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Ethiopia: parliamentary elections scheduled for May or June

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election in May or June, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday. Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, has pledged to open up the state-dominated economy and has taken steps to end decades of hostility with neighboring Eritrea. This year election will be the first under Abiy. “On the […]

Ethiopia secures $3 bln funding from World Bank

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday announced the Horn of Africa nation had got $3 billion funding from the World Bank. The World Bank funding announcement comes two days after the International Monetary Fund said it had reached a preliminary agreement for a $2.9 billion financing package to back the country’s complex economic reforms […]

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Ethiopia’s Sidama votes overwhelmingly for autonomy

Ethiopia’s Sidama votes overwhelmingly for autonomy

Ethiopia’s Sidama region has voted overwhelmingly to form a self-governing administration as many of the country’s ethnic groups demand greater autonomy. More than two million people in what is known as the Sidama zone voted on whether they want their own regional state within Ethiopia’s federal system. According to the country’s electoral board, the people […]

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Ghana to host African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat

The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) has selected Ghana as the host country for the Secretariat of the African Continental (AfCFTA) Free Trade Area. The announcement was made on Sunday, 7 July 2019, during the 12th AU Extraordinary Summit held in Niamey, the capital of Niger, after Ghana […]

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Ethiopia: call for tenders on phase I of 520 MW geothermal project

Ethiopia: call for tenders on phase I of 520 MW geothermal project

Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations has just launched a bidding process to select a partner to carry out the first phase of the Tulu Moye geothermal project in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. The Tulu Moye Geothermal project is located in the Oromia Regional State. Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations plans to develop 520 MW of electricity in […]

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New legislation to ease geothermal investment in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Council of Ministers is considering a bill to encourage independent power producers (IPPs) to invest in geothermal power generation in the east African nation. Drafted by the Ethiopian Energy Authority last year, the new legislation comes at a time when the country is just beginning to exploit its geothermal potential. Ethiopia has the […]

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Chinese FM welcomed in Ethiopia, dismisses Africa debt fears

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, on Thursday said Beijing will continue supplying loans to African governments despite accusations that China’s increased investments on the continent are aimed at gaining political influence. Wang Yi made the statement after a closed-door meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart WorkinehGebeyehu in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. “China upholds the principle […]

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Ethiopia: Parliament approves creation of National Reconciliation Commission

Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday approved the creation of a reconciliation commission to tackle intercommunal ethnic violence. The objective of the Commission is to maintain peace, justice, national unity and consensus and to foster reconciliation among Ethiopians. The commission would also identify the reasons for disputes and violations of human rights, state-run Fana radio said. There […]

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Ethiopia gets €10 m from EU to support judicial reforms

The European Union on Thursday announced a support package to support Ethiopia in the area of justice and rule of law.   The €10 million package was unveiled after a meeting between Ambassador of the EU to Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam, and Ethiopia’s Chief Justice, Meaza Ashenafi.   According to Meaza Ashenafi, the EU boost was […]

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Ethiopian PM meets opposition parties, pledges fair elections

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday met members of 81 opposition parties to discuss ways of reforming the electoral system. The move comes a month after a former judge and leading opposition figure has been sworn in as the head of Ethiopia’s electoral board. The Tuesday meeting focused “on highlighting the reforms required to […]

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