The Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has planned to launch seven new destinations within five months in 2017, of which three are in Africa.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, Ethiopian said it will launch new service to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo, Conakry, Oslo, Chengdu (China), Jakarta and Singapore.
In addition, it would also have services from Addis Ababa to 98 different international cities across the world.
Group CEO Ethiopian, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “as the largest airline group in the continent, we are highly concerned on the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are setting record expansion to enable Africans enjoy safe, reliable and economical air connectivity – within the continent as well as rest of the world.”
Despite current economic slowdown especially in oil dependent economies in
Africa, the nation believes that the continent will become magnet for FDI, trade and tourism, which are the engines of air travel growth. (Press Release)
Local construction firm puts up a public park in Addis Ababa
Aser Construction PLC, a local grade one construction company on Wednesday built a public park covering 6,064 meter square in Addis Ababa at a cost of 15 million birr.
The park, which took two years for completion is designed to have green area, fountains, toilets and shower rooms, walkways, art works on walls of the compound and kids play ground and seat at different corners of the park.
Company’s General Manager, Yemane Abraha (Eng.) said that the park will greatly contribute to the city’s beatification efforts.
We built the park as part of our corporate responsibility and to contribute from what the company has to the public,” he said.
According to him, the company has been hugely carrying out the construction of projects meant to public purpose along with the construction business the company engaged years.
He also said the park is also designed to have drawings and sculptures featuring the culture of African countries as the park located close to the African Union headquarter. (WIC)
South Sudan denies striking anti-Ethiopia deal
A South Sudanese diplomat has downplayed recent rumors that the young nation allegedly struck a deal with an undisclosed party against Ethiopia.
South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pita Morga, said his country cannot enter into a deal likely to harm Ethiopia’s interest with a third party.
Morga, in an interview with the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), dismissed the alleged report as fabricated.
Since South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir paid visit to Egypt a week ago, reports circulated on social media, alleging that the two leaders had agreed to sabotage Ethiopia’s meg dam project being built in Nile River.
Kiir’s recent visit to Cairo came weeks after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met Kiir’s close ally and Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in Kampala.
Unconfirmed reports from opposition group led by former Vice President, Riek Machar (PhD), alleged that the leaders’ latest meeting Kiir and Al-sisi was allegedly part of a “dirty deal” intended to harm Ethiopia. (Compiled by a Staff Reporter)
Ethiopia, Djibouti reaffirm commitment to expedite relations
State Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Hirut Zemene, met Djiboutian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah on Wednesday wherein the two sides reaffirmed commitment to expedite the already strong relations.
According to the information obtained from MoFA, the discussions were focused on further strengthening the exemplary and multi-range of bilateral ties and solidifying the already existing regional and global cooperation.
Hirut underlined that Ethiopia and Djibouti have had exemplary relations in wide range of areas including infrastructural, trade and people-to-people ties as well as in terms of the number of joint commissions established between the two countries.
She further has said the two countries are also working closely on outstanding/pending issues to further advance their cooperation further noting that Ethiopia and Djibouti have already created positive vibe foe African countries with their newly-inaugurated railway.
Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah on his part has lauded the strong ties between Djibouti and Ethiopia in what he described it “an excellent relations in all aspects”. (MoFA)