Ethiopia’s huge infrastructural funding gap is serious challenge

24 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Infrastructure contributed 0.6 percentage points to Ethiopia’s annual per capita GDP growth over the last decade. Raising the country’s infrastructure endowment to that of the region’s middle-income countries could add an additional 3 percentage points to infrastructure’s contribution to growth.
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South Sudan peace deal offers glimmer of hope

24 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Martin Plaut

There is the first flicker of hope that peace may be restored to South Sudan: it began with an acceptance of responsibility. Three factions of the South Sudanese ruling party, meeting in the Tanzanian city of Arusha, on Monday accepted that they are jointly responsible for the war that has devastated their new nation over the past 10 months.
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Is latest ‘leaked UN report’ about Eritrea’s destabilization of Horn states real, or its timing Ethiopia’s election masterstroke?

22 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Reporter and several other TPLF supporter dailes, weeklies and blogs in Ethiopia and abroad Tuesday and today drew inspiration from a ‘leaked UN report’.
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ኦርቶዶክስ ክርስትና በካድሬው ፓትሪያርክ ቅጥረኛነትና ከቤተ መንግሥት በሕወሃት ሲታመስ

22 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
ሃራ ዘ ተዋህዶ

    “አባ ማትያስ አላበደም፤ መልዕክቱን እያስተላለፈ ነው” … [ራስፑቲን* ትዝ ብሏቸው ይሆን?]

    “እግዚአብሔር ላበዱት አይምሯቸውን ይመልስልን፤ ላላበዱትና ለማበድ ለተዘጋጁት አይምሯቸውን ይጠብቅልን፡፡”

    - አባ ማትያስ

    “አጠቃላይ ጉባኤውን ፀረ-ማኅበረ ቅዱሳን አቋም ለማስያዝ ፓትርያርኩና ጥቂት አማሳኞች በዋና ሥራ አስኪያጁ ላይ ጫናቸውን አጠናክረዋል”

የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ላለፉት ኻያ አንድ አመታት በርዕሰ አበውነት ‹ሲገዙ› የነበሩትን የብጹዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስን ሞትን አስከትሎ ስድስተኛውን ዘመነ ፕትርክና የምደባ ያህል የተረከቡት ብጹዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማትያስ የቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱን ቀናኢ ሊቃውንትና ምእመናን ለዘመናት ሲያንገሸግሽ የቆየውን አድሏዊ አሠራር ፤ ጎጠኝነትና ሙስና በመጠኑም ቢኾን ይፈታሉ የሚል ግምት ተሰጥቷቸው ነበር፡፡
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ICC cautions Kenya on Kenyatta media leaks

21 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned Kenya’s government against leaking information from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case to the media.
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Prospects for S. Sudan peace seem brighter with Tanzania fostering dialogue among conflicting parties

21 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Marc Nkwarme: Dar Eyes Total South Sudan Bliss

Arusha — TANZANIA assured South Sudan leaders that its support to ending the conflict in the world’s newest state will not just stop at hosting the intra-SPLM dialogue, but also assist in the proposed peace process and reforms in Juba.
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Secret behind Ethiopia’s absence from world internet map unveiled

21 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Kinfe Michael Yilma, a scholar at Brunel University London, UK

Ethiopia is among those countries with the lowest level of internet penetration and use. A 2014 World Internet Stats report, for instance, claims that Ethiopia has had only 1.9% internet penetration. Similarly, the World Economic Forum also rated the number of internet users in Ethiopia at 1.1%, ranking the country 142 out of 144 countries surveyed in 2012/13. As of December 31, 2013, that number had only risen to 5.5%, according to a report released by the Ethiopian government. Indeed, it was only in 1997 that Ethiopia introduced the internet, and not until 2005 that the first four thousand kilometers of fiber optic backbone were laid in Addis Ababa. This delay in the proliferation of the internet has played a role in delaying the development of internet policies including legislative measures surrounding the internet.
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