Meeting the Meat Demand

With obvious concern about food security, all indications are that Ethiopia is affording its livestock sector priority in all aspects – from protecting live animals and regulating domestic trade, to increasing revenue earnings from meat exports. No evidence of the heightened prioritisation is more compelling than the proposed new Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development. As FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, LUCY KASSA reports, the new ministry will have to hit the ground running as one of its first tasks will be to address quality assurance issues in the export market and persuade Ethiopia’s biggest meat export destination to lift the recently imposed ban.

Disparity in The Quality of University Education Prevails

The numbers of students enrolling for Higher Education are indeed impressive but quality seems to be sacrificed when one encounters graduates of tertiary education who seem unable to meet the needs of the labour market. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, MIKIAS TESFAYE takes an in-depth look at the poor state of Higher Education institutions and joins the call for greater focus on quality.

Risk to Public Safety Looms Large

Three years and nine months after the survey design of the project was conducted in January 2012, Getachew Betru (PhD), CEO of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), announced last week…

The Teddy Afro Saga

Another year and another controversy surrounding a would-be concert by Teddy Afro, dubbed by many as the most popular, if not populist, contemporary Ethiopian singer and song-writer. Enjoying the support…

Status Quo Maintained, Despite Discontent

The gloomy mood that had clouded the northern town of Meqelle following the 12th Congress of the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF) had cast a dark shadow on the EPRDF Convention in captivating public’s attention, reports our staff writer, Mikiyas Tesfaye.

The Colourful Convention

The candour of delegates participating in the 10th EPRDF Congress in Mekelle is nothing sort of refreshing and significant, as it signals winds of change. To use the old adage Vox Populi, Vox Dei (the voice of the people is the voice of God), if the Front’s current and future leadership, as servants of the people take the criticism maturely they can immediately take the first steps towards realising the hotly discussed goal of good governance with improved outcomes for GTP II. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, MIKIYAS TESFAYE is among the journalists covering the Congress. His detailed report follows.

Permission to Build, a Complex Waiting Game

Explanations abound but no matter how plausible they are, delay and complexity in the process of obtaining construction permits cannot be explained away. While FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, BROOK ABDU hears the complaints of architects and the rebuttals of officials, one cannot but wonder at the frustration of construction project owners as they wait, and wait, for their projects to begin.

Cloud of Hope and Fear 

Great uncertainty surrounds rainfall and general weather conditions in certain parts of the country despite reports by various authorities that are meant to reassure the populace about the nation’s preparedness to respond to drought. Anxiety, giving rise to negative images of the past stems from hardship already being encountered by farming communities. DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER travelled to some of the affected areas and spoke with people experiencing the impact of rain shortage, who have real cause for concern.

Everything but the Rains

In Ethiopia’s Agriculture-led economy, every single thing depends on rain. With predictions of drought being realised in some of the country’s important agricultural production areas, there are also instances where the information provided does not match experience on the ground. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW, met with farmers and agriculture in Dodotta, Arsi Zone, in Oromia Region, he received first hand information about how farming communities are affected with implications for the entire nation.

The Eagle’s View

Many an account of historic relations between Ethiopia and the USA surfaced last week to observe ties that were broken during the regime of the Derg but have been restored. Looking at how those ties will be strengthened and sustained into the future remains topical, though President Obama has left. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW trailed the visiting President last week and obtained various perspectives on the impact of his brief stay.

Great Trade Expectations Behind the US-Ethiopia Trade Relations

Ethiopia is abuzz with the pending historic visit of US President Barack Obama. This is easily understood in light of a relationship between both countries that is more than a century old. However, unsatisfactory trade relations and limited US investment prevail in spite of initiatives such as the African Growth Opportunity Act. This theme is explored by FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, BROOK ABDU as he engages private investors and development partners in the conversation about possible outcomes of President Obama’s visit.

Civil Society’s David in Quest for Goliath’s Tax Dollar

Civil society’s push for a UN global body to effectively address tax evasion, could not withstand the might of rich and powerful forces present at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The latter opted for maintaining the status quo with regard to the role of the OECD in decision-making about global tax standards, while the former produced The Civil Society Declaration reiterating the need for global decision-making on taxes to be more inclusive. FORTUNE’S STAFF WRITER, HIDAT ARKEBE, zooms in on this particular issue and shares the position of this seemingly still marginalised sector in a process that cannot be sustainable if not people-centred.

Ministry Allocates Budget for Ongoing Roads Only

While the Ministry of Transport is planning to construct new roads for GTP II, the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development has budgeted only for the completion of ongoing road projects. FORTUNE’s STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW takes the long budget road from parliament to stakeholders involved in providing road infrastructure in order to understand the challenges and the cost of correcting them.

Penalties for Poor Quality in Medical Training Colleges

The quality of Continuing and Higher Education is cause for concern and in terms of penalties and corrective action, those providing training in medical and dental health disciplines have come under close scrutiny, with some barred from admitting new students. FORTUNE’S STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW spoke with students, administrators and regulators to find out how inadequacies and breaches in the sector are being addressed.


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