Ethiopia, Egypt seek closer ties as Nile hydroelectric dam advances

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, met at an African Union summit in Malabo in June this year. Photo©ReutersEthiopia hopes a raft of deals signed with Egypt on Monday would enhance frosty relations with its North African neighbour, despite Cairo's lingering concerns over the potential impact of a 6,000MW power dam project.

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Funding: Mind the gap

African governments are crucial in sourcing development finance for infrastructure projects. Photo©Carl de Souza/AFPFinding money for transformative investment has always been a struggle in Africa - but now banks and governments are joining forces to mobilise Africa's own resources, and find long-term funds.

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Travel restrictions not solution to contain Ebola - Ban Ki Moon

Photo©ReutersUnited Nations' Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has questioned some countries' decisions to impose travel restrictions on Ebola affected countries.

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Teacher training: Tapping into the graduate resource

Lindiwe Ngwenya is happy to give something back as a teacher in an informal settlement. Photo©Marc Shoul for TARTraining graduates on the job and e-learning are two ways of filling the huge gap in qualified educators.

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Horn of Africa Initiative gets $8bn commitment from leaders

United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon (L) and the World Bank Group president, Jim Yong Kim (R). Photo©ReutersLeaders of global and regional institutions have announced a new commitment worth $8 billion to Horn of Africa countries, as the region receives an influx of investors.

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200 Ethiopian volunteers to join West Africa Ebola fight

Photo©ReutersIn response to an urgent appeal by the African Union for medical staff to avert West Africa's health crisis, Ethiopia has pledged to send 200 volunteer health workers to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.

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Education: We are what we teach

Photo©Jacques Torregano/Fedephoto for JATo avoid a crisis in a few decades' time, governments must act now in order to improve schools and protect the economic advances made since the 1990s. That means developing a new generation of schools that teach students the skills needed for the future and the critical thinking to avoid the mistakes of the past.

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Ethiopia: Bombardier contracted in Awash-Weldia railway project

INTERFLO 250 is an ERTMS/ETCS Level 1 solution for main lines. Photo©Bombardier A German company has been awarded the contract to supply signals equipment for Ethiopia's new 400 kilometre railway project.

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Insurance: South Africa's Liberty eyes Ethiopia, Rwanda as Ghana deal nears completion

 Thabo Dloti Chief Executive, Liberty Holdings South African insurer Liberty Holdings is in the final stages of buying an asset management firm in Ghana and is also looking to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nigeria for potential deals, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

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Ethiopia set for bond market debut amid favourable ratings

Ethiopia aims to make its first foray into the international bond markets by early January, the Finance Ministry spokesman said on Monday, plans that will be closely watched by investors who have snapped up other African debt.

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Rwanda: Cost of energy, transport holding back growth

Urging the Rwandan government to reduce the costs of energy and transport in order to facilitate growth, the IMF says the East African nation's inflation rate is expected to stand at 3.2 percent at the end of this year.

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Ethiopia seeks Turkish government support for railway fund

Photo©ReutersEthiopia has requested support from the Turkish government to press for the release of a $700 million loan that the Turkish EXIM Bank pledged to finance the construction of the African country's Awash-Woldia railway project.

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South Sudan peace talks resume as fighting rages on

fighting in the oil-rich country, which began last December after President Salva Kiir (R) sacked his then Vice President Riek Machar (L). File photo©ReutersSouth Sudan peace talks, aimed at ending that country's nine month long conflict, have resumed in Bahir Dar City in Ethiopia, the East African regional bloc, Inter Governmental Authority of Development (IGAD), said on Monday.

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Kenya's Co-op Bank to expand into Ethiopia and Uganda

Co-operative Bank of Kenya's said it would expand into Ethiopia and Uganda after reporting a rise in first-half pretax profit due to higher fees and net interest income.

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South Sudan's people are forced to fight this war - Riek Machar

Riek Machar, Former vice-president, South Sudan. Photo©Tiksa Negeri/ReutersThe rebel leader talks to The Africa Report about his escape from Juba, his decision to take up arms against Salva Kiir and why, despite the death toll, he will continue the struggle.

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As Africa went to Washington

Obama (above, with Macky Sall) believes the summit is a step in the right direction. Photo©Jason Reed/ReutersThe Africa Report checks in on the US-Africa summit and what it means for the future of cooperation between the world's largest economy and some of its fastest-growing ones. Security, trade, governance and development are all competing to top the diplomatic priorities list.

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Ethiopia dismisses South Sudan rebel support claims

Ethiopia has dismissed charges that it is providing any support to South Sudan rebels.

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Education: Massive teacher shortage on the horizon

A teacher in Namibia. Photo©World Bank Sub-Saharan Africa is about to face a major shortage of teachers, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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Africa Oil, Tullow likely to seek partner for Kenya oil fields

Canadian explorer Africa Oil Corp. and its partner Tullow Oil are likely to bring in a third partner to help develop their oil discoveries in northern Kenya, Africa Oil's chief executive officer said.

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Oil and Gas: Russian company signs exploration deal with Ethiopia

Photo©ReutersA Russian company is set to begin petroleum and natural gas exploration in Ethiopia after signing an agreement with the country's mines ministry.

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