African Union Changes Guards

Feb 18 , 2023

Azali Assoumani, president of Comoros, chairs the African Union (AU) for the next four years. The military officer has served as President of Comoros, a country found in southeastern Africa, since April 2019. He became head of state after staging a coup d'état in 1999 and was elected president from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2016 to 2019. The 36th African Union Summit unfolded in the capital last week which saw the attendance of leaders of African countries at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. Three sessions of the Executive Council and AU Assembly were scheduled to endorse the policies. AU formerly known as the Organisation of African Unity was established in 1963, having Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, and South Africa as its founding members. It now consists of the 55 member states that make up the African Continent.


Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

Ethiopian Maritime Authority disclosed 50 million dollars in annual remittances from seafarers deployed internationally. Abdulber Shemsu, the director general of the Authority, said Ethiopia's membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), establishes global standards and guidelines for safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping practices. With 176 member countries and three associate member countries, including Ethiopia, the IMO provides a framework for ensuring...


AfDB Launches $1.5m Initiative to Propel Agro-Industrial Parks

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Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

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