Zenawi and Co. Threaten To Prosecute Coffee Exporters and To Begin Coffee Exporting – By Jason McLure (Bloomberg)

April 14th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia may prosecute six of the country’s largest coffee exporters after the government said they have been hoarding beans bound for export, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said. (more…)

Ethiopia may prosecute six of the country’s largest coffee exporters after the government said they have been hoarding beans bound for export, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said.

The government shut the exporters’ warehouses last month and suspended their licenses after accusing them of illegally stockpiling coffee and selling export-grade coffee on domestic markets. Some exporters were holding beans in anticipation of a currency devaluation, Eleni Gabre-Madhin, chief executive officer of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, said last month.

“I would not be surprised if some of them were to be taken to court,” Meles said in a press conference yesterday in Addis Ababa.

Coffee is Ethiopia’s largest export, accounting for 35 percent of the country’s export earnings last year. Stockpiling by exporters has “put pressure on the country’s foreign currency reserves,” the agriculture ministry said in a statement March 30.

Ethiopia’s agriculture ministry warned on March 30 that it had also taken unspecified “similar measures” against 88 other coffee exporters, of about 120 in the country involved in the business.

The prime minister said the 88 exporters wouldn’t face prosecution “whatever shortcomings they have had” in the past and that he expected they would learn from the crackdown on the other six exporters.

State-Owned Enterprise

Following the seizures, state-owned Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise said earlier this month it would begin exporting coffee from the country, Africa’s largest producer of the beans.

Meles said yesterday that the state-run grain importer had entered the market because the remaining private coffee exporters might not have the capacity to export Ethiopia’s coffee crop.

“The preference will be to the private sector actors,” he said. “There is no intention to establish a public monopoly in any of the agricultural markets.”

Ethiopia’s coffee exports have declined more than 10 percent to 76,674 metric tons in the first eight months of the fiscal year that began in July, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to trade ministry statistics.

The nation’s coffee export income has fallen to half the government’s target amid a decline in world prices and a ban on Ethiopian beans in Japan. Japan, which purchased about 20 percent of Ethiopia’s coffee shipments in 2007, banned imports last year after finding elevated residues of pesticide in a shipment of the beans.

Auction System

Ethiopia’s trade minister said the residues probably came from bagging coffee in sacks that had previously held chemicals and that the government has corrected the problem. Gabre-Madhin also said a change this year from a state-run auction system to an open-pit commodity exchange for trading beans temporarily interrupted supplies.

The government devalued the birr against the dollar in January in an attempt to build foreign currency reserves. One dollar buys 11.18 birr, compared with about 9.5 a year ago.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jason McLure in Addis Ababa via Johannesburg at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

  1. yikerbelen
    | #1

    AGAINST HUMANITY IN EAST AFRICA.LISTS OF CRIMINALS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVING IN GENOCIDE
    In gambella genocide against ethiopians
    1.Abay Tsehaye
    2.D/r Geberab Barnabas
    3.Colonel Tsegaye
    4.Umete obang
    IN addis ababa,s genocide against ethiopians
    1.wodiyi Leggesse zenawi [ melese zenawi]
    2.Getachew Assefa
    3.Abay tsehaye
    4.”General” ato samorawu yenose
    4.Addisu Leggesse
    5. mr lair Berekete simon
    In ogaden genocide against ethiopians
    1.M/G Aberaha w/mariam
    2.B/G Mullugeta Berehe
    3.Colonel W/Geberiel Babe
    4.wodi aneteru
    5.Colonel Tsegaye
    6.Conole Tsehaye Menguse
    7.B/G Yohanse
    8.Colonel Aster [ the actor in ogaden's genocide against ethiopians]
    In Somalia’s genocide against innocent somalians in their own village ]
    1. B./G Seyum Hagos
    2.B/G Mullugeta Berhe
    3.B/G Gebere Adehana
    4.Colonel G/Yohanse Abate
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  2. yikerbelen
    | #2

    .LISTS OF CRIMINALS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVING IN GENOCIDE aganist humanity
    In gambella genocide against ethiopians
    1.Abay Tsehaye
    2.D/r Geberab Barnabas
    3.Colonel Tsegaye
    4.Umete obang
    IN addis ababa,s genocide against ethiopians
    1.wodiyi Leggesse zenawi [ melese zenawi]
    2.Getachew Assefa
    3.Abay tsehaye
    4.”General” ato samorawu yenose
    4.Addisu Leggesse
    5. mr lair Berekete simon
    In ogaden genocide against ethiopians
    1.M/G Aberaha w/mariam
    2.B/G Mullugeta Berehe
    3.Colonel W/Geberiel Babe
    4.wodi aneteru
    5.Colonel Tsegaye
    6.Conole Tsehaye Menguse
    7.B/G Yohanse
    8.Colonel Aster [ the actor in ogaden's genocide against ethiopians]
    In Somalia’s genocide against innocent somalians in their own village ]
    1. B./G Seyum Hagos
    2.B/G Mullugeta Berhe
    3.B/G Gebere Adehana
    4.Colonel G/Yohanse Abate
    5.Colonel aster [ the main actor in ogaden's genocide against ethiopians in ogaden] sourcse G7 RADIO.

  3. yikerbelen
    | #3

    .LISTS OF CRIMINALS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVING IN GENOCIDE
    In gambella genocide against ethiopians
    1.Abay Tsehaye
    2.D/r Geberab Barnabas
    3.Colonel Tsegaye
    4.Umete obang
    IN addis ababa,s genocide against ethiopians
    1.wodiyi Leggesse zenawi [ melese zenawi]
    2.Getachew Assefa
    3.Abay tsehaye
    4.”General” ato samorawu yenose
    4.Addisu Leggesse
    5. mr lair Berekete simon
    In ogaden genocide against ethiopians
    1.M/G Aberaha w/mariam
    2.B/G Mullugeta Berehe
    3.Colonel W/Geberiel Babe
    4.wodi aneteru
    5.Colonel Tsegaye
    6.Conole Tsehaye Menguse
    7.B/G Yohanse
    8.Colonel Aster [ the actor in ogaden's genocide against ethiopians]
    In Somalia’s genocide against innocent somalians in their own village ]
    1. B./G Seyum Hagos
    2.B/G Mullugeta Berhe
    3.B/G Gebere Adehana
    4.Colonel G/Yohanse Abate
    5.Colonel aster [ the main actor in ogaden's genocide against ethiopians in ogaden] sourcse G7 RADIO.

  4. Wude
    | #4

    Dear yikerbelen
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  5. WEGESHAW
    | #5

    “Ethiopia Threaten To Prosecute Coffee Exporters and To Begin Coffee Exporting”
    - By Jason McClure (Bloomberg)

    That was the title given to the article by the Western journalist:
    What westerners don’t know or try to understand is that our country is ruled by a brutal fascistic type of foe who is on the process of destroying it! Ethiopia has found herself in prison thanks to her historical enemies and hence at this moment can’t prosecute the innocent coffee Exporters instead would have persecuted the foe who is bleeding her for the last 18 years! The title should have read as folows:
    “Enemies of Ethiopia persecuting innocent children of Ethiopia”.
    Ethiopia should prevail!
    Thank you

  6. WEGESHAW
    | #6

    Look at what this Shaebia number one foe of Ethiopia Meles doing after Ethiopians around the World have demonstrated and striped him naked to his pants on the G20 recently. He was so scared that he had to pee on his pants and run away, leaving the journalists alone to find the back door. The press people were so amused why a person who said he represents the whole continent of Africa had to escape like a fugitive?
    Now they are forced to look into his crimes committed they ignored before.Now when we follow the development in the country after this evil foe of Ethiopia returned back is the revenge he is committing on the country.Since he doesn’t have the power to confront the rich countries he is now engaged in flexing his muscles on the helpless and voiceless people.In less than one week of his return he has succeeded in handing out of 5 very expensive Helicopters from a poor country, while the “Rich countries” were hesitating to do so.He has just given away 5 EXPENSIVE Helicopters on a silver plate meant to help the starving people of DARFUR. Yes it is a good gesture to help the people of neighboring country when they are in a desperate need, but wait a minute what about the 14 million starving Ethiopians? Why should the foe Prime minister has to deliver our fertile border line very vast land to SUDAN any way? Why should the “Prime Minister of Ethiopia” invite a president of another country who is fugitive of crime against Humanity and on whose head lye arrest warrant given by the internationally respected organization ICC? Do we have a “Prime Minister of Ethiopia” or a “Sudanese Prime Minister for Ethiopia”?
    We know that “our Prime Minister Meles” has always been the-
    “Eritrean Prime Minister for Ethiopia”, why has he now chosen to be a “Sudanese Prime Minister for Ethiopia”? This is the Prime Minister who TLF the party begging him to continue to be Prime Minister for another 5 years, of course by using fake democracy and use of force again.
    This evil man has never been the Prime Minister of Ethiopia but rather we call him as “Prime TERMINATOR of Ethiopia” or “Prime Enemy of Ethiopia” or “Prime Monster of Ethiopia” or “Prime misery for Ethiopia”. The recent other Revenge on Ethiopia is the threat of imprisoning the innocent Ethiopian coffee exporters, there is no problem with that, any way 74 million people are in the bigger prison.That puts the monopoly in the ELF pocket again; of course that is the reason behind this act.
    As time goes we are approaching to the next election in Ethiopia, and the tyrannical “government” is trying to show some kind of fake democracy, trying to buy some Ethiopians by the use of some material needs and may be “giving land” to Ethiopians, those within the country and abroad. Remember the tyrant who “Gives” you land also has given away 1600Km.of land in length with some 50-80 Km. of the land in width your ancestors waged their life for. Remember your brave King Johannes has given his head and has been mutilated defending the border that these traitors are giving away with ease. Compare the piece of land you will get with the land unlawfully taken away from your motherland Ethiopia! Taking land at this sad moment of auctioning of Ethiopia by her enemies is considered like collaborating in the selling of once own mother’s body!

    Ethiopians be aware! The Monster is preparing to be re elected again!
    We all have to defend our country by using different methods being in the country or abroad!
    This election has to be the end of tyranny!

    Ethiopia should prevail!

  7. Alula
    | #7

    We Ethiopians have to fight against these criminals (top Criminals) who have killed civil Ethiopians. But I do not see the name of Tamirat Layne in this list. I think he is one of these criminals. Wherever he is or whatever he said, by any measure, Tamirat is still a criminal. It is not the issue of religion or the issue of politics it is the issue of our mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers who have lost their life for no reason at bedeno and that is the issue of justice. So we should no forget him.

    Believe me, sooner or Latter these criminals will be punished for their criminal act!

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