High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

A high level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, led jointly by Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen and UN Secretary General, António Guterres, was held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa on Sunday (January 29) on the margins of the 28th Summit of the African Union. Also present were UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien,… Read more »

UK Minister for International Development in Ethiopia

Ms. Priti Patel UK Minister for International Development was in Ethiopia to attend the AU summit. During her visit she met with government officials as well as representatives of civil society. She also held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and announced extra support to prevent the hunger caused by this year’s drought. A statement from the UK embassy in… Read more »

Twenty-four Candidates in Somalia’s Presidential election on February 8…

Following the closure of the three-day registration process for candidates for the presidential election on Sunday (January 29), the Presidential Elections Committee announced that a total of 24 candidates had fulfilled the necessary requirements, which included a $30,000 registration fee. The Committee said these would now participate in the election which has been set for February 8. The winner will… Read more »

…with UNSC told the stage is now set for Somalia to move to a new phase

Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Somalia on Friday last week (January 27). He said the recently concluded parliamentary election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, and the relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business,… Read more »

Eritrea’s Foreign Minister in Moscow

Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh arrived in Moscow for a three-Day working visit at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday (January 30). Their talks covered international and regional issues, focusing on preventing and defusing conflicts in Africa, specifically in the Horn of Africa and South Sudan, as well as in the Middle East, including Syria and… Read more »

East African Power Pool interconnections progressing well

Tanzania’s Minister for Energy and Minerals, Professor Muhongo, opening the 24th Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) Steering Committee Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, two weeks ago, said the proposed power grid project to connect the North and the South points of Africa with a single power line extending from Cairo to Cape Town would commence in April. He said the meeting… Read more »

The 28th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit….

28th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government began on Sunday (January 22) at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa with the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth,” and the 33rd session of the Permanent… Read more »

…the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee…

The opening ceremony of the PRC at the weekend (January 22) took place in the presence of the Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, Erastus Mwencha, AU Commissioners, representatives of the diplomatic corps, the international community, civil society, private sector and invited guests. Addressing the opening session, AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma quoted Emperor Haile Selassie, in his statement… Read more »

…and of the Executive Council of Foreign Ministers….

The Executive Council’s meeting, opened on Wednesday (January 25). Over the three days it examined various issues related to the agenda of the 28th African Summit, notably the issues of economic, peace and security integration in Africa. Other matters considered included the funding of the African Union and the elections for the Chairmanship of the AU Commission. It deliberated on,… Read more »

…Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh stresses the importance of youth….

Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu hosted a reception on Wednesday (January 26) for African ministers attending the 30th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Welcoming participants to Addis Ababa, he assured them the people and government of Ethiopia would do their utmost to provide customary Ethiopian hospitality to ensure their stay would be pleasant and productive…. Read more »