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 were as frequent, intense and wide in their coverag...


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 conclusion of their latest con...


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 has joined those nations that suffer blanke...


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 the hands of several civilian p...


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 are currently c...


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 Wolqa...


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 a capacity of 26,...


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 have been a source of...


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 ownersh...


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 should be complimented by a...


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) was meant to herald today, July 3, 2016,...


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 the banking industry, enshrined in the sect...


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 COMESA tradin...


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 imposed. Taxes ar...


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 complex municipal affairs, the...


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 been a time that connect...


Editorial

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the f...


Agenda

The cement industry in Ethiopia, although still largely untapped, is se...


Fineline

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged...


Commentary

Recently, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) had announced the mandato...


Viewpoint

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and...


Opinion

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern cou...


View From Arada

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in...


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