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Addis Abeba – A three-day meeting of experts opened on Monday this week at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Abeba in advance of the 9th Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade to be held on 4-5 December. The experts are deliberating the implications of mega regional trade agreements and current investment trends in the context of Africa’s commitment to forge its economic integration. The discussions are particularly crucial as the launch of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations begin in 2015.

Ethiopia’s immense energy potential is the envy of many countries in Africa; but reality loses contact with the country’s ambition to become a regional power pool thanks largely to its endless, complicated and slow moving energy policies
Kalkidan Yibeltal
In mid-December 2013 a major reshuffle in policy saw the split in two independent entities – the Ethio¬pian Electric Power (EEP) and the Ethiopian Electric Service (EES) – of the formerly state run electric mo¬nopoly, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEP Co).