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Addis Ababa: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 11:20 pm
Foreigners have been invited to invest in Ethiopia’s state-owned shipping and logistics company. Will telecommunications and banks be next? Ethiopia is one of the last African countries to have a state monopoly in telecoms. The U.S. hopes to bring its technology, know-how and managerial skills to Ethiopia. The American Chamber of Commerce of Ethiopia was launched in November. “The private sector needs a level playing field that allows fair competition with state-owned enterprises,” a U.S. stakeholder said.
Staff, 7:00 am
Addis Ababa is fantastic for stylish coffee shops, but not so much for classic Ethiopian coffee ceremonies. So we headed to the walled city of Harar in the arid north of the country — not what you’d expect of one of the world’s leading coffee growing regions. Harar is an important trade center for coffee. Throughout the city, women were laying out beans to dry in the sun. We arrived at a small thatched hut with a dark interior that smelled of incense, earth, and the sweet aroma of coffee roasting in a pan over an open charcoal fire.
Dana Sanchez, 12:31 pm
Ethiopian protesters and diaspora opposition get their information from two U.S.-based media banned by Ethiopia under its state of emergency. The two media are considered dangerous and a tool to incite violence. The government said it plans to expand parliamentary representation of different ethnic groups. The ruling party is dominated by the Tigray minority and holds all of the seats in parliament. The state of emergency won’t work, according to a Washington Post editorial.
Keren Mikva, 8:47 pm AFKI Original
Mc Bright Kavari created a niche for his firm, Classic Fashion, as an elegant and dramatic fashion brand in Namibia. Kavari uses modern African styles combined with European-style twists, and loves to bend the norm and explore unique and untried ideas. An African fashion reception is underway through Sept. 15 at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa showcasing designers from across the continent. Top designers — one each from 30 African countries — will be represented.
Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Dana Sanchez, 2:25 pm
Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians protested Saturday against an economy that excludes them. About 100 protesters died in police crackdowns. Western governments keep funding the Ethiopian government and refuse to acknowledge the depth of the country’s crisis. The U.S. relies on Ethiopia to help fight al-Shabab and sends tens of millions of dollars in development assistance, “tiptoeing around” the country’s human rights abuses. The E.U. offers Ethiopia aid and trade incentives in exchange for helping to keep migrants from reaching Europe.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:42 am
Dozens of people including police officers were killed over the weekend in one of the deadliest clashes since citizens started agitating against plans by the Ethiopia government to incorporate most parts of Oromia region under the administration of Addis Ababa, the capital city. The violence was sparked off after the government placed the Welkait community under Tigray region, from the previous Amhara administration.
Staff, 12:03 am
Kenya plans to start construction of the $2.1 billion crude oil pipeline and complete it in 2021. The crude oil pipeline will run from the coastal town of Lamu to Addis Ababa. Uganda initially expressed interest in a joint pipeline with Kenya but later opted to take its oil to overseas markets through Tanzania’s Tanga port. Ethiopia is eyeing gas production and exports starting in 2017.
Dana Sanchez, 1:01 pm
This isn’t the first time Ethiopia has had to deal with large batches of defective condoms. The government has had complaints before about poor quality condoms it purchased from an Indian company that is a major international supplier. “Nowadays holes are becoming the major problem in condoms coming to our office for laboratory tests,” said Bikila Bayisa with the Ethiopian Food, Medicines & Health Care Administration & Control Authority.
Joe Kennedy, 9:06 am
Despite its relatively short history, Addis Ababa is one of the most storied and busy cities in Africa. It was founded in 1886 and quickly grew to a population of over three million people, accumulating all kinds of monuments and quirks over this time span. From its beginnings as home to emperor Menelik II, to its crazy traffic, to the remnants of several wars, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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