Posts Tagged ‘News’

Lufthansa, Ethiopian increase Addis-Frankfurt flights

Lufthansa has expanded its service from Addis Ababa to Frankfurt from the current four to five flights a week as of April, according to a press release the company sent to The Reporter.

The increase marks the first step in a flight schedule optimization with Ethiopian Airlines.

Effective June 1, Lufthansa and its code share partner Ethiopian Airlines will be offering ten flights weekly on a day and night flight schedule pattern, thereby raising the current eight times a week flight the two airline operates on the same route to ten times a week.

Through the schedule harmonization of Lufthansa and Ethiopian Airlines, passengers of both carriers will have the choice of ten weekly non-stop services, according to the company.

Passengers from Kigali, Entebbe, Nairobi, Djibouti, Bujumbura, Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar flying on Read the rest of this entry »

China grants Kenya Sh1.2bn for a second port at Lamu

The bulk of the money will be in the development of a second port at Lamu and the construction of a rail and road corridor from the Coast to Isiolo.

This will link the Kenyan Coast to Southern Sudan and land-locked Ethiopia to the north.

A statement after talks between President Kibaki and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao said the port will take top priority. It is estimated to cost $16 billion (Sh1.2 trillion).

“My visit today, the third one in a five years, underscores the close relations between Kenya and China,” said President Kibaki.

The port will have 22 berths with a quay on 1,000 acres. It will serve Ethiopia, currently served by Djibouti port. Read the rest of this entry »

Feasibility study a second port in Lamu

A Japanese company has won a Government tender to carry out a feasibility study on the proposed construction of a second port in Lamu, which maritime experts hope will position the country as a major transhipment hub.

The company – Japan Port Consultants — is expected to finish negotiations with the government this week to begin the study expected to take about 10 months, according to Transport ministry chief economist and head of planning, Mr Alfred Kitolo. Read the rest of this entry »

China makes inroads into East Africa, gets road contract without bids

ADDIS ABABA – China continues to make inroads into Africa, as it bagged yet another major order for building an 80-km expressway in Ethiopia. The order was given without any bidding as the construction of the six-lane expressway would be financed through a Chinese soft loan worth over $700 million.

China’s state infrastructure major, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), has signed an agreement to construct a new expressway connecting Ethiopia’s capital to another city in the centre of the country, Nazreth. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopia: Sky Bus imports more buses

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (The Reporter) — Sky Bus S.C., the first modern public transport company, this week imported six modern buses. The 45-seat buses cost more than two million birr each.

In January this year, Sky Bus launched public transport services to six major regional towns — Bahir Dar, Gondar, Harrar, Dire Dawa, Awassa and Jimma. Read the rest of this entry »

Kenya to build Africa’s biggest windfarm

A 300 megawatt windfarm, coined the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, is being developed in Kenya. A total of 365 wind turbines are slated for installation.

To date, only North African countries such as Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt have harnessed wind power for commercial purposes on any meaningful scale on the continent.
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Flydubai to start Djibouti service from Sept 1

Flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, is set to expand its network in Africa with the announcement of flights to Djibouti from September 1.

The new service will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Read the rest of this entry »

Corners of paradise

Economists have developed a classification of countries in which to live and set a “happy planet index”. Surprisingly, the better off are not necessarily those that we think …

The famous American way of life will he the world to bankruptcy? To refuse to sign the international Kyoto Protocol on climate change, George W. Bush put forward an argument unstoppable: no question of imposing a change in lifestyle to his compatriots. Today, with Barack Obama, the United States begin to move in the right direction. It was time … In fact, according to the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a British NGO, led by Herman Daly, University of Maryland (United States) should be no less than four and a half planets to sustain the burden the American model of consumption, if generalized, would affect the Earth’s resources! A little more than the Europeans (two or three planets), much more than Latin Americans (one to two planets) or Africans (less than a planet). Read the rest of this entry »

Sudan completes electricity linkage with Ethiopia

July 17, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan completed on Friday the installation of the last tower in a electricity linkage project in order to import electric power from Ethiopia starting from next year.

By 2010, Ethiopia will generate more than 4,000 megawatts, enabling the country to provide 50 percent of its 80 million people with electricity, and export electricity to Sudan and Djibouti in a first time and Kenya in a second phase after the implementation of an ambitious multimillion –dollar plan to produce power. Read the rest of this entry »

Djibouti(87 out of 143) is the happiest place in Sub-Saharan Africa in Happiness Index

Ethiopia ranks 124 out of 143 nations in Happiness Index, according to the 2009 Happy Planet Index (HPI) published by the New Economics Foundation, an independent think tank. The index measures happiness according to a country’s average life expectancy, quality of life data, and environmental track record. Read the rest of this entry »