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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 […]

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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Ethiopian’s ex-opposition leader appointed election boss

The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives on Thursday approved the nomination of Birtukan Mideksa as the new head of the electoral commission. Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge and leading opposition figure returned to Ethiopia earlier this month after seven years in exile in the US. According to Africanews portal, some lawmakers reportedly questioned Mideksa’s independence, […]

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Top US diplomat to visit Horn of Africa

The United States Department of State’s top diplomat on African Affairs will travel to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, and later on to Germany from November 27 to December 8, Washington said. Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs is expected to visit the Horn of Africa as part of US efforts to […]

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Ethiopia: 200 bodies uncovered in mass grave

Police in Ethiopia have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions, local media reported. The grave was found by the police during a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed. Police were granted […]

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