A Way Out of Debt Distress


The most talked economic performance of Ethiopia is evidently happening with considerably increasing domestic and external vulnerabilities. The economic grew by 8.7pc in 2014/15, supported by the booming manufacturing and…


Fight to Curb Housing Inflation, Losing Battle

Currently, we observe a frothy construction boom in the infrastructure and housing sector, to meet the demand of a dramatic rise in the population of cities. This is driven by…


GERD Redraws Nile Game Plan

Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, called the fertile land of Egypt, the Nile’s gift. Countless Egyptian leaders have rattled their sabres in defence of the water supply. If Egypt is…


Journey to Equitable Finances

Regional and global leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Kigali, Rwanda, last week to celebrate Africa’s decades-long progress in economic growth and poverty reduction – and to…


Towards a Clean City

Breathing is a challenge in Addis Abeba. Sitting at 2,300 metres above sea-level, it is one of the highest capital cities in the world. Even those who can handle the…


Costly Mismatch

Ever since my early days of professional engagement, I have had a sense of discomfort about the nexus between commitment and reward. That I have started working in the public…


Africa’s Typhoid Risk

Typhoid fever all but disappeared from Western countries in the 20th century through massive improvements in water and sanitation. It happened after causing untold misery and death in its newly…


ethio telecom’s Faulty Choice Theory

There are many infuriating intrusions of privacy that living in our fair nation entails. A person associating higher value to himself would certainly have frequent exasperation. From a taxi assistant…


Living with China Inc.

My discussion with a high-level diplomat last week made me question the world order in which we are living. In the middle of our discussion, which was largely about Ethiopia’s growth experience and its role in African politics, the diplomat reminded me of the tough time our fair nation faced with the fall of the socialist military regime, the Dergue. He told me about the debt hangover our nation faced and the tiresome negotiations to restructure the debt of the nation.


New Faces of State Failure

As compared to the popular concept of market failure, wherein markets fail to function according to the basic rules of supply and demand, state failure is a relatively new phenomenon.


No Shortcuts to Success

One day last week, I had a discussion with a colleague about my generation. The point of the discussion was the gap between ambition and readiness to do what it…


Gender Equality: Still More Rhetoric than Reality

Life gets boring when rhetoric differs from reality. Gender equality is one of the concepts in which our actions fall short of our policies and rhetoric. A recent World Health…


Tests of Time

I have lately been planning to make a stride in my career path. I believe the step would make my days more orderly and productive. While trying to do this,…


Economic Growth, Ethiopian Style

With the commodities slump dominating the headlines, many investors may have failed to notice that a previously unloved, non-resource country in the heart of Africa has been one of the…


Ubuntu in African Development

Africa is uniquely poised to exploit a demographic dividend, arising from a huge component of youth in its population. This is in stark contrast to ageing economies in Asia, Europe…


Macro Adjustment: Now or Never

As author John Steinbeck reminds us in his masterpiece, East of Eden, human nature is such that we forget quickly, but it should not and does not have to be…


Editorial

Ethiopia is in the midst of a state of emergency. At a press conference...


Agenda

Holidays are mostly considered by the Banks to be a peak season when it...


Fineline

Addis Abeba is in a bizarre mood lately. And for a...


Commentary

Over the past decade or so, Ethiopia has been in the limelight of globa...


Viewpoint

Over two-thirds of Africa’s people lack access to electricity. Approx...


Opinion

Karl Marx was not such a naive man, as some would be forgiven to think,...


View From Arada

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