Cement Market Set for a Concrete Future



In 2007, two engineers, Mesfin Abi and Gizaw Teklemariam, and their workmate, Eskindir Desta, sat around a table, pondering how to respond to the escalating cement consumption in Ethiopia. At the time, the national cemen...


Moderate Retail Food Prices for Easter


Every holiday, Abebech Yirga never misses the change to visit Semien Sholla, a market place known for the large number of chickens for sale, as it is two kilometres away from her home. “The chicken market is better...


Unexpected Demolition Leaves Residents Clueless


On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4, 2017, a bulldozer was busy clearing the houses in Kebele 09 of Wereda 11 in Kirkos District. Groups of young people, who had been tasked with helping in the demolition, leaped across...


Ethiopia’s Real Estate Market, Still Under Construction


Launched four years ago, Tsehay Real Estate Complex is a major project that has contributed to the standing of the local real estate market. Developed by Chinese investors, the project was constructed with an investment...


Health Sector Graduates Flounder in the Job Market


Yekatit 12 Hospital, a city institution, is never short of patients waiting for treatment and families waiting for their loved ones. Tsedey Abebe is one of the family members waiting to visit her mother, who has been hos...


Hailemariam’s Uncanny Omissions before Parliament


Back from recess after the first half of the current fiscal year, the all EPRDF and allies dominated Parliament heard from the Prime Minister, who chose to focus mainly on macroeconomic issues. A Chief Executive Offic...


New Trends in the Fishery Market


In Ethiopia, seasonality seems to apply to many kinds of food, including, most significantly, fish. Although some people enjoy various seasonal foods out of season, often timely associations are still there. Business...


The Saga of Unemployed Graduates


“It has been very frustrating. I have been looking for a job for almost a year,” says Beshir Hidato who has been unemployed since he graduated two years ago. “I have almost forgotten what I learned.” Beshir, w...


Road Maintenance Divides Addis Residents


As city commuter Sara Tesfaye, 32, wait for a taxi on Roosevelt Street, dust was swirling about her. But she was still optimistic about the city's streets. “The roads have definitely been getting better,” she says...


Late Payments Derail Machinery Rental Business


Ashenafi Beza has been in the business of renting out construction machinery  for the past five years. Like many others, it was Addis Abeba’s construction boom that attracted him to the machinery rental business. The...


Businesses Buckle Under Forex Crunch


Colonial Décor Furniture, a business that sells imported household furniture from Indonesia, will temporarily cease operations after 15 years. Soaring rents and slowing business have forced Habtamu Semu, the owner, to p...


Bright Prospect for Local Mobile Assemblers


[gallery]   Birhan Abera's electronics shop is one of a few mobile phone distributors located inside Addis Abeba Mall. Her shop has been an agent for a local mobile assembler called Tecno Mobile for the past t...


New Waste Pickup System Causes Headaches


Addis Abeba is transforming its waste management system to make it more streamlined and automated, but the changeover is causing some growing pains to residents who complain about untimely pickup of waste from homes and...


ATM Woes Plague Customers


Temperamental and out of service ATMs are not new to bank customers in Addis Abeba. But the latest reports involve a new problem: machines have reportedly not been giving customers the cash that they request. There doesn...


Hiccups in Remittance Flow Around Holidays


Holidays can come with good and bad surprises. The holiday season is a time where banks rush to have their hands on every possible remittance sent via a remittance service operator. Usually, the flow of remittances reach...


Christmas Trees : A festive season must have


Addis has lit up in red and gold with the shine of Christmas trees and decorations. The most significant competitors that highlight this atmosphere are the hotels and malls. Christmas has become known in Addis Abeba as t...


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