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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…


Not Too Soon for Cynical Bird’s-eye View

The idiom that one rotten apple spoils the barrell was given a reality check in an experiment undertaken by sociologist and physician Nicholas A. Christakis. The purpose was to discover…


If Push Comes to Shove, Push

It does not matter who the constituents of a country turn out to be, how liberal or conservative the government is, whether or not it adapts a more authoritarian or…


Time for Ethiopia to Enhance Regional Economic Integration

International trade never used to be an issue, at least, not one borne out of apathy or misrepresentation. Ancient civilisations seldom traded with outsiders, but rarely because they did not…


The Unchecked Industrial Stalemate at MetEC

In the books of the Revolutionary Democrats, under-development, primarily in its economic sense, is the source of internal and external threat to the nation-state. They adopted and have been practising…


The Coupon Economy’s Uncharted Journey

It is a rare event to find a minister being comfortable in his skin, at ease and comfortable in facing members of the private sector on widely varied issues. That…


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


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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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