Delaying Devaluation Burdens Economy


Foreign exchange shortage has remained a recurring problem within the Ethiopian economy. There never had been a time, except for a relatively unprecedented build-up in 2010/11, that shortage was not…


People Need to be Heard

Student protests around Oromia dominated the headlines of mainstream and social media in Ethiopia over the past two weeks. The protests, largely involving students of higher education institutions and secondary…


Costly Shocks as State Sidelines Learning

Much of the form, structure and operations of the state under the command of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn – who seems to be consolidating power by standing firm against opportunists…


Blanket Banking Regulation Serves No Purpose

There is hardly any industry which has benefited as much from the economic growth the Revolutionary Democrats are proudly talking about, as the financial industry. Enhanced economic monetization has unleashed…


Government Communication Machinery Requires Overhaul

If there is one project that defines the era of the Revolutionary Democrats, it is image building. They labour so much to dissociate themselves from the negative pictures of starvation,…


Tackling Corruption from the Inside Out

The world of the ruling Revolutionary Democrats is being bombarded with multiple urgencies. It seems that the issues that need their attention never end. Stretched as they are, they are…


Playing Politics with Drought, Dangerous

A little over eight million people are in need of emergency food assistance in Ethiopia. The number entails about ten per cent of the nation’s population. Latest projections show that…


Complete Overhaul to Public Procurement System Essential

There has never been a time in the history of the modern Ethiopian state that corruption has been the major headache of the establishment like now. The issue has become…


Competitiveness Ought to be Government’s Focus

Indices and rankings, especially those meant to show systemic gaps, are often treated with a huge grain of salt within the camp of the Revolutionary Democrats. The overall attitude is…


Demolishing Distrust Between State, Private Sector

As the new government to be led by the re-elected Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn warms up to get into the real job, after months of procedural politics, new feelings are…


No Legislative Success without Vibrant Mix of Ideas

The limelight of the past week was all about the power dynamics of the nation that came with the start of the new legislative year and a new legislature. Consequent…


As the SDG Era Dawns, Ethiopia Needs Functional Monitoring System

The United Nations General Assembly held last week at its headquarters, in New York was unusually packed. Heads of State and governments across the world gathered to discuss pertinent global…


Light Rail: Cheers to Alternative, Thumbs Up for Gov’t!

Excitement fills the air in Addis Abeba. News headlines compete to capture the feeling and essence of the project. Comparisons with shelved projects across the Sub-Saharan Africa are being made…


Lower Level Political Commitment a Sine Qua Non to Quality Education

As education is one crucial area of policy making in a government, not least one with self-proclaimed affiliation with the farming population, the start of the academic year often brings…


Clear Plan on Private Sector Support Vital for Growth

The drawing board of the Revolutionary Democrats is messy these days. Performance reports, drafts, feedback, political priorities and power arrangements are all over the table, waiting for decisions from the…


Competition – The Best Way to Create National Champions!

Under the calendar of public enterprises, the time of reporting has come. Along with an extended list of activities they have undertaken over the year, chiefs of the public enterprises,…


Editorial

The honeymoon appears to have come to an end. Members of the public are...


Agenda

The rapprochement between Ethiopia and  Eritrea has led to the signing...


Fineline

The Revolutionary Democrats concluded their council...


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The National Bank of Ethiopia needs to take measures to improve the red...


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I love and respect Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). I want him to succ...


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Back in the middle of June, when all the jubilation and hope was in ful...


View From Arada

The rallies of the past weeks are healthy manifestations of citizens’...






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