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…


Only Competition Can Put Ethiopian Tourism on the Road to Success

If historical records are to be used as instruments of analysis, there is little in the form of connective threads between tourism and the Revolutionary Democrats. Available accounts show that…


Effective Regional Integration Demands Ending Protectionism

Uhuru Kenyatta, the charismatic president of Kenya, is one of the most popular African figures on social media platforms. His 375,000 followers receive updates about his government through his official…


No Sustainable Economic Development Amid Regional Differences

The very process that brought the Developmental Democrats to the throne seems to have brought them the essentials of the popular systems theory. According to this theory, mostly applied by…


Making Private Credit a Policy Target Imperative

Living under contradicting narratives is nothing new to the ruling Developmental Democrats – not least when it comes to macroeconomy. Their very ascendance to power, after defeating the socialist military…


No Fair Justice Without Independent Judiciary

There is little dispute over the major economic achievements of the ruling Developmental Democrats, whose latest dissociation from the prefix ‘revolutionary’ has created a wildfire of speculation and analyses within…


Manufacturing Push Demands Strategic Roadmap

From the many distinguishing ambitions of the ruling Revolutionary Democrats, that of industrialising Ethiopia by reaping the benefits from agricultural surplus and establishing a direct link between the two sectors…


Brewing Land Bubble Requires Attention Before Bursting

It is pretty visible that Diriba Kuma, the mayor of the ever-expanding capital city of the nation, has a lot on his plate. He makes crucial decisions every day, on…


Undeveloped Support System Disguises Investment

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn seems to have a mission; a mission that inherits a great deal from the books of the late Meles Zenawi. Haile, as Hailemariam is called within…


High Time to Restructure the Rigid Agricultural Produce Markets

It was unusual to see the political heavyweights of the ruling EPRDF engaged in a personalised trading of blame, and less so for the dispute to be based on the…


The Nation’s Tax Regime Rife with Inflexibility

The economics of tax collection has been strongly aligned with political representation ever since the end of the Cold War, and the predominance of democracy as the preferred way of…


Time to Resolve the Structural Problems of the Livestock Market – Lags Mean Loss

Having lofty ambitions is not new to the ruling EPRDFites. It has been their modus operandi since the guerrilla years. Liberating the nation from the bloody pseudo-socialist military dictatorship of…


Fiscal Lagging Jeopardises Economic Growth – Too Risky To Ignore!

There seems to be an overwhelming passivity within the local business circle. The excitement of the past decade has vanished. It has now been replaced with inactivity, a search for…


Chamber Needs to Grow to an Institution of Consensus, Sooner Than Later

There are some platforms that the ruling EPRDFites once use to like to see thriving, at least by name, but their desire has gradually declined. One such platform is the…


Creating a Reliable Energy Regime Requires More Than a Change of Hands

Last week, the policy circle was gripped by confusion as it was made clear that the veteran mind of the Ethiopian energy sector, Mihret Debebe, the chief executive officer (CEO)…


Swelling City Problems Demand Action – No More Talk!

  It has been a little over three months since the administration of Diriba Kuma came to City Hall. They moved in after a rather predictable election, which saw the…


Time for Full-Swing Liberalisation of the Finance Sector

Sufian Ahmed, the long serving finance minister often identified with his extraordinary ability to listen and shift arguments to his favour, was faced with a vocal critic last week, at…


Ignoring Corporate Governance Costly to Business, Economy

Converging tides are pushing the ruling EPRDFites into making essential economic decisions at this time. These decisions relate to internal and external factors, which affect the future of our nation.…


Transforming Sport into a Viable Economic Edge Requires Roadmap

The global economic crisis continues to lay its shadows on economies of both developed and developing nations. Even the historic loose monetary policy of central banks could not help to…


Good Governance Requires Political Commitment

Once again, reform is high on the agenda of the EPRDFites. The latest rhetoric seems to come from the core of the power circle, overseen by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,…


Improved Human Rights Requires More Than an Action Plan

Ever since the EPRDFites came into power, overthrowing the pseudo-socialist military junta, the Dergue, after decades of guerrilla fighting, the state of human rights in the nation has been a…


Government Must Respect the Constitution Unconditionally

Contradiction has become the latest addition to the compendium of traits with which Revolutionary Democracy is expressed with. Policy actions taken by one branch of the executive is seen disproved…


Expansionary Fiscal Stance May Bring Inflationary Cycle Back – Caution!

There never had been a smooth relationship between the EPRDFites and the Bretton Woods clique – the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) – who often are…


Time to Cheer Developmental Achievements, Albeit Cautiously

It often takes a while for the ruling EPRDFites to embrace international commitments in their policymaking framework. They spend much time studying the political impact of a given policy recommendation…


Quality Education Unachievable without Bottom-Up Strategic Approach

Unconventionally, last Monday saw the new Minister of Education, Shiferaw Shigute, delivering a message to the community of students, teachers, managers of schools and the general public. The message was…




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