Why the National Bank of Ethiopia Ought to Embrace Predictability


Finance is one of the elitist spheres of an economy. Its complexity often is understandable only to the handful experts that rotate the wheel through their advanced simulations of the…


Another Growth Decade Impossible Without a Vibrant Private Sector

Though he still does not manage to win the hearts and minds of the crowd of diplomats residing in Addis Abeba, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is showing improvements in his…


Efficient Shipping, Logistics Need Competition: End Monopoly!

Last week saw the rather relaxed version of Ahmed Tussa, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the national amalgamated shipping and logistic enterprise – the Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services…


Better Public Service Demands Improved Government Integration

The modern Ethiopian state has a history of no more than two centuries. Its evolution has passed through many ups and downs in this time. The road was filled with…


Pragmatism: What Ethiopia’s Privatisation Project Lacks

Pragmatism seems to be a typical trait in the EPRDF camp, even if it has been declining lately. Since coming to power in 1991, the Revolutionary Democrats have gone through…


Rural Road Connectivity Without Quality Unsustainable

It was during this week last year that the EPRDFites lost their acclaimed leader, Meles Zenawi, after weeks of buzz about his whereabouts and health. The news of his death…


Mining Jackpot Seeks Stable Investment Regime: A Billion Dollar Bet!

Sinkinesh Ejigu, the soft-spoken minister of Mines (MoM), seems to have a mixed legacy. This comes in a sector that has been a hot spot of contention between private investors…


Cumbersome Bureaucracy Limits Export Competitiveness

Hosting the latest conference of the Agricultural Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) – a duty and tariff free export privilege that the US provides for the least developed countries (LDCs)…


Only Liberalisation Can Redeem Ethiopian Telecom

There seems to be no service that Ethiopians of all colours complain about more than telecommunications. A sector destined to live under the reign of the restructured ethio telecom monopoly,…


Competitive Politics a Necessity, Not a Luxury, for Ethiopia

The EPRDFites, led by their technocratic chairman, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, preside over a sprinting but volatile economy.  Ethiopia is experiencing a changing external image, a growing regional hegemony and…


Addis Abeba Craves Good Governance: A Job for Diriba Kuma

The ruling EPRDFites seem to have started to establish a solid political base in Addis Abeba – the economic nerve centre of Ethiopia and the political capital of Africa. Here…


Ending Policy Inattention towards Population Growth Vital

There seems to be no political party so fond of the theories of Ester Boserup – the popular opponent of the Malthusian population carrying capacity limitation of economies – than…


Time to Walk the Walk on Economic Policy Promises

There has never been a week that Prime Minister Hailemariam has been placed in the limelight quite as much as last week. His presence graced the Public Private Consultative Forum…


Liberalising Agricultural Input Market Vital to Reversing Productivity Decline

As the EPRDFites were preparing to convene at Bahir Dar – the beautiful lakeside capital of the Amhara Region – the policy environment was tense with so much uncertainty. Pundits…


Reducing Political Risk Vital in Facilitating Foreign Direct Investment

A seed of change in culture and momentum seems to have taken root at the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, being led by Tedros Adhanom (PhD), one of the progressive EPRDFites, with…


Jobless Economic Growth Exacerbates Illegal Migration

The administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn seems to be busy with a variety of issues in desperate need of policy attention. These extend from creating an understanding with downstream…


Let Trust Prevail Over the Nile Waters

The clouds over the Nile waters have become denser, after the Administration of Hailemariam Desalegn announced the change in course of the Blue Nile River – locally named Abay –…


Inclusive Politics As Important As Inclusive Economy

Whereas Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgn – the unpretentious policy chief of the nation, with an increasing disposable power – was declaring the agenda of inclusive economic development, at the various…


Parliament Is Changing for the Better

Ethiopian politics is changing, and for the better. It is not that a change in the governing hands has taken place. But, rather a tide of change has been initiated…


Scaling-up Policies Realise Sustainable Growth Only If Peculiarities Are Accounted For

There is little similarity, in terms of personality, that one could find between officials of the ruling EPRDF – a political party that had been at the driving seat of…


Gov’t Must Display Sufficient Political Commitment to Standardise Its Books

Keeping government within limits is certainly a tough task. As the powerhouse of public resources and power thereof, government is one of the most authoritative poles of a given political-economic…


Competitive Supply Chains Vital for Taming Inflation: Liberalise It!

No frontier is more visible in the Ethiopian political scene than the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR), a.k.a parliament, now chaired by the Abadula Gemeda, a popular EPRDFite. Born in…


Ethiopian Foreign Missions Need Urgent Restructuring

Tedros Adhanom (PhD), the technocratic EPRDFite and minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), is undoubtedly a westerners’ favourite. He leverages a rare popular support among heads of many western missions based…


Voting Public’s Resignation from Political Activity Worrisome

Most parts of the nation were calm last Sunday, as it was the day for local and city council elections. Even the busy capital of the nation witnessed relative serenity,…


Sustainable Democratic Development Hinges on Competitive Market of Ideas

The local political wave has seen yet another crest with the election for the city councils of Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa, and that of local administrations fast approaching. This…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


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


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