Ethiopia dam talks move closer to final agreement

Ethopia, Egypt and Sudan have made progress in the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will provide a much-needed 15,000 GWh per year in energy for Ethiopia but threatens Nile River water resources on which the other nations depend. The foreign affairs and water resources ministers of…

Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he’s invited South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to help mediate talks in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Abiy made the announcement during an official visit to South Africa at the weekend, where he and Ramaphosa discussed how the latter might…

Egypt, South Africa join nations urging restraint in Iraq

African leaders are among those calling for calm in the Middle East following a United States airstrike on Thursday that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force. The controversial military action authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump followed escalation in recent weeks…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….

Rising African entrepreneurs want more influence on policy

Monique Ntumngia of Cameroon had a strong piece of advice for young women entrepreneurs striving for success: “Bring your chairs to the table, as nobody will do it for you.” Ntumngia, speaking this week at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh, added that “youths in Africa are…

Egypt releases all detained Mada Masr journalists

Journalists with the independent media outlet Mada Masr said Monday that they were all “safe and sound,” but their thanks for international support following staff detentions by an increasingly authoritarian Egypt was overshadowed by calls to pressure President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his government on human rights and free speech….

With protests across the globe, UN appeals for peaceful change

The United Nations addressed on Friday the global spread of unrest that has swept across nearly every continent, with both the UN Secretary General and the head of the UN human rights office in Geneva appealing for peaceful demonstrations and expressing concerns over violence. “Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading…

Ethiopia, Egypt agree disputed dam talks will continue

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Thursday to discuss their relationship, which has been marked by tensions over the countries’ dispute over the future of the Nile River and Ethiopia’s dam construction. The two discussed their mutual issues while attending the Russia-Africa Forum in Sochi,…