Gov’t Can’t Ensure Capital Inflow by Restricting Outflow


For a nation that is growing by above average levels – even by the admission of the Bretton Wood Institutions – the current macroeconomic paralysis is unprecedented. Ethiopia remains a…


Gov’t Has an Addiction, New Capital Can Exacerbate It

Late last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) announced the commencement of trial project for the extraction of crude oil in the Ogaden Basin of the Somali Regional State. For…


Abiy Ahmed Presents as Much Worry as Hope

For all intents and purposes, Abiy Ahmed (PhD) behaves and acts presidential, as if he was elected by a popular mandate. His support base forcefully rallied behind him on June…


Courage to Open Up the Nation`s Capital Account

The incumbents’ rhetoric has become refreshingly honest. It is not just in the political front, where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) acknowledged the practice of “torture” by law enforcement agencies,…


NBE: Un-central-bank-like

It is typical of incumbents to doggedly defend their economic policies and strategies in the face of observable shortfalls. Ethiopia is past that point. Tabling the federal budget to parliament…


Impressive, Prime Minister Abiy. But Caution

The Revolutionary Democrats have finally mustered the courage to swallow the inevitable bitter pill under the leadership of a young man, Abiy Ahmed (PhD). Last week, the highest decision-making body…


Institutional Capacity Saves Billions, Makes Gov’t Productive

The effectiveness of a system of checks and balances put in place to ensure against any one branch of the government getting too powerful has been debated. Naysayers rarely go…


ODF Presents Test to Go Beyond Hope, Rhetoric: Good Luck

It was a remarkable scene to see Lencho Letta, and his comrades, greeted at the VIP Lounge of Bole International Airport by Abadulla Gemeda, chief national security advisor for Prime…


Minimum Wage Regime Not a Relief from Labour Woes

Factory workers inside the Bole Lemi Industrial Park have been on strike this week, protesting what they say are harsh working conditions and low wages. It is the latest manifestation…


Faith Mustn’t Be Lost with Eritrea, Even with Current Regime in Tow

Last week, an international delegation led by Kairat Umarov, chair of the Somalia & Eritrea Sanctions Committee, visited officials at the Foreign Ministry to discuss one of the Horn of…


Is Abiy Ahmed a Liberal? Too Good to be True

Think of it this way. Ethiopia`s politics is on a dance of some sort. The choreographer is a young politician with a unique background in the military and cyber-intelligence. As…


Cabinet Reshuffle Heralds Extension of Ill Culture

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has been making the rounds in a charm offensive to regions of the country since his swearing-in by the parliament. Many a time, he has…


Forex Crunch Issue of Policy, Not Policing

Abiy Ahmed`s meeting with leaders and members of the private sector earlier last week showed where his priorities lay. The fourth public appearance since parliament confirmed him as a Prime…


There is a Price to Pay for Delaying Opening Up

Economists, as well as multilateral institutions, have urged the need to take stringent measures to address the weaknesses of the financial sector – itself a contributor to the worsening macroeconomic…


Prime Minister Abiy Needs to Walk the Talk

Inaugural speeches are just that – a declaration of faith or pronouncement of vision. They are meant to rekindle hope among leaders` support base and reassurance to the camp that…


Abiy Ahmed Deserves a Chance

Hailemariam Desalegn occupies a rare spot in Ethiopia`s political history. He marks one of the few instances of a person that entered leadership as peacefully as he will exit it…


Neglect on the Macroeconomic Front Should Be Worrisome

Under normal circumstances, headline inflation as high as 15.6pc, as was recorded last month, would have been fodder for discussion. It is not a macroeconomic component as abstract as a…


Gentlemen, It`s All About Accountability

The sad affair of law enforcement in Ethiopia found itself back in the spotlight, more intensely than usual, after an incident on March 10, 2018, in the town of Moyale,…


Institutionalisation of Power, the Way Forward

There was little doubt that the Minister of Defense Siraj Fegessa’s briefing to members of the media last Wednesday would not be a running list of the successes of the…


Tourism on the Rocks, Dress-up Won’t Save It

Amongst the candidates for the coolest places to visit this year, in a travel feature published in Forbes magazine, were Medellin and Brazzaville. While the former is an infamous Colombian…


Emergency Decree, Necessary But Not Sufficient

When the elections of 2015 passed far-smoothly than anyone might have expected, with the incumbent EPRDF and its regional allies having won every seat in parliament, it was testing to…


Gov’t Determines to Carry Burden Solo, Given Private Sector Could Help

Embracing the concept of a developmental state, the ruling EPRDF has sought to source its legitimacy from economic development. And at the end of the 2000s, there were enough roads,…


Gov’t Can’t Whack-a-mole, Must Instead Take Proactive Measures

Globalisation has complicated economics. In strategising, authorities have had to look very carefully at the economic outlooks of trading partners to measure just what could work, and could not. For…


Ethiopia’s Higher Education Needs to Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Ethiopia’s higher learning institutions have not had that long a history, at least not one as some of the universities in Europe boast. Even some of the oldest in Addis…


Gov`t Aims at Wrong Targets in What Ails the Economy

For the Revolutionary Democrats, focused, consistent, predictable and thoughtful policymaking is not their forte. Evidently, they do have a lot of kneejerk responses to the many issues that ail the…




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