No Legislative Success without Vibrant Mix of Ideas



The limelight of the past week was all about the power dynamics of the nation that came with the start of the new legislative year and a new legislature. Consequent to the last national and regional election, in which th...


As the SDG Era Dawns, Ethiopia Needs Functional Monitoring System


The United Nations General Assembly held last week at its headquarters, in New York was unusually packed. Heads of State and governments across the world gathered to discuss pertinent global challenges, from climate chan...


Light Rail: Cheers to Alternative, Thumbs Up for Gov’t!


Excitement fills the air in Addis Abeba. News headlines compete to capture the feeling and essence of the project. Comparisons with shelved projects across the Sub-Saharan Africa are being made to further the magnanimity...


Lower Level Political Commitment a Sine Qua Non to Quality Education


As education is one crucial area of policy making in a government, not least one with self-proclaimed affiliation with the farming population, the start of the academic year often brings a new wave of hype within the pol...


Clear Plan on Private Sector Support Vital for Growth


The drawing board of the Revolutionary Democrats is messy these days. Performance reports, drafts, feedback, political priorities and power arrangements are all over the table, waiting for decisions from the core leaders...


Competition – The Best Way to Create National Champions!


Under the calendar of public enterprises, the time of reporting has come. Along with an extended list of activities they have undertaken over the year, chiefs of the public enterprises, often appointed to their position...


Global Headwinds Tough for Economy without Responsive Policies


As the Revolutionary Democrats convene to set the tune of their political orchestra for the next five years, their highly admired model economy is facing what could arguably be considered its most volatile trend in five...


Innovative State Solutions for Job Creation


Current discourse within the public space and the narrow power circles of the nation, is all about the upcoming congress of the Revolutionary Democrats. Preparations are underway for what would be the second congress sin...


As Inflation Returns, Macro Policy Needs Adjustment


The scourge of inflation is back. The latest figure, released last week by the Central Statistical Agency (CSA), the ultimate authority on statistics headed by Samia Zekaria, shows that the monthly increase in the Consum...


Building Resilience Entails Wholesome Investment


Managing the Ethiopian economy has never been easy for the Revolutionary Democrats since they came to the throne overthrowing the military dictatorship, the Dergue.  The faces of the economic challenges have been changi...


Changing the Reality, Key to Transform Perceptions


Last week was an exceptional week for the EPRDFites. Having the most powerful person on the planet, United States President Barack Obama, as a guest, was both a tough task as well as an extraordinary privilege for the de...


Tax Regime Orientation Needs Shift Towards Expanding the Base


As they are preparing to host their historic guest, President Barack Obama of the United States, the Revolutionary Democrats are faced with converging economic tides. Locally, they are finalising the second generation Gr...


Country Ownership Appreciable, Lax Accounting Self-Defeating


All eyes, hearts and minds were in Addis Abeba, the centre of power for Ethiopian decision-makers, this past week. As the world convened for the Third Financing for Development (FFD) Conference, a successor to previous e...


Giving Lip Service to Good Governance No More Sustainable


The table of the Revolutionary Democrats seems to be full of issues that need their attention. If one is to go by appearances, it is easy to see that this could be one of the busiest times of their governance. It all rel...


Letting Politics Distort Economic Plans, Disastrous


If there is one thing that worries the echelons of power within the tiers of the EPRDF, it is the task of putting together a working plan for the next five years. The attempt to replace the first generation of Growth &am...


Abandoning Fiscal Discipline Imposes Huge Cost on Economy


Fiscal ambition is nothing new for the Ethiopian finance ministry, located off King George VI Street. The ministry, the authority over fiscal policy, led by Sufian Ahmed, has ever been the power behind the continuing exp...


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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