Informal Economy Here to Stay



In the market economy, the informal sector plays the role of complement. Street vending is what comes into mind. Urbanites take it as a traffic nuisance or roadside rubbish-generating indulgence. However, a closer look a...


In Pursuit of Democracy


The Integrated Master Plan of Addis Abeba and the Special Zones of Oromia has, of late, become a front page topic that has taken toll of over a hundred lives of peaceful protesters. It has become a whistle blower in the...


The Future of Banking


Mobile banking is growing at an accelerated scale thus requiring professional assessment as to which way banks should be going in the not too distant future. Remittance money transfer, current account transactions and ch...


The Drought Factor


We have been talking of drought and shortage of water time and time again, reiterating that the interval of occurrence has grown more and more frequent. Ever since the BBC's Jonathan Dimbleby's film The Hidden Hunger bro...


UNAVOIDABLE TRUTH


There are times when various issues crop up at the same time, cramming the political venue to a scale where it becomes very difficult to discern the implications and establish priorities to solve them. The launching of t...


FOOTBALL UNDER THREAT


Football seems to have surged into the veins of people, irrespective of age, creed or gender. Even elderly ladies have turned out to be staunch supporters of European clubs, like Manchester United or Barcelona. Far fr...


Nothing but the Truth


In this age and era, there is nothing more important than relying on the will of the people before making policy decisions. Free press is vital to realising this goal. In the absence of opposition parties that enlighten...


Nation Responds by Rail


In a landlocked with rugged terrain country like ours, rail transport is almost a life line for multiple reasons. History has it that Emperor Menelik II, in partnership with the French company, Chemin de Fer, coordinatin...


Evaluating Hunger in Its Right Perspective


Developing countries worry about the right type of food to eat or not to eat. They protect themselves from obesity. For them people of a country going hungry or sleeping rough is something hard to believe. We argue about...


Ills of Terror


The most feared destructive weapon was, and of course, still is, the nuclear bomb. After the treaty was signed by Iran and the other superpowers, the world seemed to have reached the breathtaking interval, at least for t...


Trust Matters


The revelation made by the team of experts two weeks ago for high level discussion, has become a headline topic in the Ethiopian political circles. The core issues revolve around the lack of good governance, mismanagemen...


No Game in Fault-finding, without Solutions


As the members of the two Houses met for the opening speech by President Mulatu Teshome (PhD), the previous week, many analysts lost hope in the political spectrum of the coming five years. This came after judging the na...


THE DROUGHT CYCLE:WHAT TO DO WITH IT


The number of people being affected by the drought in Ethiopia is mounting at an alarming pace within a short period of time. A recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNO...


DAMMING AMBIGUITY


Last week, Debretsion Gebremichael, Minister of Communication & Information Technology (MoCIT) and coordinator with a Deputy Prime Ministerial Portfolio, told us that the Great Ethiopian Reinassance Dam (GERD) has so...


Politics: The Uncertain Road Ahead


When the news of government sending invitations to members of the opposition parties that are not represented in the parliament for discussion, many found it intriguing and could not believe what was written in the lette...


Proper Coffee


  I would like to start with the obvious. We have been dependent on the export of what is sometimes called the green gold, coffee. Our foreign exchange earnings have for decades depended on it. But there is a...


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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