Why Should Universities be Ideological Strongholds?

The move by the ruling party in ideological programming is supposedly an extension of its alleged resolution to “renew” itself following the recent protests around the country. This resolution for “deep reform” came from an almost sudden revelation that political authority has been widely turned into an instrument of personal prosperity. What does this have to do with educational institutions, asks Setargew Kenaw (PhD), an assistant professor of Philosophy at the Addis Ababa University (setargew.kenaw@gmail.com)

Customer Obsession, Ideal for Today’s Market Dynamics

In today’s growing market place, many businesses are trying to make profits and provide ideal products and services for consumers. But they fail to understand the needs and wants of the consumers they are trying to attract because they do not pay attention or are not obsessed with consumers writes Hailemelekot T. Berhan, a Business and Investment Facilitation Specialist. He can be reached at hailemt@gmail.com

Rethinking Profit Sharing During Expropriation

The way land expropriation is handled might not be ideal for all parties involved. When taking land or property away from land owners for development, the market value of the asset needs to be shared fairly between the government and owner writes Daniel W. Ambaye (PhD), a researcher and consultant in land and property. He can be reached at danambaye@yahoo.com

Time to Revisit and Revitalize Banks’ Crisis Preparedness

With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to be prepared for disaster has to given attention. But the preparedness of institutions like banks and there ability to respond to a disruptive event has not been well thought out. As Gorfu Assefa, banking expert, writes. He can be reached at gasefa9@gmail.com.

The Mispriced Risk of Infectious Diseases

The fight against infectious diseases closely resembles the fight against climate change, writes Dambisa Moyo, an economist and author, who sits on the board of directors of a number of global corporations. She argues though the threat is substantial, it is not immediate, so governments continue to pursue other priorities, allowing the threat to grow, largely out of sight.

Rewriting the Monetary-Policy Script

There is a major reliance by central banks on old ways of doing things, they depend on rigid rules to control inflation and stimulate growth. There are better benefits in being flexible with monetary policies and central banks need to be open to different ideas writes, Michael Heise

Bids for Bank Shares too Wild to Make Sense

The recent offers by prospective buyers for shares floated by private commercial banks have caused eyebrows to raise, as some of the offers are unprecedentedly generous. Bidders to look into the history of dividend-payout ratio of a particular bank before they place their offers, argues this writer with solid background in finance and whose identity Fortune withheld upon request.

Zero Innovation for the 10b Br Youth Fund

The announcement of a revolving youth fund has been music to the ears of the youth. However, the new strategy of the fund does not outline the need to be innovative to succeed in the business environment or equipt the youth with the necessary technology as Hailemelekot T. Berhan writes

Refugees as Weapons of Mass Destruction

Ricardo Hausmann, a former minister of planning of Venezuela and former Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank, is Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a professor of economics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Climate Insurance Hot Prospect for Ethiopia

The concept of climate insurance is not new in developed countries, but in Ethiopia it is a new idea that is trying to be implemented. With the recent climate changes that are being seen, insurance companies are introducing the concept to the public. But it comes with challenges, as Yohannes Eneyew writes.

A Case for Launching Securities Exchange Market

The recent episode where a prospective investor offered 14,000 Br for a share of 1,000 Br at Awash International Bank (AIB) reveals the reality on the ground moving faster than regulators ability to manager a growing share market. While it is appropriate to protect prospective buyers from the consequences of their misinformed and misguided decisions, establishing securities exchange is about time with all its benefits to the economy, argues Abdulmennan Mohammed Hamza, a financial analyst based in London.

Principled Civil Servants Key to Building Developmental State

With the rush to develop Ethiopia and make the country one among middle-income countries of the world, there is a need to focus on the civil service, Yohannes Gebeyehu writes. Without improving the bureaucracy system and having reliable service, he argues, it will be very difficult for the country to achieve the goal.

How to Do Industrial Parks Right

The development of industrial parks in Ethiopia has become a talking point amongst the public. Last week a commentary was written about the topic and the possible challenges the industry can face, this week another side of the argument is presented by Brook Abdu.

Sow knowledge, Reap Cash

Although the number of banks is on the rise in Ethiopia and the banking industry is expanding, there is limited knowledge among the public about the financial and banking systems. A huge gap and potential remains in the populous country that can only be attained by acquired knowledge writes Ben Girma an independent consultant, he can be reached at benselective@gmail.com

Crucial Leather Sector Needs Rescuing

One of Ethiopia’s main exports is leather. For many years, the country has been exporting it, and there are plans by the government to expand its capacity. However, the local tanneries and the process involved before exportation is a long road writes Wengel Tessema an Intervention Manager at Enterprise Partners, Ethiopia. Wengel can be reached at wengelawit.k@gmail.com

Diffusing the Ticking Time Bomb of African Youth

  Young people in Africa are not involved in policy making and rarely consulted in decision making. Many are jobless, angry and vulnerable to agitators who want to set fires…


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