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 made to feel at the mercy of it...


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 talk about the future.


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 elevation are toppled by the black exhaust that puffs...


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 sector, in and of itself, means that there is...


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 industrialising but unsani...


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 that pushes one t...


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...


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. It implies a situation where the act...


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 takes to realise it. What stayed with me out of the discuss...


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 Organization (WHO), for instance, reports...


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, though, I find out that moving on is not an easy thing to do.


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 world’s fastest-growing economies...


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 and the Americas, particularly in Europ...


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 that way when managing an economy. African economies in particu...


Economics of Low Oil Price


Oil prices recently hit 27.56 dollars a barrel, their lowest level since 2003. The result is that it is now cheaper to buy a litre of gasoline in your local gasoline station than a litre of sparkling water. But the impac...


Ending Inequality is Imperative


Welcome to the world's inequality countdown. In 2010, some 388 people owned as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. Jump to 2014 and that 388 is down to 85 people. In 2015 the figure was 80, and tod...


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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