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UN lifts nearly decade-old sanctions on Eritrea

CNN 15 November 2018 by  BETHLEHEM FELEKE ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, left, and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki celebrate the reopening of the Embassy of Eritrea in Ethiopia in July. CNN) – The UN Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to lift 9-year-old sanctions against Eritrea that imposed travel bans, asset freezes and an arms embargo. The East African country was...

The fight for Doraleh: the legal battle over Djibouti’s port

SHIP TECHNOLOGY 15 November 2018 by ELLIOT  GARDNER A convoluted legal battle is taking place over the Port of Doraleh in Djibouti. The country has illegally seized control of the port from operator DP World and reneged on its contract. And now a special report on the arms trade in the Horn of Africa has warned that the port could potentially be used as an illegal weapons hub. Elliot Gardner untangles...

U.S.: Senators Send Letter Expressing Concern Over Chinese Investment in Djibouti

STRATFOR WORLDVIEW 14 November 2018 What Happened: Two U.S. senators have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their concern about Chinese involvement in Djibouti, Reuters reported Nov. 13. Specifically, both senators are worried about Djibouti’s decision to terminate DP World’s contract and nationalize the Doraleh Container Terminal, as well as the possibility that the country could award the port to a Chinese company. Why It Matters: The United States is becoming increasingly concerned over Chinese investment in Africa, specifically around the Horn of...

U.S. senators alarmed if China gets control of Djibouti port

REUTERS 14 November 2018 by PATRICIA ZENGERLE WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Two prominent U.S. senators expressed alarm on Tuesday about the military and political consequences if China gains control of a port terminal in Djibouti, and said they were concerned it could further boost Beijing’s influence in East Africa. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons said they were concerned about Djibouti’s termination of a contract for the Doraleh Container Terminal with United Arab...

UN to lift sanctions on Eritrea

MAIL ONLINE 14 November 2018 Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki (L), Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (C) and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed met in northern Ethiopia to push for regional economic development The UN Security Council will on Wednesday vote to lift sanctions on Eritrea following a landmark peace deal with Ethiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have...

Regional news

Peacing together new logistics

AUTOMOTIVE LOGISTICS 25 October 2018 by GAVIN DU VENAGE The end of a long war between Eritrea and Ethiopia looks set to boost economic growth in the Horn of Africa, with new logistics links helping to serve the automotive industry                 The end of a longstanding conflict in the Horn of Africa is set to create new pathways into one of the potentially...

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...