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  • Life expectancy in Ethiopia now 64.8 years: WHO

    (by Andegna.com) A World Health Organization (WHO) report released this May says life expectancy in Ethiopia is now 64.8, which puts the country 16th in the Life Expectancy Ranking in Africa.

    Ethiopia’s neighbors, Kenya 22nd with 63.4 and Somalia is 47th with 55 whereas Ghana is 25th with 62.4, and Nigeria is 48th with 54.5.

    According to the WHO report, life expectancy in Africa is rising twice as fast as the rest of the world, that, since the year 2000 the rate has risen by almost 10 years in the continent.

    It has increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, globally. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union, says Report.

    In Africa, now the average person can expect to live to 60 years of age. This is driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV. However, that is still 20 years less than a person’s life expectancy in one of 29 high-income countries.

    Algeria sits at the top of the list with an average life expectancy of 75.6 years. Sierra Leone is at the bottom with 50.1 years.

    North Africa and the continent's island nations are places where people live longest in Africa.

    1. Algeria - 75.6

    2. Tunisia - 75.3

    3. Mauritius - 74.6

    4. Morocco - 74.3

    5. Cape Verde - 73.3

    6. Seychelles - 73.2

    7. Libya - 72.7

    8. Egypt - 70.9

    9. Sao Tome - 67.5

    10. Senegal - 66.7

     

    Image: rural man in Ethiopia/one.org

     

     

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  • 2.8 bln Birr road project deal

    (by Andegna.com) 2.8 billion Birr deal to build asphalt concrete roads at Dire Dawa, Oromia, Amara, and South Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region has been signed between Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) and four contractors on Thursday.

    The four projects have been awarded to three local and one Chinese contractors.

    The project cost of the agreement sighed with three local contractors (Powercon, Melcon and Yemane Girmay General Contractor) will be covered by the government of Ethiopia.

    Dire-Dawa-Melka Jebdu to be constructed by Melcon, Dabat-Kerkera by Powercon and Werabe-Bojaber by Yemane Girmaye. Except the project in Dire Dawa to be finalized within one and half a year the remaining roads will be completed in three years’ time.

    The other, Bako-Shambu road in Oromia will be constructed by the Chinese CGC Overseas Construction Group (CGCOC) at a cost of 900 million Birr allocated by the government of Ethiopia and funding from OPEC and Arab Bank.

    Image: Dire-Dawa-Melka Jebdu

     

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  • Addis plans to build industrial park

    (by Andegna.com) The Addis Ababa City Administration is planning construction of seven industrial cluster parks to host at least 130 mid-level industries. 

    City’s Industrial Development Bureau said a new plan is to help reduce the infrastructure service challenges of telecom, water and electric power supplies by locating them in one place, which the City said most of the industries are dispersedly locate and this has made it difficult and costly to build infrastructural facilities.

    In an aimed to solve these challenges the locations of the parks have been identified and construction work will begin soon by the city Administration in Nifas Silk-Laphto, Akaki Kaliti and Bole Sub-cities for the construction of the parks.

    The cost of the project is being studied to be covered by the administration in a loan to be gained from the World Bank and other financial institutions.

    Image: Addis Ababa @skyscrapercity.com

     

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  • Ethiopian Airlines wins 2016 African Airline award

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2016 African Airline of the year award in recognition of its financial performance, fleet modernization, route network expansion, in-flight service, overall customer care and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa. 

    The award was presented to Ethiopian during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held in Johannesburg.

    Ethiopian said they are pleased to win the award. “African Airline of the Year 2016 Award’ is a testimony of Ethiopian 70 years of commitment to bring Africa together and closer to the rest of the world,” said Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer of the airline.

    Presenting the award Nick Fadugba, Chief Executive Officer African Aviation, said the airline have become “a source of great pride to Africa”.

    “ET has also excelled in the provision of technical services to African and non-African airlines and has made an enormous contribution to the development of Aviation Human Resources for the African continent, particularly in the fields of aircraft maintenance, pilot and cabin crew training.” Fadugba added.

    Ethiopian currently commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents.  

    Image: Ethiopian cabin crew  

     

     

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  • President of Benishangul-Gumuz region dies

    (by Andegna.com) Ahmed Nassir Ahmed, President of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state died on Thursday.

    Ahmed, was a growing regional figure after the former long-serving regional president Yaregal Aysheshum, who has been convicted of corruption.  

    He served at the top ranks of the regional political party, Benishangul-Gumuz People’s Democratic Unity Front (B-GPDUF), an affiliate of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).  

    In recent times, the region has become center of interest as Ethiopia laid the construction of Grand Renaissance Dam in a place called Guba.  

    Image: the late Ahmed Nassir

     

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