Construction Regulations, Quality Control Falling Through the Cracks



To the shock of many people a building around Summit in the Bole District has recently collapsed. It was a three-storey building, which had been under construction for almost a year. This is the second time in a year tha...


Shrouded in Secrecy, Replacing State Monopoly with Private No Panacea


The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is in talks with a Hong Kong registered Chinese company to divest a reported 40pc of the state-owned Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Service Ente...


Understanding the Limits of State Power Helps in Dialogue


Mending fences with foes and friends is never easy in politics. It means that the parties involved had reached an understanding and decided to start with a clean slate or agree to disagree and live with differences for t...


No Accountability as Gov’t Agencies Mismanage Funds


  Last year in May the Auditor General stood before Parliament and gave a report on the Pharmaceutical Fund Supply Agency (PFSA), a federal agency. The findings stated that the Ag...


Youth Fund: Bandage on Gunshot Wound


Three months prior to his unfortunate yet consequential passing, Meles Zenawi, the late prime minister of Ethiopia, had one of the three remarkable public addresses made at the Sheraton Addis, during the World Economic F...


Ethiopia’s Political Gridlock Won’t Be Solved by Meetings


Over the past two weeks, the Revolutionary Democrats have locked the entire civil service in a series of meetings, in their desperate effort to indoctrinate public service people with their ideological conviction. It is...


Need, Necessity Dictate Political Engagement


Ethiopia is in the midst of a state of emergency. At a press conference earlier this week, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn reflected on the status of the almost two-year old crisis: “As far as the date of lifting...


Liberalised Logistics Industry Good for Business


For a landlocked country with ambitions of bolting out of poverty, Ethiopia is critically dependent on an efficient import/export and shipping pipeline that works seamlessly. A sure way to achieve this would be through l...


Local Banks Swimming in Murky Water


Ethiopia’s banking industry has had a lukewarm progression since the Bank of Abyssinia became a pioneer as the first bank of the country a century ago. In 1932, a directive from Emperor Haile Selassie ordered the Br...


Ethiopia Mortgaging Future with External Debt


The Ethiopian Parliament recently debated the issue of the high external debt of the country. This is welcome news as the debt of the nation is growing, reaching upwards of almost 16 billion dollars. A large portion of t...


Accessing Reserves Tricky for Banks


In the midst of the liquidity crises that engulfed Ethiopia’s private banking industry, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has been trying to respond to the crisis in the country’s banking system. In addition to the...


Deafening Inaction in the Face of the Birr’s Decline


One major drag to Ethiopia’s growth aspiration is perhaps the central bank and those we are in charge of the nation’s monetary policy affairs. At the helm of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) are individuals who ar...


Normalising Owning a Car in Ethiopia


At the Diaspora conference in Bahir Dar held this past summer, one of the most pressing and urgent issue discussed was the tariffs on automobiles imported to Ethiopia. The government has promised to look in to it. The...


Blanket State of Emergency Law Requires Proportionality


Two months on from the declaration of the state of emergency and the country now seem to be normalised. Investment activities, which stalled due to the unrest and following extensive property damage, have recommenced ope...


A Public Salary Raise Based on Priorities


At the presidential opening statement of the joint session of the House of People’s representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF), covered and long list of social, political and economic ills, flickering ligh...


Native Ethiopians Need to Bridge a Transition to Liberalization


Last week, the National Bank of Ethiopia issued a new directive-Manner of Relinquishing Shareholding of Foreign Nationals of Ethiopian Origin in a Bank or Insurer. This is an enforcement mechanism of its rule that no for...


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