Addis Ababa, 14 January 2014 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) announced that a location for the building of a new airport at Aawasa has been acquired and the design work is under In the last Ethiopian fiscal year alone, Awasa, which is the capital city of the Southern Region, is visited by more than 631,000 Ethiopians and foreign tourists that help for the gain of 130 million Br in revenue.
It is indicated that the way of transportation to the city being limited to the road transport only, greatly hinders the great many visitors that might want to have air transport to come to the city.
For the building of the airport, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise has received a land and the design work is being done with the cost of one million Birr which is believed to be completed in four months time. (Fortune)
Addis Ababa, 11 January 2014 (WIC) - Melaku Legesse met with Chen Yuehua, Deputy Director General of The Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangdong Province, on January 8, 2014 and discussed on issues of mutual importance.
Chen briefed the Consul on the economic performance of Guangdong province and achievements in different economic sectors particularly in trade and in attracting FDI. Chen noted with satisfaction that the annual export of the province has exceeded a trillion USD last year.
Melaku explained the economic transformation taking place in Ethiopia and the progress on the implementation of the Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian Government.
The Consul expressed gratitude for the continued support of the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangdong Province and reiterated his confidence that the cooperation with the Department will continue to be further strengthened particularly in encouraging Chinese businessmen and companies to invest in Ethiopia.
Chen assured the Consul that the cooperation will continue to strengthen and expand. Melaku Legesse has resumed his duties as the Consul General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Guangzhou in December 2013.
Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will run for president if the people request it and the military supports the bid, state media quote him saying. "If I nominate myself, there must be a popular demand, and a mandate from my army," state paper Al-Ahram quoted him as telling Egyptian officials.
The general feels he could not stand aside if there was palpable demand for him to run, an official told AFP. Recent local reports have suggested the general is eyeing a presidential bid.
Reports of his latest comments come just days before a referendum on a new constitution, the first in a series of polls that the military-installed government says will restore elected rule in the wake of the army's ousting of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
BBC Arab affairs analyst Sebastian Usher says that while General Sisi has not yet thrown one of his increasingly iconic military caps into the ring, Egyptians have little doubt he will stand in presidential elections due this year.
Gen Sisi is seen as the man pulling the strings behind the interim government, and with a burgeoning popularity cult, his popular support remains high enough to all but assure him a mandate from the people, our correspondent adds.
The general was the main force behind the ousting of Mr Morsi who is a facing a raft of criminal charges, along with many others from the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood movement from which he hails. His trial had been due to open this week but was adjourned until 1 February after officials said bad weather had prevented Mr Morsi being flown from his prison in Alexandria to the court in Cairo.
Addis Ababa, January 10 (WIC) – A recent deadlock in tripartite talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will have no impact on the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said. The third round of ministerial talks held in Khartoum earlier this week ended after Ethiopia rejected a proposal by Egypt to set up international experts to follow up implementation of recommendations put forth by International Panel of Experts (IPoE).
The ministers returned to their countries without setting a date for a next round of talks. Fekahmed Negash, director of Boundary and Transboundary River Affairs Directorate at the ministry, reiterated Ethiopia’s position that the construction of the 6,000MW hydroelectric dam will not slow down despite stall in talks.
“Whether discussions continue or not, there will not be any impact on the construction of the dam. It will not affect the schedule or the size of the dam. The construction will continue,” Fekahmed said.
The $4.2 billion dam in Guba wereda of Benishangul Gumuz region is currently 30 percent complete and it is expected to be completed in three years. However, Egypt fears the dam will impact its water supply. Following disagreement with Ethiopia, Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Moteleb is quoted as saying that his country will not send a delegation to Addis Ababa unless Ethiopia’s government changes its position. “We have exhausted all opportunities to negotiate with Ethiopia because of the intransigence of Addis Ababa,” Abdel-Moteleb said.
However, Ethiopia remains hopeful that talks will continue to narrow differences between the countries and find common grounds. “The countries are tied together strongly by the bond created by the river,” Fekahmed said. “We do not have any options other than discussions.” Sudan, who has officially backed the construction of the dam, is keen for a fourth round of discussions. The series of talks between the three countries are aimed at establishing a joint committee to follow up implementation of the recommendations of IPoE.
The international experts which assessed the impacts of the dam have recommended further studies be carried out. The studies include hydrological simulation model and trans-boundary social and environmental impact assessment. The studies are expected to be conducted by an international consultant to be hired once the joint committee is formed.
Addis Ababa, 9 January 2014 (WIC) – The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) at its regular session held today approved the appointment of Tolossa Shagi as Minister of Mines.
Tolessa has served as a State Minister of Mines since 2011.
Addis Ababa, January 6 (WIC) – The Federal High Court fifteen criminal bench has postponed its ruling on corruption charges involving former intelligence Chief Woldesilassie Woldemichael. The criminal bench was set to rule on whether charges filed by prosecutors of Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission should be amended or not. However, the case was further adjourned to January 23 as judges need more time to examine the case.
Woldesilassie faces nine charges in total including abuse of power, tax evasion and money laundering charges. He is also accused of owning property beyond his means of income. He is charged alongside his brother, Zerai; his sister, Terhas and a close friend and legal adviser Derir Kebede.
Woldesilassie is also facing a separate grand corruption case at the same criminal bench along with high profile government officials including Melaku Fenta, former director general of ERCA, and prominent businessmen.