Export Competitiveness Policies Better Focus on Structural Issues


When looking deeply at the policy circle, one would understand that anxiety predominates over any other feeling. The converging temporal winds of the Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP), a rather…


Breeding Public Enterprises No Fix for Market Failures

There seems to be nothing officials of the Ethiopian government are more proud about than their achievement in the economic sphere. They often mention it as a historic achievement for…


Gov’t Needs Clear Policy on Private Sector Investment in Science, Technology

Science is not an alien thing for the Revolutionary Democrats. Rather, it is heavily related to them, as most were undergraduate students at various universities before revolting against the extractive…


Open Skies Vital for Air Transport Growth

There seems to have been no other time in Ethiopia’s policymaking history that coverage has been as comprehensive as it is with the incumbent government. Under the Revolutionary Democrats, the…


No Good Governance without Political Commitment

The Ethiopian political sphere witnesses divergent views on the issue of governance and effective public service delivery. At one end of the aisle sit the ruling EPRDFites who take pride…


Job to Attract Investors Resides Closer, Not in United States

It seems that the United States, the global economic and political superpower that had been stirring the global decision wheel alone for over two decades, before the recent rise of…


Unrealistic Income Tax Structure Requires Revision

Populism is not the typical trait of the ruling Revolutionary Democrats. More often than not, they seem to enjoy the journey against the tides of public opinion. And this has…


Administrative Procedural Court Brings Accountability

The modern bureaucratic apparatus of the nation takes its root to Haileselassie’s Regime. Most of the institutions of the current state saw their formative years under the feudalistic regime, which,…


Closed Seed Market Limits Agricultural Transformation – Just Liberalise It!

Focusing on agriculture is not only a political matter for the ruling Revolutionary Democrats. It also is an issue of numerical understanding. A little over 80pc of the nation’s population…


Manufacturing: What Goes Around Comes Around!

For all his critics defining him as caretaker of his predecessor’s lines, last week’s meeting of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn with businesspeople was nothing but evidence against their presumptions. Hailemariam…


Let the Private Sector Prevail in Logistics

Economic policymaking is easier said than done. Be it in developed countries, which leverage advanced markets and regulatory instruments, or in developing ones, where market infrastructure and trading cultures remain…


Heavy Business Barriers Guard Against Economic Growth

Thanks to the policy genius of their late leader, Meles Zenawi, the ruling EPRDFites are now sufficiently endowed with their own unique combination of policy arguments. Be it in traditional…


Holes in Upcoming Budget Call for Legislative Attention

Here comes question time for the ruling Revolutionary Democrats. As the month of July fast approaches, the issue of money will take centre stage in the policy circle, for it…


Only Thoughtful Planning Can Ensure Sustainable Connectivity

Aggressive infrastructure development is one of the typical features of the new narrative about Ethiopia in the development circles. The name of the nation that has for long been associated…


Sovereign Bond Passivity Limits Economic Transformation

Sufian Ahmed, the long serving finance minister, has so much to be proud of during his 14 years of service as the point man of the Ethiopian economy. Under his…


Failing Commercial Agriculture Requires Due Policy Attention

There is a special relationship, to say the least,  between the ruling Revolutionary Democrats and the farming experience. Cognisant of the strong support ever since their first days of guerrilla…


Favouring State Enterprises Detrimental to Growth

It seems that there is a disconnect between the global policy sphere and that of the local one. Much of the debate in the global policy sphere relates to possible…


Sovereign Credit Rating Dictates Less to Cheer, More to Reform

If there is one thing that the ruling Revolutionary Democrats would not feel easy about, it is international credibility. It has been their typical character, regardless of the sphere they…


Sluggish Privatisation Requires Heavy Push

Privatisation was one of the many projects that the ruling Revolutionary Democrats adopted immediately after coming into power. At that time, they were experiencing ideological oscillation between their long overdue…


Education Sector Success Depends on Better TVET Accessibility

Defying populism and living up to their belief is a trend well in the blood of the ruling Revolutionary Democrats ever since they came to power. They have resisted popular…


Reluctance on Market Infrastructure Development Costly

The appearance of Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn in front of the federal legislative, which witnesses 99.8pc domination by members of the ruling EPRDF, was meant to disclose the nine months…


Ambitious Plans Overlook Disposable Capacity – Unsustainable!

The pre-1991 Ethiopia was largely known as a country that lacks the basic economic and social infrastructures to push the economy forward. Whatever it had was constructed for the militaristic…


Nile Debate Beats around the Bush – Saddening!

There is nothing as preoccupying as the issue surrounding the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for the administration of Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn. It is the one project that all eyes…


Private Sector Prominence Essential for Sustaining Growth

For the administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, which takes many of its policy tricks from the compendium of policy books authored by the late Meles Zenawi, macroeconomy has been…


Competition – The Lasting Solution for Power Failures

Meetings are a long-standing cultural norm within the ruling Revolutionary Democrats. Ever since their guerrilla years, they have conducted meetings so dogmatically that decisions are collectivised by virtue of hierarchical…




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An expected consequence of the growing rift between the constituent par...


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The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


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Ethiopians, like their government, are in overdrive, juggling between j...




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