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  • Zambia Arrests 10 Ethiopian Migrants after an Accident on Human Smuggling Car

    The Immigration Department in Kasama is holding 10 Ethiopian nationals in suspected smuggling case, the Lusaka Times reported. The report said, the incident is happened after 17 foreigners in the early hours of Monday were involved in a road traffic accident.

    The accident occurred along the Mbala-Nakonde Road when a Nissan Elgrand Vehicle registration number ECP 975 overturned, killing two suspected Somali nationals on the spot. Immigration Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka said yesterday that later, an Ethiopian also died while four other Ethiopians sustained serious injuries and were admitted at Mbala General Hospital.

    “At the time of the accident, only two were found to have valid passports. The two passports however were void of entry endorsement stamps to prove legal entry. The driver, a Zambian is believed to have survived the accident and investigations regarding his whereabouts are ongoing,”he said. He said investigations into the matter were underway adding that initial indicators seem to suggest that this could be a case of human smuggling.

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  • East African Metals applies for gold and silver extraction license

    Canadian mine development company East African Metals has applied for a license from the Ethiopian government to start extracting gold and silver.

    The company that also has interest in exploration projects has actively been involved in gold exploration in Ethiopia since 2011.

    East Africa owns 70pc of the Harvest Tigrai Gold project, near Shire town, 1,065km north of the capital. Back then, the company discovered 17,000 ounces of gold and 812,000 ounces of silver.

    East announced on August 11, 2016, that the total amount of mineral resources in the licensed area is estimated to be 1.12 million tonnes.

    Source: africabusinesscommunities.com

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  • The Kenya-Based Firm Introduces Banking Technology to Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is now crossing the line to almost join the cash less society. It has now been over three month since the competitive Ethiopian banks introduced an online payment system known as Ethio pay.

    The payment system integrates the entire bank’s automated teller machine (ATM) to work as one and allow customers to make any kind of payment online. Hence fallowing this to resolve some errors that might occur during the transaction a pan African information technology solution and service provider, Fintech has now introduced a technology.

    The service is said to save Ethiopian banks time and resources in resolving ATM errors, and boost customer satisfaction and also problems regarding the new cheque truncation system.

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  • World Bank, Global Fund commit $24 billion to accelerate universal health coverage in Africa

    Today at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), African heads of state and partners vowed to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa.

    To help countries implement their health reforms, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years.

    The announcement was made ahead of the two-day TICAD conference, which is Japan's flagship program for African development. One of the focal points at this year's conference is expanding UHC in Africa.

    "African countries can become more competitive in the global economy by making several strategic investments, including investing more in their people, their most prized resource," said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. "A critical part of this commitment is to accelerate progress on universal health coverage—ensuring that everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life."

    The World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), together with the government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Global Fund, and the African Development Bank also launched UHC in Africa: A Framework for Action, which provides a big-picture view of UHC in the region and identifies key areas that will be critical to achieving better health outcomes, such as financing, service delivery, targeting vulnerable populations, mobilizing critical sectors and political leadership.

    "At the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in May, bearing this TICAD in mind, I took initiative in leading the discussion on reinforcing the global health architecture, which will strengthen responses to public health emergencies, and on promoting UHC, which will also contribute to crisis preparedness," said Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. "‘UHC in Africa' will present guidelines and concrete framework for action that will serve as references for achieving UHC under the ownership of respective countries, as well as by cooperation among the international society."

    Through its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association windows, the World Bank Group expects to contribute $15 billion in the next five years to investments that are critical to UHC, including through the Global Financing Facility, the Power of Nutrition, early childhood development, pandemic preparedness, targeting the poor, crisis preparedness and response, and leveraging the private sector. The commitment assumes a successful IDA 18 replenishment. 

     "Reducing and preventing HIV, TB and malaria is critically important to alleviate the burden on health systems, but in order to accelerate universal health coverage and all of the health SDGs, we also are actively investing to build resilient and sustainable systems for health," said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    The World Bank Group, government of Japan and private sector partners recently launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, an innovative, fast-disbursing global financing mechanism designed to protect the world against deadly pandemics, which will create the first-ever insurance market for pandemic risk. It also will promote greater global and national investments in preparing for future outbreaks and strengthening national health systems.

    Source: World Bank

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  • Preliminary Session of TICAD VI concludes issuing draft declaration

     The Preliminary Session of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit which was held at Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi, Kenya concluded on Thursday with the outcome of a Draft Nairobi Declaration.

    An Ethiopian delegation led by Ethiopia's  Permanent Representative to the Africa Union and the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa, Ambassador Wahide Belay took part in the drafting process of the Nairobi Declaration.

    Senior officials from Africa and Japan prepared the Nairobi Declaration draft document which upon a review session by ministers is expected to be adopted by leaders at the end of the summit due on August 28, 2016.

    Over the week, the senior officials identified priority areas of TICAD VI and drafted general guiding principles.

    During the preliminary session the participants reviewed the status of implementation of the targets agreed upon during the TICAD V Summit in Tokyo in 2013 and looked into the various TICAD programmes already underway across Africa.

    They also held discussions on major emerging challenges and opportunities in Africa.

    Source: MoFA

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  • Ban Ki-moon appoints a Dutch Major General to investigate the violence in Juba last July

    United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July 2016, and the response of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).

    According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s office, the investigation will review reports of incidents of attacks on civilians and cases of sexual violence that occurred within or in the vicinity of the UN House Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

     “[The investigation] will also determine the actions of UNMISS and whether the Mission responded appropriately to prevent these incidents and protect civilians within its resources and capabilities at the time,” noted the statement. “In addition, the investigation will review the circumstances surrounding the attack on the Terrain Hotel and assess the Mission's response,” it added.

    The statement noted that the special investigation team will also undertake a field visit to the Juba to conduct interviews with the relevant interlocutors.

     A final report of the probe will be presented to the Secretary-General within one month, the findings of which will be made public, it added.

    Major General (retired) Cammaert is said to have a distinguished military career in both the Netherlands with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the UN, including as Force Commander in UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), as Military Advisor to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and as General Officer Commanding the Eastern Division in the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).

     Recently, he led a Headquarters-Board of Inquiry on the circumstances of the clashes that occurred in the UNMISS PoC site in Malakal, South Sudan, on 17-18 February 2016.

    On 17 August, alarmed by preliminary findings on the 11 July attack on a the Hotel Terrain in the nation’s capital, in which one person was killed and several civilians were raped and beaten by men in uniform, Mr. Ban decided to launch the independent investigation to examine this and other incidents and evaluate the overall response by UNMISS.

    The incidents occurred during a spate of recent clashes between rival forces – the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar – that broke out in and around Juba, on 7 July, close to the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence.

    Source: Ethiogirl.com

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  • Ethiopia and Sudan draft MoU on cross-border programs

    Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan have drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration and cooperation on cross-border animal health and livestock trade programmes.

    The cross-border meeting, which was held last week in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, was organised by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD).

    Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa" (VETGOV) programme and the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) projects supported the program.

    Funded by the European Union and the United States aid arm (USAID), the joint projects are implemented in partnership with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the African Union.

    The main aim of the cross-border meeting was to initiate development of binding agreements between Ethiopia, and Sudan on Animal Health to facilitate service delivery along the shared territory.

    It also provides a framework for stronger cooperation and collaboration along their bilateral border in order to address disease surveillance, disease control and timely sharing of animal health and trade information.

    The MoU develops an agenda that address the common challenges and guides implementation that lays the foundation to facilitate prevention and control of various trans-boundary animal diseases across border.

    Participants said widespread disease outbreaks in the region was the major challenge that need a collective prevention measures within the IGAD states to enhance trade.

    Speaking on behalf of ICPALD, Joseph Magona said the IGAD region had immense livestock resources that are severely affected by trans-boundary animal diseases.

    “ICPALD therefore supports the improvement of livestock health and production especially in pastoral and dry land within the region” Joseph said.

    “This necessitates strong cross-border collaboration and cooperation between countries”, he added.

    The meeting was attended by 30 participants from Sudan, Ethiopia, IGAD and AU-IBAR.

    SMP-AH project aims to stabilise livelihoods of livestock-dependent communities by enhancing capacities of all livestock value chain actors to effectively control trans-boundary animal diseases in a coordinated manner.

    The project has supported large numbers of vulnerable livestock-keeping communities across the East African region residing along borders who are vulnerable to drought.

    Drought conditions force animals move across borders in search of pasture and water.

    It is widely believed that such movement for either pasture or trade facilitates spread of trans-boundary animal diseases and the project thus provides support for communities in cross-border areas to collaborate, coordinate and harmonise diseases control.

    VETGOV which also is an implementing partner intends to bring about institution strengthening of veterinary services in Africa towards the establishment of adequate veterinary services at the national and regional level.

    The program also seeks to strengthen regional institutions to play their roles of coordination, harmonisation, integration and support to countries with the aim to stimulate a more conducive environment for public and private investments in the livestock sector.

    Source: sudan tribune

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  • The Ghanaian Bride Who Refused To Wear Any Make Up On Her Wedding Day

    Not all women are fans of wearing makeup, but when it comes to those big, special occasions, even the most makeup-opposed tend to opt for a few coats of mascara and a swipe of lipstick.

    However, one women decided to throw this notion aside and go makeup-free on her wedding day, proving that natural beauty can be just as gorgeous as a flawless makeup application. Unsurprisingly, the Internet has blown up over this, causing the bride’s photo to go viral.


    The unnamed Ghanaian bride, who uses the Twitter handle @Kofi_Batsa, refused to wear the typical face full of makeup found on most brides on their wedding day but ended up looking incredible for the big event anyway. Contrary to what one might think, the young bride, who’s trending on social media, ended up receiving hordes of support for her decision rather than criticism.

    Source: yahoo.com

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  • Boko Haram: 'Senior fighters killed' in Nigeria raid

    The leader of the Boko Haram group is believed to be fatally wounded in an air strike carried out by the Nigerian military in the country's northeast, according to official sources.

    Government planes attacked the group inside the Sambisa forest on Friday, the Nigerian air force said on Tuesday, adding that it had only just confirmed details of the impact of the raid.

    "Their leader, so-called 'Abubakar Shekau', is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders," said the statement released by military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

    Usman also said three Boko Haram commanders - Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman - were confirmed dead and several others wounded.

    There was no immediate reaction from Boko Haram to the government's claims.

    Shekau's camp

    Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris, reporting from Nigeria's capital Abuja, said the air strike was launched when fighters had gathered for "some sort of a ceremony".

    "The attack happened on Friday on Shekau's camp. We know that the Chibok girls are held at the Shekau camp. Nigeria's army says it is doing everything possible to rescue them."

    The group kidnapped 270 schoolgirls in April 2014 and security sources believe it is holding some of them in Sambisa forest.   

    The Nigerian claim comes as John Kerry, the US secretary of state, visits the country for talks expected to focus on the fight against Boko Haram, which launched an armed campaign in 2009.

    In recent months, Nigerian forces, with the support of regional troops, have recaptured large expanses of territory lost to the fighters.

    Shekau's fate has been the subject of speculation recently amid claims he had been replaced by Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the group's former spokesman.

    Barnawi's appointment was announced in a magazine issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in March last year.

    But only a week later, Shekau surfaced in a video posted on social media, ridiculing suggestions of his death and looking more composed and energetic than in previous appearances.

    The Nigerian military has reported Shekau's death in the past, only to have a man purporting to be him surface later, apparently unharmed, in video statements.

    Boko Haram, which seeks to impose a strict Islamic law in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, has killed about 20,000 people and forced at least 2.6 million others to flee their homes since 2009.

    Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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  • South Sudan conflict: Riek Machar in Khartoum for 'medical treatment'

    Sudan is hosting Mr Machar on "purely humanitarian grounds", it said.

    Mr Machar has not been seen in public since July's clashes between his supporters and those of President Salva Kiir which killed some 300 people.

    South Sudan has suffered more than two years of civil war, since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011.

    The governments of both Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of backing rebels in a bid to destabilise their countries.

    Mr Machar's presence in Khartoum will give Sudan influence. It is likely to try and present itself as a mediator in the conflict, although many South Sudanese will be suspicious of its intentions.

    Taban Deng Gai, Mr Machar's successor as vice-president, has also been in Khartoum this week.

    He is likely to have sought assurances that Sudan is not planning on siding with Mr Machar, as well as requesting help to overcome his country's economic crisis.


    Mr Machar demanded a neutral force be deployed in July to keep peace and guarantee his safety after his bodyguards and President Kiir's presidential guards fought each other, sparking days of violence.

    Political differences between Mr Machar and Mr Kiir ignited the civil war in December 2013 - and they only agreed to settle their differences under intense international pressure, signing a peace deal last August.

    Mr Machar returned to Juba in April to take up the post of vice-president, but President Kiir dismissed him in the wake of the latest violence.

    Source:BBC AFRICA 

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