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    Ethiopia completes study to use Eritrean ports

    The Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA) on Tuesday announced that has finalized a study which specifies port usage rates and logistics service provisions that will be available when it begins using Eritrean ports.

    Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to normalize ties after 20 years of stalemate with the opening of embassies, free travel of people, airline links, direct international telephone connection, and use of ports.

    Leaders of the two countries further agreed to boost their economic relations with the use of Eritrea’s ports of Massawa and Assab.

    Yeshi Fekade, communication director at the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), told Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) that works were underway to equip port of Massawa with the necessary facilities, including renovation of roads.

    A team tasked to study port usage rates and logistics services has also finalized its study, the director indicated.

    Eritrea is also conducting its own study regarding port tariff, she said.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) said last July that Ethiopia will resume using Eritrea’s port. (FBC)

    Ministry launches 10-year national forest development program

    Ethiopia has launched a 10 year National Forest Sector Development Program (NFSDP) targeted to serve as the main guiding document for coordinating strategic policy interventions.

    The Program launched on Monday by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) in collaboration with UNDP.

    Launching the program, Minister of MEFCC, Gemedo Dalle (PhD) said the climate resilient Green Economy (CRGE) recognizes that deforestation and forest degradation must be reversed if the country is to meet its development goals.

    Therefore, Ethiopia has set triple goal of attaining middle income status while pursuing net-zero emission economic growth and building resilience by 2025, he said.

    “Ethiopia`s Ten Years National Forest Sector Development Program together with other initiatives, we are launching today, will serve as roadmap for coordinating strategic policy interventions and sector wide investments,” Gemedo noted.

    UNDP Country director Louise Chamberlain said on her part that the goal of the plan can only be achieved through strong partnerships of the people and government leaders.  (ENA)

    Ethiopia fails to hand over FETO schools to Turkey

    Ethiopia has failed to transfer to a Turkish foundation the schools linked to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), despite instructions given by the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office.

    Turkish State Media, Anandolu reported on Monday that, the Prime Minister’s Office [in March 2017], had directed the Ministry of Education to transfer six schools owned by the FETO to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation.

    FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the failed coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

    Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

    According to information obtained by Anadolu Agency, the schools were not transferred to the foundation, despite a letter was sent by Ethiopian former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to the then Education Minister Shiferaw Teklemariam and Trade Minister Bekele Gulado. 

    The letter signed by Desalegn was not implemented due to the network of the terror group in Ethiopian bureaucracy. (Anadolu)

    OMO Kuraz-III sugar plant to be inaugurated tomorrow

    The Omo-Kuraz -3 sugar factory will be inaugurated on Sunday October 14, 2018, according to the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation.

    High level government officials will attend the inauguration of the sugar plant.

    Located in south Omo zone of Southern Nation and Nationalities People Regional state (SNNPR), located some 900 km from Addis Ababa, it is one of the four sugar factories under the Omo-Kuraz sugar development project.

    Among the four factories, Omo Kuraz-2 has begun sugar production in March 2017.

    Built by China Complant Group Inc, Omo-Kuraz three sugar plant has the capacity to produce 8,000-10,000 quintals of raw sugar, plantation white sugar and refined sugar per day.

    According to the Corporation, the Omo-Kuraz sugar development project will have a total area of 100,000 hectares of land for its sugarcane cultivation.

    The inauguration of Omo Kuraz-3 sugar plant will raise the number of sugar producing factories in Ethiopia to eight.

    They are Wonji Shoa, Metahara, Fincha, Kesem, Tendaho, Arjo Dedesa, Omo-Kuraz 2 and 3, it was noted. (FBC)

     Al Shabab run tax system rivals Somalia’s federal gov’t,  

    Al Shabab militants in Somalia run a tax system that rivals the federal government in sophistication, according to UN sanctions monitors, with taxation from illicitly exported charcoal and other tolls netting the group tens of millions in revenue annually.

    In an unpublished annual report to the UN Security Council seen by Reuters on Tuesday, the monitors add that domestic revenue generation by Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabab “is more geographically diversified and systematic” than that of Somalia’s federal government.

    Due to the militants’ provision of receipts, the taxation system is “accountable and predictable”, in contrast to the network of checkpoints manned by the government’s armed forces in some parts of the country.

    Despite controlling far less territory than it did at the height of a decade-long insurgency, “the group’s “ability to carry out complex asymmetric attacks in Somalia remains undiminished”, the monitors wrote.

    Al Shabab’s most lucrative checkpoint is about 160 km north-west of the capital Mogadishu on the road to Baidoa, the monitors said, citing an Al Shabab defector. (Reuters) 

    Zimbabwe general warns on foreign bases in Djibouti

    A Zimbabwean senior soldiers and a key US congressman say trouble may be coming to the Horn of Africa, reports said on Tuesday.

    Major General Trust Magoba – who now serves as a special advisor to the African Union – has raised concern at foreign interference on the continent.

    “The establishment foreign bases and the involvement of external forces in the conflicts on the Horn of Africa is a worrisome development,” he said. And he called on all countries to focus on “peace, security and stability within the region”.  

    General Magoba was referring to land adjoining a narrow strait that runs past Djibouti on the only route between the Indian Ocean and Suez, where the US, France and China have stationed their military.

    Djiboutian president Ismaïl Guelleh is frequently under attack from human-rights groups who allege torture and a lack of democracy.

    Exports from Australia, India, Zimbabwe and much of East Africa sail through here to Europe along with more than 14m barrels a day of oil from the Persian Gulf. (Zimbabwe Mail)

    Kenyans to protest alleged South Sudan looting

    A section of Kenyan citizens on Thursday organized a peaceful protest against alleged looting of funds in conflict-prone South Sudan by prominent leaders and politicians.

    This comes after a three-part documentary series produced by John Allan Namu of ‘Africa Uncensored’ titled ‘The Profiteers.’

    The main aim of the protest, led by activist Boniface Mwangi and organized in solidarity with South Sudan citizens living in Kenya, is to request the Kenyan government to freeze the assets of certain South Sudan leaders and to sanction Kenyan banks facilitating the alleged looting of the funds.

    The South Sudanese citizens and their Kenyan counterparts will take to the streets on Thursday October 11, 2018 and will march to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they will deliver a letter to CS Monica Juma protesting the alleged involvement of Kenyan banks in the corruption and looting of South Sudan.

    The organizers insist that their protest is non-political and non-partisan, further calling on the police to escort them during their rally. (The Citizen)

    New railway project planned linking Egypt, Sudan

    Egypt and Sudan on Tuesday agreed to establish the first railway line linking the two countries.

    According to Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA), a delegation from Egypt’s railway authority recently visited Khartoum to discuss the project with Sudanese Transport Ministry officials.

    The planned railway will begin in Egypt’s southern city of Aswan and end in Sudan’s northern town of Abu Hamad.

    According to Mohamed Fuad Salit, head of the Egyptian delegation, the project will greatly facilitate the movement of passengers and goods between the two countries.

    The 630-kilometer railway line is reportedly slated for completion within the next three years. 

    Abdul Rahman Sharif, head of the Sudanese technical team, said the project was initially proposed by an Egypt-Sudan cooperation committee chaired jointly by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.

    In 2010, a similar project was proposed at a meeting of Arab transport ministers in Cairo as part of a wider railway scheme linking Egypt to several African countries, including Chad and Ethiopia. (MENA)

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