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Ethiopia to Raise $58 Million for the Construction of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam

Ethiopian authorities have announced plans to raise 1.8 billion Birr (about $58 million) for the construction of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation for the GERD’s construction said Read more ›

Facebook Suspends Popular Ethiopian News Page Over Coverage of Protests in Amhara and Oromo Regions of Ethiopia

Facebook has suspended the account of popular Ethiopian online news platform Mereja.com for “violating its policies.” Mereja’s Facebook page was suspended on Thursday for “misleading” people into liking it. “Your Page has been unpublished for causing people to like or Read more ›

Ethiopia Blocks Social Media Sites to Prevent Students From Being Distracted During Exams

Ethiopia has restricted access to all social media sites across the country. The shutdown, which began on Saturday, is scheduled to last until Wednesday when the national university entrance examination ends. Twitter, Facebook, Viber, and Instagram are among the social Read more ›

Ethiopian Politician Charged With Inciting Violence After Facebook Post About Protests in Oromia

A former spokesman for Ethiopia’s main opposition group the Blue Party has been charged with inciting violence after his Facebook post critical of the government’s response to the protests in Oromia went viral. Yonatan Tesfaye was reportedly charged on Wednesday Read more ›

Ethiopia Struggles with Frequent Power Cuts After Failed Rains

Ethiopia is experiencing power cuts and this may become a frequent phenomenon as low rainfall has left dams with depleting water levels. This week, there were two days of power cuts, which was reportedly caused by technical problems with the Read more ›

Ethiopia and Uganda to Face-Off in Cecafa Semifinals

Hosts Ethiopia and Uganda will face-off in the semifinals of the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup on Thursday after defeating Tanzania and Malawi respectively. Ethiopia advanced after a trilling match against Tanzania on Monday at the National Stadium in Addis Read more ›

Kenya bent on flight restrictions to Ebola hit nations amid International pressure

By Olive Burrows NAIROBI (Capital News) – International pressure is mounting on Kenya to resume flights to West Africa with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Read more ›

Ethiopia launches its first science museum

By Zerihun Getachew ADDIS ABABA (EBC)-The first Science Museum of Ethiopia, which is said to help promoting science and research in the country, has been opened Monday at the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. The University has established the Read more ›

Barclays to provide Uganda with financial aid

By Emmanuel Iruobe VENTURES AFRICA –(Kampala)- As Africa continues to attract solutions to its infrastructure challenges, the Barclays group has indicated its readiness to fund some of the huge infrastructural projects in Uganda. This was disclosed at a meeting between Read more ›

Djbouti: Connecting Africa to the World

By K.O. Peppeh IDGCONNECT ( Djibouti City)- Djibouti is one of the least prominent nations in Africa today, but this relatively small country nonetheless continues to play a gigantic role in the development of the continent’s ICT capacity. Strategically situated by Read more ›

Ethiopian banks choose BPC Smartvista for national switching operations

Finextra- BPC Banking Technologies, the leading provider of Open System payment solutions,  has announced that EthSwitch has chosen SmartVista to power its national switching operations in Ethiopia. SmartVista was selected because of its comprehensive functionality, advanced technology and proven track record Read more ›

Ethiopia: Tripartite talks over renaissance dam resumes in Khartoum

The irrigation ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan resumed their discussions over the contentious Grand Ethiopia Reniassance Dam (GERD) in Khartoum on Monday after an unexpected five-months long break. Egyptian daily Al Ahram reported that the official opening session of Read more ›

Ethiopia turns to transformers to curb power failure

The Reporter (Addis Ababa) – In a bid to curb the recurrent power cuts, the Ethiopian Electric Services has installed 248 transformers in Addis Ababa and the regional states. The new transformers are expected to augment the existing old transformers Read more ›

Kenya bars travelers from Ebola-affected countries

CAPITAL FM (NAIROBI) – The Ministry of Health has, on Saturday evening, announced that it will not allow passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into Kenya from Tuesday. Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia explained that the decision was informed by Read more ›

Kenya: Mobile money transfers hit record amount

The Central Bank of Kenya has revealed that mobile money customers made transactions worth about KES 1.1 trillion between January and July this year. This represents a tremendous increase from 872.1 billion during the same period in 2013. Experts say Read more ›

Uganda: Oil companies submit proposals to build refinery at Lake Albert

Four international petroleum companies have presented proposals to the Ugandan government for the development of the country’s first oil refinery in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima district, western Uganda. The Ugandan government officially opened the bidding process in March this year, after Read more ›

Tanzania’s main mobile network service provider to undergo an upgrade

The partially state-owned Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has contracted Japan’s NEC Corporation to upgrade its microwave network links across the country’s mainland, as well as in the Zanzibar island. According to a press release by NEC, “The government has Read more ›

Somtel Telecom to introduce LTE technology into Somalia

One of the largest telecommunication service providers in Somalia, Somtel Telecom, has partnered with France’s Alcatel-Lucent to provide Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the country. The high speed wireless data transfer system is expected to enable the telecom service Read more ›

Ethiopia: Court orders police to file charges against incarcerated ‘Zone 9’ bloggers and journalists

A court has directed the police to finalize its investigations and file charges against 6 members of a blogging community ‘Zone 9’, as well 3 journalists, who have been in custody for about 58 days Defense attorney, Amha Mekonnen, told Read more ›

Ethiopia and Egypt agree to resume discussions over renaissance dam

Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom, has revealed that an agreement has been reached with the Egyptian government to re-open tripartite talks – with Sudan – concerning the renaissance dam. He made this comment at the end of a three-day visit Read more ›

Egypt’s new president vows not to allow renaissance dam dispute escalate into crisis

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed not permit the protracted diplomatic row with neighbouring Ethiopia evolve into a serious crisis. He made this comment during his inaugural address at the Qubba Palace on Sunday, adding that Egypt recognizes the value of Read more ›

Kenya’s largest bakery to invest Sh1 billion in milling facility

Kenblest Group, Kenya’s largest baker, is set to invest about Sh1 billion into the expansion of its milling establishment. Business Daily Africa has quoted the Chief Executive Officer of Kenblest, Neel Shah, explaining that the company is already in talks Read more ›

World Bank approves funding for geothermal project in Ethiopia

The Executive Directors of the World Bank have approved a grant of over $200 million to support the Ethiopian government’s Geothermal Sector Development Project. Reports indicate that $178.5 million came from the bank’s International Development Association, while $24.5 million came Read more ›

Sudan: Journalists protest against repression

Numerous journalists gathered in front of the premises of the National Council for Press and Publications (NCPP) in Khartoum on Sunday to express their dissent against several limitations the state has imposed on the press. According to local sources, the Read more ›

Ethiopia and Egypt ready to resume talks over renaissance dam

Officials from Ethiopia and Egypt have voiced willingness to re-engage in negotiations to resolve their dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Tripartite talks between the water ministries of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan broke down earlier in the year Read more ›

4G LTE high speed internet to be installed across Rwanda by August

Rwandans will be able to access the internet on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology by August this year. The Minister for Youth and Information Technology, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, who announced the news to the local media, has noted that Read more ›

Ethiopia’s textile industry booms

Ethiopia’s clothing sector is experiencing a spate of rapid growth which is set to transform it into one of the most important industries in the country. Driven by a conducive regulatory climate, cheap labour and the availability of high quality Read more ›

Kenya condemns foreign travel alert

Kenyan authorities have criticized a recent travel advisory from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia and France this week; which warns against visiting parts of the east African nation over concerns of impending terror attacks. The move Read more ›

Sudan to export electricity to Eritrea

The Government of Sudan has agreed to supply electrical power to neighbouring Eritrea during a visit by President Isaias Afwerki to Khartoum last week. Reports indicate that work on the 45-kilometer transfer line between countries has already began. Online sources Read more ›

Egypt accuses Ethiopia of delaying resumption of renaissance dam discussions

Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Nabil Fahmy, has accused Ethiopian authorities of stalling the resolution of the renaissance dam dispute after they have failed to respond to several requests from Egypt to restart the talks. However, he has insisted that the Egyptian government Read more ›

World Bank approves grant for hydropower project in Burundi

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors have agreed to provide $100 to jointly finance the construction of two hydropower stations in Burundi. The World Bank Director for Sustainable Energy Development in the Africa Region, Jamal Saghir, noted that the Read more ›

East African countries agree to construct oil refinery in Uganda

East African leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda have agreed on the process of implementing the construction of a regional oil refinery, which will be located in western Uganda. The member states made the mutual investment decision at a time Read more ›

Ethiopia campaigns to win Egypt’s support for renaissance dam

The Ethiopian government has heightened diplomatic efforts to secure the support of the Egyptian government for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile. The $4.3 billion facility, which is set to be the largest Read more ›