Archive for March, 2009

ETC trials SMS notification for bill payment (Ethiopia)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

he Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) is piloting the notification for postpaid subscribers about their phone bills via SMS. ETC has allocated different time stamps for postpaid subscribers to pay their bills, as the seven days of grace period is given to make the payment or else the phone line is disconnected.

Old Master Challenges Film-makers to Look Within

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

ADDIS ABABA, Mar 25 (IPS) - Haile Gerima's film "Teza" may only have come to the world's attention when it won Africa’s highest prize in Ouagadougou on Mar. 7, but it has been a sensation in his native Ethiopia since it premiered in Addis Ababa at the start of the ...

Genocide Watch calls for action against Ethiopia’s dictator

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

 Genocide Watch, the international campaign to end genocide, has called on United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Justice Navanathem, to initiate an investigation against the government of Meles Zenawi. Genocide Watch cited the atrocities committed in Gambela against the Anuaks and ethnic Somalis in the Ogaden as examples of ...

Saudis to invest $40m into food sector in Africa

Monday, March 30th, 2009

A consortium of Saudi agricultural companies is looking to invest SAR150 million (Dh146.8m, $40m) into food production in Africa, the Agriculture Ministry said.

Russia’s African market on the decline

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Russia's presence in the African arms market has declined in recent years, despite Rosoboronexport's high profile activities in Algeria and Sudan and Forecast International expects the trend to continue.

Ethiopia’s coffee exporters awaiting devaluation, exchange says

Monday, March 30th, 2009

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Coffee exporters in Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest producer, are stockpiling beans in anticipation of a further devaluation of the national currency, the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange said.

A Peaceful Demonstration by Oromo Youth in Washington D.C

Monday, March 30th, 2009

The ever increasing repression of Oromos and other people in Ethiopia has become a big concern for Oromo youth across the globe. The disturbing news that rarely gets reported by international media is a daily occurrence for the Oromo mass in Ethiopia and neighboring countries which compelled us to get ...

Gebremariam’s final burst secures men’s senior prize for Ethiopia – Amman 2009

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Amman, Jordan - After one of the most thrilling finishes in the history of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Ethiopia’s Gebre Gebremariam took the Senior Men’s 12km title at Bisharat Golf Club here today. It marked a stunning comeback for the 24-year-old father-of-two whose string of World Cross individual ...

Ethiopia Ends Coca-Cola Drought

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Coca-Cola Flows In Ethiopia, But Drains Foreign Currency The American soft drink Coca-Cola has become a symbol of Ethiopia’s deepening financial troubles. The beverage is flowing again after a brief pause, even though it drains the country’s precious foreign exchange reserves. Read more.

African Union’s eventful year with Gaddafi

Friday, March 27th, 2009

When the African Union summit elected Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as its chairman at the beginning of February, many delegates predicted a bumpy year ahead.