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Policy makers view on patriotism, social justice, and overall vision for the country

I hope the youtube clip does not lead to political debate (warning to kunta kunte).

I strongly believe a leader's personal view can have enormous influence on a country. The clip below is Meles's personal view on patriotism, not looking down on agriculture, education, peer pressure, personal responsibility and women rights. Very interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L998mLEWAMs
 

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Addis Ababa, 13 August 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopia and Sudan defense ministers announced that the two nations are to establish a joint military under the same command.

During the 11th Defense Ministerial meeting of the two countries in Addis Ababa, it was stated that the two countries could heightened the economic cooperation by assuring reliable peace and security along their border.

Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa said that the joint force will be set up fully until September.

His Sudanese counterpart, Abdurrahman Mohamed Hussein said for his part that the formation of the joint force would strengthen the previous cooperation on peace and security between the neighboring nations.

Ethiopia and Sudan are bordered with over 800 kilometers.
 

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Ethiopia and Sudan set to launch joint military operation
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 14, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia’s ministry of defence announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with its Sudanese counterpart to establish a joint military force which would operate under the same command.


The military agreement was reached on Tuesday during the11th Ethiopia-Sudan joint defence ministerial meeting held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia’s defence minister, Siraj Fegessa, told reporters that the joint force will be operational by the end of September.

Forces will be deployed on eight fronts along the two countries’ common border with the aim of ensuring border security, boosting economic cooperation and allowing the two countries to carry out joint development activities.

Sudanese defence minister Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein said that the formation of the joint force would further reinforce the existing security cooperation between the two countries.

Lt. Gen. Emad Al Din Mustafa, the chairman for the Sudanese side on the expert committee, said that Tuesday’s agreement was based on a memorandum of understanding previously signed between the two neighbours.

“The most important outcome of Tuesday’s talks is the conclusion of an action plan for the Ethiopia-Sudan joint forces” he said.

Ethiopia and Sudan share a long and porous borderline, which stretches around 800 kilometres.

It’s hoped the military agreement will help both countries to safeguard their common borders and defend themselves from any external aggression or other cross-border attacks.

ATTACK ON NILE DAM

Ethiopians see the joint military agreement as a key defence strategy to avert any possible sabotage of a controversial dam project it is building on the Nile, some 40km from the Sudanese border.

Egypt fears the dam will eventually diminish its water share and insists its historical water rights must be maintained.

During president Mohammed Mursi’s leadership Egyptian politicians were caught live on TV in June proposing to sabotage the massive dam project, known as Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Some politicians suggested taking hostile action, including a direct air strike and backing Ethiopian rebels to destroy the $ 4.6 billion power plant project.

Although Ethiopian officials say a direct attack from Egypt is unlikely, the country’s army remains on high alert.

Ethiopian rebels, Eritrea and Somalia’s Al-shabaab, which is suspected of supplying mercenaries on Egypt’s behalf, are all considered to be a potential threat to Ethiopia’s national security.

The military agreement between Sudan and Ethiopia is expected to guard against any potential attacks from Sudanese soil.

Leaked files published by Wikileaks in 2012 alleged that Sudan had agreed to allow Egypt to use an airbase in Kursi in the west of Sudan’s Darfur region to strike Ethiopia’s dam, which will be Africa’s largest hydro power facility upon completion.

Sudan has dismissed the allegations.
 
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Ethiopia, Sudan keen to boost economic cooperation
Addis Ababa, 25 August 2014 (WIC)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed Ethiopia’s desire to take its economic cooperation with Sudan to a higher level.

The Premier received and held talks on Sunday with Sudanese Vice President, Bekri Hassen Saleh in Addis Ababa.

On the occasion, both sides affirmed that during the current year they would be applying the bilateral agreements signed between them.

Saleh said Sudan would like to reinforce its ongoing infrastructural interconnection with Ethiopia via road and power networks.

He conveyed Sudan’s support to the IGAD-led mediation process for South Sudan and commended Ethiopia’s peacekeeping and peacemaking role in the region and beyond.(ERTA)
 

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Sergey Lavrov to visit Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, 25 August 2014 (WIC) -

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, is scheduled to visit Ethiopia next month, The Reporter has learnt.

According to sources, Lavrov will come to Addis Ababa for a two-day official visit at the end of September. The foreign minister will be accompanied by a large Russian business delegation and the purpose of the official visit is to strengthen economic and political ties between Ethiopia and Russia.

Lavrov will meet with the President, Dr. Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemaraim Desalegn, Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom and other higher government officials and discuss bilateral issues.

Bilateral agreements are expected to be signed. Sergey Lavrov's visit to Ethiopia will be the second one. He first came to Addis Ababa in 2006.

Russian manufacturing, energy and oil and gas companies executives will be part of the large business delegation. "Russian companies have shown keen interest to engage in the manufacturing, energy, oil and gas exploration sectors," sources said.

Last month a Russian company, GBP Global Resources, signed an oil exploration agreement with the Ministry of Mines. The company plans to prospect for oil and gas in the Afar Regional State.

There are more than 30 Russian companies involved in investments in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia exports agricultural products to Russia. The Ethiopian flower exporters are contemplating to start directly accessing the Russian floriculture market. So far Russians buy Ethiopian flowers from the Netherlands. Ethiopian Airlines is in the process to launch passenger and cargo flights to Moscow.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia and Russia have longstanding historical relations going back to the period of the Russian Czar Machilovich, the father of Peter the Great, in the 17th century. (The Reporter)
 

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Ethiopia: Italian Deputy Minister to Visit Ethiopia
26 AUGUST 2014
By Nesru Jemal

The Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda accompanied by a high-level business delegation will visit Addis Ababa on 28th August, the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa said.

The Minister is expected to meet high-level government officials and CEOs of state companies, a release issued by the Embassy said.

The purpose of the visit is to further explore trade and investment opportunities in Ethiopia.

The Director-General of the Italian Trade Agency, Roberto Loungo, will also be part of the delegation, in view of the upcoming opening of a new office of the Italian Trade Agency in Addis Ababa.

Italian companies operating in engineering, renewable energy, industrial plants, metals, high-technology electronics, cement, constructions, credit insurance, oil and gas, road management, infrastructures, foreign investment protection services, ground engineering and drilling are included in the delegation.

Two of the companies included in the delegation, Italferr, railway transport engineering, and Salini Constructori, are already working in Ethiopia.

Italferr is currently engaged in the Addis Ababa Light Railway and the Addis-Djibouti Railway management systems, while Salini is involved in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project.
 

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Ethiopia: Yemeni Leaders are interested the operation of Ethiopia’s federal system

Addis Ababa (HAN) August 23, 2014 – Regional diplomacy and security news. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros, held discussions on Thursday August 21, 2014, with the deputy Foreign Minister of Yemen, Mr. Ameer Al Aidaroos. Talks covered different bilateral issues including the two country’s economic and political relations.
The Yemeni minister said Yemen was very interested in the operation Ethiopia’s federal system. He said he was also impressed by the development activities he has been looking at Ethiopia and said that Yemen had a lot to learn from various different areas of development activity. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros emphasized the excellent relations existing between the two countries and suggested they could be still further developed.
The two ministers emphasized the bilateral agreements that have been reached between the two countries should be implemented as soon as possible. They also agreed on the need to tackle illegal human trafficking jointly and urgently.
 

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Obama : Ethiopia is an extraordinary country, an example for Africa, you have experienced an incredible growth etc..
Hailemariam: our relation is excellent and wish to continue, we strongly appreciate your support to fight poverty etc...
Obama: Ethiopia is an amazing great nation, from dire poverty to a booming economy etc..
Hailemariam: our success relies on US support and great contribution to our country etc..

welcome to the politico world....blaba blabla
we didnt learn anything...
 

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^^ ይህ ከኣሜሪካ ህብረት ኣገራት (ኣህኣ) መንግሥት ከራሱ ርዕዮት ኣንጻር ያወጣው ነው። ናይጀሪያዎችም የራሳቸው ኣላቸው። ቻይኖችም እንዲሁ። ስለዚህ የማንን ይከተሏል። እኔ የራሴን ነው የምከተል።
 

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I dont get it , why is eritrea black ? The country is totalitarian but hell its not syria or even somalia . altso much safer to travel to eny region in mexico then some places in ogaden ethiopia and som remote afar regions . The map i baised.
 

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It seems that Dijibuti is going to become the Monaco of Africa,:cheers: to our neighbors. And i am very glad to know how Ethiopia and Djibouti are vitally linked.

Djibouti's $1.5 Billion Economy Has $5 Billion At Its Shores: 3 Companies Already There
Nov. 2, 2014 5:10 AM ET

Summary
-This country with a total of $1.5 billion GDP is being courted by many companies, one of which has already committed $3 billion dollars - 2x GDP of Djibouti.
-GCL Poly is undergoing a multi-billion dollar powerplay and it is going to transform Africa, and GCL Poly's bottom line.
-The Pentagon has given KBR a $56.56 million contract to provide support services to Camp Lemonnier.
-This is a crucial step for Level 3 communications, as it will allow it to establish a linchpin in Djibouti and expand its operations into the rest of Africa.

Nestled against the Red Sea strait, a country lies strategically positioned on the Horn of Africa, at one of the world's busiest shipping canals. Tiny Djibouti is preparing to hit the global stage in a very big way. The country has been paradoxically blessed by an adversarial relationship on its North and South borders that precluded the need for a multinational coalition of security forces preserving its stability and its prosperity. This country with a total of $1.5 billion GDP is being courted by many companies - one of which has already committed $3 billion dollars - twice the GDP of the country - into Djibouti's economy. And there are more companies investing into infrastructure in Djibouti that creates the picture of a tiny nation with a billion and a half dollar national economy having about $6 billion of capital coming in. That is equivalent to the scenario of little Costa Rica, an economy of only $40 billion, getting $200 billion in investment coming to its shores. Or consider that one company is investing a little bit over half of Nigeria's entire FDI for 2013. Quite a frenetic change is coming to this Horn of Africa nation, and these 4 companies traded on major exchanges will allow you to gain exposure in your investment profile.

In the interest of good investment research debate, here is contrarian investor Marc Faber's view on Djibouti and the region in general from one of our Squawkonomics interviews:

#1 GCL Poly (OTCPK:GCPEF) ($0.34)

GCL Poly, traditionally known in Hong Kong investment research firms such as Kim Eng and Everbright for its polysilicon solar panels, is having the newest part of their business completely ignored by some traditional investment research firms. GCL Poly is undergoing a multi-billion dollar powerplay and it is going to transform Africa, and GCL Poly's bottom line.

GCL Poly is currently constructing a gas pipeline, gas liquefaction plant, and a dock that will be used to unload liquefied gas. The project is taking place in both Ethiopia and Djibouti, and $3 billion of the investment is being directed towards Djibouti, with $1 billion being directed towards Ethiopia.

The company has also signed a deal with the Ministry of Energy in Djibouti, which will allow them to transport oil and gas to the port of Djibouti. GCL Poly's total projected revenue is $3.788 billion and they are slated to clear $1 billion of gross profit for 2015. They also have a little over $1 billion in cash and short term investments, so they have the kind of coin required to make a project like this work.

GCL Poly has a streamlined plan to ink Production Sharing Agreements and Memorandum of Understandings to develop gas fields such as the Calub and Hilala gas fields in Ethiopia, and with constructed infrastructure in Djibouti to ship out the LNG, which is slated for online production by the second half of 2018.

The planned construction of an oil pipeline from the Red Sea port at Djibouti to the capital of Ethiopia is a major development that will benefit GCL Poly in the future.

GCL Poly is a well positioned company with plenty of positive developments in China, with an exciting new market it is opening up for itself in Africa.

The real sweet spot in this LNG development is that has the effect of both a Chinese state-owned firm and a US military contractor benefiting from this play. You can gain exposure to these groundbreaking developments via GCL Poly, and the next stock on the list.

#2 KBR (NYSE:KBR) ($18.86)

The Pentagon has given Kellogg Brown and Root a $56.56 million contract to provide support services to Camp Lemonnier. The work will take place in Djibouti and is expected to be completed in June of 2015. KBR operates in an extremely diverse group of industries, some of which include: public safety, air operations, housing, ground maintenance, pest control, and environmental services. The United States has already secured a ten year lease on Camp Lemonnier, but may extend the lease another twenty years. The lease agreement has been set at $63 million per year, and was originally $38 million a year.

The fact that the price of the lease has significantly increased and that the United States has responded with interest in extending its lease, shows that there is long term promise for KBR to operate successfully in Djibouti. Moreover, KBR operates as a conglomerate, and is overall a very safe investment, due to the large number of industries it operates in.

Although KBR has the potential to operate successfully in a wide variety of industries and has promising ability to continue to operate in Camp Lemonnier, there have been issues with employees that present a potential threat to their success if not resolved. Local workers went on strike in July and August of 2013, due to their discontent with KBR reducing the workforce and hiring too many foreign workers. These issues currently present a threat that could offset KBR's financial performance in Djibouti in the short term.

KBR has a multi-generational presence in Africa, having been in such markets as Nigeria for over 60 years, and is responsible for putting in 6 LNG trains at Nigeria's Bonny Island, making it one of the world's largest oil and gas facilities.

In addition to the American, Japanese, French and Spanish forces stationed there, Germany and China are entering the fold, and making their interests known they too wish to have a military presence in Djibouti. This means Djibouti needs high-speed connectivity for its foreign guests and its own people more than ever. This brings us to the play that is going to truly connect Africa and bring it into the 21st century information economy.

#3 Level 3 (NYSE:LVLT) ($45.41)

American high-speed connectivity provider Level 3 has formed a contract with Djibouti Telecom, which is the sole provider of telecommunication services in Djibouti. Level 3 will provide the company with an affordable high speed IT solution, which will result in increased use of the internet in the region. This is a crucial step for Level 3 communications, as it will allow it to establish a linchpin in Djibouti and expand its operations into Africa, where there is a large unmet demand. The company also formed an acquisition deal with TW Telecom stateside, which is valued at $7.3 billion.

And Tata, conglomerate giant of India, has selected Level 3 to collaboratively assist with operations in Brazil. The two companies will work together to deliver ethernet virtual private line and dedicated internet access to offices throughout Brazil.

Regarding competition, it is slim indeed for Level 3 at the moment. AT&T (NYSE:T), one of Level 3's largest competitors, is not making a move to develop telecommunications in Africa, allowing Level 3 to have first-movers advantage.

Level 3 has promising ability to expand into Africa to meet significant unmet demand, and investors will be able to position themselves to capture the windfalls of revenues that Level 3 will experience in the next few years.

Conclusion

We believe the country of Djibouti has a flurry of advantages facing it. Kenya's port export fees are far higher than at Djibouti's Doraleh port, and Somalia's port due to 20+ years of strife and civil war is far less secure. Djibouti's proximity to a thriving Addis Ababa, which needs a logistics and import and export partner to safeguard its newfound emerging middle class, has resulted in increased economic growth through its collaboration with Addis Ababa. The self-starving oil and gas nation of Ethiopia is probably the only country in the world that has had proven reserves, yet has delayed the extraction of these reserves for over 40 years. It needs a partner to ship natural resources, raw materials, and finished goods in and out of Ethiopia, and has found its partner in Djibouti. Additionally, the geothermal World Bank funded developments in Djibouti are slated to be finished to give Djibouti a shot in the arm, as its electricity costs are slated to fall over 50% from .24 cents to only .10 cents a kilowatt. Regardless of Djibouti lacking a stock market, these companies listed are effective ways to gain exposure into the growth story of this sizzling frontier nation.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/262...t-its-shores-3-companies-already-there?page=2

Here is an out look of what Dijibutis economy will be like in 30 years time. (from another source)

Insights from the Wiki — Djibouti: Africa’s Next Trade Hub

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wikistrat recently concluded a geostrategic simulation titled “The Rise of Africa”. In this crowdsourced simulation, Wikistrat asks its strategic community to tell the specific story of how one African nation represents a “Risen Africa” in the year 2038.

Here’s the story of how Djibouti may represent a model Africa in the next 25 years.

Backstory

Djibouti has served as the main port that connects Ethiopia’s economy with that of the rest of the world since the Ethiopia/Eritrea war eliminated Eritrea as a port for Ethiopian goods. At the start of the 21st century, the vast majority of Ethiopian exports traveling through Djibouti were coffee, salt and animals, but that changed with the maturation of the Ethiopian economy in the 2010s.
Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ethiopia had begun pouring in in the early 21st century, and by the 2010s, that aid began providing great dividends. In 2013, Ethio Telecom signed a major deal with Chinese mobile provider ZTE to upgrade the telecommunications infrastructure in Ethiopia. These advances in the telecommunications industry allow Ethiopia to become more active in the global economy, setting up web server hosting sites and call centers, taking advantage of cheap labor costs. This in turn brings about a strong middle class that demands imports of goods from around the world. Given Ethiopia’s landlocked position, these new imports/exports bring increased economic activity to the ports of Djibouti. Djibouti also begins constructing processing factories to prepare the largely unprocessed animal skins and hides coming out of Ethiopia, as well as factories to prepare the meat coming from Ethiopia so that it is ready for shipment.
South Sudan has plenty of oil that it is itching to get onto the world market after its independence in 2011. Since it cannot export the oil out of Sudan’s ports, it needs to find another port of connection to the world market. South Sudan’s government decides that it will send its oil through Ethiopia to solidify connections with a strong military power and out through Djibouti, for its cheap cost of export.
At the end of 2013, the three countries sign the deal. Djibouti not only benefits from increased economic activity, but its transportation infrastructure also gets a makeover from the South Sudanese government, which wants to make sure that its oil finds its way efficiently and safely to port. Djibouti also gets assistance from South Sudan to open oil refineries to take the place of those used in Sudan before South Sudan’s independence. This, in turn, creates more jobs for the people of Djibouti. This economic relationship will go beyond the realm of oil into all other products that South Sudan would like to export to the world market (Kenya’s export/import fees being higher than Djibouti’s and Somalia being much less of a secure shipping port).
Djibouti has managed to stay out of any intergovernmental trouble in Africa and, aside from a small border dispute with Eritrea, enjoys favorable relations with the surrounding states in the area. As a hosting site of French, U.S., Spanish and Japanese military bases, and the EU Atlante Operation, it does not have to worry about any threats to its sovereignty from outside powers. In addition to hosting military bases, it is the entry point for humanitarian aid operations for all of eastern Africa. Its own government is relatively stable and, aside from demonstrations surrounding the elections by disgruntled opposition candidates, it sees very little internal political struggle. The International Monetary Fund has called Djibouti’s financial sector healthy and notes that it has great liquidity. The government also stays on top of bank regulation and, in 2011, set out a slate of bank requirements, which it is faithful in monitoring. The government is not perfect, however, as some criticize it for its repressive policies in the media realm, and it has some work to do on its current account deficit. Overall, these governmental factors give Djibouti a solid base for its rise to international importance in trade in the 2020s and ’30s.
With Chinese FDI pouring into Ethiopia, China takes it upon itself to bolster its connections with Ethiopia in the form of building up the export/import capacity of Djibouti. In 2015, China begins a major investment program in trade infrastructure in Djibouti. This includes creating two new major ports in the Gulf of Tadjoura, as well as upgrading the roads that connect these ports to Addis Ababa. China also sets up a naval base in Djibouti in 2016 to protect its shipments from pirates in the nearby waters and to expand its influence on the African continent.

The Rise

Djibouti continues to keep great relations with major powers including the United States, EU, United Kingdom and China, ensuring its national security as well as its positive global economic ties. The government of Djibouti expands its trade development sector and is able to bring down the staggering near-60-percent unemployment rate with the creation of new jobs in the ports. Also, the government of Djibouti takes a strong stand and asserts that its domestic laborers will be involved in the construction projects funded by foreign FDI and tens of thousands of Djiboutians can find work in this area. The government receives help from the World Bank, as well as other global financial institutions, to cultivate its geothermal energy potential. This project will allow for a drastic decrease in the price of electricity from $0.24 kwh to $0.10 kwh, taking some budgetary strain off of businesses and citizens. This transition to geothermal power frees up $57 million, which does a great deal to ease the government’s budget deficit. Djibouti also continues to strengthen ties with Ethiopia and South Sudan, cementing its role as connection between their markets and the global economy.
Trade financing companies from around the world open offices in Djibouti to take advantage of the influx of shipments from around the world. This influx of money benefits Djibouti’s already-growing financial sector (brought about by free circulation of capital, an absence of exchange rate controls and a now-higher amount of Djiboutians who have money to put into banks). Private shipping companies spring up to manage the transportation of goods from the ports to Ethiopia. All of this increased economic activity means a lowering of the unemployment rate (especially when the population is so small) and a creation of a middle class in Djibouti. There is also a rise in activity in the private sector from the creation of “finished product” manufacturing in the form of factories to process livestock products like meat and skins coming from Ethiopia, lumber mills for South Sudan’s lumber and refineries for South Sudan’s oil (presumably this will be some form of public-private joint venture given the scale of project required).
With the creation of new infrastructure and the arrival of new businesses to the area, microfinance non-profits like Kiva and Accion start receiving requests from Djiboutians interested in starting their own businesses. The tide turns over from relief-based aid to microfinance, as the business environment is brought to life.

Spillover Effects in the Region

Djibouti’s rise will have a positive effect on South Sudan’s transition to a sovereign state. It provides a secure and relatively cheap way to get South Sudan’s oil and other commodities for export onto the world market. The rise of Djibouti will also increase the connection between South Sudan and Ethiopia, since South Sudanese goods will travel through Ethiopia and the two states will inevitably embark on co-managing infrastructure projects.
Djibouti’s rise will be most beneficial for Ethiopia. The more trade that moves through Djibouti’s ports, the more streamlined and cheap the process will become, greatly reducing the time/cost of Ethiopia’s exports onto the world market. The better the processing of goods and services become in Djibouti, the more FDI will flow into Ethiopia in the form of capital investitures for businesses, as well as foreign workers bringing with them the skills and expertise that Ethiopia needs to become more competitive economically. The one downside for Ethiopia will be that Djibouti, with the new ventures into geothermal energy, will no longer need to import much of Ethiopia’s hydroelectricity, but this slight downside pales in comparison to the positives.
Somalia will quickly become completely outmatched by Djibouti’s shipping industry and any shipping taking place from its ports will necessarily shift north. There will also be a major exodus of Somalis from Somalia, once the economies in Djibouti and Ethiopia start picking up. With better infrastructure, more jobs and a more secure living environment, the two countries to the north will offer undeniable opportunities for Somalis looking to better their situation. The one benefit for Somalia will be a drastic reduction in the number of pirates in Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden shipping lanes, as countries with increasing investments in the region (China in particular) will step up their naval patrols to protect their ships.
Similar to the effect on Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia will likely draw large numbers of immigrants from Somaliland. With Somaliland’s relative closeness to Djibouti, it could benefit from positive externalities in the form of increased business activity in the area and better transportation infrastructure, bringing in more FDI to tap into the country’s mineral deposits. Djibouti will also serve as a role model for Somaliland, showing it the necessary steps to become a successful export country.

New Role in Africa

By the year 2030 Djibouti will have taken the undeniable position as the leading port in East Africa, surpassing Mombasa, Kenya. The presence of a modern and efficient port in the region will greatly increase economic participation of East African countries and, in particular, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The creation of a manufacturing sector for processing raw goods coming from Ethiopia and South Sudan will provide much needed jobs to Djibouti’s largely unskilled labor force. With such a small population, Djibouti will see its per capita GDP rise quickly and it will provide a model of economic openness for other small, coastal African countries. Countries investing in this area will see increasing return on investment as they tap into previously unavailable markets and resources in the region.
One thing the government of Djibouti must refrain from doing is forcing these new economic benefits to remain in the public sector with large, inefficient state-owned enterprises. Allowing private participation in this new marketplace will allow for a more widespread disbursement of economic benefits and will provide more room for job growth and a better management of investment funds. Also, the government should quickly remove any repressive appearance it may have because it does not want to let any sort of popular uprising ruin its ability to take full advantage of its perfect location and the economic benefits that come with it.
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Wikistrat Analysts Ron Gray, Brian Chao, Dr. Emanuele Canegrati and Keith Hilden contributed to this scenario.

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The creation of a manufacturing sector for processing raw goods coming from Ethiopia and South Sudan will provide much needed jobs to Djibouti’s largely unskilled labor force. With such a small population, Djibouti will see its per capita GDP rise quickly and it will provide a model of economic openness for other small, coastal African countries. Countries investing in this area will see increasing return on investment as they tap into previously unavailable markets and resources in the region.
suspiciously looks like eritrea's plan
 

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Human rights campaigner says African Union should move headquarters out of Ethiopia


JOHANNESBURG – An Angolan journalist and human rights campaigner says the African Union should move its headquarters out of Ethiopia because of concerns about freedom of expression there.

Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais said Tuesday night in Johannesburg that the African Union, which represents 53 countries on the continent, is hypocritical to keep its base in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Marques says the "last few independent" journalists in Ethiopia have been arrested and convicted.

One example that Marques cites is the ongoing Ethiopian trial on terrorism-related charges of bloggers from Zone 9, an independent collective that publishes critical news and commentary.

The African Union says on its website that it is committed to transparency and human rights.

These "Human Rights" organizations are really really really ugly enemies of Ethiopia. Maybe even worse to Ethiopia than Egypt. (No offense to any Egyptian). While they let one of the worst human rights countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar easily slide. They speak of sanctions against Ethiopia.
 

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I don't know if they let them slide, you'd probably hear similar complains if you followed Saudi news. Qatar has received bad PR from how they've treated workers (World Cup).

With that said.. There's a symbolic reason to why the HQ is in Ethiopia, the union doesn't represent Ethiopia specifically. The UN HQ is in New York, is it a human right to get bombed by the US for no reason (Iraq..).

"Human right" is obviously important, but let's not forget that it's a multi-billion industry.
 

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Human rights campaigner says African Union should move headquarters out of Ethiopia





These "Human Rights" organizations are really really really ugly enemies of Ethiopia. Maybe even worse to Ethiopia than Egypt. (No offense to any Egyptian). While they let one of the worst human rights countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar easily slide. They speak of sanctions against Ethiopia.
That is true cptjosh, most HR groups and NGO's, always lobby on behalf of an external power that funds their operations, that is what they exist for, they are in the pockets of whoever pays their wages. When there is no political interest they will turn a blind eye to open and public violations of human rights, when there is a political interest they present rumors, with absolutely no foundation, as facts.
 
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