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Brasília, Brasil

June 17,2016

News in brief

Africa and the African union

The Ministerial-level Preparatory Meeting of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), commenced on Thursday (June 16) in Banjul, ‎Gambia.

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) in collaboration with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and its partners commemorates the 16th Day of the African Child (DAC) on the theme "Conflict and crisis in Africa: Protecting all children's Rights".

The African Union (AU) is prepared to launch the electronic passport (e-Passport) at the next AU Summit tabled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016. This flagship project, first agreed upon in 2014, falls squarely within the framework of Africa's Agenda 2063 and has the specific aim of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent - in order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development.


Ethiopia and the European Union signed a joint declaration, a reflection of the EU's strong relations with Ethiopia.  Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President of the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, signed the declaration, earmarked, "Towards an EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement", in Brussels, Belgium (June 15) hours ahead of the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days (EDD 2016).

Prime Minister Hailemariam addressed the 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) on Wednesday (June 15). While addressing the EDD, Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development, the premier expressed confidence about the country's ability to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (See article)

Prime Minister Hailemariam also held constructive talks with Ms. Federica Mogherini on the Strategic Engagement Agreement, and discussed the migration challenges shared in common by the EU and Ethiopia. (June 15)

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held discussions with ambassador of UAE to Ethiopia, Ghazi Abdullah Salem Al Mahri (June 13). The two sides have agreed to expand the bilateral trade and investment ties.

Prime Minister Hailemariam inaugurated Ethiopia's new chancery built in Brussels, Belgium on Friday (June 17) in the presence of senior EU and Ethiopian officials, including Teshome Toga, Ethiopian Ambassador to the European Union and the Benelux countries.

An Ethiopian delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros  Adhanom is taking part in the Ministerial-level Preparatory Meeting of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), which commenced on Thursday (June 16) in Banjul, ‎Gambia.

Dr. Tedros made an official visit to Cuba at the end of last week. The visit was aimed to promote and further strengthen bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Cuba, and Dr. Tedros held talks with Cuba's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, and discussing ways of further strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries. (See article)

Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom paid an official visit to Jamaica on Monday and Tuesday this week (June 13-14), aiming to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.  His visit was the first high-level Ethiopian government visit to Jamaica since the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966. (See article)

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye  Atske-selassie received, Li Junhua, the Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of Foreign Ministry of China (June 15). The Director General commended the remarkable contribution Ethiopia has been making towards building a strong, stable and secured region in the continent.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye  Atske-selassie held talks with the Special Envoy of the  Prime Minster for the Kingdom of Thailand,  Mr. Kobsak Chutikul (June 17). The Special Envoy reaffirmed his country's readiness and commitment to expand cooperation in areas of business, people to people relations, medical tourism and culture.

State Minister for Business and Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Regasa  Kefale on Thursday (June 16) briefed various Ethiopian Media corps on the upcoming Second Ethiopian Diaspora Day celebration due to be held from July 28-31 2016 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Getachew  Reda, Minister for Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) gave a press conference on (June 14) in connection with Ethiopia's retaliatory response to Eritrea's attempted attack at Tsorena front last weekend.  According to the Minister,  following Ethiopia's retaliatory measure, the Eritrean army has suffered a heavy loss, one that will make the Eritrean government to stop and reassess all its mistakes. 

AMISSOM on a statement issued last Saturday commended Ethiopian troops for defeating Al-Shabaab.The AMISOM Acting Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, hailed Ethiopian troops for thwarting an Al-Shabaab attempted attack and inflicting heavy casualties on the Al Qaeda-linked militants. (See article)

Ethiopia and the World Bank signed an 18 billion birr loan agreement for the expansion of infrastructure. Abdulaziz Mohammed, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia and Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan signed the loan agreement on (June 15). The loan will be used to improve road safety, boost energy supply and strengthen small and medium enterprises.

An Ethio-Canadian Business Forum jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian embassy in Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Addis, was held at the Intercontinental Addis Hotel in Addis Ababa on Thursday (June 16). (See article)

The Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing staged a reception marking the 46th anniversary of the establishment of Ethio-China diplomatic relations on Monday (June 13).


Ethiopian defense forces have taken proportional retaliatory action against Eritrean forces after the latter's attempted attack at Tsorena front on Sunday (June 12). Government Communication Affairs on Monday (June 13) also said that the retaliatory measure has seriously weakened the attacking capacity of the Eritrean army.

The Eritrean government on Friday (June 17) accused UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of failing to distinguish between what it sees as the aggressor and the victim. The Eritrean government added that Ban's statement destroys "the moral authority of the secretary-general's office."

Following the press conference held last week by the UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in Eritrea and the Commission's unequivocally damning report, the Eritrean government has been making every effort to mobilize support against the detailed condemnation of the government and the way Eritrean officials have been tagged with "crimes against humanity." (See article)


President Kenyatta gave a keynote address at the 10th edition of the European Development Days forum this week. He also met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to press for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to be upgraded to a UN Mission.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo  Grandi,  told a press conference in Nairobi on Monday  (June 13) that President Kenyatta had asked him for a plan to repatriate Somalis from Dadaab camp. He said the plan would be presented to the foreign ministers of Kenya and Somalia at a meeting in Nairobi at the end of next week.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, said that President Kenyatta and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (June 15) to ensure the refugees from Dadaab should be treated with dignity. She said "The UN secretary-general said he understands Kenya's decision to close the refugee camp."

Kenya will get a World Bank loan of $1.1 billion for infrastructure projects in the country's northern regions. The Bank's vice-president for Africa said the funds would be used to build roads, improve water and energy supplies and support livestock keeping.


On Wednesday (June 15) the Federal Parliament passed amendments to articles 60 and 136 of the provisional constitution. Article 60 of the current constitution says that the term of office of the Federal Parliament is 4 years from the day of the announcement of the election results. This was amended to say that the term of the office of Federal parliament ended from the day that new parliament takes the oath. The effect of these amendments will be to allow the Federal parliament to continue to function should the country's leaders fail to meet the deadline set for the election of government institutions that is in August and September. (See article)

Somalia's prime minister has said, closing the Dadaab refugee complex this year "would be very tough," suggesting it would be more realistic to set a 2019 deadline for emptying the camps.

AISSOM on a statement issued last Saturday commended Ethiopian troops for defeating Al-Shabaab.The AMISOM Acting Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, hailed Ethiopian troops for thwarting an Al-Shabaab attempted attack and inflicting heavy casualties on the Al Qaeda-linked militants. (See article)

South Sudan

South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, has issued a provisional order appointing all state governors as interim leaders of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement in their respective states

The head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, Herve  Ladsous, visiting Juba, said on Tuesday (June 14) that South Sudan had opened a new page with the coming into force of the newly-established Transitional Government of National Unity. He said the government should now focus on stability and security, the situation of internally displaced persons, building an institutional framework, the economy and humanitarian situation, especially food insecurity.

The United Nations Human Right Council has selected a three-member committee to monitor human rights violations in South Sudan and aid the process of transitional justice, healing and reconciliation. The Commission will be chaired by Yasmin Sooka, a human rights' lawyer who served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1994 to 2001.


Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Thursday (June 16) arrived in Doha where he held talks on bilateral relations with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani .