Ethiopian CEO calls African governments to pay special attention to...

As Air Transport is irreplaceable to connect African Countries to one another and with the rest of the world African States need to give a serious attention to the sector, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam. | 23-Apr-2014 08:50

U.S,UK plus EU and United Nations finally recognize the rights of Somali people in Ogaden Region

The U.S House of Representatives and the government of United Kingdom plus EU Parliament and United Nations have recently stepped up a campaign to help Somalis from Ogaden region to realize that their voice has been heard by the International Community after decades of virtually silent. | 23-Apr-2014 04:40

Ah, Uganda, the Moses who will not step in the Promised Land

When one sees the state of Uganda's government institutions, public services, the state of education today, and the morass that is hitting even once-forward looking institutions like the cellphone companies, it is easy to think that the country has lost it kabisa. | 23-Apr-2014 00:29

Egypt's diplomatic card game on the Blue Nile

No electricity flows yet from the 6,000-megawatt Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam , a dream of the late rebel-turned-statesman Meles Zenawi. | 22-Apr-2014 20:14

Peter J. Can burn III is usually an expatrepreneur who focuses primarily on the put

The variety of tales explained to through the men and women of Ethiopia afford the hyena the facial area of any Peter J. Burns III Peter J. Burns IIIdangerous predator. | 22-Apr-2014 12:44

Ethiopia plans expanding manufactured goods export target - Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:34

Addis Ababa, 22 April 2014 - The Ministry of Industry announced that it plans to earn USD 1.29 billion from exports of locally manufactured goods in the current Ethiopian fiscal year 2013/14. | 22-Apr-2014 09:30

Addis Ababa to host US-Africa energy summit - Monday, 21 April 2014 10:58

Addis Ababa, 21 April 2014 - The governments of Ethiopia and the United States will co-host the US-Africa Energy Ministerial meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from June 3 to 4. According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy, AEM will focus on the theme of Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa and provide a forum for major ... (more) | 22-Apr-2014 02:15

Remittance rip-offs
LONDON 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.
IRIN | 22-Apr-2014 02:00

My Life:, My Vision for the Oromo and Other Peoples of Ethiopia

He had and still has, as his book discloses, a passion to make Oromiffa a parallel official language in . | 21-Apr-2014 22:00

Alliance and Alienation Ethiopia and Israel in the Days of Haile Selassie

Haggai Erlich is a renowned Israeli historian and an Ethiopianist, and this is not the first time he is writing about Ethiopia. | 21-Apr-2014 17:44

Ethiopian dam to benefit Sudan: Official - Monday, 21 April 2014 10:58

Addis Ababa, 21 April 2014 - A Sudanese governor has said that an Ethiopian dam project on the Nile River will benefit Sudan. | 21-Apr-2014 14:39

Dam! White Elephants in Ethiopia?

By Alemayehu G Mariam Last week, in a bizarre display of faux outrage and indignation, the regime in Ethiopia unleashed its big "experts" to go after International Rivers , an organization that has been leading the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of indigenous communities that depend on them for nearly three decades. | 21-Apr-2014 14:39

Ethiopia's 'logic' and the necessary confrontation

Ethiopia's 'logic' behind the construction of the Renaissance Dam is shocking, perhaps even more so than the issue of the dam itself. | 21-Apr-2014 14:39

East Africa: Journalists Commit to Fighting Graft

Journalists from Eastern Africa have expressed commitment to objective reporting as a way to stem corruption that remains the most daunting challenge to good governance, sustainable economic growth and development in Africa. | 21-Apr-2014 10:26

Exodus amnesia

The tastes, texts and theatrics of the Passover Seder have been a potent vaccine against forgetting that we were once slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and miraculously escaped to freedom. | 20-Apr-2014 12:21

Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop

Experts in Europe and Africa are racing to develop resistant grain varieties as university researchers predict the likely spread across continents of the air-borne spores of the fungus Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the world's crop if not quickly contained. | 20-Apr-2014 06:15

The spirit of a pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia's stunning subterranean churches

When he ventured into the mysterious subterranean churches of Ethiopia, Evgeny Lebedev not only visited one of the world's architectural marvels, he experienced a humble Orthodox Christianity which shames Russia's own I wake up and don't have a clue where I am. | 20-Apr-2014 01:57

Clayton Colvin and Tegene Kunbi Ending Soon at Margaret Thatcher Projects, Now Through 4/26

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present Put Down Your Stars, the gallery's first solo exhibition with Birmingham-based artist Clayton Colvin. | 20-Apr-2014 00:57

President urges envoy to strengthen Pak- Ethiopia trade ties - Saturday, 19 April 2014 05:29

Imran Yawar, Pakistan's ambassador-designate to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and permanent observer to African Union , called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday and discussed matters pertaining to his diplomatic assignment. | 19-Apr-2014 08:33

Ethio-Somali Community in Sweden Promise Support to the Renaissance Dam

Addis Ababa, 18 April 2014 - Members of the Ethiopian-Somali community elders, businessmen, investors and professionals promise support and vowed to mobilize more resource to see the completion of the Ethiopian Grand renaissance Dam in a meeting organized by the Ethiopian-Somali Community in Sweden on 16 April 2014 at the Embassy of the federal ... (more) | 19-Apr-2014 03:24

Ethiopia settles for coach Barreto

The Ethiopian Football Federation's change of tune continued on Friday when they announced the appointment of Portuguese Mariano Barreto. | 18-Apr-2014 23:15

The Nile Dividend: Egypt's Ambition of Controlling the Nile vs...

By Desta Asgedom The Nile is the longest river in the world stretching from the highlands of Africa to the Mediterranean Sea. | 18-Apr-2014 21:05

IGAD to deploy peacekeepers to South Sudan

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development , an East Africa trade bloc, plans to deploy peacekeepers in South Sudan by the end of April, an official close to South Sudanese peace talks said Thursday. | 18-Apr-2014 11:35

'Tamrin: Merchant of Aksum' - Historical Adventure Reveals the Story of the Queen of Sheba's Son

Apr. 17, 2014 - SAN DIEGO -- Without Tamrin, a strong man of few words, the Queen of Sheba could not have journeyed to visit King Solomon. | 18-Apr-2014 07:36

Saving Behaylu: Stratham boy's siblings coming from Ethiopia

A Stratham boy will be reunited with two of his siblings from Ethiopia next week when they arrive for a bone marrow transplant they hope will save their brother's life. | 18-Apr-2014 03:21

Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled

The future of Zimbabwe's Presidential Elephant Herd remains uncertain after elephant protector Sharon Pincott hinted she is stepping aside following a fallout over an "illegal" land claim, a report says. | 17-Apr-2014 23:07

The raging war for EAC air space...

A five minutes visit of Entebbe International Airport is a revelation of a raging war for the airspace between Kenya Airways , Ethiopian Airlines, Air Uganda and the Gulf giants comprising Emirates, Qatar, Air Arabia and Fly Dubai, which enjoy unlimited market access from African governments. | 17-Apr-2014 18:52

Gunmen kill 9 in Ethiopia truck attack

Addis Ababa - Gunmen opened fire on a truck in western Ethiopia Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring seven, the information ministry said. | 17-Apr-2014 14:38

S. Sudan's Kiir to visit Ethiopia today - Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:03

Addis Ababa, 17 April 2014 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir will arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday, a senior government official told Anadolu Agency. | 17-Apr-2014 10:23

Introducing Dal's honorary degree recipients for Spring Convocation 2014

Donghyuk Shin, Anne McGuire and Maureen Joanne Sabia are three of this year's honorary degree recipients at Spring Convocation. | 17-Apr-2014 00:14

Ann Peacock to Pen Feature Screenplay based on Saving the Lost Tribe

Ann Peacock is set to write a feature screenplay based on the acclaimed book Saving the Lost Tribe: The Rescue and Redemption of the Ethiopian Jews by Asher Naim. | 16-Apr-2014 19:59

Planned Anti-Gay Rally in Ethiopia Is Cancelled

Two groups had been planning to hold a large anti-gay rally in Addis Ababa on April 26. But Dereje Negash, chairman of a religious group affiliated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, said the cancellation came after people inside the church asked the government to prevent the rally. | 16-Apr-2014 15:45

Ethiopian FA deadlocked in talks to appoint ex Ghana coach Goran Stevanoic

The Ethiopian FA are deadlocked in talks with former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic towards appointing him to take over their vacant national team job. | 16-Apr-2014 15:45

Gunmen kill nine in western Ethiopia bus attack - state media

Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying dozens of people in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, killing nine and wounding six others, state-run media said on Wednesday. | 16-Apr-2014 11:35

Transnational Large Scale Agricultural Firms in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia

Full title: Transnational Large Scale Agricultural Firms in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia: Local Potentials, Opportunities and Constraints for Market Linkage and Contractual Farming Schemes

Adil Yassin
January 2014

Even though Transnational Corporations (TNCs) yield a huge potential in supporting the local economy, this opportunity is not realised yet. Concerns on weak market linkage with TNCs are not keenly explored in the literature, if weak linkages result from TNCs failure to utilise local market opportunities or if it is associated with weak local capacity with regard to labour availability, institutional capacity, market demand, and legal support. This study, based on annual import data, discovered that that there is potential demand for TNCs’ products (particularly rice, palm oil, maize, sugar and wheat) to establish forward linkage. Hence, high foreign currency expenditure might be cut, if imports can be substituted by TNCs supply to local market. The government, however, seems to focus on acquiring foreign currency more than reducing its expenditure through local transaction with TNCs. On the other hand, local economy’s capacity in providing inputs for TNCs is weak indicating challenge in backward linkage. Since the introduction of TNCs in Gambella, five years down the line, the most dominant and visible linkage happened in the form of labour [unskilled] employment. The volume of jobs created is insignificant compared to other countries’ standards. Thus far, due to the poor performance of TNCs, government’s expectation of employment generation, infrastructure development, market linkage and foreign currency acquisition are not realised adequately; as a result, it has regarded them as ‘failed’ projects. An absence of linkages with the local economy may lead to enclave development in the near future where there is limited market or economic benefit. Contract Farming (CF), if managed well, can be a viable means to enhance linkage with the local economy. However, there are considerable challenges to establish and facilitate CF in the Gambella region. Undefined land tenure system in the region, less government emphasis on CF in low land areas, TNCs business interest and financial problems, quality of farmers products and lack of modern inputs, and limited experience in CF, among others, are the main current and future challenges. It is concluded that weak linkage happens from both corners due to: lack of TNCs realisation and interest of local potentials and inadequate local capabilities.

This paper was produced with support from the Early Career Fellowship Programme. | 16-Apr-2014 10:00

The rise and rise of Ethiopia

As we heard recently the CIA World Fact book reported, Ethiopia has now become the 7th biggest economy in Africa and the 69th biggest economy in the world with a 118.2 billion USD GDP PPP for 2013. | 16-Apr-2014 09:31

Ethiopian Airlines adds Kano, Nigeria to it's Global Network as 81st Destination

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, starting 24 May 2014. | 15-Apr-2014 22:01

Economic consequences of foot-and-mouth disease

Students gather around picnic tables under giant oaks at the Cummings School on an early fall afternoon. | 15-Apr-2014 17:48

The richest person in Poland to invest in Ethiopia

The polish billionaire, Jan Kulczyk is keen to invest in the energy sector in Ethiopia. | 15-Apr-2014 13:38

Ethiopia's Chickpea Industry Sees Boost by Large-Scale Initiative - Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:36

Addis Ababa, 15 April 2014 - A Guts Agro Industry initiative means that Ethiopia's staple Shiro dish will soon be pre-packaged and available in supermarkets and shops after the company secured 66,000 dollars in funding from USAID. | 15-Apr-2014 09:23

Kelela: An R&B star-to-be

Her futuristic love songs feel like high-def screen grabs of latent passion, micro-tonal desire and other in-the-middle emotions that the English language can't quite articulate. | 15-Apr-2014 06:13

Ethiopia: Hilton to Be Renovated At a Cost of Br100 Million

Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel is to be renovated at a cost of 100 million birr. Informed sources told The Reporter that the hotel would soon embark on major renovation work that will transform the hotel. | 15-Apr-2014 01:59

Happy Third Anniversary GERD

Out of the many historic and great speeches our great leader Ato Meles Zenawi gave the one he did at the event held to lay the cornerstone of Ethiopia's " Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam " stands out. | 14-Apr-2014 21:54

Breakthrough in riding the rails in Ethiopia - Monday, 14 April 2014 14:23

Addis Ababa, 14 April 2014 - As dusk falls on Addis Ababa, it is easy to spot the shadows of the giant cranes that are busy laying the rails for Ethiopia's ambitious light-rail transit system. | 14-Apr-2014 17:39

Deputy Premier meets Ethiopian ambassador

DOHA: HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud met Monday with HE Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Qatar Meganu Arga. | 14-Apr-2014 13:30

Ethiopia: Heineken Seeks for Br700 Million Loan From CBE

Sources told The Reporter that Heineken had been looking to get hold of some three to five billion birr since joining the local market in 2011. | 14-Apr-2014 12:25

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