Central Bank Fair Game for Its Fallout with Native Ethiopians



I am an Ethiopian by origin with a different nationality now. Despite my interest, I have no investment so far in any of the financial institutions in Ethiopia, which were instructed by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE...


Investing in the Horn of Africa: Navigating a Potentially Difficult Landscape


Given a recent history of civil unrest and insurgency in Somalia, that country was until recently one of the last places in which Western investors would consider operating, but the country is now being talked about as t...


Outdated Ethiopian Brand Needs Facelift


Branding is the art of persuasion. The service provider has to “persuade” the consumer that whatever product it sells to you, is a better fit to your needs than any competitor can deliver. Branding is the mother of m...


Another Liquidity Crisis within Three Months!


Following growing complaints and lamentations about the acute shortage of foreign exchange in the country and the long cue for allocation (waiting period of up to six months or more), it was not such a long time ago - be...


Staying the Course in Building Resilience


The Horn of Africa Region is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years, leaving more than 17 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan food insecure. Recurrence of droughts is more pronounced...


Qoshe Landslide Avoidable Mishap


The Addis Ababa City Administration’s lack of attention in monitoring the potential garbage landslide landfill danger, and seeking appropriate solution was an opportunity lost. It resulted in a catastrophic loss of liv...


Does the Tax Incentives Benefit Ethiopia?


Emerging economies have introduced tax incentives for various reasons. In some countries in transition, such instruments may be seen as a counterweight to the investment disincentives inherent in the general tax system.


Perils of a Bill on Maternity Leave


The government is soon to introduce a decree that entitles women employees up to six months maternity leave. The initiative, which will no doubt attracts sharp responses from employers and the broader public, could have...


Why Should Universities be Ideological Strongholds?


Addis Ababa University community has recently undergone a meeting. A similar forum was also prepared for students. The whole purpose was ideological. Documents were distributed and read. A leading document digs into the...


Customer Obsession, Ideal for Today’s Market Dynamics


My friends’ and I have this usual custom of having coffee reviewing the weekend’s papers and discussing what has happened over the week every Sunday morning. Our usual meeting place had been a renowned chain café lo...


Rethinking Profit Sharing During Expropriation


There are media reports to the effect that the existing expropriation proclamation would be amended in a manner that satisfies existing complaints, among others, about inadequacy of compensation. Expropriation is comp...


Time to Revisit and Revitalize Banks’ Crisis Preparedness


Considering the location of our major cities in and around the East African Rift Valley region, known for its turbulent seismic movements; given the average decade and half experiences of private banks and insurances, an...


The Mispriced Risk of Infectious Diseases


Global business leaders and investors are largely transfixed by two kinds of risk: macroeconomic and geopolitical. In the near term, this means a focus on the US Federal Reserve’s impending rate hikes and the upcoming...


Rewriting the Monetary-Policy Script


How long will major central banks blindly rely on rigid rules to control inflation and stimulate growth? Given the clear benefits of nimble monetary policy, central bankers need to open their eyes to the possibilities...


Bids for Bank Shares too Wild to Make Sense


With the resurgence of the private banking business in the economy in 1995, where Awash International Bank (AIB) was the pioneer private bank to commence operation that was solely confined to the state owned banks for ov...


Zero Innovation for the 10b Br Youth Fund


It was midday on a weekend, sitting with a friend sipping coffee enjoying the traditional coffee ceremony with popcorn in the Ambassador area that we started discussing the 10 billion birr budget dubbed the “revolving...


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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