It’s been a year since my appointment as South Africa’s ambassador to Eritrea, which seems an appropriate point to reflect on my experience and the tentative conclusions I have reached concerning the country’s potential.
Firstly, as an untapped frontier, with the right investment and development partners, Eritrea will be a changed country within the next three decades.
Secondly, as an African country in which South African businesses are making inroads, and are willing to stay the course despite external pressure, Eritrea can play a pivotal role in the Horn of Africa’s stability. Continue reading Eritrea Brings Life to the Horn→
“It is gratifying and a cause of pride to note that our freedom and independence has been gaining increased momentum from year to year thanks to the enormous price paid by the 90 thousand patriots”, – President Isaias Afwerki
By Ibrahim A. Ibrahim,
The African continent can benefit from all the accomplishments this new country Eritrea has done within its life span of only 21 years.
Eritrea’s economy is projected to grow by 7.5 percent in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Driven largely by an increase in major infrastructure development, solid agriculture output and mineral exports, forecasts taken from World Economic Outlook (WEO) released by the IMF on April 17, 2012, reveal Eritrea will register the fastest-growing economy in East Africa this year. Continue reading Eritrea’s Economy to Grow by 7.5% in 2012 – IMF→
“Eritrea has become a threat – ‘a threat of a good example, ‘a beacon of hope in a continent that filled with misery and despair, and where Africans, despite their abundant resources, have been relegated to live on handouts from the generous west” – Sophia Tesfamariam
Two decades ago, as Eritrea’s decades long war for independence was nearing its close, Thomas Keneally, the noted Australian novelist wrote about Eritrea, “you are a threat of a good example!” Have Eritrea’s efforts reversed so sharply?
Everyone has heard of Eritrea’s neighbors – Sudan and Ethiopia. Sudan is now as fractured as the former Yugoslavia, worse still war looms between the recently divorced North and South over territory and oil.
Ethiopia, by who Eritrea was occupied for thirty years, is still struggling to feed its population, and worse yet our generous aid has paid for its military adventures in Somalia and ethnic cleansing on its eastern frontier. Continue reading How Bad is Eritrea?→
Gedem Cement Factory has carried out successful production experiment, and that it would soon supply products to the market, according to Mr. Habtemariam Fissehaye, project coordinator.
He pointed out that the factory is located at a site where the necessary raw materials are available. It has also easy access to power supply, in addition to land and sea transport services. The factory has already finalized the overall construction process and is making preparations to supply its products, Mr. Habtemariam added. Continue reading Gedem Cement Factory to Begin Production→