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...


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 whenever t...


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 & Fonseca - to th...


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 state plays a crucial r...


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 over 200 Ethiopians in Gambella killed by armed...


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 ever-growing damage c...


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 within the state structure...


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 to magnify their achievement in pacifying the na...


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 painfully sluggish, costly a...


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