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Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Ethiopia Recognizes Country’s ‘Enormous Importance’

Nearly 112 years after the United States and Ethiopia established diplomatic ties, US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American leader ever to visit the East African nation—a visit the Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham says is long overdue

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Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Ethiopia Recognizes Country’s ‘Enormous Importance’

Nearly 112 years after the United States and Ethiopia established diplomatic ties, US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American leader ever to visit the East African nation—a visit the Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham says is long overdue

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The changing face of Ethiopia: An assertive nation flexes its economic muscle

When a severe famine hit Ethiopia 30 years ago, the UN intervened with humanitarian assistance. To raise awareness of the famine, it launched a newsletter, Africa Emergency, which later turned into a magazine renamed Africa Recovery and reporting on Africa’s economic development. Today the magazine – this magazine – is publishing under the name, Africa Renewal. Recently Masimba Tafirenyika visited Ethiopia to see how much has changed since the famine. This is the first of a two-part series on a country in transition.

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Ethiopia's development is mostly people-driven Haddis Tadesse, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's representative to Ethiopia and to the African Union talks about what is driving Ethiopia's economic growth. Interview.

Question: Why did the Gates Foundation choose Ethiopia to host its first office in Africa? Answer: It's for a few reasons, but primarily there are two reasons why we have a large concentration of our work here. First, the need is significant. There is a huge population with a heavy poverty and disease burden. Second, we believe in the promise of Ethiopia. We think the government's commitment and investments to pro-poor sectors, with support from development partners, have enabled our investments to yield positive results. We place high value on partnerships, and since we understand the government's agenda, we are able to contribute in a way more aligned to their priorities. There are also some logistical reasons why Ethiopia makes sense. It's the diplomatic capital of Africa: you can reach the rest of Africa because the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa are based here.

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On Election Eve

Predicting election results could be a risky venture if entered without taking a good stock of the fact that confident forecast is not always accurately reflected in final outcome. A case in point is the recent much-talked about English election where, despite early prediction to the contrary, Cameron surprised the pundits by beating Miliband in a bid for the premiership. In contrast, it is safer to predict voter turnout particularly on the eve of a polling day as attempted below vis-à-vis the fifth-round general election in Ethiopia due on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Given the record-high voter registration, one can indeed surmise a higher threshold of turnout than any of the previous ballots held in Ethiopia since the founding of the republic. Likewise steady increment in first and second generation of voters points to greater public embrace of the democratic principle of governance by the consent of the governed and robust public confidence in the integrity of the national electoral process.

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Gov't Urges Public to Exert Effort for Peaceful, Democratic and Credible Election

Government Communication Affairs Office called on all Ethiopians today to intensify their efforts for the peaceful, democratic and credible conclusion of the upcoming general election. At a briefing he gave here, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister Redwan Hussein said the pre-election phase was successful and a good foundation for the final phase of the election. The minster called on the public to actively and freely take part in the election and to elect their representatives.

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Foundation for 491km railway projects lay

Prime Minister HaileMariam Desalegn laid down a cornerstone yesterday in Ambo town for the construction of a 491km railway that links Addis Ababa with Bedele, known for its dense natural forest and crop production, in Oromoia regional state. The project is among the eight national railway roots set to be constructed by the Ethiopian Railways Corporation with a total length of 5060km. Noting the government has been spending the first five years of the growth and transformation plan (GTP), on the agriculture sector, since it is the backbone of the economy, the Prime Minister said the efforts brought significant results.

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Sudan Keen to Strengthen People-to-People Relations with Ethiopia

Sudan is keen to strengthen its people-to-people relations with Ethiopia, Speaker of Sudanese Parliament said. The Speaker of Sudanese parliament, Dr. Al Fatih Ezzadin today welcomed the Ethiopian Public Diplomacy Group at Khartoum International Airport. Speaking during the occasion, the speaker said Ethiopia and Sudan have age-old all-round relationship. He recalled that the two countries had created strong government to government relationship thanks to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Some 30 Additional Ethiopians Return from Libya

Some 30 Ethiopian migrants from Libya have arrived here today at Bole International Airport. Foreign Affairs Minister Tewodros Adhanom, who welcomed the migrants, said the effort to bring back Ethiopian citizens from Libya would continue. The minister appreciated the support of Egypt and Sudan in facilitating the registration and transportation of Ethiopian migrants.

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World Bank Extends 350 Million USD Loan to Agricultural Sector

The World Bank has extended 350 million USD loan for financing the agricultural sector in Ethiopia. The agreement was signed by State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ahmed Shide, and World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Guang Z. Chen here yesterday. The loan is meant to transform the agricultural sector and to change the livelihood of farmers in Phase II of the Growth and Transformation Plan.

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Welcome to FDRE Government Communication Web Portal

GCAO’s launching of a Web Portal- is yet another forward step on the communication front that more than ever underscores government commitment to transparency and accountability to citizens of Ethiopia on many levels. Not least in accurate and timely   dissemination of information to the general public, that conversely ensures government responsiveness to public feedback.   No better high-tech medium could fully express government endeavor to establish good governance, efficient service delivery and real-time information which not only enhances public trust in state institutions but also fosters an enabling environment for informed decisions.