January 2015

Oxfam International called for a multi-million dollar post-Ebola Marshall Plan to put the three West Africa countries hit by the crisis back on their feet. The agency said that the world cannot dither on putting the countries’ economies on an inclusive growth plan as it did on the Ebola response. Key to the success of any recovery package will be addressing three areas of acute need: immediate cash to millions of families affected by the crisis, investment in jobs and budget support for essential services such as health, education, water and

Dubai International has secured its position as the number one airport for international passenger numbers. Full year passenger numbers totaled 70,475,636, up 6.1 per cent from the 66,431,533 recorded in 2013. This followed robust passenger traffic growth of 7.5 per cent in December with 6,498,573 passengers passing through the facility compared to 6,047,126 recorded in the corresponding month last year.

Stability, security, alternative sources of financing, the AU and Post MDG debate are high up in the Agenda but are the few

Kalkidan Yibeltal

The 24th Ordinary Assembly of Heads of State and Government opened this morning at the African Union Commission (AUC) Head Quarters here in Addis Abeba.

By the looks of things, however, this is no ordinary meeting. When Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha said a few days ago that the summit will be held at “turning point”, he meant a lot. The AU is presenting its Agenda 2063, a decade long plan to ensure an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa. This also links to the much wider debate in the development community on the next sustainable development goals (SDGs) which will be agreed upon in September this year. But there are a few agendas that make this summit like no other.