Local Insurance Companies Need to Reboot


It is that time of the year when insurance companies are releasing their annual reports at their annual shareholders meetings, making their profits and losses known to the public at…


Construction Regulations, Quality Control Falling Through the Cracks

To the shock of many people a building around Summit in the Bole District has recently collapsed. It was a three-storey building, which had been under construction for almost a…


Shrouded in Secrecy, Replacing State Monopoly with Private No Panacea

The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is in talks with a Hong Kong registered Chinese company to divest a reported 40pc of the state-owned Ethiopian Shipping…


Understanding the Limits of State Power Helps in Dialogue

Mending fences with foes and friends is never easy in politics. It means that the parties involved had reached an understanding and decided to start with a clean slate or…


No Accountability as Gov’t Agencies Mismanage Funds

  Last year in May the Auditor General stood before Parliament and gave a report on the Pharmaceutical Fund Supply Agency (PFSA), a federal agency. The findings stated that the…


Youth Fund: Bandage on Gunshot Wound

Three months prior to his unfortunate yet consequential passing, Meles Zenawi, the late prime minister of Ethiopia, had one of the three remarkable public addresses made at the Sheraton Addis,…


Ethiopia’s Political Gridlock Won’t Be Solved by Meetings

Over the past two weeks, the Revolutionary Democrats have locked the entire civil service in a series of meetings, in their desperate effort to indoctrinate public service people with their…


Need, Necessity Dictate Political Engagement

Ethiopia is in the midst of a state of emergency. At a press conference earlier this week, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn reflected on the status of the almost two-year old…


Liberalised Logistics Industry Good for Business

For a landlocked country with ambitions of bolting out of poverty, Ethiopia is critically dependent on an efficient import/export and shipping pipeline that works seamlessly. A sure way to achieve…


Local Banks Swimming in Murky Water

Ethiopia’s banking industry has had a lukewarm progression since the Bank of Abyssinia became a pioneer as the first bank of the country a century ago. In 1932, a directive…


Ethiopia Mortgaging Future with External Debt

The Ethiopian Parliament recently debated the issue of the high external debt of the country. This is welcome news as the debt of the nation is growing, reaching upwards of…


Accessing Reserves Tricky for Banks

In the midst of the liquidity crises that engulfed Ethiopia’s private banking industry, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has been trying to respond to the crisis in the country’s…


Deafening Inaction in the Face of the Birr’s Decline

One major drag to Ethiopia’s growth aspiration is perhaps the central bank and those we are in charge of the nation’s monetary policy affairs. At the helm of the National…


Normalising Owning a Car in Ethiopia

At the Diaspora conference in Bahir Dar held this past summer, one of the most pressing and urgent issue discussed was the tariffs on automobiles imported to Ethiopia. The government…


Blanket State of Emergency Law Requires Proportionality

Two months on from the declaration of the state of emergency and the country now seem to be normalised. Investment activities, which stalled due to the unrest and following extensive…


A Public Salary Raise Based on Priorities

At the presidential opening statement of the joint session of the House of People’s representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF), covered and long list of social, political and…


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It was refreshing to see Berhanu Nega (Prof.), leader of an opposition...


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Ethiopia’s high potential to deliver animal skins to local and intern...


Fineline

The Revolutionary Democrats concluded their council...


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A country needs to develop effective methods of evaluating projects and...


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There seems to be an improvement on the macroeconomic side. The Ethiopi...


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Following the olive branch afforded opposition parties by the ruling co...






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