Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopa
in the Republic of South Africa

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Addis Ababa, December 9, 2016 (FBC) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will hold its Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today. 

The meeting is expected to discuss and consider development in South Sudan and Somalia.


Dec 09, 2016 3:24 am ET

Tanzania expects to begin importing electricity from Ethiopia in 2019 when the eastern African nations complete interconnection grids currently to form a regional power pool, according to Tanzania’s power utility.

A transmission line linking the central town of Iringa to Shinyanga in the north is about to be completed, before contractors start work on a final link to neighboring Kenya, Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. Managing Director Felichesmi Mramba said in an interview. The connection to Kenya will be completed by 2018, he said Wednesday by phone from the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu,  recently appointed Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, held a reception for the members of the Diplomatic Corps and all foreign diplomats accredited to Ethiopia on Monday, (December 5). He took the opportunity to share his thoughts on strengthening Ethiopia's partnerships with their countries and organizations. He quoted Prime Minister Hailemariam on the major priorities in the reform agenda: inclusive and equitable economic growth; dialogue; and structural transformation of the economy.

Over the past decade, Ethiopia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world with growth averaging 10.9%. Despite recently facing the worst drought in fifty years, Ethiopia has remarkably been able to maintain positive growth.

Economic growth remained at a respectable 8% in 2015/16, which is impressive especially compared to previous drought situations which often resulted in economic contraction,” said Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan.

According to the World Bank Groups’ 5th Ethiopia Economic Update launched today, growth momentum will still remain and since 2016 rains arrived as expected, the recent drought will not likely affect Ethiopia’s medium-term economic growth. In addition, the newly completed Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway line, significantly eases trade logistics related constraints. The government’s increased focus on new industrial parks (Hawassa and Bole-Lemi Phase II) and the increasing capacity in power generation along with the completion of transmission lines to neighboring countries (Sudan and Kenya) are also expected to improve export performance and stimulate growth in the short to medium-term. On the other hand, the potential negative economic effects of the current unrest could pose a risk to the outlook.

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Addis Ababa, November 30, 2016 (FBC) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn received today a message from Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya's Foreign Affairs Ambassador Dr. Amina C. Mohamed handed over the message and thanked the premier for supporting her candidature for Chairpersonship of African Union Commission.