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  • Hailemariam Re-elected as Prime Minister of Ethiopia

    The House of People's Representatives unanimously endorsed the appointment of Hailemariam Dessalegn as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in its 5th tenure opening session here yesterday.

    Hailemariam, who has been leading the country after succeeding the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, took the oath of office officiated by Federal Supreme Court President Tegene Getaneh.

    Hailemariam was nominated to the premiership by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which won 501 seats in the 5th general election. In its nomination the Front said that the Prime Minister has been leading the country effectively and is dedicated and competent to sustain the ongoing economic growth.

    The House also appointed Abadula Gemeda as Speaker for the second time while picking Shitaye Minale as Deputy Speaker for the 3rd time. The speakers were also sworn in by Federal Supreme Court President Tegene Getaneh.

    Meanwhile, addressing the Joint Session of the Houses of People's Representatives and the Federation, FDRE President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said that the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) will speed up the nation's endeavours to become a middle income economy.

    Dr. Mulatu also called upon the government and the public to exert maximum effort to curb malpractices and rent-seeking mentality. As the country continues to achieve remarkable economic growth in the past years, problem of good governance remains to pose a threat which the nation has to deal with.

    The President urged the House to give due attention to democratizing the country despite the growing public participation over the last couple of decades.

    The President also indicated that activities will be carried out to promote the manufacturing and industry sectors to increase their contribution in the GDP, adding that due attention will also be given to the agriculture and service sectors.

    He also noted that the government will focus on attaining holistic development and bringing down inflation rate to one digit. The imbalance between import and export has been a concern for the country and the government will be giving due attention to bridge the gap thereby improving hard currency earning.

    Earlier in the day, the House of Federation in its opening session chaired by President Dr. Mulatu appointed Yalew Abate and Mohamed Reshid as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House respectively. Former Speaker Kassa Teklebirhan handed over power to the newly appointed Speaker.

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  • Baby born with one eye, without nose

    Doctor says condition may be due to radiation or medicines

    An Egyptian mother gave birth to a boy with one eye almost in the middle of his face and without a nose, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

    The boy was born at a private hospital in the Northeastern town of El Senbellawein and with other deformities in the face and body, ‘Alyoum Al Sabei’ said.

    It quoted Dr Ahmed Badruddin, who is supervising the baby’s condition, as saying it could be a result of radiation or medicines taken by the mother.

    He said babies having such conditions normally die a few days after birth.



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  • Marriott Inaugurates Africa's First Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa

    Marriott International, in partnership with Sunshine Business Plc today inaugurated Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

    The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Abeba will appeal to both business and family travelers with 108 fully serviced Apartments offering space, ambience and the privacy of residential living enabling a comfortable stay away from home.

    “This is the latest in a series of important landmark hotel signings and openings we have made in Africa.” said Alex Kyriakides, president and managing director of Marriott International for Middle East and Africa.

    Selamawit Samuel, Sunshine Business Owner & Executive Vice President said that they are very excited to be partnering with Marriott International to successfully open the properties in Africa.

    Solomon Taddesse, CEO of Ethiopian Tourism Organization said the government has prioritized the tourism sector and encourages global brands to invest in and also partner with Ethiopian firms.

    President Mulatu Teshome cut the ribbon, officially inaugurating Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Abeba.

    The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Abeba will provide residents with a choice of one and two-bedroom elegantly furnished serviced Apartments, or the Penthouse Presidential Suite, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and includes services such as housekeeping, grocery shopping and room service.

    For business travelers, the property provides multi function meeting rooms and over 160 square meters of event space.

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  • Oman Seriously Considering Ethiopian Market for Non-oil Exports

    Oman is seriously considering raising its non-oil exports to Ethiopia by holding a high-profile exhibition in the country, following a detailed market study, according to Times of Oman.

    The Sultanate, which exported goods and services worth 40 million USD to Ethiopia in 2014, plans to hold an Omani products exhibition in Addis Ababa in April 2016. The main export items from Oman to Ethiopia include semi-finished goods, iron and polymers.

    The Sultanate’s imports from Ethiopia are pegged at around five million USD, reflecting a favorable bilateral trade for Oman.

    The Sultanate’s export promotion agency, the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (popularly known as Ithraa), had conducted a market study in Ethiopia to assess the export potential of 59 Omani products. The survey was based on different sectors, such as foodstuffs, building material, furniture, marble, stones, textiles and vegetables.

    The study was also conducted to find the consumption, demand and logistics patterns for these sectors.

    Furthermore, in April this year, Ithraa had organized a business-to-business meeting for Omani businessmen in Addis Ababa, which was mainly aimed at showcasing Omani products for Ethiopian businessmen and traders.

    About 29 Omani companies participated in the business-to-business meeting from different sectors, such as furniture and marble, and Omani companies were able to secure multiple business deals.

    The Ethiopian market’s potential is huge as the country’s total exports are 5.7 billion USD, while its imports are 22 USD billion, according to the World Bank. Its main trading partners are China, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

    The Ethiopian economy is growing at a rapid pace, with its gross domestic product pegged at 54 billion USD, and its per capita income estimated to be 568 USD in 2014, the paper pointed out.

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  • Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn leaves for New York

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has left for New York to attend the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set for adoption by the 193 UN member states during the three-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly.

    More than 150 world leaders, including President Barack Obama are expected to attend the summit, which precedes the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN beginning September 28.

    The SDGs consist of 17 broad goals and 169 specific targets. They replace the United Nations' expiring Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000.

    In addition to attending the summit, Hailemariam is expected to hold bilateral talks with different countries and international organizations

    source - ENA

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  • Facebook launch one of its most requested features a "dislike" button soon

    Facebook is building a dislike button, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a public question-and-answer session on Tuesday.Zuckerberg said, ‘We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.’

    ‘People have asked about the “dislike” button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.’

    Zuckerberg said that the company hoped that the button wouldn’t be used to be negative – but for people expressing empathy.

    He said, ‘Not every moment is a good moment. If you share something that’s sad like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away, it may not be comfortable to like that post…I do think it’s important to give people more options than liking it.’


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