How Hotels Earn their Stars



In April 2015, eight experts in hotel rating arrived in Addis Abeba from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to rate 136 registered hotels in the city. The rating was based on the standard prepared in c...


Technology Limits Appeal of Seasonal Company Calendars


Hailmaryam Mehari, a public prosecutor at the Ministry of Justice, has seen numerous criminal cases, in each of which there have been multiple court adjournments. Some of the court appointments are easy for him to rememb...


Banks Offer Incentives to Compete for Remittance Receipts


As holidays approach, it is often common to see a significant number of people queuing up at   every bank window for various transactions, one of which is receipt of remittances. With all banks promoting themselves as...


Universities of Science, Technology to become Centres of Excellence


For Elebetel Temessgen, who qualified in the national university exam from Hailemariam Mamo Preparatory School, in Debre Birhan, she had to take one more entrance exam, which she also passed successfully to become accept...


No New Year without Liquor, for Those Who Drink


People drink more for holidays, but that is not creating increased demand for more production, at least not at the National Alcohol & Liquor Factory. “The holiday demand pressure does not reach to distillers’...


The Rising Cost of School Supplies


Abdulaziz Mohammed and Tebarek Ali have small adjacent shops in Merkato around Kennedy Mall in which they see stationery items ranging from pencils to papers and pens. The area around their shops is busy with people l...


Social Media: An Unlikely Stage for Ethiopian Social Discourse


On June 19, 2015, the White House Press Secretary announced that President Barack Obama would be visiting Ethiopia. In what transpired to be a historic moment, a sitting US President visited the East African nation, a cr...


Big Business Lights Spread Holiday Cheer


As Ethiopia prepares to usher in the New Year, 2008 by the Ethiopian calendar, some of the high rise buildings of Addis Abeba are decorated with imported and expensive tube lights, even as many are shining with Christmas...


Huge New Year Exhibition Hard on the Pocket


If you find yourself somewhere between Ras Makonnen Street and Jomo Kenyatta Street in the heart of Addis Abeba, you cannot avoid the claustrophobic feeling of congestion. The scene is one of long queues waiting alongsid...


A Choice of Fine Furniture for the New Year


Tadiwos Negatu, a branch manager of Chinese furniture manufacturer, NH Bay, is upbeat about the holiday business coming his way. His branch, located at Setit Mall in front of Kotebe Michael church, is one of three that a...


Old Relation, New Hope for Investment


Kassahun Yimer (PhD) has been displaying solar products from Japan at Sheraton Addis on Monday August 31, 2015.  The products were made by KOYO Business Service, Inc., a Japanese company with 30 years of experience in L...


Holiday Concerts Becoming a Rarity in the City


Fascinated by the concert that was advertised throughout the city in the last few weeks, Zelalem Korme, 32, was looking for the salespersons to get his ticket when Fortune found him at Ghion Hotel. He is a fan of Aster A...


The Rapidly Changing Movie Distribution Business


Binyam Alemayehu, producer and owner of 400 fikir, an Amharic movie which was released into cinemas a year and half ago, sold his film to a recording company for the VCD distribution, seven months after it stopped showin...


HELP – Only a Phone Call Away


Communications technology advancements are trickling down to individuals’ day to day life. In Ethiopia, the idea of help being a call away has been a reality since the advent of hotline services, a direct phone line wi...


Ethiopia Awaits Visitors with Open Arms


Of all the souvenir shops on Nigeria Street, near the General Post Office, there was only one shop that offered a fair price to Azza Babikr, 50, a Sudanese tourist visiting Addis Abeba with her two daughters. Or so she f...


Great Business Keeping Households Clean


Making liquid soap was a tiny affair involving a bucketful of chemicals and an investment of 500 Br, when Dereje Asmamaw started out from the comfort of his home three years ago. “We bought a small amount of differe...


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Two weeks ago, a landslide in the Repi area of Addis Abeba, commonly kn...


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The health sector has always been an issue that has long concerned the...


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


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In today's growing market place, many businesses are trying to make pro...


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Uncertainty surrounding one of President Barack Obama’s signature...


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There are some studies which suggest the primary reason for the creatio...


View From Arada

It has been almost six months since the announcement of the state of em...


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