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Wed,18Jul2018

East & Horn Africa

Kenya's Safaricom taking M-Pesa to Ethiopia, sources say

Robert Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 in New York. Photo:  Mark Lennihan/AP/SIPAKenya's Safaricom is in advanced talks with the Ethiopian government to introduce its popular M-Pesa mobile money service, a major step towards establishing a toe-hold in the market of 100 million people, two sources said on Tuesday.

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Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopia in fresh sign of diplomatic thaw

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, second left, and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, center, hold hands as they wave at the crowds in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday July 15, 2018. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPAEritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia on Monday (July 16) in further evidence of a rapid thaw between the two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate over a border war in which tens of thousands died.

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Kenyan bank KCB could seek partner in Ethiopia as country opens up

city scene of Addis Ababa. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPAKCB Group, Kenya's biggest bank by assets, will look at partnering with a local bank in Ethiopia, where a potential liberalisation of foreign investment rules could open up a market of 100 million people.

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Djibouti commissions $3.5 bln Chinese-built free trade zone

Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, center, arrives for a round table event at an EU Africa summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/SIPADjibouti commissioned a $3.5 billion, Chinese-built free trade zone on Thursday, deepening ties with the Asian giant and helping the Horn of Africa nation generate more jobs for its youths.

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Ethiopia: The Somali strongman

Photo: DK Thompson

How Abiy handles his relationship with Abdi Iley, the powerful leader of Ethiopia’s Somali Region, has implications for the country’s fragile system of ethnic federalism

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Briefing/Signposts: Kenya - Three's a crowd

 

The StarOn 9 March, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta shook hands with opposition leader Raila Odinga, half a year after  the troubled Kenyan general elections.

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