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በፈረንሳይ በስፔን ፣ በፖርቹጋል እና በቫቲካን ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውለደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሙሉ!

ክቡር ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ ከመላው አውሮፓ ከተሰባሰቡ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ጋር በጀርመን ፍራንክፈርት ለሚያደርጉት ውይይት እ.ኤ.አ 02 ቀን 2018 “አስቸኳይ የስብሰባ ጥሪን ” በሚል የተጻፈ ማስታወቂያ እያንዳንዱን የዳያስፖራ አባላትን የማያካትት መሆኑን እያሳወቅን በቀጣይ አርብ እ.ኤ.አ. ኦክቶበር 05 ቀን 2018 ከተለያዩ አመራሮች ጋር ከተወያየን በኋላ ያለውን አጠቃላይ ዝግጅትን በተመለከተ ለዳያስፖራው የምናሳውቃችሁ መሆኑን እየገለጽን እስከዛው ድረስ በትዕግስት እንድትጠባበቁ እንጠይቃለን፡፡
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Ethiopia-Eritrea border reopens after 20 years

Ethiopians and Eritreans have been celebrating the reopening of two key crossing points more than 20 years after a border war shut them.

Hundreds of people from the two countries hugged each other and some wept as their leaders led celebrations to mark the reopening.

It is the latest sign of rapprochement between the former enemies.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace deal in July.

It restored diplomatic and trade relations between the nations.

The reopening at Burre gives landlocked Ethiopia access to the sea. Another border post, near the Ethiopian town of Zalambessa, also reopened.

China Extends Debt Repayment for Ethiopia

Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed said that China has agreed to extend debt repayment period for Addis Ababa-Djibouti cross-border railway.

According to him, China has pledged to extend the debt repayment period for a loan it has acquired to construct the Ethio-Djibouti railway from 10 to 30 years.

Mentioning that Ethiopia has received a considerable amount of loan and investment from China, the two countries held extensive discussions on ways of balancing the trade volume between Ethiopia and China, he stated.

Prime Minster Abiy who was in Beijing to attend the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation had a bilateral dialogue with Chinese officials. Notably, the two sides agreed on extending loan payment, revising interest rates and identifying options that enable to shift from loan to development assistance, he indicated.

He noted that “During our stay in China, we have got a chance to make some adjustment on some types of loans, we gained especially an opportunity on the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway.”

“We conducted wide ranges of discussions with China especially how can we balance the trade volume between the two counties and increase our export products to China through expanding the destination for Ethiopian Airlines,” the Premier added.

Moreover, the two parties have reached an agreement on loan adjustments of some projects and expand assistance, he said.

Upon his arrival to Addis Ababa, the Premier briefed journalists on his trip to China which he said was successful and fruitful. He noted that Ethiopia participated in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and was also invited for an official visit to China.

On the sidelines of the FOCAC, Ethiopia conducted successful bilateral discussions with different countries and international organisations including China; he pointed out.

He stated that Beijing is pledging to extend new funding worth 60 billion USD to Africa, aimed at supporting African inclusive development, adding that Ethiopia will exert a maximum effort to utilise its fair-share from the assistance.

“We need to have a better position and readiness to best benefit from the allocated resource (60 billion USD),” he pointed out.

China also says it will cancel a substantial amount of debts wipe for certain African countries when interest-free loans come due later this year.

City Roads Authority Signs over 1.2 billion Birr Road Construction Agreements

Addis Ababa City Roads Authority signed over 1.2 billion Birr road designing and road construction agreements with six constructors and five consultancy companies.

The agreements are aimed to construct 25.32 km new asphalt concrete roads, 74 km road construction supervision and consultancy services, and 156 km new road construction designing works in different parts of the city.

Speaking on the signing ceremony, the Authority Director-General Engineer Moges Tibebu said that the construction of the roads is part of the city’s three years Road Master Plan that adopted in 2017.

In this regard, the Authority is preparing various modern road designs by identifying the roads in different parts of the city, he said.

The Director-General added that the road construction projects will further facilitate flexible traffic movements and increases new road coverage in the city.

Three Regional States Pardon Over 3,550 Inmates

The Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz and Gambella regional states have pardoned a total of more than 3,550 inmates in connection with the Ethiopian New Year.

Ethiopia will celebrate its 2011 New Year (2018/19) tomorrow.

The Amhara regional state alone pardoned for 3,000 prisoners.

Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz regional state also pardoned more than 370 and 188 inmates, respectively.

Ethiopia, Eritrea And Somalia Sign Joint Cooperation Agreement

Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali leaders held a tripartite meeting in the Eritrean capital Asmara yesterday.

Following the meeting, the leaders signed a Joint Cooperation Agreement.

They agreed to foster comprehensive cooperation that advances the goals of their peoples and build close political, economic, social, cultural and security ties.

Moreover, the three leaders agreed to work in coordination to promote regional peace and security.

They also established a Joint High-Level Committee to coordinate their efforts.

Ethiopia reopens its embassy in Eritrean capital Asmara

Ethiopia has officially reopened its embassy in Asmara, Eritrea today.  This is the latest development is a significant leg of a peace deal reached in July 2018. The leaders jointly raised the Ethiopian flag in front of the embassy as a military band played the Ethiopian anthem. PM Abiy Ahmed stopped in Eritrea on his way back from Beijing where he attended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The opening ceremony was attended by Eritrean officials and the diplomatic community in Asmara.
Ethiopia appointed Redwan Hussein as its ambassador to Eritrea. Eritrea reopened its Embassy in Addis Ababa last July.

Ethiopia PM asks diaspora to save ‘a dollar a day’ to support development projects

While defending the 346.9 billion Ethiopian birr ($12.71 billion) budget for 2018/19 on Friday 6 July, PM Abiy Ahmed made a passionate appeal to the diaspora community to support the ongoing reforms in the country by establishing a ‘Diaspora Trust Fund’ that can reduce aid dependency facilitate investment in critical sectors of education and health.

‘‘Diaspora, there is call to you! A dollar a day to help children get an education, our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers get health service, and above all, consider this as ‘paying back’ to your people who gave you future while they had no one.’‘

HE PM Abiy Ahmed called for the establishment of a Diaspora Trust Fund that could be managed independently and would not only boosts savings and investments but could also be used to support national collective initiatives.
Ethiopia’s global diaspora is estimated to be two-million strong, with the highest numbers in the US, totaling anything from 250,000 up to about one million.

The government also recently demonstrated its commitment to the diaspora community when the cabinet approved the Amnesty Law that grants amnesty for individuals and groups, either under investigation or convicted on treason, crimes against the constitutional order and armed struggle.

 

 

Eritrea and Ethiopia set to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties

After long years of hostility, Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed to restore relations following a landmark meeting between the two countries’ leaders in Asmara. It was the first time in almost 20 years the leaders from the two East African neighbors have met.
In addition, their airlines will start operating; the ports will be accessible, people will be able to move between the two countries and embassies will be opened in their respective capitals.

“If there is peace between Ethiopian and Eritrean people, the Horn of Africa region will be a region of peace and development. Our people who live scattered as refugees in humiliation will come back with dignity. Our citizens will not be sold and exchanged for commodities,“Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed said.

Direct international telephone connection was also restored on Sunday between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the first time after two decades.

PM Abiy also said that Ethiopia would soon begin using the port of neighboring Eritrea.

The re-establishment of diplomatic and trade ties after years of separation could mean significant benefits for both nations, and the wider Horn of Africa region, plagued by conflict and poverty.