Ethiopia: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
It’s cheaper to produce tomato paste in China and export it to Nigeria and other African markets than to produce it locally, according to Nigeria’s No. 1 tomato paste processor. Tomato paste is used widely in Nigerian dishes from jollof rice to soups. Eric Umeofia, CEO of Erisco Foods, said he plans to exit the Nigerian market. The news came as a shock to Nigerians. Erisco has the largest tomato processing plant in Nigeria and the fourth largest in the world.
Tom Jackson, 9:55 am AFKI Original
Around 650 million people in Africa live without access to electricity. The electrification rate is as low as 14.2 per cent in rural areas. In East Africa, only 23 per cent of Kenyans and 10.8 per cent of Rwandans have access to an electricity supply. The majority of these people as a result use costly and unhealthy forms of energy. But in the power of the sun, Africa also has the answer to this problem.
Dana Sanchez, 10:28 am
Ethiopia is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites — more than any other African country. The U.S. and U.K. have warned citizens against traveling there after peaceful anti-government protests led to police violence and a state of emergency. Mixed messages are coming from the government and citizens. The U.K. Foreign Office reported widespread disruption to road travel with official and unofficial roadblocks appearing with no warning. “The lack of consistency is concerning,” a stakeholder said.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:22 am
Geremi Njitap, one of Cameroon’s most successful footballers, was last week elected the head of National Union of Cameroon Footballers (SYNAFOC), while in Ethiopia, Haile Gebrselassie, one of the world’s athletics legends in long distance and marathon racing, was on sunday elected the president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) in Addis Ababa
Kevin Mwanza, 4:34 am
The United Nations (UN) is calling for the formation of a tribunal or special court to prosecute Eritrean leaders over allegations of widespread human rights abuses since 1991. The calls come after a UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the nation found that the government enslaved, imprisoned, committed forced disappearances, torture, rape, persecution, murder and other crimes against the citizens to remain in power
Kevin Mwanza, 11:05 am
The Ethiopia government has released about 2,000 #OromoProtest detainees who had been arrested since the declaration of the state of emergency mid-last month and pledged to call for a political dialogue with the Oromo and Amhara communities. At least 1,500 weapons were also recovered by security forces and over 400 people surrendered to the police during a 10-day amnesty period declared by the government,
Kevin Mwanza, 9:08 am
China is fast becoming the preferred partner for economic development by many African governments that have however, been accused of prioritizing economic development over civil rights and freedoms. The Asian superpower rivals the U.S. and has outmatched it especially in Southern, Central and North Africa, according to a survey by Afrobarometer, a research project in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
Oil-importing African countries are showing an improved business environment as the continent endures its slowest growth in more than two decades. In contrast, countries that export commodities are under economic pressure due to low oil prices including three of Africa’s largest economies. Some countries that are doing better are predicted to grow at more than 6 percent. IMF predicts average growth will fall to 1.4 percent in 2016, less than half of 2015 growth.
Staff, 12:12 am
Trade deals criticized as harmful to U.S. economic interests have emerged as a key issue in the race for the White House. Trump could include AGOA as part of a general offensive against U.S. trade agreements. A threat to the program will more likely come from unfair competition on the part of the European Union. African regional trade blocs are in talks with the E.U. on deals that would allow E.U. goods to enter the continent duty-free.
Staff, 12:01 am
Facebook’s record of collaborating with governments should make us wary of Free Basics. The app is only worth the gamble if one believes that governments where it’s been rolled out have the best interests of their citizens at heart — a presumption that is unwarranted in much of Africa. In just the last year, in Gabon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Zimbabwe, and many other countries, online actions of pro-democracy protestors prompted the state to shut down the internet for the entire country. Free Basics gives them a version of the internet that totally control.
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