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African Union Summit Concludes with Pledge to Work for Welfare of African People

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Monday wrapped up the 32nd African Union (AU) summit of heads of state and government at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, with a pledge to work for the welfare of African people.

Al-Sisi, who took over the rotating one-year-term AU chairmanship from Rwandan President Paul Kagame, said that over the next one year he would energetically work toward achieving the goals set by the AU during the summit. These include putting into force the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), efforts to reform the UN Security Council, rehabilitation of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and providing employment to the continent’s large young population.

The AU revealed on Friday that various conflicts across the African continent have left 20.8 million people displaced.

“The 32nd AU summit theme on refugees and IDPs showed how the displacement of people can create social, security, political and economic challenges in the continent, hence this will be my focus in the next one year,” said al-Sisi.

The Egyptian president outlined a vision of economic integration in Africa that he said can be a solution to the multifaceted problems facing the continent.

On top of his list of African economic integration schemes is the AfCFTA, which is expected to formally start operations during the next AU summit in Niamey, capital of Niger, in July.

“Many African countries are already grouped under Regional Economic Communities (RECs), my chairmanship will focus on how RECs can be a vehicle to achieve wider continental economic integration,” said al-Sisi.

“The start of operation of AfCFTA will not just ease movement of goods across African borders, but also facilitate the movement of African brainpower across the borders of African countries, adding social importance on top of political and economic benefits,” he added.

Al-Sisi said he will also focus on relatively new challenges the continent is grappling with including climate change and terrorism.

“We need to have plans that match with the scope of challenges terrorism and climate change pose to the continent. As such, during my period I will focus on mechanisms to fight climate change and ways to achieve AU’s silencing the guns by 2020 initiative,” said the Egyptian president.

“I will in particular vigorously fight the terrorism threat in the continent, that have left large areas of Africa suffering from political, social, economic and security problems,” he further said.

Al-Sisi also said the 32nd AU summit had established an agency for medicine, a center for women’s and girls’ education and other instruments intended to achieve a holistic approach to Africa’s numerous challenges.

 

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Living in Ethiopia as an Expat

If you are planning on moving to Ethiopia, we may be able to assist. Feel free to contact us via info@relocationafrica.com or on 2721 763 4240, or visit our website here for more information.

There are many expats working in Ethiopia, the pay is quite good, the standard of living is high and it is a relatively safe country. Most expats live and work in the capital, Addis Ababa, and while they say that the cost of living is relatively low and you can save as an expat, the healthcare leaves much to be desired.

Interesting Facts About Ethiopia

Are you new in or moving to Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is a country that sits landlocked in East Africa. According to many scientists this is the birth place of Humanity and the modern man. The oldest human fossil, ‘Lucy’, is believed to have existed over three million years ago and was found in Ethiopia.

The country of Ethiopia is a bright and vibrant country decorated in rich traditions of various tribes and cultural.  There are so many interesting things about this gem of Africa!

You become 7 years younger in Ethiopia
This is because it is currently around 2008 in Ethiopia. They are about 7.5 years behind the western calendar.  Ethiopia is the only country in the world to have 13 months in a year. The 13th month has only five days, or six in a leap year Ethiopians also celebrate New Year in September, meaning that they are currently only a couple of weeks into the year 2008, whilst we near the end of 2015.

English and Arabic are spoken widely here
This is great for any expats thinking of moving their as there are also over 80 different languages spoken here.  Amongst all the different tribes many languages have developed but the most widely spoken of these are Oromo and Amharic. Ethiopia’s national language is Amharic.

International Schools in Ethiopia

International Community School of Addis Ababa 
The International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational school, which offers an educational program form pre-kindergarten through to grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1966 and serves approximately 430 students from over 55 countries. The Middle States Association of Colleges and School accredit the school.
Curriculum: US
Address: Mauritania Road, Addis Ababa
Tel: +251-11 3 711544
Fax: +251-11 3 710722
Email: info@icsaddis.edu.et
Website: www.icsaddis.edu.et

Bingham Academy
Bingham Academy is an international Christian school located in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Our vision is to provide quality Christian education within a multicultural community, developing students of integrity who can change the world for God’s glory.
Curriculum: K-12 Cambridge International Curriculum
Address: Kolfe Keranio, Addis Ababa
Tel: +251 11 2791791
Email: office@binghamacademy.net
Website: binghamacademy.net

Visa Information


Visas are required for all visitors to Ethiopia with the exception of Kenyan and Djibouti nationals.

Tourist visa
Tourist visa, can be issued valid up to three months on arrival at Bole International Airport for nationals and residents of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Democratic people’s Republic of Korea (northern Korea), Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (south Korea), the Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.

NOTE: Eritreans nationals shall not be issued a visa on Arrival. They must obtain an entry visa prior to their departure to Ethiopia.

Work Permit
A work permit can be obtained from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Ethiopia. It is relatively easy to obtain a work permit, and the cost of one is the same regardless of where you are employed. It is also possible to arrive in Ethiopia on a business visa, and to convert it to a work permit once you are in the country.

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