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Ethiopian Beer on Rise, With British Help

Jeff CusterNovember 17, 2015 2:44 PM An Ethiopian beer company has partnered with two British firms to open a new brewery to expand its production and take advantage of a growing market in the east African nation.Ethiopia's Dashen Brewery has launched the new facility in Debre Birhan, as part of a partnership with Britain-based companies Vasari Global and Duet Group, and the Ethiopian TIRET Group. Dashen is one of the largest brewing companies in Ethiopia.

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Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis

Tens of thousands of Eritreans have arrived at Europe's shores in recent years seeking asylum. They make up a significant share of the unprecedented stream of migrants and refugees making their way to the European Union, undertaking dangerous journeys while challenging the bloc to find a collective response consistent with refugee law. Many more Eritreans reside in neighboring Ethiopia and Sudan, bringing the refugee population to about half a million, and making the country of six million people "one of the world’s fastest-emptying nations," according to the Wall Street Journal. The scale of the migration has heightened Western interest in conditions inside what is one of the world's most closed countries, where those who have fled describe a long-standing system of forced labor, among other human rights violations, that a UN commission said "may constitute crimes against humanity."

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Russia’s EgyptAir Ban Sparks Resentment

CAIRO—Egypt’s tourism industry suffered another blow on Friday, when Russia said it would ban all EgyptAir flights to Moscow as of Saturday. Britain, Russia and several other countries had already cancelled all direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, saying the crash two weeks ago that killed all 224 people on board was most likely caused by a bomb onboard. At a restaurant in a Cairo suburb, Osama el-Sayed washed vegetables to make the traditional bean dish, ful, for his customers’ breakfast. The crash alone was enough to damage Egypt’s economy, he said, but the flight cancellations are the death knell. Russian and British tourists make up the bulk of visitors to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt’s premier resort town.

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Ethiopia May Ship Sugar in 2016 as India-Backed Plant Ready

Ethiopia may begin exporting surplus raw sugar in 2016 after finishing delayed Indian and Chinese-backed projects in the drought-hit east of the Horn of Africa nation, the state-owned Sugar Corp. said.Unrefined sugar production in the fiscal year that ends July 7 should be more than 900,000 metric tons, primarily from the expanded Fincha, Wonji and Metahara factories and the almost complete Tendaho and Kessem operations, which are supported by state banks in the Asian nations, according to company spokesman Zemedkun Tekle. “Not only will we stop importing sugar, but we will start exporting,” he said in a Nov. 9 interview in the capital, Addis Ababa.

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France’s Hollande: Eritrea ‘Becoming Empty’ as Residents Leave

French President Francois Hollande says Africa needs more international development aid in order to curb the flow of migrants from African countries. Speaking at a meeting of more than 60 leaders from both Africa and the European Union, Hollande said that unless the EU delivers in terms of aid, the migration crisis that has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to Europe this year will continue. Hollande noted that a lot of the migrants are from Eritrea and Sudan. He said that in the case of Eritrea "maximum pressure" has to be applied to the country's leaders to mend a serious situation. "Nobody is talking about it. It is a country that is becoming empty of its own population with unscrupulous leaders who let their people go."

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Ethiopia rising: A bright spot in sub-Saharan Africa

ethiopia rising

Ethiopia’s economic growth is likely to continue on a positive trajectory. Significant foreign investment is flooding into the country, yet political dynamics pose reputational risks for investors. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was re-elected at the beginning of October, continuing his leadership from 2012. In May of this year, the ruling party, The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), won a landslide victory in the elections, claiming every parliamentary seat and consolidating their grip on power. At the top of the PM’s priority list is the implementation of the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II). The ultimate aim of the plan is to catapult Ethiopia into middle-income status by 2025 through transforming it into an industrialised economy, offering a fully integrated supply chain.

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