Nima Elbagir, Her Yellow Journalism on Ethiopia is a Disgrace to CNN

Nima Elbagir, a Sudanese journalist who joined CNN in 2011 is now spearheading the proliferation of sensational hoax news as part of the global misinformation campaign on the situation in Ethiopia and the Tigray Region.

Using false and fabricated sources and doctored pictures, on her report entitled “Men are marched out of prison camps. Then corpses float down the river”

Ms. Elbagir started her campaign of deception and unethical reporting stating that the Ethiopian Defense Forces had massacred innocent persons and had thrown them into a river. She reported from a border town in Sudan on the 10th of September stating that:

“The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river’s path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged on the salty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children.  … the dead are Tigrayans.”

Nima Elbagir has no idea of the fact on the ground that terrorist TPLF had actually massacred hundreds of innocent citizens in Humera and buried them in common graves that are clearly visible for all to see in the town of Setit Humera.

She profiled the dead bodies on ethic lines in an appalling manner not expected from a journalist of her caliber. She mentions “men, women and children” in the remains of the bodies as if she has clearly checked on each body. The truth on the ground is that terrorist TPLF has collected the bodies of men, children and you persons it had killed and had thrown them into the river and prepared a fake video footage trying to show that the Ethiopian Defense Forces have committed such crimes.

Every responsible journalist knows by now that terrorist TPLF has been engaged in ethnic cleansing in Mai Kadra and Humera by deliberately massacring more than 1,200 daily laborers selectively on the basis of their ethic identity.

In her report she falsely accuses the Ethiopia government of deliberately starting the war stating that “Ethiopian government launched an offensive in the country’s northern Tigray region in November 2020” trying to hide the daylight fact that terrorist TPLF conducted a massacre on the defense forces of Ethiopia stationed at the Northern Command in Mekele on November 4, 2020.

In crafting her hoax news Nima Elbagir makes a grave mistake on the trend of events. She shamelessly lies and notes that;

“At the end of June this year, the balance of power shifted suddenly as Tigrayan forces recaptured the regional capital, Mekelle, and the Ethiopian government began withdrawing troops from the region. The fighting continued.

In the first place, the ENDF withdrew from Tigray not because it was defeated by terrorist TPLF which never “recaptured the regional capital Mekele” but entered the town in a vacant situation created by the withdrawal of the army due to the unilateral declaration of ceasefire issued by the government to create a favorable and peaceful situation for farmers in the region to till their land to avoid any level of shortage of food. Nima Elbagir mixed up and lied on  the chronology of the facts.

On yet another piece of hoax news entitled Ethiopia used its flagship commercial airline to transport weapons during war in Tigray prepared by Nima Elbagir et al, CNN falsely accuses the Ethiopian government stating:

“Ethiopia’s government has used the country’s flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.”

Refuting the recent CNN report in a statement it issued a couple of days back, the Airlines stated that:

“Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the recent allegations by CNN regarding the airlines’ involvement in transporting weapons.

Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award-winning global airline which is one of the senior members of IATA and member of Star Alliance for a decade, and which has been providing safe and reliable air transport service to the continent of Africa and the rest of the world for the last 75 years and that has been commended for its humanitarian and commercial operations in good and bad times. Accordingly, Ethiopian Airlines strictly complies with all National, regional and International aviation related regulations.”

Hence, Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the recent allegations by CNN and would like to confirm that to the best of its knowledge and its records, it has not transported any war armament in any of its routes by any of its Aircraft. The mentioned air waybills in the CNN article clearly show that the nature of goods transported on the alleged flights was “Food stuff and Refill” as declared on the document as per IATA standards. The alleged pictures are not known to Ethiopian Airlines.

This was not the first time that Ethiopian Airlines group was falsely accused of transporting weapons. A couple of weeks back, the company was accused of transporting arms to Sudan while in reality the weapons were not meant for armies but for hunting purposes with legal air way bills and permission from the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

CNN’s recent misinformation campaign is indeed part of the international conspiracy to declare economic war on Ethiopia and to frustrate the country’s reform programs and democratic process in the country. The evidences attempted to be used by the CNN journalists are very weak and fake provided to it by TPLF cliques.  It is a disgrace to have a broadcast of such baseless report by such internally acclaimed media. The reports are fully biased, unsubstantiated and entirely depicts the hidden personal interest of this Sudanese journalist.  The purpose is to tarnish the image of Ethiopia and its icons like the Ethiopian Airlines just to intensify pressure being orchestrated by some members of the international community.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ethiopian Chapter of African Women Fish Processors & Traders Network Launched

The Ethiopian Chapter of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network, a continental platform with the objective of bringing women together to transform their businesses and trade across the borders within the continent has been launched in Addis Ababa today.

The Ethiopian chapter was launched after a two-day consultative meeting of Ethiopian women in the fishery sector on the proposed constitution and rules of procedure, action plan and leadership structure for the implementation of activities of the new association.

Ministry of Agriculture Human Resource Development Director, Hussen Abegaz said on the occassion that most of the women engaged in post-harvest business at grass roots level will benefit from the continental network support of partners.

The ministry and other pertinent regional, continental and international partners will provide different forms of support to transform the national association and create market linkage in Africa, he added.

According to him, the leadership of the association plays crucial role to the success of the association in mobilizing resources and getting other supports while the ministry mainly provides capacity building for the association.

In addition the ministry will provide information about the fishery businesses across the country and create favorable condition to the association to implement projects, Hussen stated.

Fishery activities are mainly undertaken in Ethiopia in lakes Tana, Hawassa, Turkana lakes, and  lakes in Gambella regional state, it was learned.

The director said the Ethiopian chapter is a national, sub-regional and continental network that  will support women and other members engaged in the fish processing and trading business in Ethiopia.

African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network Vice President, Suzan Njery told ENA that the network has more than 30 member countries in all the five sub-regions of the continent.

“It’s a continental body that brings women in fish processing and trading together. We never had a common voice. Yet, we trade across borders. So we do experience very similar challenges,” Suzan explained.

The AU has given the African women the forum to come together and seek solutions to the challenges.

The vice president stated that the network will provide capacity building training and give value proposition of the benefits of membership to women in Ethiopia.

According to her, the alignment of the network with the laws of the countries, partners’ initiatives and the ongoing African Free Continental Trade Area (AFCFTA) will help women build capacity, transform business and create cross-border market linkages in the continent.

African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network aims to improve the welfare, working conditions, and income for women in fisheries and especially in the post-harvest sector in Africa.

Established in 2017, African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network is a continental platform to bring African women fish processors and traders together to collaborate in transforming their businesses and trade across the borders within the continent.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

AU Executive Council Meeting to be Held This Week

The 39th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union will be held in Addis Ababa from October 14-15, 2021.

The session will be held under the theme: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want,” it was learned.

The executive council will consider the draft agenda, decisions and declarations with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Heads of State and Government during their 3rd Mid-Year Coordination Meeting between the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms.

For two days, Ministers of Foreign Affairs/External Relations and other ministers or authorities duly designated will deliberate on the different items on their agenda, including consideration of the report of the 42nd Ordinary Session of the PRC, report on the operationalization of the Africa CDC, and concept note and the roadmap on the theme of the Year 2022 on Nutrition and Food Security, according to a press release of AU.

The session also will consider reports of committees of the executive council and ad hoc committees, report of the Joint-Sitting of the Ministerial Committee on Scale of Assessment and Contributions and the Committee of F15, report of the Ministerial Committee on African Candidatures within the International System, and report of the Ministerial Follow up Committee on the Implementation of Agenda 2063.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ethiopian Renews 110 Million USD Deal with Leading Software and Technology Provider

The leading software and technology provider, Sabre Corporation, and Ethiopian Airlines have renewed their long-term strategic partnership for additional seven years with a minimum commitment of USD 110 million, according to a press release of Ethiopian.

Under the agreement, Ethiopian will continue to use Sabre’s passenger service system, SabreSonic, enabling it to automate sales and service, helping it to maximize revenue opportunities and create efficient airport experiences for travellers, it was learned.

Furthermore, Sabre’s Intelligence Exchange will help enhance the airline’s passenger experience through providing intelligent real-time insights to help make more informed business decisions.

Vice President EMEA, Sabre Travel Solutions, Dino Gelmetti stated that Ethiopian Airlines continues to be one of aviation’s greatest success stories despite the effects of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has accelerated airline competitive pressure and the need for digital transformation, and as Africa’s strongest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines was able to quickly adapt to the changing landscape, further strengthening its position as recovery gains momentum, he added.

The expanded agreement will include Sabre’s Dynamic Availability – which will help Ethiopian Airlines earn incremental revenue by enabling proactive response to ever-changing travel conditions with optimized pricing and Sabre’s Group Optimizer, which will help the carrier optimize the processes for managing group reservations, an area difficult for many airlines to streamline today.

These solutions will provide the airline with a competitive advantage by providing intelligent recommendations based on market demand and competition.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said on his part having robust and cutting-edge technology in place plays a key role in Ethiopian success story.

He noted that the pandemic created many unknowns in the travel industry, and Sabre’s intelligent technology will help us quickly understand and adapt to the new landscape. As travel starts to recover, it’s crucial that we remain laser-focused on driving profitability and growth.

“Our extended technology partnership with Sabre will support us moving toward a more flexible and modern environment while driving operational efficiencies,” the CEO said.

Sabre’s robust travel platform and secure solutions provide the technology on which airlines, agencies and hoteliers rely.

The company is committed to continue to accelerate innovation in the travel industry.

Its multi-year tech transformation will provide the agility, scalability and stability needed to modernize the travel experience, another step toward Sabre’s vision to create a new marketplace for personalized travel.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Bahrain Supports Ethiopia’s Ongoing Reform, Says Finance and Nat’l Economy Minister

Bahrain Finance and National Economy Minister, Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, has said that his country supports Ethiopia’s ongoing reform.

Consul General of Ethiopia to Bahrain, Jemal Beker held discussion with Bahrain Finance and National Economy Minister Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa about  strengthening bilateral ties, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the occassion, Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa congratulated the Ethiopian government over the successful completion of the establishment of a democratic government approved by the people of Ethiopia.

The ongoing reform in Ethiopia is a major policy to strengthen the country’s strong and regional economic ties and the Bahraini government will provide the necessary support and cooperation, he added.

Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa also thanked the Ethiopian people for their contribution to the economic development and sustainability of Bahrain.

Consul General of Ethiopia to Bahrain,, Jemal Beker on his part briefed the minister about the activities being carried out to strengthen the ongoing reforms in the country, especially regional integration and cooperation as well as cooperation with the Middle East.

In this regard, Ethiopia is working on a national economic program, especially by withstanding the impact of global COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

The consul general further explained that efforts are underway to make Ethiopia a better place for investors by examining the legal and operational barriers to Foreign Direct Investment.

Ethiopia would also privatize large development projects, including agro-processing and manufacturing industries, he stated, adding that ICT and tourism sectors have stimulated the country’s economy due to incentives and good leadership.

Finally, the two leaders have agreed to further strengthen the relationship and cooperation between the two brotherly countries.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Sultan of Oman Congratulates Abiy on Re-election As Prime Minister of Ethiopia

Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq has congratulated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on his re-election, according to Spokesperson Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Sultan has sent a message of congratulations to Abiy Ahmed on his election as Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Following the election of Abiy Ahmed as the Prime Minister on the begining of October 2021, leaders of various countries are sending congratulatory messages.

Abiy has sworn in last week to serve the nation as Prime Minister  for the next five years.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Migration Response Centres (MRCs) East and Horn of Africa (1 January – 30 September 2021)

REGIONAL OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2021

A total of 875 migrants were registered at MRCs across the region in September, a 21% decrease compared to August. This brings the total registrations in 2021 to 7,531 migrants. The largest number of migrants were registered in Bossaso (228), followed by Hargeisa (188), Metema (134), Dire Dawa (119), Obock (98), Moyale (50), Semera (32) and Togochale (26).

More male adults (44%) were registered in September than female adults (25%), while 31% of registrations were children. More than half of the registered migrants (54%) were between 18 and 29 years old. Child registrations increased by 14% between August (238) and September (272). Most registered children were between 15 and 17 years old (46%). While all the children registered at the MRCs in Hargeisa and Metema, and over half of the children registered at the MRC in Obock (63%) were accompanied, all the children registered in Bossaso, Dire Dawa, Semera and Moyale were unaccompanied. The MRC in Togochale did not register any children in September 2021.

Almost all registered migrants were Ethiopian nationals (99.3%), and the majority reported departing from the Oromia (55%), Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (20%) and Somali (8%) regions of Ethiopia. Some migrants were also returning from Yemen, in particular from Aden (4%), Al Bayda (1%), Sana’a (1%), Marib (1%) and Hadramaut (1%). About 30% of the registered migrants reported that they intended to continue their journey to Saudi Arabia, while 15% of migrants were heading to another Gulf country. All migrants registered at the MRC in Moyale were heading to South Africa. Overall, most migrants reported migrating for economic reasons (69%).

 

Source: International Organization for Migration