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As Ethiopia does away with the old and welcomes the new year, this annual cycle also resonates globally, for it marks the yearly modern day gathering of the elders in the form of the United Nations General Assembly (GA)...


When the Insurance Industry Catches the Flu


Recent unrest in parts of the country have exposed the gaps in the provision of insurance services in the country. Ethiopia’s four-decade-long insurance service experience can be characterised as poorly performing, in...


Regulatory Gaps Threatening Somaliland’s Remittance Lifeline


Somaliland is a small nation in the Horn of Africa, with a population of around four million inhabitants. Its economy is dependent on Diaspora remittance and livestock exports to the Arab gulf countries. It has an infanc...


On the Cusp of an AI Revolution


Over the last 30 years, consumers have reaped the benefits of dramatic technological advances. In many countries, most people now have in their pockets a personal computer more powerful than the mainframes of the 1980s.


African Industrialisation Takes Centre Stage


At the recently held G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, promoting industrialisation in Africa and low-income countries was on the agenda for the first time. Indeed, at the 6th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperatio...


Global Growth Still Made in China


Despite all the hand-wringing over the vaunted China slowdown, the Chinese economy remains the single largest contributor to world GDP growth. For a global economy limping along at an idle speed – and most likely unabl...


Making Hunger History


For the first time in human history, the end of hunger is well within our reach. While courageous and passionate individuals have been working to end this scourge for decades, a recent confluence of political will, publi...


Leadership Icons of a Globalised World


In today’s global culture, where simple models help make sense of so much complexity, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin embody opposing archetypes of national leadership. Like others...


Universal Health Coverage Key to Africa’s Prosperity


Africa needs much more investment from the private sector to build its roads, energy and communications infrastructure. But for countries to make the most use of that infrastructure, they also need to invest more in peop...


From Singular Focus to Multifaceted Approach in Industrialization


A few weeks back, international newspapers were filled with headlines about Ethiopia’s rather impressive milestone in industrialisation – the Hawassa Industrial Park. The development, located at the entrance of the...


Why Ethiopian Banks Should Embrace Advanced Technologies


Technology will continue to evolve. Data centre infrastructure, operations and management is evolving along with the changing roles of IT professionals. In view of this, banks need to plan for emerging technologies in da...


Complex Playing Field of Sports Economics


Sport represents a large and fast-growing sector of the economy, making an important contribution to growth and jobs, with value added and employment effects exceeding average growth rates. Supporters of mega-sporting ev...


Meeting Africa’s Universal Health Challenge


The right to health is a basic human right; one that depends on access to timely and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality. Yet, we know that approximately 100 million people globally are needlessly pushed into po...


The False Economic Promise of Global Governance


Global governance is the mantra of our era’s elite. The surge in cross-border flows of goods, services, capital and information, produced by technological innovation and market liberalisation, has made the world’s co...


Drink Driving to an Early Grave


It was brought to my attention by our driving instructor back in 2010 that Ethiopia ranks at the top of the World’s Car Accidents index. It makes me wonder why we are getting a reputation for negative things, when we h...


Globalisation and its New Discontents


Fifteen years ago, I wrote a little book, entitled Globalization and its Discontents, describing growing opposition in the developing world to globalising reforms. It seemed a mystery: people in developing countries had...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


Commentary

With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


Viewpoint

Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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