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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Unprocedural Quasi-Bureaucratisation is No Magic Wand

Last week saw a U-turn for the EPRDFites, who have been boasting about their first step towards transformation. They have been brave enough to bypass one of their most controversial…


Asking Ethiopians to Trade Liberty for Security is a False Choice

It has been a month of complete shutdown of mobile Internet, data and social media access in Ethiopia. While in the past it has been common practice by the government…


Public Bailout as a Fix Not Best, Sustainable

Government is soon to put aside some fund to ‘support’, a cautiously coined term by way of implying compensation and keep the options open, the attacked businesses in full or…


From Politics of Provisions, to Politics of Concessions

Almost a year after popular protests began in Oromia Regional State, before expanding to Amhara and more recently the southern regional states – and after the loss of hundreds of…


Privatised Violence Degenerates State Control

  Last Sunday, October 2, 2016, was one of those rare but sad moments when tragedy befalls a nation. Ethiopians were gripped with a deep sense of grief and loss…


Talk Not for the Sake of Talking

The Revolutionary Democrats are holding public meetings with different sectors of society as part of their drive to understand the people’s needs and get a feel for the public’s heartbeat.…


Editorial

Ethiopia is in the midst of a state of emergency. At a press conference...


Agenda

Holidays are mostly considered by the Banks to be a peak season when it...


Fineline

Addis Abeba is in a bizarre mood lately. And for a...


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Over the past decade or so, Ethiopia has been in the limelight of globa...


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Over two-thirds of Africa’s people lack access to electricity. Approx...


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Karl Marx was not such a naive man, as some would be forgiven to think,...


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