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    President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Hailemariam

    I want to extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Desalegn and his delegation. When I spoke previously at the Africa Summit about some of the bright spots and progress that we’re seeing in Africa, I think there’s no better example than what has been happening in Ethiopia -- one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

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    President Obama Remarks at the UN General Assembly

    Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted, and the prospect of war between major powers reduced. The ranks of member states has more than tripled, and more people live under governments they elected.

  • Ambassador Haslach visit to Arba Minch

    Ambassador Haslach visit to Arba Minch

    In a recent visit to Arba Minch U.S. Ambassador Patricia Haslach met with leaders of the city and the Zonal Administration. During the meetings she discussed areas of cooperation between the U.S., Arba Minch and the region and how the U.S. Embassy can strengthen that cooperation.

  • New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in

    New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in

    Ambassador Patricia Haslach administered the oath of service to 66 new Peace Corps Volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa.

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    Ambassador Haslach New Year Message

    As Ethiopians throughout the world celebrate the Ethiopian New Year, I would like to express my warmest wishes for a prosperous and joyous New Year to you and your families. Americans and Ethiopians share many common values, including the desire to make a better life for our children and to make the world a better place.

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    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Country Director Matthew Davis (left) and USAID Contracting Officer Anthony Amerson sign a grant agreement for the new Resilience through Enhanced Adaptation, Action-learning, and Partnership (REAAP) project. Through REAAP, CRS will reach 475,000 people in six of the most vulnerable woredas (districts) of East Hararghe and West Hararghe zones to to build community resilience to climate-related shocks and disasters while improving long-term capacity to adapt to climate change in drought-prone areas. The USD $6.2 million grant includes funding from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and the U.S. Feed the Future and Global Climate Change initiatives. A similar grant will be signed in the near future with another international NGO partner to provide the same services to communities in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia. 

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    GE, USADF and USAID Announce 22 African Innovators as Winners of Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge

    GE Africa (NYSE: GE) and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced 22 winners in the second round of their Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Selected from nearly 300 applicants, each winner will receive a grant of up to $100,000 to support the deployment of off-grid solutions that put renewable resources to work to power increased economic activity.  Fact Sheet »

  • U.S. officials attended Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership meeting in Ethiopia

    From August 27-29, 2014, the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership (GP) held its 3rd annual workshop in Addis Ababa. LEDS GP brings together more than 120 governmental and international institutions to advance climate-resilient, low-emissions development through coordination, information exchange, and cooperation among programs and countries working to advance low emissions climate resilient growth. Areas of focus at this year’s workshop included: mobilizing high-level political leadership and engaging private sector support on LEDS processes; catalyzing LEDS implementation through linking national and sub-national action as well as through mobilizing public and private finance; communicating and analyzing development benefits of LEDS, with a specific emphasis on poverty reduction, economic growth, and climate resilience; and strengthening communities of practice through the sharing of successful LEDS approaches and models. 

  • Statement by Jen Psaki on South Sudanese Opposition’s Detention of a Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) Observer Team
    Statement by Jen Psaki on South Sudanese Opposition’s Detention of a Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) Observer Team

    The United States government strongly condemns the temporary detention of six members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) team and three aircrew by opposition forces on August 23rd in Mayom County, Unity State, South Sudan. We also regret the death of a member of the MVM team during this incident, and await the results of a formal investigation. Impediments to movement of MVM personnel are a clear violation of the Cessation of Hostilities (COH) agreement, signed by both sides on January 23. We reiterate our support for IGAD mediation efforts, and underscore the importance of MVM operations in facilitating the implementation of the COH agreement and the recently signed Security Matrix. 

  • President Obama
    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

    As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.  Read More »

  • U.S. Embassy Addis
    Clarification of 2000 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Warning for Ethiopia

    There has been no recent FAA warning for flights in or out of Ethiopia. The FAA flight prohibition (SFAR 87 of May 16, 2000) pertaining to Northern Ethiopia predates the June 18, 2000 cessation of hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea and has not been updated subsequently. The FAA advisory (KFDC A0012/97) pertaining to Ethiopia/Kenya dates to 2002.  Read More »


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