Ethiopian, Astral look for growth beyond Africa

Ethiopian, Astral look for growth beyond Africa

Africa’s most outward-looking cargo carriers used this week’s Africa Air Cargo Summit in Addis Ababa to outline their expansion plans as they look to take advantage of international interest in the African economy. Both Ethiopian Cargo and Astral Aviation have medium-term plans to add freighters and/or international cargo hubs in Africa. Astral Aviation CEO Sanjeev Gadhia said his company wanted to add widebody and narrowbody freighters in the near future. Gadhia said Astral was looking to lease two 747Fs for operations outside of Africa, as well as six 737-400Fs for…

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Israeli Design-Builder Wins $90-Million Sugar Irrigation Job in Ethiopia

Israeli Design-Builder Wins $90-Million Sugar Irrigation Job in Ethiopia

As Ethiopia moves moves to become one of the world’s top ten exporters of raw and refined sugar by 2023, the country is expanding its water infrastructure. State-owned Ethiopian Sugar Corp. has awarded to Israel-based design-build firm Baran Group a $90-million to engineer and construct a 61-kilometer-long irrigation network over 19,000 acres of sugar cane. Baran Group says the project includes design of water collection, pumping and storage facilities as well as electricity and operation systems for the network. The timetable calls for completion within 20 months. Israel’s Bank Hapolaim…

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Ethiopia to throw away 69 million ‘poor quality’ condoms

Ethiopia to throw away 69 million ‘poor quality’ condoms

Ethiopia has decided to throw away 69 million condoms paid for by international donors to fight the spread of AIDS because they are extremely ‘poor quality’. The country’s Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) bought the condoms in a $2million (£1.38million) contract from an Indian company. The agency’s director Meskele Lera said said they were taking action to get the suppliers to ‘reimburse the money and cover all costs in the discarding process’. The condoms were paid for by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria but failed…

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Ethiopian Airlines acquires Africa’s first A350

Ethiopian Airlines acquires Africa’s first A350

Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the first airbus aircraft in its fleet and the first of its kind in Africa. The carrier has ordered 14 with the first arriving later this month. Ethiopian are planning to make inflight wifi  available on the aircraft but are yet to confirm a date for completion. Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said: “We are very pleased that Ethiopian has taken the leadership role in Africa and has become among the few leading airlines in the world to invest in this latest technology and…

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Eritrea Accuses Ethiopia of Planning a Full-scale War

Eritrea Accuses Ethiopia of Planning a Full-scale War

The government of Eritrea told the U.N. Human Rights Council that its neighbor Ethiopia is planning to launch a full scale war against its territory. Eritrean and Ethiopian troops recently clashed along their border. The countries are blaming one another for starting recent hostilities that included heavy border fighting around the Tserona central front, an area located south of the Eritrean capital, Asmara. Please follow and like us:

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