Non-Performing Agricultural Investments Get the Axe



Karaturi, Agro Products Plc, a renowned but controversial foreign investment in Ethiopia's agricultural sector, seems to be facing the beginning of its end. The Indian company came to Ethiopia in 2011 to invest in growin...


IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING


On November 22, 2015, the Orthodox Christian faithful at Delanta Wereda, 598km northeast of Addis Abeba in Southern Wello were celebrating the annual St Michael’s feast at the local Saint Michael’s Church. An anom...


General Assemblies Generate Businesses


“Bank events are the wildest,” said Danny, a bartender, shaking his head in amazement, as he poured amber liquid into a sea of glass tumblers at a launch event. “They celebrate like they have a score to settle.”...


The Ups, Downs in Land Value


Land transactions worth over four billion Birr have taken place in the lease of 759 plots of land in land distribution in Addis Abeba, although the city government has not actually collect all that revenue. In the las...


Forex Crunch Choking Businesses in Ethiopia


Ethiopia’s foreign currency supply available for importers and travellers alike is increasingly facing chronic shortages, claims an importer engaged in trading of household appliances from Asian countries, while opting...


Premier Makes No Bones in Parliament


Amidst fears and uncertainties about the worsening impact of the current drought, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn tried to explain the country’s preparedness to reduce those impacts as the latest reports show 8.2 m...


Little Gabies: Ethiopia’s Next International Breakout Brand


What started as the quest of a caring and self-proclaimed, over-protective first-time mother to find the perfect blanket for her child is now making headlines as the next potential international breakout brand from Ethio...


Bill for Residential Housing Development, Transactions


A new Bill to guide residential housing development and transactions is to be tabled for Parliament, covering real estate developers, buyers and those who rent houses from landlords. It is for the purpose of determini...


State of the Union Signals Intent


In his State of the Union speech delivered to a joint session of Parliament and the House of Federation on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, President Mulatu Teshome (PhD) addressed the government's direction over the coming fiv...


Meeting the Meat Demand


This past week may have been a week just like any other for exporters of other products. But it was not a pleasant week for meat exporters and the government after the unexpected ban of country’s meat exports by agricu...


Disparity in The Quality of University Education Prevails


As the 2015/2016 academic year begins in Ethiopia, long queues are seen at the ticketing office of Selam Bus at Mesqel Square with parents and students, hoping to get tickets before registration deadlines set by universi...


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 that the north-south route of th...


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 and admiration o...


Status Quo Maintained, Despite Discontent


A baker in his early 30s was apathetic to the Convention of the ruling EPRDF held during the last week of August 2015, for he believed his voice, and that of many of his age group in Meqelle was not heard. A returnee fro...


The Colourful Convention


The city of Mekelle has had a busy set of events these past two weeks. First it celebrated the annual traditional Ashenda festivity in an upbeat and colourful manner. Residents of the city and its environs, as well as to...


Permission to Build, a Complex Waiting Game


After 25 years in the construction sector, Getaneh Terefe, a foundation architect, is amazed that getting a construction permit for buildings has remained a difficult task. He owns a consultancy firm called GT Consulting...


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To the shock of many people a building around Summit in the Bole Distri...


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Road maintenance in Addis Abeba has been a bone of contention between c...


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The manner in which the current leadership of the O...


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The recent passing of Professor Richard Pankhurst has been the news aro...


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