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Djibouti Gives Ethiopia Cargo Ultimatum Print E-mail


President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh

The government of Djibouti has given a deadline of January 15, 2014, for challenging the manner in which cargo is released from its ports. The new rules will state that no cargo inbound to Ethiopia will be released until the clearing agent in Djibouti produces a note from banks stating that foreign exchange to pay for transport, transit and forwarding services has actually been transferred.

 The reaction from Ethiopian officials here in Addis was much more sober than their diplomats in Djibouti, Fortune learnt. Ethiopia's Ambassador to Djibouti, Sulieman Dedefo, was pushing Ethiopian authorities to take a much stronger position. He believes that Djibouti has violated the 2002 agreement not to take a unilateral move in relation to the port's operations that affects Ethiopia, according to sources in the administration.


"It's depressing to see a country of less than one million being able to twist the hands of a big country, such as Ethiopia, to secure the release of an individual who clearly broke the laws of the land," said a businessman, who has had a business relationship with Djibouti for over 15 years.

Ethiopia Ranked Bottom on the 2013 Web Index Print E-mail


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In its 2013 Web Index report released last week, the World Wide Web Consortium ranked Ethiopia 80th out of the 81 countries it covered. The ranking reaffirms ‘hélas‘ the widespread Cyber Censorship and Surveillance in Ethiopia, corroborates that with regards to ‘InternetFreedom’, Ethiopia is the one of the most repressive countries in the World as recently reported by Freedom House in its Global assessment

of Internet and Digital Media . 

Africa indebted to Mandela: Ethiopia PM Print E-mail

 "If we remain committed to the ideals of justice, liberation and above all the sanctity of human dignity,

 we can ultimately prevail over evil, no matter how stacked the odds are against us."

Ethiopian Airlines Grows Seven-Fold in Seven Years Print E-mail


Photo: Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam receiving the 'African Airline of the Year' award from IATA CEO Tony Tyler.

Ethiopian Airlines began operations in 1946 as a joint operation managed by the American carrier TWA, using World War II aircraft acquired from the U.S. military to transport passengers and cargo to Cairo and other nearby destinations. During the 1960s and 1970s, the government-owned airline expanded service across Africa and to several European and Asian capitals. Regular service to the United States began in 1998. In 2011, the airline became the third African carrier to join the Star Alliance.


Africa is a major part of the airline's aggressive growth plan for the next decade. Accepting the African Airline of the Year Award last month, Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam deplored the fact that non-African carriers account for 80 percent of the continent's passenger traffic and called for deregulation of the continent's skies. A career airline executive who has been CEO since the beginning of 2011, Tewolde

outlined his roadmap for rapid expansion in an interview with AllAfrica's Reed Kramer. Excerpts:

U.S. Blames Eritrea Still Supporting Al Shabab Militant Group Print E-mail

 al-shabaab propaganda Al-Shabaab forces in pickup trucks drive through a town.


The U.S state department has blamed again that Eritrea is still supporting Somalia’s militant group Al Shabab. A report by the state department has blamed that Eritrean officials were in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region to give training and other mechanical support to Al Shabab fighters in Somalia, battling against the Federal Government forces and the African Union troops (AMISOM).

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