Saturday, February 24, 2024

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Birhanu Fikade

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Gov’t downplays downgraded investment outlook

Moody’s global relative rating of Ethiopia has been downgraded as the public revenue streams dry up. The government has downplayed the recent credit rating siting the global pandemic as the cause for government’s coffers drying up, The Reporter has learnt.

Council approves second supplementary budget in four months

The Council of Ministers (CoM) has approved a 48-billion-birr fresh supplementary budget package, on Friday, which is to be the second in the past four months, as COVID-19 takes its toll on the already slowing down economy.

Gov’t anticipates big payday from privatization

After much speculation surrounding the privatization of Ethio-telecom, a telecom monopoly in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Authority (ECA) has invited potential bidders to express their interest in acquiring a stake in the state-owned giant, which is projected to fetch billions of dollars to the cash strapped Ethiopian economy.  

Telecom operators invited to express interests in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Authority (ECA) has started accepting proposals and expressions of interest from telecom operators around the world in anticipation of the opening up of the Ethiopian Telecom sector, which is expected to introduce two more new independent operators in addition to the state-owned monopoly— Ethio Telecom.

Trust Fund grapples with fractured leadership

In his early days after assuming power two years ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), on his tour around North America and Europe, urged the diaspora community to contribute “a dollar a day” in support of alleviating Ethiopia’s socio-economic quagmires.

Hospitality, tourism sectors land 3.3 bln bailout fund

In the midst of cascading events the novel coronavirus pandemic has unleashed, the hospitality and tourism sectors, one of the hardest hit sectors, has been granted a 3.3 billion birr short term financing bailout to aid in working capital shortages and salaries.

Australia, Russia to supply 500,000 MT wheat

For the first time, Australia and Russia have agreed to supply a total of 500,000 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia for USD 150 million, on a state to state level agreement, in which the majority of the purchase order undertaken by Australia.

Deportation targets 220,000 Ethiopian migrants

With global fear mounting as the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll all over the world, vulnerable Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East, where some 220,000 live, are facing deportation in the remaining months of 2020, while thousands are feared to be potential targets of flash floods, with 110,000 victims already been displaced.

Netflix to stream documentary film on Boeing Max tragedies

Netflix has acquired a new documentary about the Boeing 737 Max disasters from a renowned filmmaker, Rory Kennedy.

Gov’t waives 78 bln birr in tax as part of economic stimulus package 

In an effort to stimulate the economy, the government has introduced tax waivers, cost sharing measures and the like, that will benefit 80 percent of businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.