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…


Inconsistent Land Policy Implementation Costly to City

Unlike any of his predecessors, Deriba Kuma, Mayor of Addis Abeba, spends much of his time dealing with inherited problems. For a politician with little influence and experience in running…


Technology’s Growth Potential Possible Only by Proactive Policy

Connectivity has become the new measure of prosperity around the world. Varying in forms and intensity, the concept has become the definitive factor in improving human well-being. There has never…


Effective Implementation Guarantees Sustainable Development

Development plans under the ruling Revolutionary Democrats have become progressively ambitious. Stretching development capacity to its limit seems to be the one defining factor that the ruling elite focuses on…


Denial no Solution for Effective Firewall against Illicit Outflows

Leaks of confidential information such as the Panama Papers implicating global movers and shakers rarely surface. The 11.5 million documents leaked from the corporate service provider firm – Mossack &…


Regulatory Revamp of Construction Sector Essential to Sustainability

There is a strong association between the political economy the Revolutionary Democrats are trying to establish in Ethiopia, and investment in the construction sector. Their model is one where the…


Administrative Solutions Incapable of Solving Political Problems

One can say with utmost certainty that the ruling elite is overwhelmed with problems and is looking for urgent solutions, left and right. It was unnerving for them to have…


New Computer Crime Law Hinders Vibrant Online Discourse

The ruling Revolutionary Democrats have crafted the first ever computer crime law and tabled it to the federal parliament, fully controlled by themselves and their affiliates. Intended to manage the…


Independent Monetary Policy Curbs Inflationary Momentum

Rosy reports are typical under the rule of the Revolutionary Democrats. Institutions do their best to highlight their positive performances and get praised for them. This trend is so pervasive…


Changing Regional Dynamics Requires Updating Foreign Policy Matrix

It is common to hear the Revolutionary Democrats praising Ethiopia as an anchor of peace and stability in a region known for hostilities. It is a trademark phrase they use…


Lasting Ease to Logistics Nightmare Through Competitive Market

Poor logistics is a shared nightmare in Ethiopia. There hardly is an issue as delicate across sectors as logistics. Everyone, from businesspeople to diplomats, are heard cursing the sector as…


Illiberal Ruling Party Makes National Consensus Elusive

Pledges of national consensus from the ruling EPRDF have reached an all-time new phase. In his latest address to the Political Parties Consultation Council and a gathering of intellectuals…


Burdensome Regulation Worsens Corruption

Good governance is the new buzz phrase within the camp of the Revolutionary Democrats. The concept has become the lone anchor of their policymaking. To repeat the words of Prime…


Change in Investment Culture Elicits Strategic Positioning

Back in 2011, the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, made a rather notable remark in the presence of selected and influential businesspeople, gathered at his office, off Lorenzo Liezaz Street.…


Deadly Road Rage Needs Aggressive Traffic Law Enforcement

Monday, February 29, saw the streets of Addis partly deserted. There was an unofficial strike by drivers of minibuses and medium-sized (midi) buses opposing implementation of a law passed five…


Changing Ethio-Eritrea Standoff Seeks New Policy Approach

It has been 16 years since Ethiopia and Eritrea started to live in what could be described as an impasse – a “no war, no peace” situation, in diplomatic parlance.…


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