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July 29, 2016

News in Brief

Africa and the African Union

A meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is being held in Beijing this week (July 28-30). It is being attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other officials from 53 African nations as well as by the African Union Chairperson and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Commerce of China. The Forum will evaluate the implementation of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit held in December last year.


The Forum of African First Ladies Against Breast and Cervical Cancer hosted The 10th Stop Cervical Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference which was held in Addis Ababa this week, Sunday, (July 24) to Wednesday (July 27). Organized by the Office of First Lady, Roman Tesfaye, Prime Minister Hailemariam and Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros were among the Ethiopian government officials and other international dignitaries who attended. (See article)

Dr. Mulatu Teshome, the President of FDRE has called for more efforts to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS. The President made the call at the opening of the 13th regular conference of the National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Council held this week on Tuesday (July 26) in Addis Ababa.

President Mulatu Teshome met with the outgoing Ambassador of the Netherlands; Mrs. Lidi Remmelzwaal at the National Palace on Thursday (July 28). The President has urged Dutch companies to diversify areas of engagement in Ethiopia.

President Mulatu Teshome hosted a farewell event at the National Palace on Monday (July 25) for the Ethiopian national athletics team, due to take part at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

On the occasion of the opening ceremony of the African Dignity Forum held on Monday (July 25), Deputy PM Demeke Mekonnen stated that Africa has to try its level best to change its current status in the global political economy and overcome its predicaments.

On a meeting with Dr. Tedros on Wednesday (July 27), UK's Trade Envoy, Richard Benyon, recalling his recent visit to Hawassa Industrial Park referred Ethiopia as "a trail blazer in this part of the region".

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom met with the President of Somalia's South-West State, Sharif Hassan Sheikh on Wednesday (July 27). Sharif Hassan acknowledged the role of the Ethiopian government in rendering support to promote peace and stability in Somalia. Dr. Tedros on his part said Ethiopia would further reinforce its endeavors towards enduring peace and stability in Somalia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom met with the outgoing Ambassador of the Netherlands, Ambassador Mrs. Lidi Remmezwaal on Wednesday (July 27). Ambassador Remmezwaal noted that relations between Ethiopia and the Netherlands have shown a positive trajectory over the years.

A High-Level Ethiopian delegation led by State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-silassie is taking part in a meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which is being held in Beijing this week (July 28-30).

The 2nd Diaspora festival commenced in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia with the visit of members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community to industrial facilities in and around the city on Thursday (July 28).

The European Union (EU) has extended a 20-million Euros grant to Ethiopia in a bid to create jobs in northern and central Ethiopia as part of efforts to deal with the challenge of migration.

UniCredit, a European financial leading Group said Ethiopia is likely to be one of the fastest growing markets for western exporters in the next five years. UniCredit is a leading European commercial bank operating in 17 countries, with over 143,000 employees, over 7,800 branches and an international network that spans 50 markets.


Djibouti has become the 14th country and the third east African country to join the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), an international investment grade multilateral finance institution investing in key infrastructure projects across Africa

Ali Guelleh Aboubaker, Minister of Investments in the Office of the President, the government of Djibouti was committed to proactively investing in essential infrastructure to drive economic growth and attract international private investors to infrastructure investment opportunities.


The first International Conference on Eritrean Studies was held last week (July 20-22) in Asmara under the theme of "Eritrea: the way forward." (See article)

Hagos Gebrehiwet, head of the PFDJ Economic Affairs, headed a working visit to the People's Republic of China last week. The delegation included the Ministers of Public Works, Finance, National Development, Education and Agriculture. The delegation met with Ms. Xu Lvping, Vice Minister of International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC as well as holding talks with the Minister and Vice-Minister of Trade and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

A conference on money laundering and combating financing terrorism organized by the government and by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) opened on Tuesday in Asmara.

According to the UN FAO the "keremt" rains (June to September) started on time in Debud, Anseba and Gash-Barka regions and crops and pasture in most inland areas are currently in good conditions. Latest meteorological forecasts for the period from June to September indicate increased likelihood of above normal rainfall over most of the country.


The UNHCR said this week that an estimated 42,000 Kenyans were living under false pretenses in the Dadaab refugee camp complex. They would undergo a "relocation" and "reintegration" process as part of an expanded effort by the UNHCR to reduce Dadaab's population from 343,000 to 193,000 by the end of this year. The government has now agreed to gradual phasing-out of the camp and the UNHCR is now asking donors to provide an additional $115.4 million to carry out the agreed program of refugee relocation and repatriation.


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed Mohamed Aden Kofi as the new Director of Immigration to General Abdullah Gafow who was recently named as the chief of the country's National Intelligence and Security Agency.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met the new AMISOM force commander Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh at the weekend and called for enhanced coordination between AMISOM and Somali National Security Institutions, and urgent deployment of enhanced forces to crush Al-Shabaab and ensure the forthcoming elections are secure from any attacks.

A six-day long festival of books, culture and literature opened last Saturday (July 23) in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. The festival, now in its ninth year, attracted authors, artists and scholars from around the world, including representatives from Nigeria, Germany, Britain, Ghana, Italy, France and South Africa. (See article)

At a forum held in Mogadishu on Wednesday (July 27), attended by women leaders from all Somali regions, government officials, regional representatives religious leaders, clan elders and members of civil society, Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir reaffirmed government commitment to end female genital mutilation and other forms of gender violence. The Ministry of Women and Human Rights and the Office of the Prime Minister with the support of AMISOM organized the meeting.

President Ahmed Silanyo met with the EU Special Representative for Somalia and Somaliland, Mr. Michele Cevone D'Urso, and Deputy British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Cat Evans, and other diplomats on Sunday (July 24). President Silanyo reiterated his commitment for the next election in Somaliland to take place in March next year.

An ex-MP, Salah Nur Ismail ‘Badabado' was apparently one of those involved in the twin car bomb explosions in Mogadishu on Tuesday (July 26). The attacks, in which up to 20 people died, were aimed at the UN compound and the entrance of the Mogadishu International Airport but failed to reach their target.

Cabbaas Idiriis (John Drysdale) who died earlier this month in Hargeisa, was remembered at this week's Hargeisa Book Festival. (See article). The first foreigner to acquire Somaliland citizenship and vote in Somaliland elections, he arrived in Somaliland in 1943. During a long career as a colonial officer, diplomat, businessman, historian and publisher, he became a prolific writer and a notable analyst of political events in Somaliland, Somalia, East Africa and Southeast Asia.

South Sudan

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said on Wednesday that President Salva Kiir had expressed "willingness to deployment of foreign troops". This followed a meeting between President Salva Kiir and JMEC Chairman Festus Mogae. (See article)


President Omer al-Bashir attended the Arab League Summit in Mauratania this week before travelling to Morocco to hold discussions with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. The two leaders discussed the "fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries and a number of issues of mutual interest".

Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir, is expected to be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday (July 29) where he will be honored at Nelson Mandela Hall in Addis Ababa University by the African Initiative for Pride and Dignity.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged this week all parties in Sudan including the Government to take concrete steps to build confidence and to move towards a credible and inclusive national dialogue. He called on those who have not signed the road map proposed by the African Union panel to do so.

The United States Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth on Tuesday (July 26) started a visit to North Darfur state. He met with senior military and security officials in El-Fasher to discuss the conditions of IDPs and the government efforts to achieve security and stability in the state. He hailed government efforts to achieve reconciliation and conflict resolution, and said the US would continue to support peace and stability in Darfur

Minister of Minerals Ahmed Sadiq al-Karouri said this week that Sudan expects to produce 100 tonnes of gold this year, becoming Africa's second largest producer by the end of the year. It currently ranks third in gold production behind South Africa