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A Week in the Horn 07.07.2020

News in Brief

GERD is a development project, not a security threat, says Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie 

The Bureau of the AU Assembly holds Extraordinary meeting on GERD

Ethiopia’s Seventy-Five Years Journey in the United Nations

China Supports Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to resolve differences through dialogue, says Minister of Foreign Affairs of China

Africa and the African Union

Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed, on Tuesday (June 30) spoke at the ministerial round table on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s energy sector. She stressed that, as we strive to ease the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, we must also plan now how to recover better. Ms. Mohammed noted that foreign direct investment flows into African countries are projected to decline between 25 and 40 percent in 2020 alone. Our common task for eradicating poverty and achieving the 2030 Agenda has never been more urgent, she said, stressing the need for access to clean, affordable and modern energy services. The Deputy Secretary-General also called on leaders to shape a climate-positive recovery through green jobs, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and pursuing a just and fair transition, amongst other means.

Last week on Friday (June 26), the Bureau of the AU Assembly conducted an extraordinary meeting via a video-teleconference to discuss developments about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). A report from the Chairperson of the AUC, Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that more than 90% of the issues in the Tripartite Negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have already been resolved. Leaders of the governments of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt addressed the Bureau of the Assembly with regards to their respective positions pertaining to the GERD matter. (See article)

Ethiopia

Ethiopia expressed dissatisfaction over Egypt’s decision to take the GERD issue to the UN Security Council bypassing the African Union, sidestepping the DoP provisions on dispute settlement, and contravening art. 33 of the UN charter that calls for solving disputes first by resorting to regional agencies or arrangements. Discussing the GERD issue in the Security Council ‘’ is bound to set a bad precedent and open a Pandora’s box,’’ Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN told the United Nations Security Council meeting that convened on Monday (June 29) to discuss the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). ‘’This Council should not be a forum for settling scores and for exerting diplomatic pressure,’’ he said. ‘’It is, therefore, regrettable that the Council has allowed itself to be politicized in this manner.’’ (See article)

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has extended congratulatory message on Monday (June 29) to the newly elected president of the Republic of Malawi Lazarus Chakwera. “On behalf of the Government of Ethiopia, I would like to extend my congratulations to Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera on the recent election victory.” the Premier said adding that Ethiopia looks forward to working together with the Republic of Malawi on bilateral ties and mutual regional interests. Malawi’s newly elected president Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in on Sunday, pledging to make the country inclusive to all.

The 2020 Ethiopia Cup of Excellence (COE) auction has broken records, with total sales of 1,348,690 US Dollars topping the previous record of 830,245 US Dollars from El Salvador in 2011. The El Salvador auction had 42 lots for sale, while the COE Ethiopia auction included only 28, achieving a record-high average price of 28 US Dollars per pound. The top-scoring coffee in the 2020 COE Ethiopia competition sold at 185.10 US Dollars per pound or 407 US Dollars per kilogram. The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) says this is the highest price ever recorded for an Ethiopian coffee.

Ethiopia expressed dissatisfaction over Egypt’s decision to take the GERD issue to the UN Security Council bypassing the African Union, sidestepping the DoP provisions on dispute settlement, and contravening art. 33 of the UN charter that calls for solving disputes first resorting to regional agencies or arrangements. Discussing the GERD issue in the Security Council ‘’ is bound to set a bad precedent and open a Pandora’s box,’’ Ambassador TayeAtske Selassie, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN told the United Nations Security Council meeting that convened on Monday (June 29) to discuss the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi held a telephone conversation today (June 29) to consult ways to further strengthen the relationship between Ethiopia and China. The Ministers reiterated the need for cooperation between the two countries to contain and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Gedu also briefed his Chinese counterpart about the current status of negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). (See article)

Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali writes on his Facebook page on Sunday (June 28) an article regarding the 75 years journey of Ethiopia in the United Nations emphasizing that his country has been at the forefront in upholding a foreign policy based on multilateralism and collective security. (See article)

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed and President Emmanuel Macron of France spoke over the phone on Saturday (June 27). Prime Minister Abiy said he has held ‘’Productive telephone call with President Emmanuel Macron on development issues, Ethiopia-France relations and work on COVID19 response.’’ He further appreciated the continued support of France for Ethiopia’s growth endeavors.

Eritrea

President Isaias Afwerki, on Saturday (July 27) concluded a three-day visit to Sudan. During his visit to Khartoum, the Eritrean President has met with the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, the council’s Vice – President, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, and Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, and discussed the progress of the bilateral relations and means of strengthening them further, issues of mutual concern to the two countries and the efforts for boosting peace in the region. President Isaias and his delegation also visited Gendetu agricultural project and Fapi Agro-Industrial Plan located 127 km from Khartoum.

Djibouti

Djibouti seeks to bring stability to neighboring Somalia as the situation of the country impacts the security of the Horn of Africa, the country’s envoy to Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday (July 01). Establishing stability and security in Somalia and limiting “the flow of refugees” is key for the Horn of Africa as “the region is geographically, culturally, humanly and economically linked to each other,” Ambassador Ziauddin Saeed Bamakhrama said in an opinion piece published by Arab News’ sister-paper Asharq Al-Awsat.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, on Saturday (July 27), congratulated the government and the people of Djibouti on the country’s 43rd Independence anniversary. In his message, Ambassador Madeira said: “On this day, 43 years ago, a new nation was born. I salute all the great sons and daughters of Djibouti who sacrificed themselves for the independence of their country so that, today, their compatriots are able to enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice.”

Somalia

Domestic flights in Somalia are set to resume on Sunday (July 05), in line with the partial easing of lockdown restrictions in parts of the country. The Somali cabinet has outlined the measures it has adopted to offer a “healthy and comfortable travel experience” in compliance with directives from the Ministry of Health. The measures include installing markers on the floor of terminal buildings to encourage social distancing, recommending travelers keep 1.5 meters from others. The wearing of a face mask has been made mandatory in all areas of the airports, and hand sanitizing stations are now available throughout terminal buildings.

Somalia’s election body says it intends to delay the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for November by 13 months, citing the country’s security problems. Announcing that a new date for the elections in August 2021, Halimo Ismail, Chairwoman of the electoral commission, told lawmakers and journalists on Monday (June 29) that elections were being postponed for more than a year because of “significant technical and security challenges.” The announcement by the electoral commission was welcomed by many in the international community including the United Nations, the African Union Mission in Somalia, the European Union, the U.S., and Britain.

The World Bank approved a $40 million International Development Assistance (IDA) grant for Somalia as part of the Emergency Locust Response Program, which seeks to respond to the threat posed by the locust outbreak and strengthen systems for preparedness in affected countries in Africa and the Middle East. The locust invasion has gravely impacted the livelihoods of nearly 2.6 million living in forty-three districts of Somalia. The agriculture sector remains the backbone of the economy and accounts for about 75 percent of GDP. The World Bank Group approved on May 20, 2020, a $500 million multi-phase program of emergency financing, complemented by policy advice and technical assistance, to support countries in Africa and the Middle East affected by the locust outbreak.

United Nations envoy to the country commended Somalia’s advances in diagnostic testing for COVID-19, and highlighted the importance of the national laboratory and other laboratories throughout the country in the COVID-19 response. “Over the last four months, the NPHRL has played a critical role in the pandemic response by detecting cases and monitoring virus circulation. The NPHRL has worked alongside two other public health laboratories with molecular testing capability for COVID-19. This has helped the country to test and track virus circulation across the country, and to detect high virus transmission areas for early containment,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense has sent on Tuesday (June 30) a cable of congratulation to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo of the Federal Republic of Somalia on the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince wished the President constant good health and happiness and the Government and people of Somalia steady progress and prosperity.

Kenya

World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday (June 27) announced that it has launched cash transfers and nutrition support for more than a quarter of a million people struggling to survive from the impact of the virus on informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly 280,000 people, who struggled to feed themselves even before the onset of the pandemic and have lost their income due to COVID-19 restrictions, will receive these cash distributions.

South Sudan

South Sudan President Salva Kiir appointed eight of the ten State governors on Monday (June 29) while the remaining two states: Jonglei and Upper Nile should be nominated in the upcoming days. The appointment of the state governors was announced In a presidential decree broadcast by the official TV South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC).

Sudan

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (PSC) has urged holdout armed groups to join the peace process in Sudan and requested the transitional government to designate those who obstruct the ongoing efforts. The PSC discussed the situation in Sudan in a meeting held on 17 and released its decisions in a communiqué published on Friday (June 26). The meeting welcomed the progress achieved so far in the Juba process for peace in Sudan which started in September 2019 between the government and the armed groups in Darfur and the Two Areas. The Council further called on the Sudanese parties to expedite the negotiations and conclude a peace agreement, at the same time it appealed to the hold out groups to join the talks without preconditions. The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel-Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) remains the only group that rejects the South Sudanese government mediated negotiations.

The Sudanese authorities on Sunday (June 28) arrested Islamists cells planning to stage large-scale riots during demonstrations for justice and formation of transitional parliament that pro-democracy Resistance Committees will hold on 30 June with the broad support of political forces. The Sudanese youth will take to the streets on 30 June to recall the government of Abdallah Hamdok their demand for justice and trial of those who killed protesters on 3 June 2019 in Khartoum. Also, they want the formation of the remaining transitional period institutions: the legislative council, commissions, and generally the implementation of the transitional constitution.

Khartoum’s meetings for peace in Sudan are stalled over the number of parliamentary seats to be allocated to the armed groups during the transitional period. The armed groups, the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Sudan Liberation Movement- Minni Minnawi (SLM-M) – demand 150 of 300 seats of the transitional parliament. Under the transitional constitution, the Forces for Freedom and Changes (FFC) will get only 201 seats (67%) and the remaining 99 seats should be allocated to the forces supporting the revolution but were not part of the coalition including the SPLM-N al Hilu.

Sudanese security authorities Thursday arrested a leading member of the former regime after search operations that lasted for several weeks. Anas Omer, a leading member of the disbanded National Congress Party and former East Darfur governor on 13 April 2020 vowed to topple the transitional government describing it as “the weakest government in the history of Sudan”. The General Intelligence Service (GIS) said in a statement released on Thursday (July 02) that Omer was arrested in the Eastern Nile area of Khartoum state. The three arrested Islamists are interrogated in the GIS buildings before to undertake the other legal measures, added the statement.

Talks on the first filling of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will resume within days, said Sudan’s irrigation minister on Thursday. “The Sudanese negotiating team continues its preparations to resume negotiations on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam over the next few days,” Yasir Abbas told the official news agency SUNA. This time, the discussions will resume under the auspice of the African Union after the intervention of Cyril Ramaphosa South African President and AU chairman. Abbas said that the African Union is preparing a list of African experts, to join the talks as observers besides South Africa, the European Union, and the United States of America.

Sudan’s Prime Minister is preparing to appoint the long-time awaited state governors during the few coming days as he requested the list of candidates made by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) in the different regions. During the past months, AbdallahHamdok delayed the appointment of state governors hoping that a peace agreement would be signed in Juba with the armed groups which persistently threatened to suspend their participation in the negotiations.

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GERD is a development project, not a security threat, says Ambassador TayeAtske Selassie 

Ethiopia expressed dissatisfaction over Egypt’s decision to take the GERD issue to the UN Security Council bypassing the African Union, sidestepping the DoP provisions on dispute settlement, and contravening art. 33 of the UN charter that calls for solving disputes first by resorting to regional agencies or arrangements.

Discussing the GERD issue in the Security Council ‘’ is bound to set a bad precedent and open a Pandora’s box,’’ Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN told the United Nations Security Council meeting that convened on Monday (June 29) to discuss the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). ‘’This Council should not be a forum for settling scores and for exerting diplomatic pressure,’’ he said. ‘’It is, therefore, regrettable that the Council has allowed itself to be politicized in this manner.’’

Recalling the recent Extraordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union that decided to entertain the tripartite talks, Ambassador Taye urged the Security Council to drop the case and allow the AU-led process to take its course.

Rejecting Egypt’s accusation of Ethiopia for taking unilateralist actions concerning the building of the GERD, the ambassador reminded the Council of the most unilateralist decisions Egypt took in signing the 1959 agreement with the Sudan that apportioned the entire waters of the Nile between the two of them, with Egypt securing the lion’s share, leaving nothing for Ethiopia although it was protested by Emperor Haillessillase I of Ethiopia. ‘’In 1997, Egypt again took another unilateral decision and built the Toshka and Peace Canals, taking the Nile waters away from its natural course,’’ he said adding that Ethiopia’s repeated complaints over these projects since the mid-1950s fell on deaf ears.

He further illustrated how Ethiopians are economically and emotionally attached to the Dam and said the GERD is a development project and not a security threat as Egypt claims it to be. ‘’If there is a security threat to be discussed, it has to do with the fact that there are millions of Ethiopians living under the poverty line,’’ he said.

Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie also highlighted the unprecedented initiatives Ethiopia took to create an understanding with both Egypt and Sudan on the GERD. To illustrate his case, he cited the establishment of the International Panel of Experts (IPoE), and the Tripartite National Committee (TNC) to implement its recommendations and later the National Independent Scientific Research Group (NISRG) to formulate “different scenarios and the first filling and annual operation of the GERD.” However, ‘’All these initiatives failed to deliver the desired result because of Egyptian intransigence and its insistence on “historic rights and current use,” the ambassador said, adding: ‘’The reason why Egypt has been consistently engaged in scuttling the tripartite negotiation has more to do with its own internal domestic situation than anything else.’’

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The Ambassador told the Council how Ethiopia has shown a great deal of flexibility in the tripartite process to build the necessary trust and confidence. ‘’As a demonstration of its good faith gesture,’’ he said, ‘’Ethiopia agreed to fill the GERD reservoir from 4 to 7 years, although it could be filled in three years without causing significant harm to Egypt and the Sudan.’’ ‘’The three countries have already agreed on the initial filling of the Dam. Mother Nature is in agreement, too. This year is an opportune time to begin impounding water in the GERD reservoir,’’ he said citing the current season’s abundant flow of water to the Nile River tributaries and the Aswan Dam.

In concluding his speech, Ambassador Taye said: ‘’Ethiopia believes any agreement must not in any way constrain its sovereign rights to future use and upstream development on the Blue Nile’’ and expressed his confidence that the tripartite will reach a cooperative agreement in the coming weeks under the AU-led process, adding ‘’ ultimately, good-faith negotiation is the only avenue to bridge gaps and find a lasting resolution.’’

You can access the full text containing the Ambassador’s speech here: https://www.ethioembassy.org.uk/ethiopias-statement-at-the-united-nations-security-council-on-grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam/

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The Bureau of the AU Assembly holds Extraordinary meeting on GERD

Last week on Friday (June 26), the Bureau of the AU Assembly conducted an extraordinary meeting via a video-teleconference to discuss developments about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). A report from the Chairperson of the AUC, Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that more than 90% of the issues in the Tripartite Negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have already been resolved. Leaders of the governments of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt addressed the Bureau of the Assembly with regards to their respective positions pertaining to the GERD matter.

Tweeting right after the meeting, Prime Minister Abiy declared that the meeting was fruitful. “Our continental organization, with a Pan-African spirit, is the right space to dialogue on issues that are of value to Africa,” he said adding, “The GERD offers all stakeholders the opportunity for unprecedented economic growth and mutual development.” In a press statement issued by the Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia on the following day (June 27), the office announced that Ethiopia is scheduled to begin filling the GERD within the next two weeks, during which the remaining construction work would continue. “It is in this period,” says the statement, adding that “the three countries have agreed to reach a final agreement on few pending matters.”

In a communiqué issued about the meeting on Friday (June 26), the African Union urged Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to expeditiously work towards finding a mutually acceptable and amicable solution on the outstanding technical and legal issues in the negotiations process. Welcoming the commitment of the three Parties to an AU-led process, “the Bureau of the Assembly agreed to augment the Tripartite Committee dealing with the GERD issue consisting of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan with the participation of observers, namely South Africa in its capacity as Chairperson of the AU, Members of the Bureau of the AU, and experts from the Commission, to address outstanding technical and legal issues.” According to the communiqué, the augmented Committee will present its report to the Chairperson of the AU, President Ramaphosa within a week from the issuance of the Communiqué (i.e. as of June 26).

The Bureau of the Assembly appreciated the three parties to the GERD talks for displaying positive and constructive approach in finding a peaceful, negotiated settlement on all outstanding matters, and further emphasized the importance of a win-win outcome, in the spirit of solidarity and cooperation. The Communiqué further states: “The Bureau of the Assembly welcomed the undertaking by the three Parties to refrain from making any statements, or taking any action that may jeopardize or complicate the AU-led process aimed at finding an acceptable solution on all outstanding matters.” Reaffirming the AU’s commitment to finding African solutions to African problems, the Bureau of the Assembly and participating Heads of State and Government requested the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take note of the fact that the AU is seized of this matter.

The meeting was convened by President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) after the consultation he has held with the three Negotiating Parties concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The meeting was attended by all of the members of the Bureau, the presidents of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, and Mali. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of the Republic of Sudan, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat also participated in the Meeting.

The Communiqué indicated that the Bureau of the Assembly and participating Heads of State and Government welcomed the intervention of President Ramaphosa and expressed their deep gratitude for his initiative to bring together the three Parties to the GERD to find a negotiated solution on outstanding matters. The Communiqué further stated the Bureau of the Assembly and the participating Heads of State and Government agreed to reconvene in two weeks from the date of issuance of the Communiqué to consider a report on the outcome of negotiations of the outstanding issues concerning the GERD matter.

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Ethiopia’s Seventy-Five Years Journey in the United Nations

Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali writes on his Facebook page on Sunday (June 28) an article regarding the 75 years journey of Ethiopia in the United Nations emphasizing that his country has been at the forefront in upholding a foreign policy based on multilateralism and collective security.

Recalling that Ethiopia was the only African nation represented in the League of Nations – the forerunner to the United Nations, the Premier further emphasized his country’s role in the post-WWII period. He said: “At the end of the Second World War when world nations decided to form a body that ascertains world order and reconstruction, Ethiopia was prominently represented as a founding member of the United Nations, signing the UN Charter on June 26, 1945.”

Despite changes in regimes in Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy said that the rulers have given due importance to the undertakings of the United Nations within the framework of protecting the national interest of the nation while promoting mutual benefits. “Ethiopia has been true to the spirit of common development by contributing all it can in tackling global challenges of our times that range from terrorism, climate change, migration, and underdevelopment,” he added.

The Prime Minister has also discussed the prominent role Ethiopia has played in the maintenance of world peace and security. To illustrate his claim, he said that his country is one of the largest troop-contributing countries for the United Nations Peace Operations with more than 8000 blue helmet troops. “Commanding a disciplined and effective troop successfully serving in various missions in many parts of the world,” he said, “Ethiopia also has a colorful record in deploying women peacekeeping officers as early as the 1950s.”

The article also covers the key roles Ethiopia has been playing to safeguard the interests of African nations and other developing countries serving at different capacities in the United Nations. In this regard, he recalled that Ethiopia has served on three occasions as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council representing the cause of Africa. “With a longstanding track record in promoting the interest of developing countries in the United Nations, Ethiopia is a seat for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,” he added.

“With many African member states part of the United Nations today, Ethiopia is proud that we stand together with a common voice and in collective leadership in this fora, he said, adding, that the increasing transformation of the continent as a global player is sourced in speaking with one voice on various issues. He said: “The hallmark of Agenda 2063 is the African pledge to speak with one voice and act collectively in promoting its common interests in the international arena.” “Our membership in the United Nations as proud African countries gives us the impetus to act collectively and in a unified voice.”

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China Supports Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to resolve differences through dialogue, says Minister of Foreign Affairs of China

Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi held a telephone conversation on Monday (June 29) to consult ways to further strengthen the relationship between Ethiopia and China.

During the conversation, Gedu appreciated the Chinese Government for organizing and successfully convening “The Extraordinary China-Africa Summit” and “Ministerial Level conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation” that called for solidarity to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Gedu further extended his gratitude to China’s unreserved support to Ethiopia’s fight against the Coronavirus and reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to continue its collaboration with China in tackling the pandemic.

Gedu also briefed the Chinese counterpart regarding current circumstances surrounding the GERD issue.

He cited the extraordinary African Union (AU) Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State & Government video-teleconference meeting on the GERD where the leaders have affirmed to solve differences over the dam through an Africa-led process within the next two weeks.

Stating that the AU has decided to report to the UN Security Council that it has begun to look into the matter, minister Gedu requested China to support the decision to resolve the matter through the African Union.

Wang Yi for his part expressed his Government’s commitment to supporting Africa, including Ethiopia, in mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19 as it has been well pledged on the Extraordinary Summit and Ministerial video-Conference.

He reaffirmed China’s support to Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to solve their differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam through dialogue.

A Week in the Horn 19.06.2020

News in Brief

FM Gedu: Africa-China Solidarity is Indispensable to defeat COVID-19

Deputy Head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Pays a two-day Visit to Ethiopia

Press Release on the Continuation of the Tripartite Negotiation on the GERD

FM Gedu Urges Ethiopians to Unite over GERD issue

Djibouti hosts Consultation Summit between Somalia and Somaliland

Newly appointed Ambassadors pledge to safeguard Ethiopia’s interests in a Swearing-in Ceremony

Ministry Consults Stakeholders to assist Ethiopians abroad Challenged by COVID-19

Webinar discusses market options in China for Ethiopian Meat Exporters

Africa and the African Union

The African Union announced on Thursday (June 18) that the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has urged its members to ensure that African Union (AU) member states allocate adequate funding to cater for healthcare systems when budgets are submitted to Parliaments for consideration. The call follows a briefing to members of the PAP Committees on Health and Gender by the Africa CDC, which revealed that inadequate healthcare services impeded Africa’s response to the novel Coronavirus during the early days of the spread of the global health threat.

The African Union on Tuesday (June 16) held a virtual commemoration of the 2020 Day of the African Child under the theme Access to Child Friendly Justice Systems. Participants, in their deliberations, covered aspects such as international and regional norms and standards on access to child friendly justice system in Africa; obligations of member states in ensuring child friendly justice; good practices and limitations in accessing child friendly justice systems, including limitations for vulnerable groups and role of various stakeholders including civil society organizations, children and media.

The African Union on Wednesday (June 17) announced that aligned with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child observed every 16th of June, and under the 2020 theme of the year “Access to a Child Friendly Justice System in Africa”, the African Union and UNICEF, have jointly launched the “No Name Campaign: For every child legal identity, for every child access to justice”.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the German government assumes premium payments of around EUR 19 million for the drought insurance offered by the African Risk Capacity (ARC). The African Union in a joint communiqué issued with the Federal Republic of Germany on Tuesday (June 16) said the payment will reliably protect up to 20 million poor and vulnerable people in Africa against drought in the coming agricultural season and mitigate the risk of a compound crisis.

President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a video-teleconference Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government with the Chairpersons of the AU Regional Economic Communities (RECs) last week on Thursday on (June 11). The Meeting was held to consider reports of the AU Special Envoys, regarding economic relief measures and pooled procurement of medical supplies for Member States in the fight against COVID-19. The Meeting also provided a platform for the Chairpersons of the RECs to update the Bureau on measures and coordination efforts that have been undertaken since the last meeting on 29 April 2020. President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia has also participated in the meeting.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday (June 15) announced the appointment of Major General Kefyalew Amde Tessema of Ethiopia as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). He succeeds Major General Mehari Zewde Gebremariam of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 7 July.  The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and effective leadership of UNISFA.

Ethiopia

The Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew called for solidarity between Africa and China to overcome the socio-economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to chart out a better way forward. The Minister made the remarks participating in the High-Level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation held on Thursday (June 18) under the theme, “Belt and Road International Cooperation: Combating COVID-19 with Solidarity”. (See article)

Ethiopia and the World Bank on Thursday (June 18) signed a financing agreement amounting $ 250 million in support of supplemental financing to the second Ethiopia growth and competitiveness programmatic development policy financing. The agreement was signed by Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance and Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan. Out of the total financing, $125 million is in the form of credit, while the remaining $125 million is a grant.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday (June 18) reported 195 new COVID-19 cases out of the 4,853 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The newly registered positive cases have pushed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 3,954. The new cases reported are all Ethiopians aged between 1 and 85 years. Some 90 of them are males and the remaining 105 are females.

The COVID19 Response Ministerial Committee on Thursday (June 18) held its regular meeting to discuss the activities underway to curb the spread of the pandemic. After assessing the existing regulations, the Committee stressed the need to revise some of them to better respond and prevent the virus from spreading. According to multiple assessments conducted by the committee, the spread of the virus is picking up. Based on the findings, the Committee discussed on regulations that require revision to better implement mechanisms to control the spread.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Women’s, Children’s and Youth affairs office conducted a meeting on Thursday (June 18) with members of ‘Ethiopian Wud Bete’- an association of Ethiopian adoptees to France. The association came up with project ideas which they want to implement in Ethiopia and discussed them with the Ministry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Wednesday (June 17) jointly organized a consultation that aimed at promoting Export Trade in Ethiopia. State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Tsion Teklu and Ambassador Misganu Arga, State Minister at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, led the discussion. Following Mrs. Tsion’s welcoming speech and briefings on the agendas of the meeting, Ambassador Misganu delivered a detailed presentation regarding Ethiopia’s plan in promote foreign trade in the upcoming Ethiopian Fiscal Year. Attendees deliberated on the various aspects of the plan, including the potential challenges and opportunities that may arise in carrying it out. In addition to senior officials from both of the ministries, leaders of Ethiopian missions in Djibouti, Khartoum, Juba, Nairobi, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam, Hargeisa, and Puntland attended the meeting. The session ended by agreeing to conduct similar discussions every month.

Ambassador Henok Teferra presents his Credentials as Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the Kingdom of Spain, to His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain at His Majesty’s private residence, El Palacio de La Zarzuela on Wednesday (June 17, 2020). The welcoming ceremony enabled a deeper and more substantive interaction with His Majesty and Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Mrs. Arancha Gonzalez.

A webinar aimed at expanding markets for Ethiopian meat exports in China was held on Wednesday (June 17). The consultation was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and attended by the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing, China and meat exporters in Ethiopia. (See article)

The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy in a statement issued on Wednesday (June 17) about the ongoing trilateral talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam said the most prominent technical issues are resolved through the negotiation, although, the full completion of the negotiation will require resolution of legal issues. The statement further said that the delegation of the Republic of Sudan sought to report the progress and seek guidance from the Prime Minister of the Sudan. The meeting concluded with an agreement to continue the negotiation after Sudan has its consultation, the statement added. (See article)

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (June 17) took part in the virtual Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19, Chaired by President Xi Jinping. The Summit which was jointly proposed by China, South Africa as AU Chair and Senegal, as co-Chair of FOCAC convened leaders of African countries, the United Nations Secretary General and the Director-General of the World Health Organization. In his remarks, Prime Minister Abiy noted that solidarity has been a key value between China and African countries during these unprecedented times. Recalling the eight major initiatives announced by President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, he called for the initiative to give priority and focus to health care.

The minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew, gave a briefing on Monday (June 15) to local media outlets regarding the ongoing tripartite talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam. He emphasised Ethiopia’s resilience in facing innumerable hardships to build the dam and underscored the country’s unwavering commitment to get resolves to outstanding issues over the dam through dialogue. (See article)

The ambassadors appointed recently by President Sahle-work Zewde took an oath before the President on Tuesday (June 16, 2020) pledging to safeguard their country’s interests and carry out their duties at the utmost of their abilities. Delivering a speech in the swearing-in ceremony, President Sahle-work told the ambassadors that it is a great honor and distinct privilege to represent their country and government abroad. The swearing-in ceremony was followed by special recognition ceremony to honor two of the women ambassadors and the planting of trees in the name of Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative. (See article)

Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia on Monday (June 15) welcomed 274 Ethiopian citizens who are repatriated from Kuwait. It is recalled that on Saturday (June 13) 249 Ethiopian were repatriated from Kuwait.  Including the latest round returnees, 1023 vulnerable nationals have been repatriated from Kuwait.

President Sahle-Work Zewde made a visit to the Embassy of Burundi to pay her respects to the late President Pierre Nkurunziza who passed away this week. President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi was dead due to heart failure last week on Monday

President Sahle-Work Zewde bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Sweden to Ethiopia. The President thanked the Ambassador for his service and reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to strengthening the ties between the two nations. The Ambassador, who finished up a three year term in Ethiopia, highlighted the various initiatives to bolster relations between Ethiopia and Sweden in various areas including gender. He further stated his country’s commitment to deepening the relations between the two countries.

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia consulted on Friday (June 12) with stakeholders on ways to assist Ethiopian citizens who are living abroad and challenged by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the resolution of the United Nations and a communiqué issued by the African Union regarding movement of people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the consultation noted that mass movement of people increases the spread of the virus. (See article)

Gedu Andargachew, minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and Ms. Kang Kyung-wha, minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Korea on Friday (June 12) exchanged a phone call to discuss COVID-19 prevention and containment measures, and the role of Korean Investors in Ethiopia. Noting the global-level danger that the COVID-19 pandemic poses on the lives of people, the ministers underscored the importance of cooperation among nations. Noting this year marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, Ms. Kang Kyung-wha reiterated that the Republic of South Korea thankfully remembers the immeasurable contribution of the Ethiopian defense force in building peace in her country.

The Government of Sweden, through UNICEF, has provided 116 million birr support for urban productive safety net beneficiaries in Ethiopia. According to the announcement made last week on Friday (June 12), the fund will be used to support poor households who are vulnerable to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including persons with disabilities and elderly people. The cash will enable 49,000 households to cope with the impact of the pandemic for the coming six months, according to the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction.

Eritrea

The Ministry of Health announced that eleven (11) patients were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (June 18) in tests carried out for individuals who had completed their quarantine time in the environs of Om-Hajer, Goluj, Ali-Gidir and Ghirmaika; Gash Barka Region. All the patients are Eritrean nationals who returned from the Sudan in recent weeks, the announcement reads. It further said that in spite of the ban on people’s movements in the region as a whole, influx of Eritrean nationals to the country from Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen through irregular land and sea routes continues to-date. The total number of confirmed cases in the county has now risen to 142. 39 of these have recovered fully and were released from hospital in the past while the remaining 103 are receiving necessary medical treatment.

Djibouti

The leaders of the federal government of Somalia and Somaliland held a landmark meeting in Djibouti on Sunday (June 14). The meeting was hosted and chaired by President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti.  “The resumption of the talks between Somalia and Somaliland is a perfect illustration of the continued determination of the leaders of the region to resolve differences through dialogue,” Guelleh said via Twitter.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has attended the summit. (See article)

Somalia

Ethiopia has donated 15 tonnes of medical equipment and medicines worth half a million dollar to help Somalia fight against COVID-19 and other diseases. Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide, and State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Redwan Hussien, handed over the medical supplies in a ceremony held in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia on Thursday (June 18). Ambassador Redwan said the donation is a testament of Ethiopia’s strong foreign policy of extending solidarity to its neighbours during good and bad times.

At least four civilians were killed on Thursday (June 18) – including a mother and child – by a roadside bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, according to a government official. The explosion in the Hodan district took place near a Turkish-run Maarif Foundation school, and it targeted military vehicles passing through, Somali government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar said.

Somalia’s international partners issued a joint statement on Monday (June 15) welcoming the proposal by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’ on 14 June to convene a meeting between the Federal Government of Somalia and all five Federal Member State Presidents and the Governor of Benadir Region (Mogadishu), to be preceded by an initial virtual meeting. The partners commend this initiative to strengthen cooperation and foster consensus.

As part of efforts to support communities in its Areas of Responsibility, AoR, in the fight against COVID-19, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), on Friday (June 12) presented a range of personal protection and hygiene supplies to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable civilians in the Banadir region.

Kenya

The high number of Covid-19 positive cases being recorded in the country has been attributed to Kenyans non-adherence to the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health, says Dr Rashid Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary. On Wednesday (June 17), the country recorded 184 positive cases, the highest ever since its first case on March 13 bringing the case-load to 4,044. This was out of 2,518 samples tested in the last 24 hours pushing the cumulative samples to 124, 474.

Kenya has won the UN Security Council seat after beating Djibouti in second round of voting Thursday (June 18). The contest between Kenya and Djibouti headed to the second round of voting on Thursday after the first phase saw Nairobi’s victory insufficient to win the UN seat. With 191 of 193 countries voting, Kenya scored 129 votes, beating Djibouti which got 62 votes. It means Nairobi can, from January 2021, return to the UN’s most powerful organ after 23 years where it will be part of key decisions on global peace and security. India, Mexico, Ireland and Norway had been elected earlier on Wednesday.

South Sudan

President Salva Kiir and his first deputy Riek Machar Wednesday have stuck a deal on the allocation of the 10 states in South Sudan ending a three-month stalemate. In a statement released on Wednesday (June 17) in Juba, Nhial Deng Nhial Presidential Affairs Minister announced that the two leaders have reached an agreement during a second meeting held on Wednesday after a meeting on Saturday 14 June, to discuss the deadlock. Nhial further said that following the agreement,  the SPLM-IG will nominate the Governors six states, the SPLM-IO three states and the SSOA for one state.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Wednesday (June 17) said that it is concerned by reports of renewed clashes and increased tensions near Pibor.  In the past few days, many civilians have escaped reported violence in Gumuruk in the Jonglei region.  The Mission said it has reinforced its base in Pibor so it can carry out extra patrols and provide security for civilians.  The Mission is also in contact with the leaders of the groups involved in the fighting and is urging them to restore calm and come together for mediation and reconciliation.

South Sudan First Vice President Riek Machar on Tuesday (June 16) chaired for the first time after his recovery from COVID-19, a meeting of the Governance Cluster of the Council of Ministers. The meeting discussed respective functions and duties of various ministries members of the Governance Cluster, said a statement released by Machar’s spokesman James Dak.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, on Tuesday (June 16) launched an urgent appeal for an additional $390 million to support the response to COVID-19 and for new humanitarian needs.  The UN said that this brings the overall humanitarian appeal for South Sudan for this year to $1.9 billion.  Aid organizations are aiming to help 7.4 million people by the end of the year, up from the 5.6 million planned before the outbreak of the pandemic.  Mr. Noudehou said that the humanitarian community in South Sudan is committed to staying the course and to deliver much-needed essential services and assistance for the most vulnerable people.

Over 289,000 South Sudanese have spontaneously regained their areas of origin since the cessation of hostilities agreement by the end of 2017. The figure was announced in a joint statement released last week on Friday (June 12) by the South Sudanese Relief and Rehabilitation Commission- RRC’s chair Manase Lomole and UNHCR Representative a.i Adan D. Ilmi. “By May 2020, over 168,800 South Sudanese refugees have returned to South Sudan following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in October 2018, and 289 650 in total since November 2017,” says the statement.

Sudan

Yasir Arman, deputy head of the SPLM-N Agar, said on Thursday (June 18) that the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) was postponed for a week. In a statement posted on his page on Facebook, Arman dismissed reports alleging that the peace process had been postponed indefinitely. “The delay of the signing (of the peace agreement) from June 20 may be for a week. We are confident that the (initial) signing is possible before the end of this month,” he wrote.

The irrigation ministers of Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia referred their discussion of legal issues over the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam to the prime ministers of the three countries after failing to agree on it. The legal dispute is about the binding legal status of the agreement once signed, the scope of this agreement whether it is limited to the filling and operation the dam, or it is also a water-sharing agreement and finally what the dispute settlement mechanism is. Speaking to reporters in a press conference on Wednesday (June 17) Yasir Abbas Sudanese Minister of Irrigation stressed that between 90% to 95% of the technical issues related to the GERD filling and operation have been agreed.

Let. Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, Deputy Head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council on Wednesday (June 17) arrived in Addis Ababa to consult bilateral issues with government officials in Ethiopia. Upon its arrival at Bole International Airport, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of the Foreign affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew and other high-ranking government officials accorded a warm welcome to the Sudanese delegation. (See article)

Sudan has authorized gold companies and producers to export gold directly without going through the Bank of Sudan, in an attempt to curb the smuggling of precious metal abroad. The decision to freely export gold was announced after a meeting of the Higher Committee for Economic Emergencies on Tuesday (June 16) evening, chaired by the deputy chairman of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, and co-chair and Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.

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FM Gedu: Africa-China Solidarity is Indispensable to defeat COVID-19

The Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew called for solidarity between Africa and China to overcome the socio-economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to chart out a better way forward.

The Minister made the remarks participating in the High-Level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation held Thursday (June 18) under the theme, “Belt and Road International Cooperation: Combating COVID-19 with Solidarity”.

He appreciated China for successfully curbing the spread of the virus and thanked the Chinese government and the private sector, including Jack Ma Foundation, for their unyielding support to Ethiopia’s fight against the scourge.

Noting how the pandemic slammed developing countries, Mr. Gedu expressed his hope that the conference would create opportunities for concerted efforts in containing, mitigating and defeating the global threat.

The Minister further called on the Chinese government to continue to support Ethiopia to help it sustain the hard-won economic gains, accelerate the ongoing reforms, and withstand economic shocks in the post-COVID-19 period.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Wang Yi, chaired the meeting and WHO Director-General, H.E. Tewodros Adhanom, senior officials from the United Nations, foreign ministers and ministerial-level officials from several countries attended the conference.

Before the meeting, the Chinese government briefed the media that the conference would bolster multilateralism, boost international cooperation against COVID-19, and advance high-quality BRI cooperation.

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Deputy Head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Pays a two-day Visit to Ethiopia

Let. Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, Deputy Head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council on Wednesday (June 17) arrived in Addis Ababa to consult bilateral issues with government officials in Ethiopia. Upon its arrival at Bole International Airport, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of the Foreign affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew and other high-ranking government officials accorded a warm welcome to the Sudanese delegation.

A statement by the Sovereign Council said that the meeting which was held with Dr. Abiy Ahmed upon Let. Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Daglo’s arrival was attended by Ethiopian foreign and defence ministers. Hemetti stressed “the importance of developing relations between the two countries and uniting visions on regional and international files,” said the Sovereign Council.

On Thursday (June 18) Let. Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Daglo met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to visit Adama Industry Park. Dr. Abiy later tweeted that the visit was aimed at witnessing the resilience of Ethiopia’s industries during the COVID19 pandemic that have switched production activities in response to the times.

In Khartoum, the Sovereign Council said that in addition to his meeting with Ethiopian Senior government officials, the Sudanese official “will meet with a number of African Union officials to discuss peace issues, especially in Sudan and South Sudan”.

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Press Release on the Continuation of the Tripartite Negotiation on the GERD

The Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy

17 JUNE 2020

Addis Ababa (17 June 2020): The tripartite negotiation between Ethiopia, Egypt, and the Sudan on the Guidelines and Rules for the first filling and annual operation of the GERD continued for the seventh day on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, via video-conference in the presence of observers.

The technical and legal teams of the countries had a consultation in parallel sessions ahead of the ministerial meeting. The teams reported the outcome of their work to the trilateral ministerial meeting.

The most prominent technical issues are resolved through the negotiation. However, the full completion of the negotiation will require resolution of legal issues. The delegation of the Republic of Sudan sought to report the progress and seek guidance from the Prime Minister of the Sudan. The meeting concluded with an agreement to continue the negotiation after Sudan has its consultation.

Beyond ensuring the optimal operation of the GERD, the negotiation requires prudence to safeguard the permanent right of Ethiopia over the Blue Nile. Similarly, the negotiation demands the Governments of Egypt and Sudan to take a visionary road leading to sustainable cooperation that respects the sovereignty and mutual benefit of the countries.

Ethiopia reiterates its right to fill and operate the GERD based on the principles enshrined under the DoP. However, Ethiopia is of the conviction that the three countries can conclude the negotiation on the guidelines and rules with an outcome that maximizes the benefit of the countries.

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FM Gedu Urges Ethiopians to Unite over GERD issue

The minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew, gave a briefing on Monday (June 15) to local media outlets regarding the ongoing tripartite talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam.

He said Ethiopia has managed to build the dam despite immeasurable challenges posed by the Egyptian side who had been trying to put Ethiopia’s financial options into a straight jacket.

The absolute need for development and the legitimate right of Ethiopia to provide electricity to almost 65% of its population have been driving Ethiopia in building the dam, Mr. Gedu added.

The Minister further said, although Egypt contributes nothing for the water share of the Nile River, it still clings to the colonial-day water treaties that do not give recognition either to Ethiopia’s or the other riparian countries’ natural right to utilize the water resource.

He said Ethiopia is participating in the tripartite talks taking the accepted principles of ‘cooperation’ and ‘causing no significant harm’ as guideposts in addition to recognizing its rights to equitably and reasonably utilize its water resources.

Although the current tripartite talk is in its 5th –day session, the age-old stance of Egypt acting as if it is the sole owner of the Nile waters coupled with its uncompromising attitude to the realities of the day is stalling the talks, he said.

Mr. Gedu said Egypt is foot lagging in the tripartite talks while attempting to take the GERD case to the United Nations Security Council, which doesn’t go in line with the spirits of the DoP and further obstructs the ongoing talks

Appreciating the financial and emotional support Ethiopians have been giving to the construction of the dam, the Minister called on all Ethiopians to stand together in asserting their right to utilize their own natural resource.

During a question and answer session, Mr. Gedu told journalists that the Republic of Sudan has to be hugely appreciated for its positive and encouraging role in helping the talks run in a matured and cooperative manner.

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Djibouti hosts Consultation Summit between Somalia and Somaliland

The leaders of the federal government of Somalia and Somaliland held a meeting in Djibouti on Sunday (June 14). The meeting was hosted and chaired by President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti who said:  “The resumption of the talks between Somalia and Somaliland is a perfect illustration of the continued determination of the leaders of the region to resolve differences through dialogue”.

During the consultation summit on relations between Somalia and Somaliland, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated the value of peace and reconciliation in the Horn region as the foundation for regional integration. It is recalled that the consultation summit follows a meeting between the two leaders facilitated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in February 2020 in Addis Ababa. In the summit, Prime Minister Abiy recounted the abundant resources in the region that can be utilized effectively for regional development, if cooperation and peace are made to be leading forces. He emphasized, “together we can pool our resources to break the vicious cycle of poverty and despair.”

A Statement by the High Representative/Vice President of the European Union, Josep Borrell appreciated the resumption of dialogue between Somalia and Somaliland saying, it is ‘’an important and positive step in the process of normalising their relations, bringing renewed hope not only for the people of Somalia and Somaliland but for the whole Horn of Africa. It is an essential part of confidence-building measures to reconcile differences and promote peace-building, prosperity and development in the region. Djibouti and Ethiopia played a determining role in making this dialogue happen.’’

A statement issued by Somalia’s international partners also welcomed the dialogue between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’ and President Muse Bihi Abdi and commended the regional support, and engagement that led to the talks.The statement further welcomed the meeting as ‘’an important step in strengthening communication and fostering understanding, and encourage the technical committee named by the principals to deliver tangible benefits for their people.’’

The international partners of Somalia that signed on the statement commending the recent move between Somalia and Somaliland are the United Kingdom, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, United States, United Nations.

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Newly appointed ambassadors pledge to safeguard Ethiopia’s interests in a Swearing-in Ceremony

The ambassadors appointed recently by President Sahle-work Zewde took an oath before the President on Tuesday (June 16, 2020) pledging to safeguard their country’s interests and carry out their duties at the utmost of their abilities.

Delivering a speech in the swearing-in ceremony, President Sahle-work told the ambassadors that it is a great honor and distinct privilege to represent their country and government abroad. President Sahle-work further urged the ambassadors to be vigilant in identifying opportunities abroad that can be tailored to the needs of their country. She also reiterated the profound importance of engaging the Ethiopian Diaspora community in fruitful activities that can advance the prosperity of people at home. The president further urged the ambassadors to groom junior staff members to make them ready to carry out further responsibilities in future endeavors.

Congratulating the ambassadors during the ceremony, the minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia,  Gedu Andargachew expressed his strong belief that the ambassadors would advance Ethiopia’s interests in the bilateral and multilateral fora.

State ministers and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the swearing-in ceremony. Paying allegiances to the Green Legacy Initiative of Ethiopia, the ambassadors planted seedlings in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

The swearing-in ceremony was followed by a special recognition ceremony prepared to honor two of the women ambassadors and the planting of trees in the name of Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative. On the occasion, the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew handed over gifts to two of the newly appointed female ambassadors as tokens of appreciation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Women, Children and Youth Affairs Bureau took the initiative to honor Ambassador Hirut Zemene and Ambassador Eyerusalem Amdemariam for their outstanding diplomatic services given to the people and government of Ethiopia. The Ministry noted that recognizing achievements of the ambassadors would inspire women in Ethiopia to strive for greater achievements.

It is recalled that former State Minister, Ambassador Hirut Zemene has been recently appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia in Belgium, Brussels, while Ambassador Eyerusalem Amdemariam has been appointed as Consul General in Dubai, UAE.

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Ministry Consults Stakeholders to assist Ethiopians abroad challenged by COVID-19

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia consulted on Friday (June 12) with stakeholders on ways to assist Ethiopian citizens who are living abroad and challenged by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the resolution of the United Nations and a communiqué issued by the African Union regarding movement of people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the consultation noted that mass movement of people increases the spread of the virus.

Taking the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 patients in Ethiopia, attendees come to understand that Ethiopian migrants should be helped where they are to minimize the risk of infection.

International Organizations have also been urged to provide the necessary support to Ethiopian migrants where they are and continue to work together with Ethiopia to contain the spread of the virus.

The consultation was chaired by State Minister Tsion Teklu and attended by high-ranking government officials including the Ministry of Peace State Minister,  Frealem Shibabaw and State Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs  Ayelech Eshete.

Ambassador of the European Union to Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam, UN Resident Coordinator and UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Catherine Sozi and  Maureen Achieng, Chief of Mission for the IOM Special Liaison Mission to Ethiopia have also attended the consultation.

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Webinar discusses market options in China for Ethiopian Meat Exporters

A webinar aimed at expanding markets for Ethiopian meat exports in China was held on Wednesday (June 17).

The consultation was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and attended by the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing, China and meat exporters in Ethiopia.

Leading the discussion, Permanent Secretary of Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dawano Kedir said stakeholders should do their level best to enter into the huge Chinese market.

Ambassador Teshome Toga highlighted that constant supply of goods is imperative to stay competitive in the Chinese market.

Representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen said Ethiopia should prefer exporting processed meat taking health issues into consideration.

Hailessilase Worres, Executive director of Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute (EMDIDI), said in addition to meeting standards for export of meat, it would be helpful if meat importers are invited to physically inspect abattoirs in Ethiopia.

The consultation ended noting that mutual agreement from both countries is important to enter into the Chinese market.

Attendees also called for a swift exchange of information among stakeholders and underlined the need to draw the attention of Chinese investors to Ethiopia’s meat exporting market.

“Today marks the beginning of the global virtual campaign to support the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

We urge all Ethiopians and friends of #Ethiopia to join hands with the Campaign and to be Ambassadors of the #GERD by using the hashtags #ItsMyDam #እኔምለአባይአለሁ across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Post about the Dam, share all campaign content, and comment on GERD-related news. Let us spread the good news of the #RenaissanceDam.”

Ethiopia’s Renaissance dam is safer than the dams in Sudan and Egypt, which is important as its presence impacts Sudan the most due to its proximity to the country, the Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, revealed on Saturday.

“The Renaissance Dam’s degree of safety is better than that of Sudanese dams and Egypt’s High Dam, based on some studies,” Abbas said in a television interview. This, he explained, is due to the materials and technology used in its construction.

“We only side with our interests, and sometimes they go along with those of Egypt or Ethiopia. When we said that the Renaissance Dam is beneficial to us, we were accused of siding with Ethiopia,” he continued.

Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have been in talks for a couple of years in an effort to reach an agreement on Addis Ababa’s dam. Cairo is concerned that Ethiopia’s dam will severely reduce its water supplies. However, Addis Ababa says the dam was not intended to harm Egypt’s interests but has been built to generate electricity.

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The GERD Virtual FundraisingCampaign for 5 consecutive days

from August 15-19, 2020 by Ethiopians living in #Canada.

Coming together to make history and Leave our Marks.
 
 
 

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በመሆኑም ገቢ ለማሰባሰብ የሚካሄደውን የonline Zoom ኮንፈረንስ እንድትሳተፉ እና

hidase@ethioembassycanada.org በተከፈተ የአደራ አካውንት በe-tranfer በኩል እንዲሁም

በBank of Montreal አካውንት ቁጥር፡- 0005-1150-308፣

Transit number፡- 00056፣ Bank Code፡- 001

ድጋፍ በማድረግ የበኩላችሁን እንድታደርጉ አገራዊ ጥሪያችንን በትህትና እናቀርባለን!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

በካናዳ፣ በኢትዮጵያ እንዲሁም በአለም ዙሪያ ለምትገኙ የእስልምና እምነት ተከታይ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና

ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሙሉ አንኳን ለ1441 ዓመተ-ሂጅራ የኢድ አል አዳሃ በዓል በሠላም አደረሳችሁ።

 

 

 

እንኳን ደስ አላችሁ ውድ የኢትዮጵያ ልጆች:-

ግድቡ የመጀመሪያ ሙሌት ተጠናቆ ወደ ቀጣይ ምዕራፍ መሻገራችንንን በታላቅ ደስታ በድጋሚ እያበሰርን በቀጣይ

በፍጥነት የሚጠበቁትን ስራዎች በማጠናቀቅ ከዳር ማድረስ ያስፈልጋል፡፡

ለቀሪው ስራ የናንተ ድጋፍ ወሳኝ በመሆኑ በኤምባሲው በተከፈተው የአደራ አካውንት

እንዲሁም በኢትዮጵያም በተከፈቱት የባንኩ ቁጥሮች በመለገስ ድጋፋችሁን፤ አለኝታችሁን እንድትገልጹና

ታሪካዊ የሆነውን አሻራ እንድታኖሩ ጥሪ እናቀርባለን፡፡

የቦንድ ግዢን በሚመለከት በኤምባሲው የማንሸጥ ሲሆን አገር ቤት በህጋዊ ተወካያችሁ በኩል ማስፈጸም ይቻላል፡፡

ኤምባሲውም በሚያስፈልገው መልኩ ለመርዳት ዝግጁነቱን እየገለጸ ወደ ኤምባሲው በመደወል እና

በቀጣይ የምናወጣቸውን መረጃዎች ድህረ- ገጻችንን  እና በፌስ ቡክ ገጻችን 

ስለምንለጥፍ እንዲከታተሉ እናሳውቃለን፡፡

በጋራ እጃችን ተባብረን እንጨርሳለን!
አባይ የኛው ሲሳይ!

 
 

Congratulations Ethiopians!!!
Please use the following Accounts to donate to finalize the construction of #Dam.

We have set up a trust account and email transfer to save you of the hassle.
In addition, accounts were set up in #Ethiopia in different money exchanges,

which we have stated below.

NB. We did not attach information for bond sale as we do not sell at the Embassy.

However, should you would like to buy,

we will provide the important information.

You can call the Embassy or

visit our website and facebook pages for Power of Attorney requirements.
lets make history!
our dam our destiny!
Ethiopian Nile Rights!

Trust Account Set up by the Embassy:-
Bank Account No. 0005-1150-308
Transit No. 00056
Bank Code 001
Bank Name Bank of Montreal(BMO)
Email Transfer :-
Hidase@Ethioembassycanada.org

or

Bank Account Numbers set up in Ethiopia for Dollar and Birr Donations
Dollar Exchange 1000001071077
Birr 1000291929609

 

 

'እንኳን ደስ አለን፤ሐምሌ 12/2012 ዓም ከምሽቱ 4 ሰዓት ላይ የህዳሴ ግድብ የመጀመሪያ አመት ሙሊት ተሳክቷል:

ውሃው የሚያስፈልገውን 4.9ቢ.ኪዩቢክ ሜትር በመያዝ ከግድቡ አናት ላይ ፈሷል ይህም የተሳካው ወደታችኛው

ተፋሰስ የሚሄደው ውሃ ሳይቋረጥ ነው፡፡'

ክቡር የውሃ፣ መስኖ እና ኢነርጂ ሚኒስቴር ኢንጂ. ስለሺ በቀለ Via twitter

እንኳን ደስ አላችሁ! እንኳን ደስ አለን!

 

 

 

 

 

Good News!!!


In response to your requests, we have set up the seamless money transfer platform

to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Trust account.


Please use the email transfer at:- 

Hidase@ethioembassycanada.org

to contribute and Make History.

 

 

በቅዳሜ፣ ጁላይ 18 ቀን 2020 በ10:00 a.m. (በኦታዋ፣ ካናዳ አቆጣጠር) የሚካሄደውን ውይይት

ከታች በተቀመጡት የዙም ማስፈንጠሪያ፣ የዌብናር መለያ እና ማለፊያ ቁጥር ይመልከቱ።

Please see below the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Password to join

the conference held to take place on Jul 18, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: LIVE Conference on the State of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83763340067…
Password: #ItsMyDam#

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +14388097799,,83763340067

#,,,,

0#,,0863765778# or +15873281099,,83763340067

#,,,,

0#,,0863765778#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial

a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 438 809 7799 or

+1 587 328 1099or +1 647 374 4685 or

+1 647 558 0588 or +1 778 907 2071 or

+1 204 272 7920
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or

+1 346 248 7799 or

+1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 837 6334 0067
Password: 0863765778
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcETnb16q

 

REMINDER!!!

Do not miss out on the Virtual dialogue on the current issues with regard to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Held to take place on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.(Eastern time).

 

We will be joined by H.E Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew and Technical Teams from Ethiopia.

 

ጠቃሚ መረጃ ካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን!
መጪው ቅዳሜ እ.ኤ.አ ጁላይ 18 ቀን 2020 ዓ.ም በኦታዋ ሰዓት አቆጣጠር ከ10 am ጀምሮ ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ በሚመለከት የሚካሄደውን ውይይት እንድትከታተሉ እንጋብዛለን።

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is Her Dam!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Today marks the beginning of the global virtual campaign to support the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

 

We urge all Ethiopians and friends of #Ethiopia to join hands with the Campaign and to be Ambassadors of the #GERD by using the hashtags #ItsMyDam #እኔምለአባይአለሁ across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

Post about the Dam, share all campaign content, and comment on GERD-related news. Let us spread the good news of the #RenaissanceDam.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

በካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትዉልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ኮሚዩኒቲ ማህበራት በሙ:-

በወቅታዊ የታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ግንባታ ዙሪያ webinar (Zoom Meeting) ለመወያየት ... ለቅዳሜ ጁላይ 4/2020 ጥሪ ማስተላለፋችን ይታወቃል:: ሆኖም ስብሰባዉ ለሌላ ቀን በመተላለፉ ተለዋጭ ቀኑን በቅርብ የምናሳዉቃችሁ መሆኑን ከይቅርታ ጋር እንገልጻለን::

የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ

ኦታዋ

 

I am here for Abay!  I am here for GERD!

I stand for Equitable use of the Nile Waters!

Please join the GERD Worldwide Virtual Campain from July 02-05,2020.

 

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

 

በካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን በሙሉ

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የታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ግንባታን በማስመለከት በኢትዮጵያ ጉዳዩን የሚከታተሉ ከፍተኛ ባለሞያዎች፣ ኤምባሲው እና በካናዳ የሚገኙ ባለሞያዎች(Alliance for GERD in Canada) በመተባበር ግድቡ አሁን ያለበትን ሁኔታ፣ ከግድቡ ሙሌት እና አስተዳደር፣ ወቅታዊ ሁኔታዎች ላይ እንዲሁም ከተሳታፊዎች በሚነሱ ጥያቄዎች ላይ በwebinar(Zoom Meeting) በማድረግ ውይይት ለማድረግ በዝግጅት ላይ እንገኛለን።

የውይይት መድረኩ በቅዳሜ እ.ኤ.አ. ከጁላይ 4/2020 በ10:00 a.m. Ottawa time (Eastern time) ለማድረግ የታቀደ ሲሆን የ Zoom ID እና Password ከስብሰባው በፊት እንደምናሳዉቅ እየገለጽን በዚህ ታሪካዊ መድረክ እንዲገኙ በአክብሮት ተጋበዛችዃል።

 

To all Ethiopians and Ethiopian Origins residing in Canada

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The Embassy in cooperation with Higher Officials from Ethiopia and a Professional Group (The Alliance for GERD in Canada) Plan to Host a Webinar (Zoom Meeting) on Saturday July 4th 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

The discussion among other things would be pertaining to the current status of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Filling and Operation of the dam and would attempt to address the questions and concerns of the Community with regard to the Tripartite Negotiation process. Accordingly, you are cordially invited to take part in this historic forum.

P.S. The Zoom ID and Password will be shared right before the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

የኢ.ፌ.ዲ.ሪ ውሃ ሚኒስትር ክቡር ዶ/ር እንጂ ስለሺ በቀለ በኦታዋ የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ መሪ ከሆኑት ክብርት አምባሳደር ናሲሴ ጫሊ፣ ምክትል ሚሲዮን መሪ አምባሳደር ለገሰ ሀይሌ፣ ከኤምባሲው ሰራተኞች እና በካናዳ ከሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዉያንና ትዉልደ ኢትዮጵያዉያን Alliance for Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Canada ከተባለ የባለሞያዎች ስብስብ ጋር ዛሬ እ.ኤ.አ በጁን 26/2020 በቪዲዮ ኮንፈረንስ በህዳሴ ግድብ ላይ ውይይት በማድርግ፤ ግድቡ የሚገኝበትን ደረጃ፣ የአገራችንን አቋም እና የመሳሰሉት ላይ ገለጻ በማድረግ ቡድኑ አገር ቤት ካለው አካል ጋር ተቀራርቦ በመስራት በሞያው አገራቸውን እንዲያገለግሉ እና የአገራቸውን ጥቅም ማሰጠበቅ እንደሚገባ አሳስበዋል።

አምባሳደር ናሲሴ ጫሊም ግድቡን በተመለከተ ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ከአገሩ ጎን እንደሚቆም እና በመቀጠልም ዲያስፖራውን እንዲሁም አለም አቀፍ ማህበረሰብን የማንቃት እና የማነሳሳት ስራ እንደሚሰራ አሳውቀዋል፤ ቡድኑ በበኩሉ ከአገሩ ጎን በመቆም የአገራችንን ጥቅም ለማስጠበቅ እንደሚሰራ እና በሞያ፣ በሞራል እንዲሁም በሚያስፈልግ ነገር ሁሉ ለማገልገል ዝግጁ መሆኑን ገልጿል።

 

 

 

 

 

The African day is the Commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, established on May 25, 1963. On this day, many African Countries celebrate the hard-fought achievement of their freedom from European Colonial Powers.

 

On this day the #founding fathers established the OAU with objective among others to abolish slavery and help one other on the fight to end colonialism. A constant reminder of sacrifice, bravery, brotherhood and persistence. Happy African Day!

 

#Ubuntu

# I am because we are

#Africa we want to see

#the future is now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ለካናዳ፣ በኢትዮጵያና በመላው አለም ለምትኖሩ የእስልምና እምነት ተከታዮች በሙሉ እንኳን ለ1441ኛው የኢድ አልፈጥር በዓል በሰላም አደረሳችሁ በማለት ኤምባሲው ምኞቱን ይገልጻል።

The Embassy wishes the happiest 1441st Celebration of Eid Al- Fitr to all Muslims in Canada, Ethiopia and around the World.

 

 

 

 

 
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Embassy Address:

1501-275 Slater Street, Ottawa Ontario
K1P 5H9 Canada 

Tel (613) 565 6637 / Fax (613) 565 9175

 Email: info@embassyofethiopia.net 
     or  info@ethioembassycanada.org  

For consular services

Email: consular@ethioembassycanada.org

Embassy's Address


 Embassy Address:

1501-275 Slater Street, Ottawa Ontario
K1P 5H9 Canada 

Tel (613) 565 6637 / Fax (613) 565 9175

 Email: info@ethioembassycanada.org  

For consular services

Email: consular@ethioembassycanada.org


 

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