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...


Cloud of Hope and Fear 


Last week witnessed two press conferences - one by National Meteorology Agency and the other by the Ethiopian Government Communications Office chaired by Redwan Hussein. The government was announcing its preparedness to...


Everything but the Rains


In the afternoon of August 5, 2015, Workitu Mamo, a mother of eight, was on her way back from a nearby local market in Awash Beshallo Kebele 125Km south of Addis Abeba. She and her firstborn son, Demesse Dadi, were carry...


The Eagle’s View


If anything, President Barack Obama was reciprocating a royal visit Ethiopia made to the US sixty years ago. Speaking to the American Congress on May 26, 1954, as the first black leader of any country to do so, His Imper...


Great Trade Expectations Behind the US-Ethiopia Trade Relations


  In 1903, the United States and one of the world’s oldest nations, Ethiopia,   established a relationship. Emperor Menelik II described the day as “... beginnings of a relationship which will have some pla...


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


Many sought to achieve in the finance conference that just took place in Addis Abeba, the establishment a global tax body under the United Nations to save the hundreds of billions dollars developing countries are believe...


Ministry Allocates Budget for Ongoing Roads Only


The Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED) has allocated a budget for only ongoing road projects, despite the Ministry of Transport’s (MoTr) planning to construct 110,000Km roads for GTP II. Sufian A...


Penalties for Poor Quality in Medical Training Colleges


It was three weeks ago that the Higher Education Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA), established in 2003 as a body responsible for guiding and regulating the education sector, executed penalties against nine educational in...


Proposed Amendment to Social Security Scheme Highly Debatable


A woman working for an IT wholesale company was looking forward to collecting a 40,000 Br provident fund from the company where she had been employed for the past 18 years. Now she is not certain anymore – that is, if...


Editorial

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the f...


Agenda

The cement industry in Ethiopia, although still largely untapped, is se...


Fineline

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged...


Commentary

Recently, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) had announced the mandato...


Viewpoint

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and...


Opinion

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern cou...


View From Arada

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in...


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