Is Sudan on the verge of History?

Is Sudan on the verge of History? Source: African Arguments posted on 8 April 2019 African Arguments posted on 8 April 2019 a commentary titled “Sudan Uprising: We’re on the Verge of History, Even As the World Looks Away” by S. Ahmed, a doctor in Khartoum. While the author does not know how the drama in Khartoum will end, he argues that those outside Sudan must pay closer attention to the situation before it is too late. 0 comments Labels: Egypt, ICC, military, NCP, NISS, Omar al-Bashir, protests, Rapid Security Forces, Sudan,...

Ethiopia Restructures Foreign Policy

Ethiopia Restructures Foreign Policy Source: African Arguments posted on 5 April 2019 African Arguments posted on 5 April 2019 a commentary titled “The Abiy Doctrine: One Year of Ethiopia’s New Foreign Policy” by Awol Allo, Keele University School of Law. The author argues that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is restructuring Ethiopia’s foreign policy to a focus on regional economic integration and developing partnerships with wealthy Gulf State countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. 0 comments Labels: Abiy Ahmed, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, foreign policy, GERD, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, security, Somalia,...

A year of Change in Ethiopia

A year of Change in Ethiopia Source: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) published on 2 April 2019 The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) published on 2 April 2019 comments titled “A Year of Change in Ethiopia: While Many Have Welcomed Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms, Serious Challenges Remain.” USIP’s Aly Verjee and Payton Knopf discuss Abiy’s year as prime minister and identify the challenges that lie ahead for Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country. 0 comments Labels: Abiy Ahmed, economy, elections, Eritrea, Ethiopia, federalism, governance, Gulf States, Horn of Africa, IDPs,...

EU pledges continued support to AMISOM on the implementation of key programmes

EU pledges continued support to AMISOM on the implementation of key programmes Source: UMISOM, Friday April 5, 2019 Nairobi  – The European Union has pledged its continued commitment to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to implement key programmes and activities under the Somalia Transition Plan. The commitment was made, yesterday, at the opening of the AMISOM budget meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, by the Team Leader of the EU-Africa/African Peace Facility at the Brussels-based European Union Commission, Jorge Pereiro Pinon. “European Union member states have pledged in principle to support AMISOM activities for the period 2019/2020,” Mr. Pinon said.The 28-country trade bloc is the largest contributor to African Union peace support operations, and through the African Peace Facility, the EU has been supporting AMISOM since 2007. The EU funds cover allowances for AMISOM troops and police, international and local civilian staff salaries, operational costs of the Mission’s offices and the Al Jazeera Training Camp among others. Mr. Pinon said the support demonstrates the strong partnership between the EU and the African Union, adding that the trade bloc will continue assisting AMISOM in implementing the Somalia Transition Plan as mandated by the UN Security Council and the African Union. The Somalia Transition Plan is a comprehensive document, developed by the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners, to guide the transfer of security responsibility to Somali National Security Forces ahead of AMISOM’s exit in 2021. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, was thankful for the continued support of the EU and other partners. “I recognize and thank the immense...

Djibouti ordered to pay $385 million to DP World

Djibouti ordered to pay $385 million to DP World Source: AFP, Friday April 5, 2019 Djibouti was on Thursday dealt a heavy legal blow when a London-based international court ordered the Horn of Africa nation to pay $385 million in compensation to UAE global ports operator DP World over a breach of contract, according to the Dubai government. The London Court of International Arbitration also ordered the African nation to pay interest for unilaterally scrapping a 50-year concession contract with state-owned DP World to manage and develop Doraleh Container Terminal, a statement said. The ruling gave DP World the right to claim further possible damages if Djibouti goes ahead with plans to develop the container port with any other operator, the statement said. The Horn of African nation, which controlled a two-thirds stake in Doraleh, nationalised the joint venture in September after scrapping the concession agreement, claiming that the terminal had effectively come under the control of DP World. The terminal is an essential facility for supplies to neighbouring landlocked Ethiopia. It had been run by DP World since 2006, but in late February Djibouti cancelled the contract, saying its national sovereignty was being compromised.Currently, Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Company owns a 23.5-percent stake in the facility. DP World operates some 80 terminals and logistics centres in around 40 countries and is involved in scores of terminal development projects. The Dubai government said DP World is engaged in another legal battle with Djibouti over a free trade zone in the same area. It said that China Merchants Co. operates the $3.5 billion free trade zone that DP...