Unless We Build IPs Suitably, They will Not Come

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) last week attended the inauguration of an industrial park in Adama. These parks could indeed help Ethiopia to become a manufacturing hub in Africa but may end up hurting the economy if not managed properly or built for political reasons, argues Dawit Tadesse (dawittadesse9053@yahoo.com), an assistant professor who specializes in finance and economics and the managing partner of Lead Plus Management Consultancy & Training Center.

Current Ethio-China Relations: Only Tip of the Iceberg

China is already one of the biggest investors in Ethiopia and is the African nation’s largest trading partner. But with China’s eagerness to play a bigger role in Africa and Ethiopia’s need for support, this diplomatic relationship will grow even larger, writes Yohannes Gebeyehu (yohannes.ga@yahoo.com), who has am MA in diplomacy and international relations from the Ethiopian Civil Service University.

Farm Machinery Licenses Could be Easier to Get

The farming mechanisation sector is thriving, but increased used of public roads by farm equipment pauses risks, writes Yohannes Mekonnen (yohamek@aol.com), an agricultural engineer. Views expressed here are the writers’ and do not reflect that of any organisation.

The Developmental State Reaches Dead End

Ethiopia’s model of the developmental state has been employed for the past two decades. It has had its merits but government should adjust to the present times and allow the private sector a piece of the pie, writes Asseged G. Medhin (kolass799728@yahoo.com).

Only an Autonomous Central Bank Can Address Inflation

One of the major macroeconomic headaches in Ethiopia is inflation. There are a number of measures the government can undertake to deal this problem, but they will not work unless the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) is independent of the machinations of the executive body, writes Abdulmena Mohammed (abham2010@yahoo.co.uk), a financial expert with 15 years of experience.

Lots of Schooling But Not Enough Learning

Ethiopia has come a long way in improving access to education. But poor quality of education is still a fundamental problem created as a result of poor policies and political considerations, writes Fiseha Haile (fisehahaile77@yahoo.com), an economist at the World Bank. The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the World Bank.

Practical, Emblematic Changes for Nation’s Currency

The National Bank of Ethiopia needs to take measures to improve the redundancy of the design of the Birr notes and add higher denominations to ease the pressure on the 100 Br notes, writes Alemseged Assefa, former vice-governor of the central bank.

Stopovers Can be More Amusing by Providing Choice

Ethiopian Airlines is doing its part to improve the nation’s tourism figures by getting its transit passengers to spend money in the country rather than at the airport. But there is more Ethiopian can learn from other international experiences, writes David Desta (destadavid@gmail.com), a Cornell University graduate from the School of Hotel Administration who has been working in Ethiopia for the past several years.

Effective Project Governance Indispensable in Real Life

A country needs to develop effective methods of evaluating projects and their governance to ensure long-term benefits. This is crucial for countries such as Ethiopia, which have few resources it can afford to lose, Asmamaw Tadege (PhD) (asmamaw.tadege.shiferaw@nmbu.no), associate professor of project management at Norwegian University of Life Science.

Bottom-up Approaches Help Farmers Farm Better

The top-down approach applied by non-governmental organisations toward realising farmers’ productivity has not worked. Farmers need to be consulted during initial decision-making processes and afforded broader choices, writes Kenny Ewan, CEO of WeFarm.

Ethiopia’s Economy in Code Blue

The nation’s economy has reached a point where the economic fundamentals cannot be sustained without a major intervention. A starting point that could have a significant impact would be privatisation of major state enterprises, writes Ermias Amelga, an economist and a businessman engaged in manufacturing, commercial banking, investment banking and real estate. He is a frequent writer and speaker on development economics and development strategy in Ethiopia and Africa.

Goodbye Developmental State, Hello State of Confusion

The long-subscribed to economic model of the EPRDFites – developmentalism – seems to have fallen out of favour by the administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). But what is going to replace it remains vague, writes Fiseha Haile (fisehahaile77@yahoo.com), an economist at the World Bank. The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the World Bank.

Education, Health Sectors Need to Give Autism Focus

Despite the strides made in introducing universal access to education and healthcare, there still remain gaps when it comes to autism and related disorders, writes Getaneh Abera (get_abera@yahoo.com), an education specialist at Nehemiah Autism Centre.

Land Laws: Too Vague to Instill Security

It has been decades since land fell into the hands of the state instead of citizens. But the laws concerned with land rights are vague and continue to be held captive to disputes, writes Emlaelu Fesseha (eshete_em@yahoo.com), legal adviser, lawyer and former executive manager at Women for Life non-governmental organisation.

Changing Appearance of 100 Br Notes Fights Crime

Despite the efforts by the government to curtail the illicit flow of money in the economy, the parallel market does not show any sign of succumbing in the long-term. Enforcement efforts should be met by effective policies to arrest the problem, writes Sharew Erkehun (sharewerk@gmail.com), a public policy analyst.

Developmental State Needs Tweaking, Not Demolition

The developmental state model applied in Ethiopia has been flawed because the government has been unable to create political institutions that are inclusive. With some tweaking, the developmental state can still deliver on its economic promises, writes Teodros Kiros (PhD) (kiros@fas.harvard.edu), professor of philosophy at Berklee College of Music and Non-Resident Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University. 


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