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Episode 171: Agency focus - The Fixer Company

Date: 21 Apr 2016
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How to sell a country in five minutes

Countries compete. For investment dollars, tourists and talent, in much the same way that they compete for sporting medals - fiercely. On top of the podium of fastest growing economies is Ethiopia...

By Duke Malan 24 Mar 2016

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[Secrets of success] Good old-fashioned values and service deliver winning formula

At last years' Financial Mail Annual Ad Focus Awards, HDI Youth Marketeers were awarded the Partnership Award for their work with Pick n Pay...

By Ann Nurock 10 Mar 2016

University launches community radio
University launches community radio

The Ethiopian Civil Service University yesterday launched 100.5 FM Civil Service Community Radio Station with range of 10 km radius at a cost of over 2.5 million Birr...

By Mehari Beyene 18 Jan 2016

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US calls for Ethiopia to free jailed journos

NEWSWATCH: More journalists jailed in Ethiopia raises the issue of media freedom on the continent. Especially by the US, which is calling for the country to stop using its anti-terror laws to detain them...

31 Dec 2015

How mobile phones are making childbirth safer in Ethiopia
How mobile phones are making childbirth safer in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA: In Ethiopia where almost nine in every 10 women give birth at home after pregnancies with little or no medical support, a mobile phone app is coming to the rescue with lifesaving guidelines when things go wrong...

12 Nov 2015

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In Ethiopia, Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the acquittal by an Ethiopian court of four Zone 9 bloggers charged with terrorism...

20 Oct 2015

Everjobs launches in Ethiopia
Everjobs launches in Ethiopia

African's online career portal, Everjobs, have officially launched operations in Ethiopia. The company aims to simplify the job search and hiring process by connecting professionals with employers in a matter of clicks...

22 Sep 2015

Driving continued growth: The Ethiopia Summit 2015
Driving continued growth: The Ethiopia Summit 2015

Over the past decade, Ethiopia has experienced solid economic growth-GDP growth has averaged 10% a year and foreign direct investment reached almost US$1bn in 2013/2014-but what more needs to be done for the country to achieve its full potential?

22 Sep 2015

Centre to hold fourth National ICT Innovation Contest
Centre to hold fourth National ICT Innovation Contest

The 4th National ICT Innovation Contest Award aimed at inspiring and encouraging Ethiopian software developers and innovators will be held July 30, 2015...

By Alazar Shiferaw 24 Jul 2015

Ethiopian bloggers released ahead of Obama visit
Ethiopian bloggers released ahead of Obama visit

ADDIS ABABA: Charges against five bloggers and journalists held in Ethiopia for over a year were dropped on Wednesday, weeks before President Obama is due to visit the country.

10 Jul 2015

Ethiopian Airlines goes mobile
Ethiopian Airlines goes mobile

Ethiopian Airlines has announced the commencement of mobile payment for online ticket purchases in Ethiopia. The new service is powered by the payment service provider, FloCash...

7 Apr 2015

Hellocash mobile money service goes live in Ethiopia
Hellocash mobile money service goes live in Ethiopia

Lion International Bank and Somali Micro Finance in partnership with BelCash Technology Solution PLC launched the official pilot of the HelloCash mobile money services...

11 Feb 2015

Ethiopian lawyer trying to get bloggers freed
Ethiopian lawyer trying to get bloggers freed

The lawyer for a group of detained Ethiopian bloggers and reporters said he intended filing a civil suit against the country's police for holding them without charge for nearly three months.

18 Jul 2014

Bloggers and journalists held without charge beyond 80-day deadline
Bloggers and journalists held without charge beyond 80-day deadline

The six Zone9 bloggers and three journalists held arbitrarily since 25 and 26 April have not been formally charged within the 80-day limit allowed by Ethiopia's draconian terrorism law...

17 Jul 2014

Eskinder Nega awarded 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom
Eskinder Nega awarded 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom

The 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of WAN-IFRA has been awarded to Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, who is serving an 18-year jail sentence.

10 Jun 2014

BBC calls on authorities to stop jamming broadcasts
BBC calls on authorities to stop jamming broadcasts

Acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, Liliane Landor, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.

2 Jun 2014

Ethiopia under fire over journalist's arrest, detention
Ethiopia under fire over journalist's arrest, detention

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday called on authorities in Ethiopia to release a journalist being held without charge following a spate of similar arrests in recent weeks.

2 Jun 2014

Zone 9 bloggers must be immediately and unconditionally released
Zone 9 bloggers must be immediately and unconditionally released

ARTICLE 19 condemns the arrest of six 'Zone 9' bloggers and three freelance journalists in Ethiopia, all of whom have been charged with working with foreign organisations that claim to be human rights activists and receiving finance to incite public violence through social media.

29 Apr 2014

SatLink to distribute Ethiopian news channel
SatLink to distribute Ethiopian news channel

SatLink Communications has been appointed by the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) for the global distribution of its government-owned ETV news channel.

13 Mar 2014

US man sues Ethiopia for cyber snooping
US man sues Ethiopia for cyber snooping

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: A lawsuit filed this week accuses Ethiopia of infecting a US man's computer with "spyware" as part of a campaign to gather intelligence about those critical of the government.

20 Feb 2014

AFEX network highlights need for protection of journalists
AFEX network highlights need for protection of journalists

The newly established freedom of expression network, African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has deplored the current state of attacks, arrests, detentions, incarcerations and harassments meted out to journalists while on the job in many countries on the continent.

13 Feb 2014

New partnership supports women entrepreneurs in Africa
New partnership supports women entrepreneurs in Africa

UN Women and Mara Foundation on 29 January, announced a partnership to enable, empower and inspire women entrepreneurs globally.

30 Jan 2014

Young Journalists Scholarship open for applications
Young Journalists Scholarship open for applications

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) secretariat, organiser of the second High-Level Meeting of the AEEP, invites young journalists to be part of, and contribute to, the conference, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 12-13 February 2014.

7 Jan 2014

SA's Vodacom Group takes to Ethiopia
SA's Vodacom Group takes to Ethiopia

A report released by Reuters yesterday, 3 December, states that South Africa's Vodacom Group opened its first office in Ethiopia.

4 Dec 2013

Huawei to roll out 4G network in Ethiopia
Huawei to roll out 4G network in Ethiopia

Huawei Technologies has been picked by the Ethiopian state-run mobile operator Ethio Telecom to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

By Selipha Kihagi 2 Dec 2013

IPI, WAN-IFRA call for imprisoned journalists' release
IPI, WAN-IFRA call for imprisoned journalists' release

Two leading international media organisations today called for the unconditional release of imprisoned Ethiopian journalists and pledged to join forces to help improve the working and legislative environment for news media, during a joint press freedom mission to the country.

8 Nov 2013

Ethiopia arrests two journalists from independent paper
Ethiopia arrests two journalists from independent paper

Ethiopian police have arrested without charge two editors of the independent Amharic weekly Ethio-Mihdar, according to local journalists.

8 Nov 2013

CNIFF calls for film submissions
CNIFF calls for film submissions

Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) is calling for submissions from across Africa for feature-length and short fiction films, as well as feature-length and short documentaries. The entry deadline is 15 November 2013.

11 Oct 2013

Ethiopia signs mobile expansion deal with China's ZTE
Ethiopia signs mobile expansion deal with China's ZTE

Ethiopia signed an $800-million (600-million-euro) agreement with Chinese telecom giant ZTE on Sunday, 18 August 2013, to expand its telecommunications network, national operator Ethio Telecom said.

19 Aug 2013

Ethiopian marathon runner honoured with a Google Doodle
Ethiopian marathon runner honoured with a Google Doodle

Ethiopian marathon runner, Abebe Bikila, who was also the first sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal, has been honoured with his very own Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been his 81st birthday today. Bikila passed away at the age of 41 in 1973, and was proclaimed an Ethiopian national hero.

7 Aug 2013

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