NewsCoffee is coming home to Ethiopia
Ethiopia will host the 4th World Coffee Conference together with the 116th Session of the International Coffee Council in Addis Ababa in March 2016.
Topix.net | 07-Mar-2014 23:56
Chinese economic and trade co-operation zones in Africa: facing the challenges
The idea of exporting Chinese special economic zones to Africa was adopted as an official policy within the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) framework at the third meeting held in Beijing in 2006, when President Hu Jintao formally announced the establishment of three to five Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones (ETCZs) on the continent as one of the targets of FOCAC’s 2007–09 Action Plan.
The current number of Chinese ETCZs in Africa has exceeded the target. At present there are eight Chinese ETCZs approved by China’s Ministry of Commerce on the continent: two in Zambia, two in Nigeria, and one each in Ethiopia, Mauritius, Egypt and Algeria. However, of these, only the ETCZ in Egypt is operational, with the Chambishi (Zambia) one being partially operational. This policy briefing offers an analysis of the reasons for the current state of affairs, and the challenges that these zones are facing.
The recommendations to African host countries include:
- African hosts should integrate these zones into broader industrial policies and development strategies
- based on China’s experience with SEZs, African hosts should enforce policies and regulations to ensure a multiplier effect into the domestic economy
The recommendations to China include:
- ETCZ feasibility studies should be more thoroughly conducted, covering existing infrastructure network, market structure and synergies
- decision-making regarding ETCZs should be more market oriented rather than defined by political considerations
- China would benefit from a more open and inclusive approach that considers not only the host government but also the local stakeholders, from business class to local authorities and communities
- a more efficient and attractive strategy should be developed to attract Chinese and other investors, this could involve more efficient co-ordination with the China–Africa Development Fund and Chinese policy banks
eldis.org | 07-Mar-2014 21:14
Perceived challenges and opportunities arising from integration of...
The WHO's mental health Gap Action Programme seeks to narrow the treatment gap for mental disorders by advocating integration of mental health into primary health care .
Topix.net | 07-Mar-2014 04:07
Mormon Church Building Deconstructed And Entirely Donated To Habitat For Humanity
A former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meetinghouse has yielded the largest material donation that Habitat for Humanity has ever received in Utah, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
Topix.net | 06-Mar-2014 23:58
Ethiopian, Somali institutes sign agreement - Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:32
Addis Ababa, 6 March 2014 - The Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development has established a working relationship with the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies.
Topix.net | 06-Mar-2014 15:44
Feedel Band brings their Ethiopian Jazz sounds to World Cafe Live tonight
CD series has uncovered the rich history of Ethiopian jazz and pop music of the 1960s and '70s, making record-collector stars of artists like jazz musicians Alemayehu Eshete and Mulatu Astatke.
Topix.net | 06-Mar-2014 15:44
Ambassador Teshome presents his Credentials to King Willem-Alexander of Netherlands
Ethiopia's Ambassador to the Netherlands, Teshome Toga, was received at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague where he presented his letters of credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Topix.net | 06-Mar-2014 12:34
Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service Offered At Bethesda United Methodist Church
Bethesda United Methodist Church in Sykesville, Md., has come up with an unconventional way to meet the spiritual needs of a busy congregation, and will be offering a drive-through Ash Wednesday service this year, reports WBal .
Topix.net | 06-Mar-2014 08:19
Africa: Treading a New Path
At 6.45am the first bus halts outside the main gates of the Eastern Industry Zone.
Topix.net | 06-Mar-2014 04:04
Project to strengthen climate information, early warning system - Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:13
Addis Ababa, 5 March 2014 - The Ethiopian Meteorology Agency launched "Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Ethiopia for Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change" 4.5 million USD project here yesterday.
Topix.net | 05-Mar-2014 23:55
The Great Mesob Returns as Shewaber
Here, about 15 years ago, Mesob, an Ethiopian restaurant, opened its doors for business.
Topix.net | 05-Mar-2014 19:51
Office urges public to denounce copyright infringement - Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:16
Addis Ababa, 5 March 2014 - The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office together with the Ministry of Justice, Federal and Addis Ababa Police Commissions, Ethiopian Musicians Association and other concerned organs has urged the public to say "No!" to copyright infringement and digital piracy.
Topix.net | 05-Mar-2014 16:40
Land Access and youth livelihood opportunities in Southern Ethiopia
This study aims to examine current land access and youth livelihood opportunities in Southern Ethiopia. Access to agricultural land is a constitutional right for rural residents of Ethiopia. We used survey data from the relatively land abundant districts of Oromia Region and from the land scarce districts of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) Region. We found that youth in the rural south have limited potential to obtain agricultural land that can be a basis for viable livelihood. The law prohibits the purchase and sale of land in Ethiopia. We found that land access through allocation from authorities is virtually nonexistent while land that can be obtained from parents through inheritance or gift is too small to establish a meaningful livelihood. The land rental market has restrictions, including on the number of years land can be rented out. Perhaps as a result of limited land access, the youth have turned their back on agriculture. Our study shows that only nine percent of youth in these rural areas plan to pursue farming. The majority are planning non-agricultural livelihoods. We also found a significant rural-urban migration among the youth and especially in areas with severe agricultural land scarcity. Our econometric analyses show that youth from families with larger land holding are less likely to choose non-agricultural livelihood as well as less likely to migrate to urban areas. We suggest here some measures to improve rural livelihood such as creation of non-farm employment opportunities and improvement of land rental markets. We also argue that as a certain level of rural-urban migration is unavoidable, investigating youth migration is essential to design policies that help the migrating youth as well as the host communities.
eldis.org | 05-Mar-2014 15:11
GERD - " A Symbol Of Regional Integration - Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:03
Addis Ababa, 5 March 2014 - Ethiopia has always been the major contributor of the Nile, with its Blue Nile feeding the rainfall from the Ethiopian Highlands to the wider Nile downstream.
Topix.net | 05-Mar-2014 10:16
INBAR Working Group deliberates on Rules of Procedure - Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:03
Addis Ababa, 4 March 2014 - The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan Working Group met to deliberate on the draft Rules of Procedure for the INBAR Council, on Friday, February 28, at the Headquarters of the organization in Beijing.
Topix.net | 05-Mar-2014 10:16
Aster Mamo to be the next president of Oromia Regional State
Aster Mamo who was recently elected as the vice chairman of Oromo People's Democratic Organization is going to be the next president of Oromia Regional State replacing Alemayehu Atomsa.
Topix.net | 05-Mar-2014 09:11
Priest Brings Eucharist to Place Never Reached by the Church
Father Christopher Hartley Sartorios is a 55-year-old missionary from Toledo, Spain.
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 23:47
Does Ethiopia’s productive safety net program improve child nutrition ?
The paper studies the link between Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) and short-run nutrition outcomes among children age 5 years and younger. It uses 2006 and 2010 survey data from Northern Ethiopia to estimate parameters of an exogenous switching regression. This allows us to measure the differential impacts of household characteristics on weight-for-height Z-score of children in member and non-member households in PSNP. We find that the magnitude and significance of household covariates differ in samples of children from PSNP and non-PSNP households. Controlling for a set of observable features of children and households we find that children in member households have weight-for-height Z-scores that are 0.55 points higher than those of children in non-member households. We conclude that the PSNP is providing positive short-term nutritional benefits for children, especially in those households that are able to leverage underemployed female labor.
eldis.org | 04-Mar-2014 19:30
Ethiopia the 7th biggest economy in Africa - Tuesday, 04 March 2014 08:36
The CIA World Factbook updated Ethiopia's GDP PPP to $118.2 Billion USD for 2013.
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 11:18
Workshop discusses university-industry linkage - Tuesday, 04 March 2014 08:38
A day-long workshop aimed at creating awareness on the linkage of education and training research institutions with the industry was here held yesterday.
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 11:18
Promoting medical competencies through international exchange...
Universities are increasingly organizing international exchange programs to meet the requirements of growing globalisation in the field of health care.
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 10:18
Egyptian Irrigation Minister Denounces Ethiopia Over Its Stand on Great Renaissance Dam
Egypt irrigation minister denounces Ethiopia's 'obstinacy' on dam MENA, Ahram Online , Monday 3 Mar 2014 The Renaissance Dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government, with anxiety high that it would negatively affect Egypt's share of Nile water Egypt's Irrigation Minister Mahmoud Abdel-Muttalib denounced on Monday what he described ... (more)
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 06:03
Micro Finance Institutions to Finance Artisanal Miners
Tamrat Modjo, artisanal mining transaction coordinator with the , told The Reporter that the cooperatives will be able to access financing with the micro finance institutions.
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 04:59
Matthew McConaughey Thanks God In Revealing Oscar Acceptance Speech
Matthew McConaughey revealed a private side of his life during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 2014 Academy Awards, fervently thanking God for his achievements.
Topix.net | 04-Mar-2014 00:45
Kentucky Baptist Church Gun Giveaway Draws People To 'Second Amendment Celebrations'
A Kentucky church, Lone Oak First Baptist Church , has hit on an unconventional way of attracting nonreligious people to their services-- by offering them a free steak dinner and a chance to win a gun, reports the Courier-Journal .
Topix.net | 03-Mar-2014 20:30
Addis Light Rail Transit Project passes halfway mark - Monday, 03 March 2014 12:07
Addis Ababa, 3 March 2014 - Addis Ababa's Electrified Light Rail Transit project has passed the halfway mark with 56 per cent of the project completed, said the Ethiopian Railways Corporation, a government entity entrusted to oversee the construction of modern railways infrastructure in the country.
Topix.net | 03-Mar-2014 16:20
Ministry, AAU sign water diplomacy collaboration MoU - Monday, 03 March 2014 07:20
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Addis Ababa University yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in areas of water diplomacy.
Topix.net | 03-Mar-2014 12:05
Shipping Pile on
The Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority issued a new directive imposing an additional 12 percent levy on imported goods.
Topix.net | 03-Mar-2014 08:05
Little progress on South Sudan peace negotiation
After two and a half months of armed conflict in South Sudan, the gap is still wide between government forces led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.
Topix.net | 03-Mar-2014 03:01
New Mutants of Sesame Produced
Trivandrum March 2, 2014 - The effects of mutation induction through the use of a chemical mutagen as a method of improving few agronomic traits in sesame were investigated.
Topix.net | 02-Mar-2014 20:47
Ethiopian adds Vienna as their 9th European destination - Sunday, 02 March 2014 14:42
Addis Ababa, 2 March 2014 - Starting on 02nd of June will Ethiopian Airlines add Vienna, the Austrian capital, to their European network, making it a total of 9 destinations across Europe.
Topix.net | 02-Mar-2014 16:42
Ethiopian Troops Reach Guriceel in Their Dozens - Sunday, 02 March 2014 15:10
Addis Ababa, 2 March 2014 - Impending news from Guriceel district of the Galgaduud region show that dozens of Ethiopian troops have reached the district after being expected to accommodate a contingent of Ethiopian forces.
Topix.net | 02-Mar-2014 16:42
Italy voices willingness to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia - Sunday, 02 March 2014 14:42
Addis Ababa, 2 March 2014 - Italy's Ambassador to Egypt, Maurizio Massari, has said that his country is willing to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia to resolve the Renaissance Dam crisis.
Topix.net | 02-Mar-2014 16:42
Ethiopia's teff grain set to be world's...
Under a searing midday sun, a herd of cattle circles atop a pile of golden teff, thrashing the wheat-like grain, a method that has been practised by Ethiopian farmers for centuries.
Topix.net | 02-Mar-2014 08:23
''you can only be like your home, not like your neighbors''
Our great leader Ato Meles Zenawi has once said that "by realizing back-breaking plans, we will once again hold our head high''.
Topix.net | 01-Mar-2014 21:14
Africa's Transformation Agenda Needs to Be Led By Africans
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Africa's Transformation Agenda Needs to Be Led By Africans BY ANTONIO PEDRO, 28 FEBRUARY 2014 PRESS RELEASE Eastern Africa is confronting major economic and social challenges resulting from accelerating processes of urbanisation, population pressures, and high degrees of income inequality.
Topix.net | 01-Mar-2014 13:55
Ethiopia, Sudan Agree On Establishing Joint Border Force - Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:59
Addis Ababa, 1 March 2014 - Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to form a joint force along the borders between the two countries at the conclusion of the military technical committee meetings in the presence of both sides' defense ministers.
Topix.net | 01-Mar-2014 09:41
Power generation projects being accelerated to realize GTP goal - Friday, 28 February 2014 14:06
Addis Ababa, 28 February 2014 - The Ethiopian Electric Power said that the construction of Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam, Gibe III, Genale Dawa and other Wind Farm Power Generation projects is being accelerated to realize the Growth and Transformation Plan energy sector goals.
Topix.net | 28-Feb-2014 17:07
Egypt plans dam-busting diplomatic offensive against Ethiopia - Friday, 28 February 2014 05:25
Addis Ababa, 28 February 2014 - Egypt may be in the throes of political turmoil, but the government has begun a diplomatic offensive aimed at stopping Ethiopia from building a huge hydroelectric dam on the Nile River that Cairo says will be a disaster for the Arab world's most populous nation.
Topix.net | 28-Feb-2014 07:38
OPDO elects Muktar Kedir president
The Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization , one of the four member parties of the ruling EPRDF, elected Muktar Kedir as its next president.
Topix.net | 28-Feb-2014 04:29
South Sudan: Rebels Threaten Mass Armed Resistance Unless Kiir Resigns
A senior rebel leader has warned the South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, to resign or risk full armed resistance from the rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in opposition.
Topix.net | 28-Feb-2014 00:19
Report: Sudan government resumes talks with rebels
The state news agency of Sudan is reporting that the government has resumed negotiations with the rebel coalition, the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North, after the talks were suspended last week.
Topix.net | 27-Feb-2014 20:19
Ethiopia committed to secure Somalia - Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:24
Addis Ababa, 27 February 2014 - Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom declared that the Ethiopian government is committed in every way to safeguard Somalia.
Topix.net | 27-Feb-2014 16:10
Irish Credit Unions League to set up shop in Ethiopia - Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:55
Addis Ababa, 27 February 2014 - The Ethiopian government has selected the Irish League of Credit Unions to develop credit unions in the county in what is described as "landmark contract".
Topix.net | 27-Feb-2014 14:15
Ethiopia outlaws human trafficking
The Ethiopian Government on Wednesday said it had outlawed the trafficking of its citizens to work as house maid in foreign lands.
Topix.net | 27-Feb-2014 12:10
Egypt's Obsession and British Scheming to Seize Control of the Blue...
PART 1 Yosef Yacob, AB, JD, LLM, PhD Lake Tsana Reservoir Project Negotiations Following the death of Emperor Menelik in 1911, British interest in the waters of Lake Tsana remained in abeyance.
Topix.net | 27-Feb-2014 08:06