Competing Narratives of Political Uncertainty



General Take and Competing Narratives The nature of the challenge the EPRDF government has faced in recent months, relating to the country at large, is new - at least over the past quarter of a century. Ironically,...


Steel Bars Supply Drags for Several Months


The year 2015/16 was a fascinating one for those involved in the steel industry. It seems there was a cutthroat fight among two contradictory forces within the industry, which ended up in the control of local producers t...


Real Estates Reside in Courts


Courts have been busy with outstanding cases between real estate companies and homebuyers - such as the cases against Ermias T. Amelga, charged with fraud against homebuyers. Other real estate cases have all been uniform...


Budget and Loans


Loans have escalated this year. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated a growth of 7.4pc of GDP in 2015; yet, at the end 2015, their debt was estimated at 29pc of GDP against a general government debt of 27.3pc...


Hawassa Industrial Park


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn dubbed the Hawassa Industrial Park as "the defining instrument for achieving our industrialisation goals". The federal government has earmarked close to 750 million dollars, obtained f...


Urban Land Lease Price in the Capital


This year, urban land leasing in the capital has repeated the ever escalating price trend in the 17- 21st rounds. In the last five rounds of auction this year, 26ha of land portioned into over 600 plots have been made...


All Banks Now Using CORE Banking


The National Bank's fierce year started as early as September, when, despite a strong push, rejected two Dashen Bank vice president candidates for being under qualified for the position. Then, the bank was in a stalemate...


Public Health and Procurement Challenges


Despite the success story of Ethiopia’s achievement in curbing malaria and meeting several Millennium Development Goals, the past year has seen many issues in the health sector. This ha included many bumpy roads with r...


City Roads Authority Flattens Small Shops for Construction


Numerous container-like shops, commonly known as Arkebe souqs have, in the past  two months been demolished in six districts of Addis Abeba, to make way for either road construction or road safety. The metal shops, nick...


YEAR REVIEW


So much has happened in Ethiopia in the span of one year. It could be said that 2015 marked a sprint in time, with the ticker moving in different directions, to a nation that saw more tidal events than in any other given...


Recipe for Africa’s Success


For years, African countries have been told that the road to industrialization is long and full of intractable obstacles, made even more difficult by the need for institutional capacity to design and implement industrial...


Book Review: A Blind Alley


The 384-page book is divided into eight chapters, most of them titled with sensational phrases. The first 60 pages of Arkebe’s book dwell on reviews of different literature but I want to focus only on the remaining cha...


Concrete Competition for Cement Market Still Unmet


With the ongoing construction boom in the country, various high rise corporate headquarters, dissatisfaction over building heights and the complex process of obtaining construction permits were reported but none of this...


Expanding the Road Network from 2007 to 2008


Travel by road is the best and least expensive way to experience a country. Road infrastructure is also critical to commerce and economic development, particularly for landlocked countries like Ethiopia and this is one r...


Much More than Addis or 13 Months of Sunshine


Though Ethiopia was selected as the 2015 World Best Tourism Destination by the European Council on Tourism & Trade, for its contributions to the economy, the sector is nowhere near its full potential. However, the co...


The Presidential Visit – News Beyond the News


It would be interesting to know what the people in remote corners of Ethiopia thought about the visit of President Barack Obama to Ethiopia, for how could they not have heard that he was coming. In Addis Abeba, the city...


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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