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The new AU funding model

African Heads of State and Government decided at the 27th African Union Summit that took place in Kigali in July that a new funding model for the organization will start next year with all the 54 member states contributing some USD 1.2 billion to the Union’s coffers every year through levying 0.2 percent tax on eligible imports.

Cutting-age medicine

Anteneh Roba (PhD) is President and Co-founder of  International Fund for Africa (IFA), a US-based International NGO with a branch office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, committed to helping both Human and Non-Human animals in Africa.

The inquisitive director

Aida Ashenafi, film director, producer and editor, has been working in New York, United States, for six years, and moved to Ethiopia in 2000. She began her career at Jive Records in New York City. She later co-founded Sauce Entertainment, a New York-based production and post-production company. She has produced various TV commercials for companies such as Nike, Panasonic, Coca-Cola and Dark and lovely. She supervised music videos for R Kelly, Backstreet Boys, A Tribe called Quest and many more. Aida also produced various films like ‘’I Think I Do” and “Media Noche”.

The Japanese promise

Takao Seki is the director-general of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Ethiopia office. JETRO is a powerful organization Japanese investors rely on for well-informed decision-making.

The EPRDF that I knew

Gebru Asrat is a former president of Tigray Regional State (1991–2001) and one of the top leaders and executive and central committee member as well as politburo member of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. 

In search of a panacea

Lidetu Ayalew, the founder and the longest-serving president of Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), rose to prominence in Ethiopia’s opposition politics during the highly contested 2005 general elections.

The new face of entertainment

Wondwossen Kassie is a notable Ethiopian businessman in the East Africa Region and the man behind Nahoo TV Network, one of the few recently emerged private TV network channels in Ethiopia. 

South Sudan on the precipice

Cirino Hiteng Ofuho (PhD) is a South Sudanese national born in old Torit district of Eastern Equatoria State and a cadre of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), whose arms wing is the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), which is responsible for the freedom of South Sudan.

Nurturing the software wizards of tomorrow

Tewodros Mebrahtu has accumulated invaluable expertise in the ICT sector abroad for close to two decade; particularly in the U.S. He was responsible for software production lines, solution lines and was in charge of addressing enterprise level performance and development issues.