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…


Intercountry Adoption Ban, Unadaptable to Best Interest Principle

For years, the Central American nation of Guatemala was one of the most popular countries of origin for intercountry adoption. It sent as many as 4,000 children for adoption in…


No Miracle Cure for the Ailing Economy, Only Bitter Pills

The world economy does not have a cold anymore, mostly attributed to the United States (US) that is not sneezing. The same can be said of the economies of China…


Culture of Unaccountability Leads to Decay of Rule of Law

Four of the chairpersons of the member parties that make up the coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) sat side by side to announce what was unthinkable few months…


In Better Quality Products Lies Robust Manufacturing Sector

Just shy of half a decade since the Second World War that ended with a decisive mushroom cloud over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan was in tatters when…


Fitter Corporate Governance, Alternative to Defeatism Over Liberalisation

Since the fall of the left-wing military junta that was the Dergue, and the partial liberalisation of the financial sector, private banks have come a long way. As one of…


New National Policy Should Rise above the GTPs

It was a couple of years into the first edition of the Growth & Transformational Plan (GTP), and a year into the passing of the strategy’s chief enthusiast, the late…


Unimaginative Administration, Laws Behind Taxing Resource Mobilisation

It is hardly one finds as vocal and authoritative voice as Vera Songwe when it comes to domestic resource mobilisation in Africa. An economist by training and once a senior…


Help from IMF Appears Inevitable, Not a Terrible Idea

Way back when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had an office in Ethiopia, Jan Mikkelsen, its emissary to the country, a few week’s into the institution’s annual report on the…


Diriba Kuma’s Administration Needs to Step Up to Step Down

Every mayor of a city worth its name would die to write policies and design programmes that define them and leave their good legacies. Addis Abeba, one of the youngest…


Restore Law and Order, Not at the Expense of Constitutionalism

Katharine Viner, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, one of Britain’s oldest media institutions, noted in her superb essay on media’s mission in an era of turbulence that making sense of…


Doing Business: Can’t Ethiopia Fare Better Than This?

It was a while back when senior managers of foreign companies with investments in Ethiopia met high ranking government officials entrusted with persuading the world that Ethiopia is a remarkable…


New Dawn for Labour Market, Enhanced Productivity

As Ethiopia’s population galloped to over 90 million, supply constraint has been the primary flaw in the economy for at least the past two decades. Most of the government’s policies,…


Private Sector Stimulation for Long Run Disinflation

Abraham Tekeste (PhD), minister of Finance & Economic Corporation, is content with himself. In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the Ministry announced that over half a billion…


Land to the Tiller, Market

Asked about the hot-button issue of land in Ethiopia, Lemma Megersa, president of the Oromia Regional State, would answer that every incident in Ethiopia is a cause of, and an…


The Bitter Pill’s Back, With Little Hope of Cure

Almost all multilateral finance institutions were in tandem warning Ethiopian authorities about the Birr, which weighted against a basket of major currencies is overvalued. The IMF has its experts zooming…


Ethiopia’s Dilemma with Capital Punishment, Long Overdue

Ethiopia’s preferred method of execution of those condemned to death is shooting. In the past 26 years, since the Revolutionary Democrats took over from the Marxist military junta, Dergue, two…


Saner to Meet Forex Dilemma Halfway

If there is any solace to be had by the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, it came last week from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that bastion of liberal…


Hope for Best, Plant for Worst

Contrary to popular belief, the share of the arable portion to the entire land mass of Ethiopia is less than modest, at least according to data by the World Bank.…


The Ethiopian State: From Ascription to Subscription

In a few weeks, the federal agency, in charge of overseeing polls either for legislative councils or referendums will be back in action. It will carry out a referendum, allowing…


If Chinese Generosity Seems Too Good to Be True

Deputy Minister Xu Lyuping of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) arrived in Addis Abeba, just last month, to hold talks with Demeke Mekonnen, deputy prime…


Like Ideologue, Like Party: Need for Nation to Move On

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Good, Bad, Ugly Lessons from Kenya’s Election for Ethiopia

In their journey to democracy, political inclusiveness, equity and social justice, Africans are beset, or so they are told, by the age old instinct of tribalism. They cannot let go.…


That Thin Foggy Red Line Between SOE and Industry

It is not a secret that state-owned enterprises (SOE) are not the cash cows they are portrayed to be by their owners, the state. They are usually beset by extreme…


When the Ministry Wags the Minister

The state of emergency that was declared on an October Sunday was lifted a little more than a week ago – after it was extended by four months – when…




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