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What Is Saudi Arabia Up To In The Horn Of Africa?

AFRICANGLOBE - The relationship between the United States and its longtime staunch ally in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, is on shifting ground. Why? Largely because U.S. foreign policy is focused less on the global war on terrorism and more on political and economic threats from the likes of China and Russia.

Indians Held Hostage After Refusing To Pay Ethiopian Workers

AFRICANGLOBE - India’s foreign ministry is investigating claims by expatriates in Ethiopia who say they are being held hostage by local staff that haven’t been paid after the financier Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. began defaulting on $12.6 billion in debt.

Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam A Big Challenge To Egypt’s Aggressive Nile Stance

AFRICANGLOBE - The threat to use force to defend Egypt’s right to water from the Nile has been a common theme through successive governments. Egypt needs to stop issuing threats and turn its attention to normal bargaining processes as the first step towards equitable and reasonable sharing for all the riparian states.

An Ethiopia-Backed Port Is Changing Power Dynamics In The Horn Of...

AFRICANGLOBE - When Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Ethiopia became landlocked and therefore dependent on its neighbors—especially Djibouti—for access to international markets. This dependency has hampered Ethiopia’s aspiration to emerge as the uncontested regional power in the Horn of Africa. Recently, however, the ground has been shifting.

Ethiopia Wants To Blast Economy Forward With Satellite Launch

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia plans next year to join an exclusive club of African nations: those with their own national satellites. The country's first satellite, due to be launched in September with China's help and backing, is being put in place in part to track environmental concerns, said the head of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI).

Ethiopia Opens Africa’s First Waste To Energy Plant

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia recently inaugurated a power plant which converts waste into energy, next to a filthy open-air dump in Addis Ababa where a landslide last year killed more than 110 people. Named Reppie, the facility is the first of its kind in Africa, according to the government and the British company Cambridge Industries behind the project, and will turn 1 400 tons of waste per day into energy.

Preparing For War: Egypt Looking To Buy More Apache Helicopters

AFRICANGLOBE - Egypt has requested the sale of ten Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters at an estimated cost of $1 billion. The possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) was approved by the US State Department on 27 November, with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivering the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale.

Ethiopia Needs Three Years To Develop Newly Discovered Oil Resource

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas disclosed that the country needs additional three years to develop its petroleum resources in the Ogaden area. The nation has announced in June that it has discovered a huge crude oil reserve in the Ogaden area, eastern part of the country.

Ethiopia To Establish Navy, Space And Cyber Forces As Part Of...

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia's Councils of Ministry have agreed on a new draft bill to reestablish a navy and to set up a cybersecurity and space force as part of the ongoing reforms in Defense Force structure.

Abu Dhabi Firm To Launch $2b Development Project In Ethiopia

AFRICANGLOBE - The United Arab Emirates firm, the Eagle Hills, has launched an estimated $2 billion integrated community development project in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopia government will have 27 percent share in the project which includes malls, 4,000 apartment houses, three star hotels and recreation centres, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who launched the project Monday night.

Abiymania Is Sweeping Ethiopia

AFRICANGLOBE - Abiy Ahmed, was appointed by the ruling party as Prime Minister in April this year. Since then, Ethiopians have been captivated almost romantically by Prime Minister Abiy. I spent many hours in Addis analysing the Ethiopian political situation, including Abiymania. But Abiy also enjoys widespread admiration across Africa.

Ethiopia’s Church In The Sky

AFRICANGLOBE - If churches were assessed by their risk factor, Abuna Yemata Guh would be our new Sistine Chapel. Perched 650 feet above a steep cliff in Northern Ethiopia, visitors face a 45-minute climb up the cliff’s vertical face in order to access the precariously positioned church.

Ethiopia To Launch First Satellite In 2019

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia is set to launch its first earth observatory satellite in September 2019, joining a list of few African countries that have put the devices into orbit. There are 20 Ethiopian aerospace engineers involved in the satellite project. About 60 masters and PhD students are also taking part in research and training at the space institute as well as the

Ethiopia: Former Deputy Intelligence Chief Arrested

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia’s former deputy intelligence chief was arrested, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said, the latest move targeting security officials for human rights abuses and corruption. 

Ethiopia Set To Become Africa’s Fastest Growing Economy In 2019

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia will grow 8.5 percent this fiscal year, which will end on July 7, 2019, according to the economic outlook for Africa, published by the International Monetary Funds (IMF). The second country in that indicator will be Rwanda with a predicted 7.8-percent growth, while Senegal will occupy the third position with 6.7 percent.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Discuss Renaissance Dam

AFRICANGLOBE - Water ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan met on Tuesday in capital Addis Ababa to discuss a report on a multi-billion dollar dam project on the Nile. In May, leaders of the three countries agreed to conduct an independent study with a team of experts in order to dispel worries on water flow of the $4.8 billion hydroelectric dams.
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