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Bowman Gilfillan expands across Africa Print E-mail


One of the big five in the region, the South African firm, which opened a Botswana office this month, is working on a medium-term plan to have between eight and 12 offices across the continent.

International law firms compete to strengthen presence across Africa




Bowman Gilfillan expands across Africa - The Global Legal Post

Public Notice on the Day of Mourning for Victims of Lampedusa Boat Disaster Print E-mail



Addis Ababa, 31 October 2013 - On 3 October 2013, a boat carrying an estimated 545 migrants mainly from Somalia, Eritrea and Syria sank off the coast of Lampedusa in Italy, drowning some 359 migrants. Following this unfortunate disaster, African Heads of State and Government declared 3 November 2013 as a continental day of mourning.
Although the decision to declare a continental day of mourning is primarily to remember the victims of the Lampedusa incident and express solidarity with their families, it is also a time to remember all those who have perished while fleeing from insecurity, the lack of enjoyment of the basic civil and political as well as economic and social rights in their home countries.
The Day of Mourningalso constitutes an opportunity to reiterate Africa’s grave concern regarding the recurrence of these preventable tragedies that hurt human rights and human dignity and threaten peace, security and stability. Moreover, it will serve as a call for all Africans including the youth to reflect on appropriate actions to be taken with a view to finding a lasting solution to this unwarranted loss of African young people without whom the continent cannot build a prosperous and peaceful future.

The African Union Commissionis committed to advocating for international protection and human rights of allmigrants, regardless of their status. The Commission will continue to work with Member States, Regional Economic Communities and Partners in promoting the rights of migrants. “We are not walking away because of the magnitude of challenges facing us,” said Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko – Commissioner for Social Affairs. “We are doing our own work and at the same time helping to build the capacity of the national institutions in migration management.”

The Commission invites Member States to hold special prayers on Friday, 1 November 2013 and Sunday, 3 November 2013. In Addis Ababa, services will be held at the AU and ECA Mosques (Jumaat Prayers) on 1 November 2013 and at the International Evangelical Church on 3 November 2013 at 10:00hrs. All Missions in Addis Ababa are invited. Meanwhile, Member States are also advised to fly their flags at half-mast on 3 November 2013.

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The Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay launches a New Website Print E-mail

The Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay announced the launch of there New Website EIPSA1.com, We believe this website will be a hub for the public to get updates on the status of the Ethiopian Dam.

Here is the Press Note:

We are very pleased to release the Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay/Nile(EIPSA)'s  website. The website has comprised the background inception, the objectives, the membership criteria of EIPSA and the  recent articles  and news on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The reader can comments and discuss on the recent news and articles. To access the website please click

The Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay (EIPSA) established on the 22, June 2013, in response to the timely need for an organized and independent professional Ethiopian voice surrounding the issue of the Nile River. EIPSA consists of professionals from different disciplines who are working for universities, research institutes, multinational companies and foreign government bodies in their capacity as recognised experts in their respective fields of endeavour.

The participants of the Association include engineers of various types, economists, environmental and conservation scientists, experts and researchers of water management, trans-boundary water management, international law, international relations, information technology and hydro-politics. Doctoral students and university graduates from America, Europe and Canada are also vital participants of EIPSA. We have no a slightest doubt that the field of expertise and geographical location of participants in EIPSA will be much broader than today. Grouping EIPSA members by the level of qualification shows that there were 1% Diploma holders, 1% degree holders, 61% MSc holders and 37% PhD holders.


Nelson Mandela escaped assassination in Ethiopia Print E-mail



Nelson Mandela is known to have taken military training in Ethiopia as part of a support he was getting for his Anti Apartheid struggle. Former Ethiopian Police Officer, Commander Gudeta Dinka, has said to the local radio station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that once he was asked to kill the then military trainee, Nelson Mandela. 

Africa urged to renewed drive to stop illicit financial flows Print E-mail

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According to a statement from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), obtained by PANA here on Saturday, participants, including representatives of international development institutions like NEPAD Agency and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), are worried at the devastating effects of the 'criminal act' on the continent’s  economy.
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