Opening a New Chapter on EU Development Policy



This is a decisive moment for Europe and for our region, which calls for innovation, new thinking, and vision. We need to foster internal growth and the wellbeing of our citizens. And we have to cooperate with our neighb...


Turkish Delight in Post-Failed Coup Unity


On the night of July 15, a clandestine faction within Turkish forces, which actually belong to the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), attempted to stage a coup in Turkey. Thanks to the leadership of President...


Cities for Migrants


In many countries, particularly in Europe, immigration is increasingly framed as a security issue. Mainstream politicians, bowing to pressure from fear-mongering populists, are calling for tighter restrictions, and some...


Discourse on Social Media


Social Media; what an apt name. Social, as in by society; not just for the people, but by the people - a kind reminder of its instinctual willingness to adapt to democracy. It is media not only created by those seemingly...


Making Ethiopia’s Economy Equitable


Most Ethiopians are not sharing in this acclaimed progressing economy. While the top almost 0.1pc of income recipients - which includes most of the highest-ranking corporate executives - reap almost all the income gains,...


The Future is Made of Different Stuff


The impact of technology, more than any other sector, affects the financial sector tremendously. Previous business trends and achievements, one may argue, are dinosaurs in light of the current emerging markets. This i...


Yes Its Bad, Out of Pace


The Rio 2016 Olympic Games closed with a spectacular ceremony in front of thousands of athletes and spectators, and millions across the world glued to their TV sets, computers and mobile devices. But the overwhelming fee...


Diaspora: One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure


What is a diaspora, anyway? Here in Ethiopia, we use the word to describe a person who has returned to his or her homeland after several years elsewhere. A diaspora is usually mentioned in discussions that include words...


Adaptation Key in the Evolving Jobs Market


Research has shown that young people get their ideas and views on the job market from a wide range of influences. These include their peer group, family and friends, and the media. You will know through experience that w...


Why Do We Want to Say No to Peaceful Demonstrations?


The right to hold peaceful demonstrations and public political meetings is a fundamental democratic right enshrined in international human rights’ law. In present-day Ethiopia too, this right has been entrenched both u...


Why Don’t We Trust Our Leaders?


In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to install leade...


Leader of the Free World


Season 4 of the hit Netflix TV show, House of Cards, has the colourful fictitious US President Frank Underwood running for a second term in office. He faces stiff competition, first in a primary party election, which he...


Externalising Internal Issues a Fruitless Endeavour


Eritrea is rather a tiny nation in the Horn of Africa with a negligible profile and a total population not more than six million - although no country’s status should ever be pre-judged in terms of its territorial and...


Easing Ethiopian Born Foreign Investor Restrictions


Ethiopia is one of those countries whose nationality law is based on the principle of “jus sanguinis”. As a result, the concept of dual nationality, which enables an individual to have two or more nationalities at th...


Kana – Good or Bad?


It is now time we address the elephant in the room. And by room I mean Ethiopia, and by elephant, the TV channel, Kana. I promised myself I wouldn’t write about the channel - I thought it was just a phase that would so...


Progressive Approach Key to Nullifying Business Anxiety


It is not an easy time to be an insurance company at the moment. Cultural, operational and general market challenges are converging, shifting the overall market landscape and forcing insurers to take a long, hard look at...


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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