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Ethiopia opens its largest hydroelectric dam

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – The biggest hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia, financed by Italy, has been opened by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini,... The Gilegel Gibe II dam lies on the river Omo 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Addis Ababa, and can produce 420 megawatts of electricity. It cost 5.2 billion birr (281 million euros / 407 million dollars). "It's possible to speed up development without polluting the environment," Meles was quoted by the official news agency as saying. Meles recalled that his "government wishes to double the energy capacity of the country in the next five years."
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As Ethiopia - Egyptian accord takes effect, Al-Ahram rubs salt on old wounds

By Genet Mersha (nazert.com):- As any prudent person would, I value pragmatism, especially if it promotes mutual benefits and facilitates common search for solutions to difficulties in inter-state relations. In that regard, official pronouncements by the prime ministers of Ethiopia and Egypt at the year’s end have somewhat conveyed that very impression about their budding relations )

Ensuring the integrity of the upcoming elections: challenges within and without
In five months, Ethiopians will go to the polls to cast their votes representatives to both the Federal and Regional Parliaments. Registration of candidates began on December 25th and carries on until February 2nd...
More from :  A Week in the Horn (08.01.2010)

Failed Terrorist Plot in Ethiopia
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Matti Multiplex to Go 3-D
The Addis Abeba entertainment scene is finally catching up to this trend as Matti Multiplex Cinema is in the process of procuring 3-D film screening equipment at a cost of over seven million... (Arcade and kids entertainment center inside Edna Mall)





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Meles holds talks with Chinese Commerce Minister
Addis Ababa, January 11, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi expressed Ethiopia’s keen interest in scaling up economic cooperation with China to a higher level, especially in transfer of knowledge and technology.
See Also:  China grants 52 scholarships to Ethiopia

China To Extend US$25 Million In Preferential Loans To Ethiopia


Ethiopian rebels return home after giving up arms
Some members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) are surrendering to Ethiopian authorities on the Kenyan side of the border.
Once the emperor, their uncle Sam, has become naked jelewoch(foot soldiers) have started to realize election politics is much better than terrorism to bring change in Ethiopia. OLF days may be numbered in Asmara now that the world has spoken on Isayas Afeworki regime!


Gurage’s telethon raises over 220 mln Birr
Addis Ababa, January 10, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - An over 220 million Birr was secured from telethon organized to raise fund for the development of Bete-Gurage that got underway here on Sunday.


Seyoum urged Ethiopian diaspora to step up auspicious participation Addis Ababa, January 12, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin said 19,000 Ethiopian diaspora are engaged in various investment sectors with 17 billion birr capital.

Speaking at the closing of the discussion organized for Ethiopian diaspora in collaboration with Ye Ethiopia Hidassie Mahiber (The Ethiopian Renaissance Association) and the ministry of Foreign Affairs .


Italian FM Leads High-Level Delegation on a vist to Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Jan 11 (ethiojournal.com) — An Italian delegation led by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini is to pay a visit to Ethiopia on Jan 13 and 14, 2010, says Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia Raffaele de Lutio.


"Adi Mai": A documentary about Tselemti wetsern Tigrai, today

The following ASFEDA Production documentary is about a successful campaign to defeat poverty in Ethiopia. Tselemti is found in western Tigrai Ethiopia. The region is rich in rivers thus the name “adi mai” but never before has it seen such development. Infact some areas in the woreda were prone to draught in the past.

Today it is a different story! Despite all the distractions Ethiopia is facing in the region the government and the people are focused determined to defeat poverty once and for all. Who would have thought Feyel Wuha would be what it is today…. !
ASFEDA Production is a private company that is engaged in multimedia production in Ethiopia


In the middle of a Green Revolution:Ethiopia in 2010!

(Isayas A. 01/06/10)-In the old days when Derge was the supreme power of the land and EPRDF was fighting to topple it, the slogan that mobilized the people to rise up and take arms and defeat the enemy was “be tsiferena..!” It means with our own hands and fingers! Today with Derge gone and a new federal Ethiopia in place, the enemy the public is raising its arms once more again is against poverty. The new slogan is “yichalal”....


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