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  • Ethiopia inaugurates massive hydroelectric dam to double energy output

    December 17, 2016 - Ethiopia has inaugurated Gibe III, the biggest hydroelectric dam in the country with an installed capacity of 1,870 MW and the tallest of its kind in the world. Built by Salini Impregilo, it will almost double the eastern African country’s electricity production as it strives to modernize its economy and become a regional energy hub.

    Located on the Omo River 450 kilometres southwest of the capital Addis Ababa, the dam is the latest in a series being built by the country to harness its vast water supply. As the source of a number of rivers including the Blue Nile flowing from its mountains, Ethiopia is known as the “Water Tower of Africa”.

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presided over the inaugural ceremony of the €1.5 billion project in the presence of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister Eng Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopian Electric Power Chief Executive Azeb Asnake and Ethiopian Electric Power Chairman Debretsion Gebremichael. Salini Impregilo Chief Executive Pietro Salini, General Manager International Operations Claudio Lautizi were also present. Ethiopian Electric Power commissioned the project.

    “This is a very special day for Salini Impregilo and in particular for me,” said Chief Executive Pietro Salini in a speech. “What was considered a dream – after years of hard work – has now become a reality.

    “We are grateful to Ethiopian Electric Power and the Federal and Regional Governments for dealing with us as partners in development, and for trusting our capacity for completing Gibe III. Salini Impregilo is honoured to have given service both to them and to this great nation,” he added.

    Gibe III will generate up to 6,500 GWh of electricity a year, increasing the country’s production capacity by at least 80%.

    It is an extension of a greater complex that includes two other hydroelectric dams: Gibe I and Gibe II.

    These three dams, along with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built by Salini Impregilo, are the product of an ambitious programme by the country to arrive at a generation capacity of 40,000 MW by 2035.

    Gibe III is the first dam in Ethiopia to be built using roller-compacted concrete (RCC). Standing at 250 metres, it is the tallest of its kind in the world. Its crest length is 630 metres.

    The volume of concrete used to build the dam totaled 6.2 million cubic metres, two and a half times the amount of material used for the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The water reservoir created by the dam holds 15 billion cubic metres, equal to half the volume of Lake Tana, the largest in Ethiopia.

    Gibe III has 10 Francis turbines with a combined capacity of 1,870 MW – the same amount produced by two nuclear power plants.

    The benefits of the project were already evident during its construction, contributing enormously to the local economy. It created jobs for a combined total of 20,000 Ethiopians during the various phases of its construction.  Its complexity also called for the greatest expertise in the field, involving people from 32 countries.

    The dam’s inauguration is the latest success for Salini Impregilo in Ethiopia, where it has been present for nearly 60 years.

    Press Release


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  • Ethiopian Airlines recognized as one of Africa’s top employers

    Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Africa Best Employer Brand and Business Leadership Excellence Awards  at the 3rd Edition of AFRICA BEST EMPLOYER BRAND AWARDS ceremony held in Mauritius on December 06, 2016.

    AFRICA BEST EMPLOYER BRAND AWARDS recognizes top organizations across Africa, who have demonstrated excellence in building the Employer Brand, through a distinct identity that is visible through HR practices; polices & strategy as an Employer of Choice. 

    The ‘Business Leadership Excellence Award’ was given to Ethiopian Group CEO in recognition of his leadership excellence while the ‘African Best Employer Brand Award 2016’ was given in recognition of the valuable contribution Ethiopian is making to be the most sought after employer.

    While receiving the award, A/VP Corporate HRM, Ethiopian Group, Mr. Mesay Shiferaw, remarked, “We are sincerely honoured to receive the Africa Best Employer Brand andBusiness Leadership Excellence Awards  and wish to thank the organizers and the jury for recognizing Ethiopian and our Group CEO, Mr. Tewole GebreMariam, for his  excellence in leadership. Human Resource Development being one of the core pillars of our long term growth plan, vision 2025, we are continuously nurturing HR practices, standard work ethics and values that help us achieve our targets. To this end, Ethiopian Aviation Academy is playing a paramount role in producing and fostering future leaders of the aviation industry. We shall continue to invest in training and empowering our employees with the required skill and knowledge to keep Ethiopian on a fast growth trajectory.”

    Investing over USD$ 100 million to revamp the academy, Ethiopian Aviation Academy is currently the largest and the most advanced center of excellence in developing skilled workforce not only for Ethiopian Airlines but also the wider African aviation industry.


    Ethiopian has won several prestigious awards including Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth consecutive year, by African Airlines Association (AFRAA), SkyTrax World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa and Passenger Choice Awards for Best Airline in Africa.

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  • Ethiopian Airlines Sweeps Awards at Africa Travel Awards

    Africa’s leading Airline Ethiopian Airlines shone like bright stars at the Prestigious Africa Travel Awards Dinner at Akwaaba African Travel Market held recently in Lagos.

    Ethiopian Airlines took home four of the 6 Airline Awards on offer at the dinner attended by the leading lights in Africa Travel and Tourism landscape.

    The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality from Zimbabwe Honourable Anastasia Ndlovu was the special Guest of Honour. Senators and High Government officials from Nigeria and Travel Professionals from 16 Countries were in attendance at the dinner graced by the beautiful Carnival Calabar dancers.

    Ethiopian Airlines won Best Airline in Africa, The Best Economy Class in Africa, The Best Business Class in Africa and the Best in-flight entertainment in Africa.
    The Awards were received by The General Manager Nigeria Mr. Solomon Begashaw who led other ET managers to receive the Awards.

    Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

    Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.

    Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

    Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

    Other winners for the Africa Travel Awards include:
    African Award for sustainable Tourism             Winner Rwanda Tourism
    Best Business Class in Africa                           Winner Ethiopian Airlines.
    Best Economy class in Africa                           Winner Ethiopian Airline
    Airline with the best in-flight services              Winner Ethiopian Airlines
    Most passenger friendly airport in Africa          Winner Cape Town Airport South Africa
    Africa Aviation personality                               Winner John Mirenge – CEO RwandAir
    Best Airline in Africa                                        Winner Ethiopian Airlines
    Best short Haul Airline in Africa                        Winner Rwanda Air
    Best online booking platform in Africa              Winner TravelStart Nigeria.
    Tourism marketing award                                 Winner Kenya Tourism Board.
    Best international airline in Africa                     Winner Emirate.
    Best resort in Africa                                          Winner kempinski Ole Mara, Kenya
    Best African hotel chain                                    Winner Serena Hotels
    Best hotel chain in Africa                                  Winner Radisson(Carlson Rezidor)
    Hotel of the year in – Africa                              Winner Rosa Kempinski
    Best tourism minister in Africa                          Winner Dr Walter Mzembi
    Best tourism personality in Africa                      Winner Late Belinda MUtinrihi
    Emerging Destination of the year                      Winner Rwanda
    Best tourism blogger                                         Winner Natalia Rosa
    Africa Culture Awards                                        Winner Calabar Carnival.
    African Restaurant of the year                           Winner Mama Ashanti


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  • Ethiopian wins Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award

    Last week, the espresso-focused Italian coffee giant Illycafé presented its first annual Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards, recognizing the top quality producers in its supply network.

    Held at the Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations in New York, the event notably pulled the mask off Illy’s signature blend, while more importantly recognizing and promoting the individual producers behind it in the spirit of quality through collaboration. The company has been holding a similar awards program annually in Brazil, yet in UN-fashion, decided to expand the program to include a number of additional major producing countries.

    From its quality lab in Trieste, Italy, Illy identified the three best lots from the 2015-16 crop year from each of nine countries that have regularly contributed to Illy’s signature blend, before an international jury selected the top lot from each country. The awards gala itself recognized all 27 finalists.

    The countries represented included Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Nicaragua, while the international jury — calibrated by Mark Pendergrast and Illy Quality director David Brussa — was composed of coffee professionals, chefs and members of the coffee-focused media, including Peter Giuliano, Kerri Goodman, Corby Kummer, Grace Hightower, Suvir Saran, Viki Geunes, Luigi Taglienti, Maria Loi, and Adolfo Henrique Vieira Ferreira.

    In the end, Ahmed Legesse from Ethiopia was presented with the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, with coffee praised by the jury as having an intense yet delicate flavor, and unique high-intensity floral jasmine notes mixed with a hint of citrus and fresh fruit. Receiving an equal score, a Honduran lot from Juan Angel Milla received a special honorable mention.


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  • Trump's daughter to relocate fashion line production company to Ethiopia

    As her father’s political foes are fond of pointing out, Ivanka Trump’s exclusive line of shoes for the working woman are made in China. Soon, they may be made in Africa.

    The head of Huajian Group, a Chinese shoe manufacturer that produces for the Trump’s eponymously named brand, this week discussed plans to relocate the company’s production to Ethiopia, where labor is cheaper.

    “My goal is to create 30,000 jobs in Ethiopia by 2020, with exports reaching $1 billion to $1.5 billion,” Zhang Huarong told the French news agency AFP. Zhang is building a “light industrial city” complete with production facilities, dorms, and its own hospital in Addis Ababa. Keeping in theme, the complex will be in shape of a woman’s shoe.

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