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Djibouti’s Attempts to Vanquish Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington

GEOPOLITICAL MONITOR 20 September 2018 by Malik Ibrahim Last week, Djibouti upped the stakes in its long-running dispute with DP World, Dubai’s state-owned ports authority, as the tiny east African country bids to pry one of its key shipping hubs out of Emirati hands. At first glance, this might seem like nothing more than an emerging, ambitious state attempting to free itself from a constrictive...

Would US-China Spat Hinder Liberia’s Quest For Beijing Funding?

FPA 20 September 2018 by Alpha Daffae Senkpeni Monrovia – The rivalry between Washington and Beijing for global dominance is becoming more palpable by the day and imminent spillovers have the tenacity of impacting small countries caught-up in the crossfire. For Liberia, getting entwined in any contention would be detrimental, but sustaining solid ties with Beijing – that has proven to be a...

Azerbaijan, Djibouti discuss inter-parliamentary ties

NEWS AZ 19 September 2018 Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Parliament Ogtay Asadov has met with President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mohamed Ali Houmed to discuss inter-parliamentary ties between the two countries. They hailed the development of relations between the two countries’ parliaments, AzerTag reports. Asadov expressed his hope that Houmed’s visit to Azerbaijan will contribute...

DP World: Dark Clouds are Gathering Over Djibouti

THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE 20 September 2018 by MAREX https://youtu.be/inw-LTV3I7g As part of its on-going dispute with the Government of Djibouti, DP World has now released a video arguing its case and saying “dark clouds are gathering over Djibouti.” The video recounts DP World’s history in the African nation, highlighting the benefits it has brought including a new container terminal which has supported significant economic growth for the nation – 14.5 percent each year since 2011, supporting 10 percent of annual government spending. On September 9, the President of Djibouti enacted...

IS PEACE ON THE HORIZON FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA?

HORSEED MEDIA 19 September 2018 Conflicts between Eritrea, Djibouti, and Ethiopia have dramatically shifted in recent months, giving hope for an end of hostilities in the region. Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (C) receives Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (R) at the presidential palace in the United Arab Emirates capital...

Regional news

Ethiopia to allow privatisation of Ethiopian Airlines, telecoms

African Business 6 June 2018 Ethiopia will open its national carrier Ethiopian Airlines and state-owned telecom company to investors for the first time by selling minority stakes in the two firms. The move is part of a wider effort by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to reform East Africa’s fastest growing economy, which is dominated by the state. Ahmed, in power since March 2018, has already reduced the role of Ethiopia’s powerful military in construction and similar projects, and lifted a state of emergency introduced after anti-government protests threatened to engulf the nation. The...

Ethiopia-Eritrea reconciliation project meets resistance from border communities

africanews 13 June 2018 The decision by Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to resolver a border dispute with Eritrea has met stiff resistance from members of Badme town which was the epicenter of the war that killed tens of thousands on both sides. The 36 member executive committee of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced on Tuesday that it would accept the December 2000 Algiers Agreement that was signed to restore peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. But for many of Badme’s 15,000 residents, most of whom are veterans of the 1998-2000 conflict, the decision by premier...

Senate Tasks Gov’t to Put Acquired Port Land to Use

KT Press 11 June 2018 Rwandan Senate has given government up to six months to come up with a clear action plan and follow up on how to put to productivity port land the country acquired in Djibouti, Kenya and Tanzania. This task will see three ministries and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) convene to draft a plan on how Rwanda can profitably use 83.3 hectares of land. “We have resolved that in not more than six months we get a progress report on the agreement on Djibouti port and six months for government to give clear plan of how they will put the land  in Kenya and Tanzania to good...

When Peace is a Problem

New York Times 8 June 2018 If nature abhors a vacuum, politics abhors a military standoff, especially between two nations in one of the poorest, most volatile and most strategically sensitive regions of the world. And so there was much excitement when the government of Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it would fully accept the ruling of an international tribunal in the country’s boundary dispute...

Horn of Africa reeling from Cyclone Sagar

Business Ghana 23 May 2018 20,000 people were affected by flooding in Djibouti, more than 10,000 people were displaced in Somaliland, and homes and fishing boats were destroyed in Puntland. “This cyclone left a trail of destruction when it hit Puntland and Somaliland. The storm then continued to Djibouti, where it caused major flooding, not least in Djibouti city. This is the biggest storm to hit the region in years,” said Nigel Tricks, Regional Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council. The storm fist struck Somalia on Friday with damaging winds and heavy rains in Puntland. Farmers...