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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...


Employee Alternatives in Pension Planning Key to Security


The state under the leadership of the Revolutionary Democrats has developed a thirst for resources, seemingly increasing with each day. It has grown to a force trying to squeeze every potential surplus within the economy...


Transition to Performance-based Budgeting Essential to Fiscal Accountability


Incessant animosity defines the relationship between the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and the executive branch of the government, now under the watchful eyes of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The nexus was n...


Definitive Time for Global Leaders to Recognise Development Challenges, Act


The high echelons of the Ethiopian power circle are very busy these days. As they ensured their stay on the throne for the next five years, although many formalities relating to election results remain, they have directe...


A Call for Reform of the Existing Electoral System Timely


Last week has brought yet another sweeping election win for the ruling EPRDFites. The preliminary results the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), the ultimate decision maker on the issue which has obtained more...


Imperfect Elections, Yet the Nation Has to Move On


It is high time for the Ethiopian political space. The fifth national elections is unfolding as a series of preparatory events is leaving the final judgment call to the voting public. So much has gone on since the last n...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


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With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


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Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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