Regions Seek to Promote Industrialization, to the Wrong End



Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the federal and the Amhara Regional State observed groundbreaking ceremonies for the launching of a number of industries across the region. Promoted under...


Fiscal, Monetary Policies Mismatch to Blame for Forex Woes


Last week, Ethiopia got a vindication of a sort of its gains over the years in its pursuit of economic growth. A London-based magazine, “World Finance”, has joined the foray listing it second in the five fastest grow...


What Have the EPRDFites Got to Fear, But Fear?


In the 18th Century Great Britain, one that was on the brink of losing its treasured colonies, William Pitt was in the mood of negotiating with the revolutionaries now popularly referred to as founding fathers of the Uni...


Extended State of Emergency’s Flip-side Tale


It has come far from a surprise. The officialdom has been hyping the public up, hoping to make the inevitable decision to extend the state of emergency declared in October 2016 a rather less of a shock. Prime Minister...


Impunity Continues Unchecked in a Climate of Deadly Unaccountability


Two weeks ago, a landslide in the Repi area of Addis Abeba, commonly known as Qoshe, dominated the headlines in the country and abroad. A mammoth garbage collapsed in the late hours of March 11, 2017, claimed the lives o...


Devoid of Innovations, Housing Projects Continue to Lag


Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the inauguration of the uncompleted condominiums in Aqaqi-Qality and Lideta districts, meant for the use of people with middle income. The inauguration w...


Booting Natives from the Financial Sector Unwise, Shortsighted Move


Native Ethiopians with foreign nationalities are being kicked out from the banking industry, unceremoniously. Banks have been forced to sell shares held by foreign nationals they had as shareholders following a new direc...


Local Insurance Companies Need to Reboot


It is that time of the year when insurance companies are releasing their annual reports at their annual shareholders meetings, making their profits and losses known to the public at large. Most insurance companies are re...


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...


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