Hailemariam Desalegn’s Limited Room to Manoeuvre


In their ascendance to power, each successive leader of Ethiopia has gone through a rough political ride of consolidation, before they asserted their rule over the country. So too is…


Opposition’s Depressing Loss of Moral Compass

No less than a dozen music concerts were cancelled in Ethiopia and around the world last week, having originally been organised to welcome Ethiopia’s New Year. The cancellations came about…


Stock of the Past, Wish List for the Future

It has been a year of turmoil and uncertainty for Ethiopia. There has not been a year over the past quarter of a century when popular uprisings and subsequent conflicts…


Public Inquiry to Resolve Abuse of State Power

Roughly a year after the Revolutionary Democrats assured the public that they were more than committed to promoting good governance and fighting the political economy of rent seeking at the…


Internet Blackouts: A Gross Disservice to Democracy

Judging by the recent repeated restrictions in the use of social media and the Internet in general across the country, it would not be an overstatement to suggest that Ethiopia…


Disarmament Key to a Peaceful Society

One of the most shocking manifestations of the recent demonstrations, which have erupted across some parts of the country, was the widespread display of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle in…


Supply, Demand Mismatch in Housing Requires Fresh Thinking

Twelve years since the Addis Abeba Administration introduced the low-cost housing programme to address the chronic housing problem in the capital, it appears that demand continues to outpace supply. There…


Constitutional Lacunae Demand Urgent Attention

Though constitutions usually provide a holistic guideline for any given country’s supreme law, the Ethiopian Constitution, particularly in light of recent identity-centred questions raised by a group of people in…


Intensified Oversight of SOEs Crucial for Debt Control

When the commencement of the project was announced way back in 2006, the Tendaho Sugar Factory envisioned cultivating 50,000ha of land and conducting a dual-phased factory construction, which would have…


State Must Limit Involvement in Private Education

Last year, Addis Abeba’s Education Bureau enacted a new directive to regulate how private schools conduct their business in the delivery of education. The directive touched on critical issues that…


Foreign Competition Deficiency Clogging Financial Sector

One of the fundamental defining characteristics of the Revolutionary Democrats and their developmental state approach to government is the zeal with which they shield the country’s financial sector from foreign…


Non-Holistic Reforms in Business Law Just Part of the Solution

Making some overdue legislative reforms on the commercial registration and business license proclamation is not going to make Ethiopia the best place in the world to do business overnight. It…


Too Much State Unhelpful to Rapid Industrialisation

Consuming a projected cost of 246 million dollars, or part of it to date, and planned to be inaugurated just about a year since construction started, Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP)…


Executive Orders Overriding Directives Open the Lid on Pandora’s Box

With a mere one-page letter signed by the vice governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) and circulated to banks operating in the country, a fundamental modus operandi of…


Should We Fear “Khaki Capitalism”?

Under the stewardship of the Revolutionary Democrats, contemporary Ethiopia’s economy has developed some rather ironic contrasts. Within two decades, it has managed to attain the second largest GDP in the…


Tax Rebate Too Little Too Late to Impress

From the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs to the modern era’s sophisticated global economic interactions, the business of taxation remains one of the few instruments where state sovereignty is powerfully…


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...


Commentary

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


Viewpoint

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


Opinion

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


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