statement on Friday (May 6) claimed the UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea had "overstepped its remit." It said the Commission intends to publicly release its forthcoming report in advance of its presentation the Human Rights Council in June. The Ministry alleges this is intended to be part of a "vitriolic press campaign "against Eritrea as happened  last year. It says the Commission of Inquiry is "essentially involved in a politically motivated witch-hunting campaign against Eritrea to literally regurgitate innuendos and unsubstantiated allegations that stem from certain quarters."

Mario Gattiker, the head of Switzerland's State Secretariat for Migration told journalists on Monday (May 9) that Swiss authorities, following a fact-finding mission to Eritrea, have determined that the human rights situation in Eritrea "has not improved". He also said the promises that Eritrea would lower its required military service to a term of 18 month turned out "not to be true". (See article)


President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in Kampala on Thursday. (May 12)

The AU Executive Council of Foreign Ministers held its fourth retreat, Thursday to Saturday  last week in Nairobi (May 5-7). The occasion was organized by the African Union Commission and hosted by the Government of Kenya in advance of the 27th Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government, due in July. (See article)

Kenya announced on Friday last week that it was going to close down its two major refugee camp complexes at Dadaab and Kakuma which together house more than 600,000 refugees, a majority from Somalia but 190,000 or so from South Sudan. Despite widespread criticisms, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said on Thursday this week (May 12) "We are now serious about this and we do not want anyone to have doubts." (See article)

Kenyan authorities said on Tuesday (May 10) that the  security operation launched last year to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in the Boni Forest in the coastal region of Kwale was still underway. 36 insurgents had been arrested so far. The authorities have established nine security stations in the area. Security has been increased along the border after intelligence reports indicated that the Islamic State had established links with sections of Al-Shabaab.


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attended the inauguration of President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on Sunday (May 8). He also attended the inauguration of President Museveni of Uganda on Thursday (May 12).

A U.S. delegation led by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Bruce Wharton, arrived in Mogadishu on Monday (May 9) to hold talks on the forthcoming elections. The delegation met with President Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke, and a number of ministers. Discussions covered political progress, election preparedness, security, efforts to fight terrorism and bilateral relations. Mr. Wharton welcomed the government's progress, and underlined the importance of  the elections for both Somalia and regional stability. 

US special operations forces working with AMISOM called in an airstrike when the troops they were with clashed with Al-Shabaab militants on Thursday (May 12), killing five, a US defense official said. The official said the US forces were advising and assisting Ugandan troops from AMISOM.

Commissioner for Peace Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, chaired a meeting of the AU Military Operations Coordination Committee for peace support operations, in Addis Ababa on Monday (May 9). The Chiefs of Defense Staff of AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) and representatives of partners countries agreed to revise AMISOM's Concept of Operations for the next phase of operations against Al-Shabaab. It underlined the urgency to obtain air assets for AMISOM and called for enhanced and coordinated support to the mission. The AU Peace and Security Council renewed AMISOM's mandate to May 2017 at its recent meeting on April 28.

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud  ‘Silanyo' attended the inauguration of President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti for his fourth term of office on Sunday (May 8).

South Sudan

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Partners' Group, met to discuss implementation of all aspects of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan on Tuesday (May 10) in Addis Ababa. (See article)

South Sudan's First Vice President, Riek Machar, called on the people of South Sudan to forgive one another and reconcile in order to unite the people of the young nation and leave behind the bitter past. Speaking to a church congregation in Juba on Sunday (May 8), he underlined the importance of the Government of National Unity to come up with a program for resettlement of the internally displaced persons. According to the UN there are 1.69 million people internally displaced as well as another 712,000 who have fled to neighboring countries.

The World Food Program said on Monday (May 9) that up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face severe food shortages during the March to September lean season. This is nearly double the 2.8 million classified as being in "crisis" or "emergency" food situations, with about 40,000 suffering from outright famine during the first three months of this year. A WFP report says "Internal food security analysis shows that South Sudan will face the most severe lean season in 2016 since its independence, driven by insecurity, poor harvests, and displacement in some areas of the country." The U.N. humanitarian plan for South Sudan has received less than a third of the $1.29 billion needed.


Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir started a two-day visit to Kampala, Uganda,  on Thursday (May 12), to discuss bilateral ties and the situation in South Sudan with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni. President Museveni visited Khartoum last September and he and President Al-Bashir agreed to work together to bring stability in South Sudan and the region, and to end tensions between the two countries over the issue of rebel groups. Discussions between the two leaders will include security and a number of other issues.

The International Follow-up Committee for the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) is coordinating with the Joint AU-UN Special Representative and joint chief mediator, Martinn Uhomoibhi, to convince more rebel groups to sign the document. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud,  said on Monday (May 9) at the 11th meeting of the Committee that it would meet in Doha in late May with the head of the Justice and Equality Movement, Gibril Ibrahim, and the head of Sudan Liberation Movement, Minni Minnawi." The Deputy Prime Minister said "we welcome all rebel groups willing to join the peace process.