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ETHIOPIA NEWS

News in Brief

Context and Updates on Current Issues in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Is Committed to Agreements On Mega Dam, says Ambassador Meles Alem

Africa and the African Union

The Director of Africa CDC on Thursday (July 09) provided an online briefing regarding the coordinated efforts by Member States to implement the AU’s joint continental strategy on COVID-19 and highlighted key steps taken to support the PACT initiative across countries and other countermeasures taken to minimize fatality due to the disease in Africa.

At a briefing on Wednesday (July 08) for United Nations Member States on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, OCHA called for more support to help vulnerable people in the region grapple with the “triple threat” of COVID-19, major flooding and desert locusts. The virtual briefing was chaired and moderated by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who highlighted that humanitarian needs are rising across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia as a result of multiple, simultaneous and compounding shocks, including the worst desert locust upsurge in generations, recurring and increasing floods affecting millions of people, and the COVID-19 pandemic – sometimes referred to as the “triple threat” – in addition to conflict-related issues.

The Chairperson of the Assembly of the African Union, the African Continental Free Trade Area Champion and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission convened a virtual meeting on Wednesday (July 07) to close the inaugural commemoration of the African Integration Day which began on 1 July 2020. In a joint statement, participants said in celebrating the day “we reflect on and celebrate our achievements in bringing African economies and peoples closer together, in conformity with our motto of Africa speaking with one voice and acting in unison.”

Ethiopia

The government of Ethiopia appeals to all stakeholders and friends of Ethiopia to discern the current situation in a careful and objective manner, a statement issued by the Prime Minister Office said. “While there are still rampant rumours of ongoing protests in the country, all need to be assured that these are simply rumours by forces determined to continue confusing the Ethiopia public and wreak havoc,” the statement added. The statement further said that the government of Ethiopia has fully controlled the situation in the country as of last week and the public have returned to their normal activities in both Addis Ababa and the Oromia region, where the incidents occurred. “Giving supremacy to the rule of law,” it said, “the government is working to hold accountable all those involved, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the land.” (See article)

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dina Mufti on Thursday (July 09) gave a briefing to local and foreign media outlets regarding the current situation in Ethiopia. The briefing highlighted the diplomatic activities that the ministry has been engaged with for the last 15 days. The briefing was followed by a question and answers session where the ambassador elaborated on some critical issues, including, access to the Internet and the ongoing AU-led GERD talks.

Deputy Head of Ethiopian Embassy in the UK, Mr Ababi Demissie on Wednesday (July 08) briefed the UK Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethiopia on the current situation in the country including Embassy activities, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew on Tuesday (July 07) briefed the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Quartey Thomas Kwesi about the current situation in Ethiopia. Thir discussion includes the current status of the tripartite talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

In a televised address aired through the national television last week on Friday (July 07), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that coordinated attempts in the last few days aimed at igniting civil war and communal violence in Ethiopia have been thwarted due to the hard work from law enforcement agencies and the public. The Prime Minister thanked both law enforcement agencies and the public during his address delivered at a meeting attended by members of law enforcement agencies including officials from defense ministry as well as federal and Oromia regional state-senior level officials.

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Kenya, Meles Alem Tekea last week on Saturday (July 04) gave an interview to “The East African” about the country’s stand on the filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam. He explained why Ethiopia needs to fill the dam now and commented on some of the concerns raised by the parties in the tripartite talks over the dam. (See article)

Eritrea

President Isaias Afwerki on Monday (July 06), met and held talks with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt at Al-Ittihadia Palace in Cairo. The two leaders held frank and extensive discussions on bilateral relations and regional developments. The two sides agreed to promote comprehensive bilateral cooperation. As regards regional development, the two leaders recognized that challenges and tensions are casting their shadow over vast opportunities which remain untapped, despite their undisputed benefits for all countries. The two leaders agreed to work together to foster mutual understanding and concrete actions to protect the interests of all parties and advance common interests. The meeting was attended by Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Adviser Yemane Gebreab and Ambassador Fasil Gebreselasie on the Eritrean side and Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Sameh Shukri, Intelligence Chief,  Abbas Kamel and Minister of Agriculture  Mohammed Marzuq.

Somalia

Explosions rocked two of Somalia’s largest cities on Saturday (July 04) as officials said a suicide car bomber detonated near the port in Mogadishu, the nation’s capital, and a land mine in a restaurant on the outskirts of Baidoa, the south western Bay region, killed five people. The bomber sped through the first security checkpoint before police officers opened fire at the vehicle which exploded outside the gates, Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman for Somalia’s information ministry, told The Associated Press.

Burundian soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Saturday (July 04) donated medical supplies to Hir Shabelle state, to help improve access to medical care by local communities and mitigate hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Officers from the Burundi National Defense Forces (BNDF) handed over cartons of the medical supplies to Hir Shabelle authorities, led by the state Minister for Women and Human Rights, Sa’adiya Mohamed Nur, in a ceremony held at Jowhar airport.

Somali President Mohamed Farmajo has held talks with Chinese Ambassador to Somalia Qin Jian, focusing on the respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries. During the meeting held at the president’s office on Saturday (June 04), the two sides stressed the importance of strengthening the historical relationship between the two countries and their people. Farmajo welcomed China’s support for Somalia’s unity and sovereignty and guaranteed Somali’s unwavering respect for China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Domestic flights in Somalia have resumed after the suspension for more than three months due to COVID-19 on Monday (July 06). The director-general of civil aviation, Ahmed Moalim Hassan said passengers flight staff will be required to follow instructions on the prevention of coronavirus issued by the Ministry of Health to help curb the spread of respiratory disease. “All passengers will be screened before entering the airport and after to ensure adherence to health guidelines,” Said Ahmed Moalim. The ease of restrictions in the aviation sector comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Somalia which has so far reported 2961cases amid concerns the cases are largely due to community transmission.

Kenya

Kenya is inching closer to the global target of testing, treating and virally suppressing HIV/Aids in 90 percent of its population, a new report by the United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) titled Seizing the Moment says. The agency says Kenya and 24 other countries are “well on the way to ending their Aids epidemics.” Those countries have an incidence: prevalence ratio of 3 percent or less. This milestone is reached when there are fewer than three new HIV infections annually per 100 people living with HIV, UNAIDS explained.

The governments of Kenya and the US have launched negotiations for a landmark Free Trade Agreement that will pave way for trade and investment relations between the two countries. Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina says the agreement, which is the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, will provide continued market access for Kenyan goods to the expansive US market. It will also enable both countries to commit themselves to increase trade between them by reducing trade barriers, including tariffs and import quotas.

South Sudan

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday (July 08) called on South Sudanese leaders to reinvigorate efforts to establish a lasting peace and end Africa’s largest displacement crisis.  The High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said that, after years of conflict, the South Sudanese people deserve the chance to return to their homes, to live in safety in their communities and to focus on building a bright and prosperous future.  UNHCR also called on all parties to the violence to urgently implement a ceasefire, particularly as the pandemic is expected to reach its peak in the coming months.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) last week on Thursday (July 02) organized a two-day workshop for community leaders and business owners in Wau and Jur River counties to spread messages on preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Together with the Interfaith Base-Council for Peace Initiative in Western Equatoria State, the peacekeeping mission has launched an awareness campaign at the Masiya market, one of the most populated parts of the town of Yambio.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday (July 08) announced that his government would start a full-scale disarmament campaign to end tribal violence in the country. Kiir made the announcement in a speech to the nation delivered on the Ninth Anniversary of the Country’s Independence which also will not be celebrated due to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19.

The transitional government, Freedom and Change Forces (FFC) and armed groups agreed on Wednesday (July 08) evening to allocate 75 seats of the Transitional Legislative Council to Sudanese Revolutionary Forces and SLM of Minni Minnawi. The deal struck on the transitional parliament comes after over ten days of difficult talks in Khartoum as the armed groups initially requested 140 seats.

Sudan

Negotiations on filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam continued between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. The delegations of the three countries held separate bilateral sessions with the group of the observers and the experts. Sudan News Agency on (June 08) said that the Sudanese delegation, headed by the Irrigation Minister, Professor Yassir Abbas, reviewed during the meeting his vision of how to address the points of disagreement between the three countries in their technical and legal aspects. The Sudanese delegation has explained in detail its proposals that include the formula of filling and refilling of the dam in the years of drought, the continuous operation, and the extent of the daily change of water flows to Al- Rosseiris Dam.

The government delegation to the peace negotiations headed by the First Vice-President of the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Deqlo, and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front delegations held on Tuesday (June 07) a session of talks in Khartoum, in the presence of the South Sudan’s mediation team, which discussed the outstanding issues on which the two negotiating parties did not reach an agreement.

The United States of America on Tuesday (July 07) has said that its support for Sudan, during the transitional period leading to democracy and peace, would continue. US Secretary of State Michele Pompeo reiterated his country’s support for Sudan and the Sudanese transitional government. “We are making progress in helping Sudan convert to a more democratic and peaceful lifestyle,” he said.

Sudan has established a national mechanism for coordination with the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), which will begin its activities on January 1, 2021. On June 3, the UN Security Council approved the establishment of a political mission in Sudan to support democratic transition and peace implementation, in response to a request by Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. “The Prime Minister issued a decision to form the national mechanism for coordination with the UNITAMS, and appoint Ambassador Omer al-Sheikh as the national coordinator,” reads a statement issued by Hamdok’s office on Sunday (July 05).

Saudi Arabia would host a conference for peace in Sudan the Friends of Sudan group agreed to hold, said the foreign ministry Khartoum on Monday (July 06). State Minister for Foreign Affairs Omer Gamar Eldin received the Saudi Minister to Khartoum Ali Hassan bin Gaafar to discuss bilateral relations and the Kingdom support to Sudan. Following the meeting, the foreign ministry stated that the Saudi diplomat request to host a conference support peace implementation in Sudan.

Tut Kew Gatluak, head of the South Sudan mediation team, disclosed that the number of seats in the legislative council allocated to the armed groups is the only sticky issue in the talks for peace in Sudan. Gatluak left the Sudanese capital to Juba after spending more than ten days. As he arrived on 25 June flanked with a delegation of the armed groups and a number of pending issues they failed to reach an agreement on it with the Sudanese negotiating team. Speaking to reporters at the Khartoum airport he said the two parties reached an agreement on the outstanding issues that they were unable to strike a deal on it during the videoconference meetings between Juba and Khartoum.

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Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Office of the Prime Minister

Context and Updates on Current Issues in Ethiopia

Context

The killing of Hachalu Hundesa, an Oromo musician and rights activist on June 29, 2020, has sent shock waves of anger, resentment and frustration throughout Ethiopia. Millions of his fans, citizens across all ethnic and faith groups and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia have been deeply saddened by this disturbing and tragic incident.

Following his death, protesters took to the streets in Oromia region and the capital Addis Ababa on June 30, 2020 to express their grievance and to demand justice for the death of Hachalu. But not all of them were peaceful. In the course of the protests, many citizens, including government security members lost their lives. Hundreds of people were wounded and private and state properties estimated in millions of birr were destroyed within two days.

The government of Ethiopia has been working day and night to uncover the identities of all those involved in the killing of Hachalu and the master minds behind this heinous act. We would like to assure all Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia that the government will leave no stone unturned until justice is served and the perpetrators face justice.

The government of Ethiopia would like to highlight that there are a number of rumors and misinformation being spread through social and traditional media on the political situation in the country and the legal measures undertaken by the government following this tragic incident. Some international media have reported that the government had “unlawfully” arrested opposition leaders. Some others have claimed that democratization process started two years ago is rolling back. Some others went to the extent of saying that government has continued to “marginalize” certain ethnic groups. This is an attempt to paint a wrong picture of the current political situation by highlighting piecemeal information, with little effort to delve into what really caused the current incident.

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia feels responsible that it has to set a correct context in order to clarify the existing confusion and bring about clarity regarding facts on the ground and the transparency of its operation.

We cannot fully grasp the current situation without understanding two main contexts that have to be put together in order to have a better understanding:

  1. Unabated attempt made by aggrieved forces to perpetuate political tensions
  2. Increasing political polarization and the negative role of media in creating ethnic tensions

Unabated attempt made by aggrieved forces to perpetuate political tension

When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, Ethiopia ushered in a new era of democratization and economic, political and social transformation. The government of Ethiopia has undertaken bold reforms that has given hope to millions in Ethiopia and beyond. Opposition leaders and banned media groups in exile as well as armed groups, were given amnesty and welcomed back home; oppressive laws were changed; freedom of expression and media freedom was fully granted and many more bold reforms were undertaken by the government. Ethiopia re-established diplomatic ties with Eritrea, leaving behind decades-long animosity and letting the atmosphere of peace breathe into in the Horn of Africa. These changes have brought hope to many citizens of the country, neighboring countries and the world at large. But they did not make everybody happy. As much as it had brought waves of hope to millions, it has also aggrieved some forces whose unfair political and economic upper hand was challenged as a consequence of the reforms.

One of the perils of our nation’s politics for more than a century has been political marginalization and exclusion of different forms. The current administration strongly believes that the political culture of exclusion and marginalization should come to an end and a new era of trust, togetherness and true federalism should start. It is with this strong belief and hope that the government made unprecedented decisions to open up the political space, inviting all political parties in exile, to come back home and engage in peaceful political struggle.

Nevertheless, while the government believes that the way of reform is arduous and full of challenges, it should be mentioned here that the government has been under constant and unrestrained pressure from disgruntled forces, organizing and supporting anti-peace elements, by using the economic and political muscles they have built over the last three decades, in order to undermine this inevitable reform process.

It should be clear to friends and foes alike that the current Ethiopian government led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has a strong desire, commitment and capacity to build a democratic order based on equality and respect of fundamental rights and dignity of every citizen. Any inordinate desire to maintain political and economic supremacy at the expense of millions of citizens is unacceptable and unjustifiable. The government will continue fighting against unjust political, economic and social relationships in order to bring about a true democracy and genuine economic and social transformation in Ethiopia, reflective of the context.

Increasing political polarization and the negative role of media in creating ethnic tensions

In spite of constitutional provisions, freedom of expression and media freedom were highly restricted in Ethiopia for nearly three decades. When the current administration led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed decided to open up the political space two years ago, different dissenting voices, views, opinions and thoughts began to resurface and draw public attention. Political views that were once spoken only among close friends began to be openly spoken freely on national media. There was no “big elephant in the room” any more. Citizens became free to say whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.

The government strongly believes that dissenting views, even the most uncomfortable ones, should be heard and voiced. It is clear that this does not take place at no cost. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed likened this situation to “opening windows of a house that remained closed for more than two decades.”When you open it, all the stuffy smells come out, and some find it irritating. However, in this new era of hope for Ethiopia, the Prime Minister encouraged that all ideas can be tabled for discussion, calling upon all Ethiopians to move from the streets to the tables, where debates on ideas can be had without resorting to sticks and stones on the streets.

This action of the government, however, was not positively welcomed and utilized by everyone. Some opposition parties and political figures began to misuse it. Some others began to throw offensive slurs against members of other ethnic groups. Some others engaged in defamation and finger-pointing without reference to established facts. Some media reporting could now draw a clear line between opinion and facts and engaged in media practices that put a certain ethnic or religious group under negative light.

Still others also began to employ a certain media framing to put blame on the government. They accused the government of “destroying the federal system, bringing back the old centralist government system and threatening to roll back the hard-won political gains.” These accusations were, however, hurled at the government without adequate facts and often based on invalid arguments. The government has patiently refrained from taking corrective action with the hope that they would correct themselves and get back to the right track in due time. The government believed that it must exercise some patience in order not to discourage the nascent exercise of freedom of expression the nation has been yearning for. Unfortunately, this did not happen.

The current Ethiopian government believes that the present political arrangement in the country establishes true federalism and empowers regional governments that were marginalized during the previous administration. Forthe first time in 30 years regional states such as Somali, Benishangul, Afar and Gambella have moved from the periphery to the center and can now fully take part in political decisions that impact their respective regions. Not more than a week ago, the 10thregional state was established in Ethiopia, realizing the age-long desire of the Sidama people for self-determination. In contrast to the popular claim that the federal system is being undermined, the government is striving hard to make sure that true federalism takes roots in the country.

Another destructive media and social media campaign started when certain media houses and social media activists to falsely accused Prime Minister Abiy of being “Naftegna” or sympathizer of the “Naftegna System.” Some private media and media organizations under the auspices of a regional government were pushing this false accusation, time and again without heeding its dangerous repercussions.

In its literal meaning neftegna means “gun bearer.” It refers to military occupiers who settled in Southern Ethiopia from the late 19thcentury onwards. This was a historical development that came to an end in 1974 with the fall of Emperor Haile Sellasie’s monarchy and the rise of the Dergue communist regime to power. So, it has nothing to do with the current government; it has nothing to do with the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. This is a part of history, and it, in no way, reflects the current political situation. However, irresponsible media practitioners and the disgruntled forces behind the media campaign have been making a desperate attempt to defame the leadership of Abiy Ahmed and to distor this government by labeling him as a Naftegna.

These and other similar false claims, half-truths and disinformation spree have misled sections of the public into thinking that the old-centrist, anti-federal force is lurking behind the person of Abiy Ahmed. It should be noted that this is a fabricated conspiracy created to distort the good image of the government and to abort the current reform process. By way of unrestrained and irresponsible media use, certain political parties and figures managed to misuse these historical narratives. They repeatedly bombarded the public with the false claim that “the comeback of neftegna is a real political danger.”Most of the agitators who employ this Naftegna conspiracy reside in the comfort of their homes in big cities in Europe and North America, constantly supplying dangerous and outrageous agenda to wreak havoc among our people in Ethiopia.

The main goal of setting this agenda was to fuel ethnic conflict in Ethiopia, particularly between the most populous ethnic groups in Ethiopia: the Oromo and the Amhara. The most dangerous part of this media campaign began to take shape when gullible and often young media consumers began to associate Naftegna with ethnic Amhara. Neftengnais a name often related to the ethnic Amhara, the second most populous ethnic group in Ethiopia. Historically speaking however, not only the Amharas were part of the Neftegna ruling class. Some of them were also ethnic Tigres, Oromos, Ghuraghes, etc.

Since the media campaigns have been pushing young people into believing that Neftegnais the enemy operating in the persona of Abiy Ahmed, some targeted attack on alleged ethnic Amharas and their properties in the aftermath of Hachalu’s death did not come as a surprise. All these have happened because of the constructed irresponsible media conspiracy, with no credible fact on the ground. The same social media campaigners were defaming the name of Hachalu Hundesa, accusing him of “supporting the government of Abiy, forsaking the cause of Oromo and working for the “Naftegna” government. In an interview he gave to OromoMedia Network (OMN) not more than three weeks ago, Hachalu was seen trying to innocently defend himself that he did not forsake the cause of the Oromo.This very interview was a breaking point of the political tensions that have gained momentum over the course of the last 3 months, owing to irresponsible media use.

These media campaigners also accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his administration of forgetting the cause of the Oromo people and marginalizing the Oromo. But all facts on the ground speak otherwise. Like other ethnic groups in the country, the Oromo have been fighting for freedom and equality.

The government believes, at this point in history, there is no force that can deprive them of the right to freedom and equality. The government will continue working with all ethnic groups and stakeholders to ensure that political and economic marginalization and exclusion based on ethnicity, religion or any other classifications, would never take place on our soil again.

Establishing and maintaining rule of law

Following the death of Hachalu Hundesa, the government has undertaken legal measures in order to maintain peace and security in the country and to safeguard the constitutional order. One of the actions undertaken by the government was to arrest those suspected of involvement in the killing of Hachalu as well as those involved in illegally hijacking his remains and inciting violence through media. The government also arrested certain political leaders suspected of attempting to undermine the constitutional order.

It is worth describing, at this point, an incident that seems to remain unknown to the media and international community. Following the sad news of Hachalu’s death, the government of Ethiopia spoke with his family members, parents and siblings in order to find out where they want the burial ceremony to take place. His family members and parents unequivocally expressed their wish to hold the funeral in his birthplace—Ambo. Having obtained the consent of his loved ones, the government started organizing a burial ceremony befitting a national hero. While the remains of Hachalu was being transported to Ambo, surrounded by thousands of young people weeping and mourning his death, another group of people started to force the return of the body back to Addis Ababa.

Among members of the group police have accused of pushing for the return of the body to Addis Ababa were Jawar Mohamed and Bekele Gerba. They brought back the body to Addis Ababa against the wish of his family members and in violation of cultural norms of the society. Hachalu’s remains were forcefully taken to the headquarters of the Oromia Prosperity Party, where a member of government security force was killed in a fire exchange that occurred during an attempt made to trespass the premises of the office.

During the same time, cabinet members of the Oromia Regional Governmen twere taking part in an emergency meeting in a building located a few yards awayfrom the headquarters. It was only after a careful military intervention and operation that government security forces arrested on the spot more than 35 people, including Jawar Mohamed and Bekele Gerba. They were arrested, amongst others, with rifles, handguns and security radio transmitters in their possession.

One point should be clear again: against all the rumors being circulated on social media, those political figures were arrested not because of their political views. They were rather arrested for their alleged involvement in the crime and for undermining the constitutional order. No one is above the law, even the most prominent activists and politicians.

Conclusion

The government of Ethiopia appeals to all stakeholders and friends of Ethiopia to discern the current situation in a careful and objective manner. While there are still rampant rumours of ongoing protests in the country, all need to be assured that these are simply rumours by forces determined to continue confusing the Ethiopia public and wreak havoc. The government of Ethiopia has fully controlled the situation in the country as of last week and the public have returned to their normal activities in both Addis Ababa and the Oromia region, where the incidents occurred. Giving supremacy to the rule of law, the government is working to hold accountable all those involved, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the land.

The government of Ethiopia is no less committed today to democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights than it was when it started anew journey of reforms two years ago. Ethiopia will without a doubt stay the course of the political, economic and social reforms. The political will at the highest level exists to hold a free, fair and democratic election, once the threat of the COVID19 pandemic ceases. Political parties that are peaceufully engaged are further encouraged to define and develop their policy options and engage in constructive dialogue. Media entities are also encouraged to continue their work in accordance with the laws of the land and the ethics required in dispensing their information sharing responsibilities to the public. And the government will continue dispensing its responsibility of maintain human security and undertaking activities and projects that have been designed to guarantee the Ethiopian people the prosperous and dignified life we are deserving of.

Our commitment to working towards maintaining peace and order in the Horn of Africa, strengthening fraternity and good relations with our neighboring countries and ensuring the prosperity of all Ethiopians,is as vigorous as it was two years ago.

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Ethiopia: Meles – Ethiopia Is Committed to Agreements On Mega Dam

By Fred Oluoch

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Kenya, Meles Alem Tekea last week on Saturday (July 04) gave an interview to “The East African” about the country’s stand on the filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam. He explained why Ethiopia needs to fill the dam now and commented on some of the concerns raised by the parties in the tripartite talks over the dam.

Why does Ethiopia want to start filling the dam now?

Accessing and utilising the Nile waters is a matter of priority to enable Ethiopia to meet its energy, water and food security needs for its more than 110 million citizens and to lift millions out of extreme poverty. That is why the construction and filling of the dam should be done simultaneously. Once the construction reaches 595 metres above sea level, it automatically retains 4.9 billion cubic metres of water. Filling it now is therefore not a political decision.

It is also an opportune time as the expected rains in the basin are above average. Lake Victoria is at 13.42 metres high, a record since 1964. The High Aswan Dam, on the Nile in Egypt, currently has 180 billion cubic metres of water, that is a 30-year record. This enables filling the dam without Egypt and Sudan experiencing a reduction in water flow.

Why does Ethiopia feel an agreement is not a condition for filling the dam?

When signing the Declaration of Principles (DoP) on the GERD in 2015, Ethiopia gave Sudan and Egypt the opportunity to discuss and agree on the guidelines and rules for first filling and annual operation. Nevertheless, the DoP does not subject Ethiopia to getting permission from Egypt and Sudan to fill the dam. In addition, Ethiopia communicated its filling schedule to both countries in 2017.

The three countries have no difference of opinion on the guidelines and rules for the first stage filling. Therefore, Ethiopia isn’t filling the dam without agreement. Ethiopia is fully committed to engaging in genuine dialogue to address all outstanding issues in the negotiation, for a win-win outcome.

The challenge Ethiopia is facing is Egypt’s push to make the guidelines and rules a permanent water sharing agreement, which constrains Ethiopia’s share on the Blue Nile to the GERD only. Ethiopia contributes 86 per cent of the water of the Nile, which is an average of 77 billion cubic metres of water. The country’s share is therefore well beyond the GERD. Also, discussions on water sharing of the Nile River can only be held in the presence of all Nile riparian countries.

Egypt’s concern is that the dam outlets may not allow sufficient water to reach its territory, risking livelihoods. Could you comment on this?

GERD is a hydroelectric dam and does not consume water. In fact, Ethiopia’s benefit from the dam entails release of water. If it generates electricity, it naturally releases water. Ethiopia has not invested billions of dollars just to store water and not alleviate its acute power shortage. The design of the GERD, including its outlets and specific details were inspected by Egypt.

In 2012, Ethiopia established the International Panel of Experts (IPOE) made up of two experts from each of the three countries and four international experts from Germany, South Africa, France and Britain. This panel went through 150 design documents that Ethiopia provided. In their report, they concluded the design and construction of the GERD is up to international standards. While doing so, the panel looked into all details including the outlets and Egypt endorsed the report of the IPoE.

The ability of the GERD to release water downstream is not in question and even Egypt admits that the GERD will increase water availability in the Nile Basin. The dam will enhance the resilience of Egypt and Sudan to drought, it will control flooding and regulate the flow of water.

What safety measures has Ethiopia put in place to prevent spillage of water from behind the dam wall?

The GERD is being built by renowned dam construction companies with reputable work and track record worldwide. State of the art technology will be applied in the materials used for construction, and the structure and design of the dam. The safety of the GERD is vouched for by the International Panel of Experts, in which Egypt and Sudan as well as international experts are represented. The dam safety is also ascertained and recognised by Egypt and Sudan as provided under principle 8 of the DoP.

Furthermore, the three countries have agreed on the continued co-ordination and information exchange with regard to the safety of the dam. The Water Minister of Sudan Yasir A. Mohamed, said in an interview that aired on June 8 that the GERD is safer than the dams in Egypt and Sudan.

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.

“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.”

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 
For all Ethiopians, Ethiopian Origin in the diaspora and Freinds of Ethiopia
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In addition to the mechanisms of mobilization of resources for the prevention of the Corona Virus -COVID-19, Ethiotelecom has created a seamless platform to donate.

Please follow the link below and contribute your share in saving lives. 

 

 

 

Important Notice!!!



In accordance with the Canadian Federal and Provincial authorities and the direction of our Government, the Embassy suspends all in-person Consular and Diaspora services starting from March 25, 2020 till further notice.



All service requests shall be made to the phone numbers, emails or provided post address stated under:

For Consular Matters:

                         Ms. Tsehay Astale, Tel (343) 996 5643 and,

                         Mrs. Negisti Halefom, Tel (613) 262 1269

                     Email: consular@ethioembassycanada.org

For Diaspora Matters:

                           Mr. Abekrie Abdu, Tel (613) 302 5954

Email: diaspora@ethioembassycanada.org

For emergency and other matters:

                             Mrs. Frehiwot Kifle, Tel(613) 558 0286

Email: info@ethioembassycanada.org



Postal Address: 1501-275 slater st, Ottawa, K1P5H9

 

 

 

 

 

  በክቡር የኢ.ፌ.ዴ.ሪ. ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ በውጭ ለሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወጣቶች የተላለፈ መልዕክት


በውጭ አገራት የምትኖሩ ወጣት ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ባላችሁ የክረምት ዕረፍት ጊዜ በአገር ቤት በበጎ ፈቃድ አገልግሎት መስክ እንድታገለግሉና የወደፊቷን ኢትዮጵያ ለመገንባት የበኩላችሁን የማይተካ ሚና እንድትጫወቱ በክቡር ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትራችን መልዕክት ተላልፏል፡፡

ስለሆነም፣ በዚህ በጎ ፈቃድ አገልግሎት ለመሳተፍ የምትፈልጉ ወጣቶች በኤምባሲው በኩል በአካል በመቅረብ፣ በስልክ ቁጥር(613) 565 6637(የውስጥ መስመር 213) እና (613) 565 6637(የውስጥ መስመር 204) በመደወል እና በኢሜል አድራሻ merga.feyisa@ethioembassycanada.org እና fiseha.zerihun@ethioembassycanada.org ፍላጎታችሁን በመግለጽ እንድትመዘገቡ እያስታወቅን፣ መንግስት እናንተን በተቀደሰ ተግባር ላይ ለማሰማራት አስፈላጊውን ዝግጅት ያደረገ መሆኑን እንገልጻለን። 

የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ 
ኦታዋ፣ ካናዳ
ሰኔ ፣ 2011 ዓ.ም.

 

INFORMATION REGRDING THE DIASPORA TRUST FUND

 

 Invitation for Bid

 

Name of Country: Ethiopia

 

Name of Project: Procurement of 400,000 MT wheat grain or milling wheat for Ministry of Trade and Industry (Ethiopian Trading Business Corporation).

 

Procurement Reference number: PPPDS/ETBC/ICB/PG/131/03/2011

 

  1. The Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) on behalf of Ethiopian Trading Business Corporation have funds with the Procuring entity’s budget to be used for the Procurement of 400,000 MT milling wheat.
  2. The PPPDS invites eligible Bidders for the supply of goods and services mentioned above.
  3. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the International Competitive Bid (ICB) procedures, contained in the Public Procurement and Property Administration Proclamation of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and is open to all Bidders from eligible source countries.
  4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from PPPDS and inspect the bidding document at the address given below at 7(a) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm until bid closing date.
  5. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders at the address given below at 7(a) upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Birr 200.00 (two Hundred Birr) or equivalent amount in easily convertible hard currencyThe method of payment will be in cash.
  6. Bid must be delivered to the Address below at 7(b) on or before 31st January 2019 at 10:0 0 am.
  7. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security amount valued at 100,000 birror equivalent amount for each lot in the form of CPO or an unconditional Bank counter guarantee from domestic Commercial Banks. The bid security should be in the name of Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders or their representatives who choose to attend the event at the address below at 7(b) at 10: 15 am on 31st January 2019.

 

(a) Documents will be issued at Ministry of Finance, compound No.2, block 5th, 1stfloor, room No. 101, Telephone 011-1-540524, 011-1-223755/22

 

(b) Bids must be delivered to, and will be opened at PPPDS, Ministry of Finance, compound No.2, Block No. 5th, 1st floor conference Hall.

 

PPPDS reserves the right to reject any or all bids and any items on the bid.

 

Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS)

 

Tel. 011-1-540524, 011-1-223755 or 011-1-223722

 

Website; http://www.pppds.gov.et

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

 ለውድ ተገልጋዮቻችን በሙሉ፡-

 

ኤምባሲያችን በፓስፖርት፣ ቪዛና የሰነድ ማረጋገጫ አገልግሎቶች ላይ ባለው የምንዛሪ ልዩነት የዋጋ ለውጥ ያደረገ መሆኑን እየገለጸ አገልግሎቶቹንና የዋጋ ዝርዝር በተመለከተ በድኅረ ገጻችን Consular Section በሚለው ሜኑ ስር የምታገኙ መሆኑን እንገልጻለን፡፡

 

የኢ.ፌ.ዲ.ሪ ኤምባሲ

ኦታዋ ካናዳ

 

  

ለሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውልድ ኢትዮጵያዊያን

 

በካናዳ በጉዲፈቻ መንገድ የመጡ ህፃናትና ወጣቶች እንዳሉ ይታወቃል፡፡ በመሆኑም ሚሲዮናችን እነዚህን ዜጎች በማግኘትና ፍላጎት ያላቸውን ከቤተሰቦቻቸው ጋር ለማገናኘት እንዲሁም ያሉበትን ሁኔታ ኤምባሲው ለማወቅና ለመደገፍ ስለፈለገ ይህ መረጃ እንዲደርሳቸውና አድራሻቸውን እንድታሳውቁን በአክብሮት እንጠይቃለን፡፡

 

ስልክ ቁጥር (613) 565 6637 ext 204፣ 207፣ 213

 

ወይም በኢሜል፡ info@ethioembassycanada.org

 

የኢ.ፌ.ዴ.ሪ. ኤምባሲ ኦታዋ

 

 

Announcement&

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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