Principled Civil Servants Key to Building Developmental State



Civil servants, while not necessarily a part of the governing party, play a crucial role in the coordination and implementation of policies in government. Problem identification, formulation, and implementation of all po...


How to Do Industrial Parks Right


On the February 12th issue of Addis Fortune newspaper (Volume 17, No. 876), I read a viewpoint about the industrial parks development in Ethiopia. While the viewpoint was good in terms of defining the industrial parks...


Sow knowledge, Reap Cash


In a little more than two decades since private players entered the banking industry in Ethiopia there is progress. The banks manage to channel and collect savings in the form of deposit to the tune of 27pc of the gross...


Crucial Leather Sector Needs Rescuing


The second edition of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII) has laid out an ambitious plan for the leather sector to reach 800 million dollars in exports by 2020. As part of the country’s move towards more value a...


Diffusing the Ticking Time Bomb of African Youth


  Young people in Africa are not involved in policy making and rarely consulted in decision making. Many are jobless, angry and vulnerable to agitators who want to set fires that would send the youth in a paroxys...


Growth Strategy, Way To the Top for Africa


The most promising concept in the profession of accounting is the ‘Going Concern’ concept, explained in terms of time. There is no company for a day or a month; companies are formed for an indefinite period of time i...


Banks’ Era of Diminishing Returns


In one of the local Sunday newspapers, I read an interview with Teklewold Atnafu, governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE). The interview covered a wide range of issues: from the financial sector to export perform...


Accountancy and Climate Change


We received the New Year with global climate change news. Beijing air pollution became the headline on various International Medias. According to the media, many residents have been forced to stay in their homes for days...


In Defense of Globalization


I was recently in beautiful Chile for a Futures Congress, and I had a chance to travel south to the very tip of Latin America. I also recently made a BBC radio documentary called “Fixing Globalization,” in which I cr...


EU Should Act on Immigration, Not Preach


Just over a year ago, leaders from Europe and Africa met in Malta’s capital, for the so-called Valletta Summit. The Summit was part of a series of European steps towards a deeper cooperation with African countries on m...


Building On Ethiopia’s Health Care Success


Over the past decade or so, Ethiopia has been in the limelight of global health for its impressive achievement in the health sector. The country’s flagship health extension program has received numerous accolades as in...


Devaluation Not Silver Bullet Solution


For many economies around the world, the year 2016 was a year of disappointment and melancholy. Once used to be a symbol of buoyancy and dynamism, many economies had spent the year grappling with sluggish economic perfor...


Bank’s Unfair Deal to Diaspora


The National Bank of Ethiopia recently ordered private banks to purchase their owns shares from Ethiopian shareholders of foreign citizenship. The NBE further instructed the private banks to purchase these shares at par...


Globalism Under Siege


Money is as crucial to global finance as blood is to our body. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War ended and democratic and market liberalism became the foundations of the global growth. The global economy mov...


Understanding the Future Market


The Ethiopian finance sector might seem a bit ramshackle from a distance, but it is and remains a lucrative and attractive enterprise.  It faces the challenge of transitioning from traditional way of doing things to one...


Is Disruptive Good or Bad?


Maybe you thought disruptive was bad. And disruptive, when you are disturbing things and people that shouldn’t be disturbed, is indeed bad. But it also turns out that a lot of people think that disruptive is very good,...


Editorial

The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn...


Agenda

Ashenafi Beza has been in the business of renting out construction mach...


Fineline

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


Commentary

With the rush to develop Ethiopia and make the country one among middle...


Viewpoint

A recent World Bank report entitled, “Why So Idle? Wages and Emp...


Opinion

The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth,...


View From Arada

When people travel to a new city or town, they might notice the transpo...


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