The former Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) was responsible for generating power, transmitting, distributing and selling electricity. In December 2013 it was split into Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU). Azeb Asnake, Gilgel Ghibe III project manager, was given a new assignment as CEO for EEP which is responsible for power generation and transmission. 

The idea behind the restructuring is to make services more efficient and reliable. Although it has only been three months since Azeb became CEO and, in fact, her responsibility mainly deals with power generation and transmission, she asks the public to ‘tolerate the erratic power interruption’. In this exclusive interview with EBR’s Amanyehun R. Sisay, she talked about the new company, ongoing projects and what is in store for EEP. Excerpts: 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:00
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Meaza Ashenafi, 50, has become a face of the Ethiopian Women’s struggle for equality. A lawyer by training, she accomplished tangible results for the cause of women. In 1995 she founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyer’s Association and led it to magnificence during her eight years of dedicated service. In addition to her accomplishment, for which she was awarded the 2003 Africa Leadership Prize, she mobilized 12 professional and business women in 2008 to establish Ethiopia’s first bank dedicated to financing enterprises initiated or led by women. EBR’s Amanyehun R. Sisay, talked with Meaza about the state of women’s rights in Ethiopia, and her innovative bank.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 15:00
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When Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto arrived in Ethiopia on January 27 on a two-day visit, Jussi Hinkkanen, Vice President for Corporate Relations at Nokia Middle East and Africa was included in the business delegation of 27 executives from the country’s top moguls. Since September 2009 Hinkkanen has been responsible for Nokia’s governmental relations, corporate responsibility and innovation. He graduated with MSc in Industrial Economics and Software Sciences in 1998 from Tampere University of Technology in Finland, where both Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Jyrki Katainen attended their graduate studies.

The majority of his nearly two decades long career has been with the private sector, with a five year stint in the United Nations and Mozambique as advisor to the country’s Minister of Science and Technology. EBR’s Amanyehun R. Sisay met Mr. Hinkkanen at the sideline meeting the Finnish delegation held on January 28 at the Sheraton Addis to discuss Nokia’s state of affairs in Ethiopia and the company’s plan for investment.

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