China's Chongqing International Construction Corp was roped in late 2020 to replace IL&FS Transportation Networks to upgrade a 258-km stretch of road between Nekemte and Bure, but it may struggle to make up for lost time.
Vice president Riek Machar is insisting on having army commander Johnson Olony as head of the oil-producing state of Upper Nile. South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has refused to approve the appointment, however, even though, in so doing, he risks endangering the country's fragile transition process.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has for weeks been working on reconciliation with Eritrea in an effort to break the Cairo-Asmara-Abu Dhabi axis. It was fear of having to pay the price for this rapprochement that leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front - who have repeatedly clashed with Eritrea - rebelled against the Ethiopian federal army last week.
With two weeks to the presidential election to go, US President Trump has played his ace card to get Sudan to recognise Israel. Aware that the stakes go far beyond its borders, the Sudanese leaders remain divided.
President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has deployed his ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek to protect himself against any accusations of partiality towards the Oromo guerilla movement that is waging an armed campaign against the Ethiopian government.
The heated Nile dam dispute is still top of Gedu Andargachew's list of concerns. The Ethiopian foreign minister took advantage of the presence of his envoys in Addis to add muscle to his diplomatic blitz.
With negotiations on the huge dam on the Nile about to resume, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew is taking advantage of discussions on Ethiopia's much praised handling of the Covid-19 pandemic to convince potential allies of the well-foundedness of its position on the dam project.