Each week, The Messenger summarizes key stories from Ethiopia tracking economic and political developments.
Fana BC: Coffee Exports Earn Ethiopia $866 Million, Hit 92% of Target
Coffee exports earned Ethiopia $866 million in the just concluded fiscal year, an improvement on recent performance.
The country secured the revenue from the export of 221,000 tons of coffee mainly to Germany, Saudi Arabia, Japan, US, Belgium, Sudan and South Korea.
According to the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority, the country managed to achieve 92 percent of its target, which it hailed as “a very great achievement”.
Find the full story here: http://www.fanabc.com/english/index.php/news/item/9465-coffee-export-earns-ethiopia-$866-mln
Fana BC: Benishangul Gumuz Rebels Lay Down Their Arms
Around 95 members of the Benishangul Gumuz Peoples’ Liberation Movement (BGPLM) laid down their arms and entered into Ethiopia to operate peacefully.
Fifteen of them are leaders within the movement and were living in Khartoum, Sudan. BGPLM has been operating in Eritrea and Sudan for the past ten years.
According to state media, they decided to come to Ethiopia after realizing the real station in the country and based on talks held with the government.
Find the full story here: http://www.fanabc.com/english/index.php/news/item/9446-95-members-of-self-declared-bgplm-lay-arms,-enter-into-ethiopia
Capital: GERD Filling to Start this Rainy Season Despite Ongoing Study
Muluken Yewondwossen, July 7, 2017
The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity said that the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would begin during the current rainy season.
Ethiopia will not wait for a report into the dam’s downstream impact before starting the process, according to minister Sileshi Bekele.
Find the full story here: http://capitalethiopia.com/2017/07/07/gerd-filled-rainy-season-regardless-study-results/
The Reporter: Ombudsman Issues Scathing Report to Parliament
Yonas Abiye, July 8
The Institution of the Ombudsman issued a damning report of severe violations of human rights, worsening of maladministration, abuse of power, and discrimination against women.
Chief Ombudsman Fozia Amin’s 26-page performance report presented before the House of People’s Representatives paints the picture of a failed state rather than one whose government trumpets Ethiopia’s all-round development.
Find the full story here: http://www.thereporterethiopia.com/content/ombudsman-issues-scathing-report