Illiberal Ruling Party Makes National Consensus Elusive


Pledges of national consensus from the ruling EPRDF have reached an all-time new phase. In his latest address to the Political Parties Consultation Council and a gathering of intellectuals…


Burdensome Regulation Worsens Corruption

Good governance is the new buzz phrase within the camp of the Revolutionary Democrats. The concept has become the lone anchor of their policymaking. To repeat the words of Prime…


Change in Investment Culture Elicits Strategic Positioning

Back in 2011, the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, made a rather notable remark in the presence of selected and influential businesspeople, gathered at his office, off Lorenzo Liezaz Street.…


Deadly Road Rage Needs Aggressive Traffic Law Enforcement

Monday, February 29, saw the streets of Addis partly deserted. There was an unofficial strike by drivers of minibuses and medium-sized (midi) buses opposing implementation of a law passed five…


Changing Ethio-Eritrea Standoff Seeks New Policy Approach

It has been 16 years since Ethiopia and Eritrea started to live in what could be described as an impasse – a “no war, no peace” situation, in diplomatic parlance.…


Reclaiming Popular Mandate for Legitimacy Crisis in Oromia

Oromia is in disorder. Protests and violence continue to rock a region of 35 million people. It has become impossible to predict the state of affairs there. What started as…


Constitutionalism Flourishes When All Ideas Contend

There is a growing tendency within the rank and file of the ruling party to consider the Constitution as a sacred document not to be debated, argued against and maintain…


Inclusive Urbanisation Sustains Development

It is common to see people arguing that the ruling Revolutionary Democrats are yet to get used to the flashy lights of urban centres. Strictly speaking, this comment is all…


Market-Oriented Service Offer Bridges WTO Accession

The statement that came out of the office of the ruling EPRDF last week was different from the usual ones. An outcome of the permanent monthly meeting of the executive…


Bottom-Up Competiveness Empowers Local Construction Capacity

Except, perhaps, for the brief period of Italian occupation, never in the history of Ethiopia, has there been a government so fond of public investment in construction. The Revolutionary Democrats…


Fiscal Volatility Impedes Economic Stability

There is one macroeconomic contradiction that most Ethiopians witness these days. If taken at its face value, it makes no sense. Whereas the global oil price is declining to a…


Planning Without Accountability Serves Politics Only

The last time Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn appeared in front of the 547 Members of Parliament (MPs), dominantly from his ruling coalition, the agenda on the table was the Second…


Diplomatic Reluctance over Renaissance Dam Risks Historic Gains

History has it that the Nile River, considered the longest river system in the world, has been the major cause of animosity between Ethiopia and Egypt. Sudan, another major regional…


Sustainable Peace Comes with Owning Issues

What happened around Oromia, one of the largest states of Ethiopia, over the past four weeks took everyone by surprise. A student protest that emerged in one of the small…


Delaying Devaluation Burdens Economy

Foreign exchange shortage has remained a recurring problem within the Ethiopian economy. There never had been a time, except for a relatively unprecedented build-up in 2010/11, that shortage was not…


People Need to be Heard

Student protests around Oromia dominated the headlines of mainstream and social media in Ethiopia over the past two weeks. The protests, largely involving students of higher education institutions and secondary…


Editorial

Putting the enormous damage inflicted on the country aside, the ruling...


Agenda

Before the end of the current fiscal year, city officials are rushing t...


Fineline

The Ministry of Finance, one of the oldest institut...


Commentary

Rent-seeking behaviour is rational. Since the inherent rationality of i...


Viewpoint

A friend of mine who was recently hired as a general manager of a famil...


Opinion

The days seem to be changing. It is raining when it should not, and war...


View From Arada

The recurrent loss of the national football team concerns and embarrass...


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