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AFRICANGLOBE - Rwanda and Ethiopia have suggested new development models they believe can help Africa break away from the prescribed Western models. African leaders of the two countries and those from other states agreed that Africa should stop being bullied into “accepting policies that misrepresent us and do us harm in the end.”
AFRICANGLOBE - African Union observers said on Tuesday that Ethiopia's parliamentary election held on Sunday was credible except for a few irregularities. Provisional results in Africa' second most populous nation are due later this week and few expect anything but a landslide for the ruling EPRDF coalition, in power since ousting dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.
AFRICANGLOBE - When Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies won 99.6 percent of the vote in the country's last elections five years ago, some wondered if a government often accused of suffocating the opposition would be embarrassed. The answer was no. "Imagine a government which has delivered double-digit growth rates for over seven years losing an election anywhere on earth," Meles Zenawi, by then the leader of Africa's second most populous nation for almost 20 years, said.
AFRICANGLOBE - It is an audacious $4.8 billion project undertaken by one of the world's poorest countries. At the construction site in the Benishangul region of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, some 8,500 workers are labouring tirelessly every day to build the gigantic Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia is in the race to become the first African country after South Africa to lay down an electrified rail network that will link 49 towns and cities. It has already completed one of Africa’s first light rail mass transit systems, in the capital, Addis Ababa.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia is building a station at the northern part of the country to launch rockets up to 30km distance in to space. Construction of a station, Alpha Meles named after the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, is being built at the Tigray regional state. Constructions of two underground stations, in which preparation activities and testing will be carried out are also being built.
AFRICANGLOBE - Prime Minister Hailemariam is developing a style of consensual politics, but some politicians and businessmen are having difficulty adjusting. The passing of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in August 2012 has shaken up the business and political elite.
AFRICANGLOBE - Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s leader from 1991 until his death in August 2012, was arguably the most intellectually-astute contemporary African leader. He had an unusual grasp of the political foundations of development and the economic bases of politics.
Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy and Strategy of 2002 position the country as a viable multi-ethnic entity, able to advance the goals of peace and security, democracy and development. While foreign policy-makers have been modestly successful in morphing the country from a militaristic regional profile to a slightly more progressive posture.
AFRICANGLOBE - How to break the colonial legacy of exporting goods 'overseas' and raise the level of trade between African countries? This has been an issue the African Union (AU) has grappled with since it devoted its January 2012 summit to the issue of 'Intra-African trade'.
AFRICANGLOBE - Meles Zenawi will be a hard act to follow, but Hailemariam Desalegn should not be underrated. As foreign minister he played a pivotal role in the peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan. A s the region's largest country and leading military power, Ethiopia has taken advantage of its status to broker close relations with the West while becoming the region's principal arbiter.
AFRICANGLOBE - Seven months after the death of Ethiopia's Premier Meles Zenawi, the consensus of his ruling EPRDF, emphatically delivered at its 10th congress in March, is that there will be no wavering from the late leader's vision.
AFRICANGLOBE - For me, even more so for Ethiopians and many other Africans, talking about Meles Zenawi’s contribution goes beyond the boundaries of Ethiopia and encompasses the whole continent of Africa and beyond. He championed not only Ethiopia’s, but Africa’s cause in various international forums with passion and conviction, and to great effect.
AFRICANGLOBE - HELEN Hai, GM for overseas investment at Huajian Group, a leading Chinese footwear manufacturer, has a bold vision: in 10 years she wants Ethiopia to be a global hub for the shoe industry, supplying the African, European and American markets and providing jobs for more than 100,000 Ethiopians.
AFRICANGLOBE - "China's gift to Africa." The new headquarters of the African Union, a towering 20-storey building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is so called because China picked up the $200 million tab for the state-of-the-art complex. Ethiopia's tallest building, completed in December 2011 in time for an AU summit the following month, includes a 2,500-seat conference hall.