Ethiopia: Latest News

  • Japan Trails China In Trade With Africa. Either Way, Africa Wins

    Japan trails China in trade with Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 8:49 am AFKI Original

    Japan has a favorable rating in many countries. The Chinese have been criticized for executing half-effort projects such as using poor quality materials on roads. China-Africa trade in 2015 amounted to about $180 billion — nearly 7.5 times more than Japan-Africa trade. African leaders are watching and appear willing to benefit from the sociopolitical competition between the two countries. If the numbers grow because of the “race to Africa,” Africa will benefit.

  • Ethiopia Says Tourists Are Free To Roam Despite State Of Emergency

    By Kevin Mwanza, 6:27 am

    Ethiopia has announced that tourists are not barred from travelling across the nation in a bid to boost its tourist numbers; just days after the U.S. government issued a travel advisory following the declaration of a six-month state of emergency by the horn of Africa nation. There have been fears that foreigners to the nation may face reprisals from security forces for violating the state-sanctioned decree.

  • Editorial: Ethiopia Chose Economic Growth Over Inclusion

    By Kevin Mwanza, 10:00 am

    Ethiopia chose economic growth over the economic inclusion of its people, despite their persistent protests, and now it is paying the price through a state of emergency. After hundreds of deaths ignored by the international community and trampled upon by the government’s security forces, the next six-months are set to be key to the country. It will be a testing period for the nation to maintain investor confidence on the back of the Oromia protests.

  • Is Africa Rising or Tilting? The Narrative Is Quickly Changing

    Africa Rising By Kevin Mwanza, 9:42 am

    Ethiopia, the fastest growing economy in sub-Saharan Africa is under a six-month state of emergency as the government tries to restore order after months of Oromia protests that are threatening to undo the economic gains in the country. The horn of Africa nation represents a familiar narrative across Africa where talk of economic developments has come at the expense of social and political oppression.

  • African Commentator Says Trump Sounds Like An African Politician

    Trump sounds like an African politician By Dana Sanchez, 8:10 pm

    African commentators are having a little fun at the U.S.’s expense in the bizarre last weeks leading to the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Republican party candidate Donald Trump bears the brunt for many of their jokes. But behind the jokes there’s deep concern that the U.S. democracy emulated and admired by many Africa countries is being made a mockery of. Here’s what Africans are saying on social media.

  • Under The Radar: Foreign Investors Under Attack In Ethiopia

    Bubble In African Private Equity By Global Risk Insights, 7:05 am

    Mounting violence in Ethiopia has seen over 500 killed, as protests against the government’s economic and human rights policies continues. The tensions at the heart of the crisis are systemic ones, yet what makes the violence particularly worrisome is that foreign investors have become prominent targets. Foreign businesses are being systematically attacked in protest of the government’s development-centric approach

  • The 10 Most Polluted African Cities

    Most polluted African cities By Keren Mikva, 6:05 pm AFKI Original

    Air pollution in African countries could develop into health and climate crises like China and India have endured. A day spent breathing in Cairo has been likened to smoking a pack of cigarettes. Industrial plants burning low-quality fuel, seasonal sandstorms that often smother the city in a yellow haze, and high vehicle emissions have made the problem worse. Little regulation is in place to enforce environmentally friendly industry processes. Here are 10 of the most polluted African cities.

  • Seven African Athletes Nominated For Top International Athletics Awards

    Athletes Nominated - Wayde van Niekerk - Rio 2016 Olympic Games By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original

    A selection of South African and Kenyan athletes have been included in the list of nominees for the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)‎ World Athlete of the Year awards. A list of 10 men and 10 women was revealed by the world athletics body this week, including the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and Britain’s Mo Farah.

  • Could African Agriculture Leapfrog Harmful Pesticides By Using Plant Microbiomes?

    plant microbiomes By Dana Sanchez, 8:48 am

    Microbial solutions for pesticides and fertilizer are revolutionizing Western agriculture, but are slow getting started in Africa. There’s an overwhelming need to improve soil health and crop productivity on the continent. Yields have been stagnant for decades for several staple food crops. The bacteria living in roots, leaves and soil that help plants absorb nutrients, fight disease, and resist drought are less toxic than chemical ones, and potentially more efficient for farmers.

  • Abraaj Group Plans To Transplant Private Health Care In Africa

    By Kevin Mwanza, 8:42 am

    The Abraaj Group, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based private-equity investment firm, is seeking to invest in Kenya’s growing healthcare market and use it as a launching pad to build a network of hospitals to offer decent and affordable medical services in Africa. The Dubai-based group is in talks to acquire Metropolitan Hospital and other healthcare centers in the capital of East Africa’s biggest economy

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