Disarmament Key to a Peaceful Society


One of the most shocking manifestations of the recent demonstrations, which have erupted across some parts of the country, was the widespread display of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle in…


Supply, Demand Mismatch in Housing Requires Fresh Thinking

Twelve years since the Addis Abeba Administration introduced the low-cost housing programme to address the chronic housing problem in the capital, it appears that demand continues to outpace supply. There…


Constitutional Lacunae Demand Urgent Attention

Though constitutions usually provide a holistic guideline for any given country’s supreme law, the Ethiopian Constitution, particularly in light of recent identity-centred questions raised by a group of people in…


Intensified Oversight of SOEs Crucial for Debt Control

When the commencement of the project was announced way back in 2006, the Tendaho Sugar Factory envisioned cultivating 50,000ha of land and conducting a dual-phased factory construction, which would have…


State Must Limit Involvement in Private Education

Last year, Addis Abeba’s Education Bureau enacted a new directive to regulate how private schools conduct their business in the delivery of education. The directive touched on critical issues that…


Foreign Competition Deficiency Clogging Financial Sector

One of the fundamental defining characteristics of the Revolutionary Democrats and their developmental state approach to government is the zeal with which they shield the country’s financial sector from foreign…


Non-Holistic Reforms in Business Law Just Part of the Solution

Making some overdue legislative reforms on the commercial registration and business license proclamation is not going to make Ethiopia the best place in the world to do business overnight. It…


Too Much State Unhelpful to Rapid Industrialisation

Consuming a projected cost of 246 million dollars, or part of it to date, and planned to be inaugurated just about a year since construction started, Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP)…


Executive Orders Overriding Directives Open the Lid on Pandora’s Box

With a mere one-page letter signed by the vice governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) and circulated to banks operating in the country, a fundamental modus operandi of…


Should We Fear “Khaki Capitalism”?

Under the stewardship of the Revolutionary Democrats, contemporary Ethiopia’s economy has developed some rather ironic contrasts. Within two decades, it has managed to attain the second largest GDP in the…


Tax Rebate Too Little Too Late to Impress

From the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs to the modern era’s sophisticated global economic interactions, the business of taxation remains one of the few instruments where state sovereignty is powerfully…


Inconsistent Land Policy Implementation Costly to City

Unlike any of his predecessors, Deriba Kuma, Mayor of Addis Abeba, spends much of his time dealing with inherited problems. For a politician with little influence and experience in running…


Technology’s Growth Potential Possible Only by Proactive Policy

Connectivity has become the new measure of prosperity around the world. Varying in forms and intensity, the concept has become the definitive factor in improving human well-being. There has never…


Effective Implementation Guarantees Sustainable Development

Development plans under the ruling Revolutionary Democrats have become progressively ambitious. Stretching development capacity to its limit seems to be the one defining factor that the ruling elite focuses on…


Denial no Solution for Effective Firewall against Illicit Outflows

Leaks of confidential information such as the Panama Papers implicating global movers and shakers rarely surface. The 11.5 million documents leaked from the corporate service provider firm – Mossack &…


Regulatory Revamp of Construction Sector Essential to Sustainability

There is a strong association between the political economy the Revolutionary Democrats are trying to establish in Ethiopia, and investment in the construction sector. Their model is one where the…


Administrative Solutions Incapable of Solving Political Problems

One can say with utmost certainty that the ruling elite is overwhelmed with problems and is looking for urgent solutions, left and right. It was unnerving for them to have…


New Computer Crime Law Hinders Vibrant Online Discourse

The ruling Revolutionary Democrats have crafted the first ever computer crime law and tabled it to the federal parliament, fully controlled by themselves and their affiliates. Intended to manage the…


Independent Monetary Policy Curbs Inflationary Momentum

Rosy reports are typical under the rule of the Revolutionary Democrats. Institutions do their best to highlight their positive performances and get praised for them. This trend is so pervasive…


Changing Regional Dynamics Requires Updating Foreign Policy Matrix

It is common to hear the Revolutionary Democrats praising Ethiopia as an anchor of peace and stability in a region known for hostilities. It is a trademark phrase they use…


Lasting Ease to Logistics Nightmare Through Competitive Market

Poor logistics is a shared nightmare in Ethiopia. There hardly is an issue as delicate across sectors as logistics. Everyone, from businesspeople to diplomats, are heard cursing the sector as…


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…




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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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