UK issues travel alert for Ethiopia, cautions over ‘dodgy’ internet

UK issues travel alert for Ethiopia, cautions over ‘dodgy’ internet

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

(Africa News) — The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Tuesday issued a travel advice to its citizens with respect to Ethiopia.

According to the alert, despite the restoration of internet after a 10-day blackout during the conduct of national examinations, there was a likelihood that service could be cut without notice.

A summary of the alert read as follows: ‘internet service have now been restored, however, internet and other mobile data services can be restricted without notice, hampering the British Embassy’s ability to assist you; you should have alternative communications plans in place when traveling in Ethiopia.’‘

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The alert also maintained a series of places that nationals should not travel to as contained in previous alerts, places the FCO advised against all travel to, included: predominantly all border towns except the Djibouti border and a part of the Somali border. All areas with 10 km of the border with Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan were to be completely avoided.

‘‘The Ethiopia-Eritrea border remains closed. Several security incidents have taken place along the border. The risks of cross-border tensions remains,’‘ the statement added.

They further cautioned that protests could break out ‘with little warning and could turn violent,’ hence the need for nationals to remain vigilant. The Horn of Africa nation in 2016 experienced spreading anti-government protests largely in the Oromo and Amhara regions.

A security crackdown on protesters is said to have killed hundreds. A recent government report put the deaths at 669. Addis Ababa has however refused to accept external investigators from the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) insisting that it could probe itself.

Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency that was imposed in October 2016 to curb the wave of protests. It was extended in April despite the government saying that peace had returned.

Ethiopia calls for investment from Nepal

Jun 14, 2017-

(kathmandupost) — African nation, Ethiopia has offered Nepali investors to invest in agro-processing, manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, apparels among others.

Ethiopian Ambassador to India Asfaw Dingamo who is also accredited to look after Nepal and currently in Kathmandu to inaugurate the Honorary Consul of Ethiopia said that Nepal and Ethiopia can do much in various sectors given status of rising economies of Asia and Africa.

Chairman of Kailash Development Bank, Rajendra Giri has been appointed honorary consular of Nepal to Ethiopia.

“Ours economies are growing so the private sectors from both sides can exert the opportunity,” said envoy Dingamo while calling for boosting trade and commerce ties as Ethiopia is called as get- way of Asia in Africa, “So many foreign investors are investing in agro-processing manufacturing and others, we would like to invite Nepali private sectors and players to invest in Ethiopia as its economic outlook in recent history are in upward trajectory.”

Likewise, Ambassador Dingamo said that though the current state of bilateral trade volume is negligible but prospects are huge adding that opening up the new Honorary Consul in Nepal will attract the investments from both sides that can boost other various sectors.

“I have put forward some proposals at Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for cultural exchanges and tourism promotion,” said the Ethiopian envoy, “I have also proposed to set up bilateral consultative mechanisms between the foreign ministries of Ethiopia and Nepal aiming to strengthening the bilateral ties and scale up the trade, business and other opportunities.”

Similarly, Ambassadir Dingamo said that Ethiopia is also interested in air service agreement with Nepal. “Immediately there are no plans of direct flights between Kathmandu and Addis Ababa but we can reach an agreement on code sharing where Nepali travelers airlines can do some kind of tie up with Ethiopian airlines and carry the Nepali passengers,” said Envoy Dingamo.

Furthermore, Envoy Dingamo said that avoidance of double taxation, visa waiving for diplomatic and officials staffs and on arrival visas from nationals from both sides will further scale up status of the bilateral ties and create an environment for opening up further avenues.