GLOBAL TRADE:A Search for Agreeable Landing Zones


As the global economic and political heavyweight, the United States (US), has a huge influence over multilateral platforms. Be it the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World…


IF NOT AID THEN WHAT?

John Graham started to work with Oxfam Canada in cross-border relief operations on the Ethio-Sudanese border in the early 1980s. He worked on the provision of assistance to areas in…


Banking Boom:A Veteran’s Disagreement With Liberalisation

Most private banks have completed auditing their books for the last operational year, 2012/13, and have announced significant profit margins. They are also awarding their shareholders with high Earnings per…


COFFEE CONCERN:An Uncertain Future

Robério Oliveira Silva took up his post as the executive director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) on November 1, 2011. After graduating in economics from the Federal University of…


World Trade: What It Takes for Ethiopia to Join?

Arancha González leads the International Trade Center (ITC) – a joint endeavor of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN), which provides trade-related technical assistance. Before joining the ITC, González served as the Chief of Staff to the former director general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Lamy’s representative at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Gonzalez held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations on trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union’s (EU) spokeswoman for trade and advisor to the EU’s Trade Commissioner. Gonzalez has a degree in law from the University of Navarra, Spain, and a postgraduate degree in European law from the University of Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. She came to Ethiopia on October 24, 2013, to participate in the African Union Trade Ministers meeting held in Addis Abeba. For her, Africa can achieve extra growth by facilitating intra-regional trade. But to do just that, she says, a big part of the answer lays in making sure that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are competitive. In this interview with BINYAM ALEMAYEHU, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, she discusses Ethiopia’s long-awaited accession to the WTO and the challenges faced by SMEs in Africa, as well as issues related to bilateral trade agreements. Excerpts:


A Woman’s Message Not to Women

Nahusenay Girma was born in Ethiopia and educated in the United States, where she developed expertise in management and marketing. She has held management positions in the private sector, in…


A Brewer’s Confession:How Diageo Thrives in Ethiopia

Born and raised in Leicester, in the UK, Andy Fennell, current president and chief operations officer (COO) of Africa with Diageo Plc, was in Ethiopia last week. Diageo Plc –…


The banker:PTA Bank Chief Reviews His 18 Months In Charge

Since his appointment on January 10, 2012, Admassu Y. Tadesse has been serving as the president of the Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank, aka the Preferential Trade…


‘Asnake’ Love Him Not, Hate Him Not

Abebe Balcha has become a household name through his popular character, named “Asnake”, in the soap opera “Se’w-le-Se’w”.  A practicing lawyer, Abebe plays the hateful and deceptive character with all…


Hailemariam On the spot

Hailemariam Desalegn has had his first encounter, since he was installed by his party to serve as Prime Minister, both with members of the private sector and the press, during…


Quantifiable Simple and Understandable

One of the most frequently posed questions to Guy Ryder, director general of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is how he treads the delicate balance between governments, employers and trade…


African Nations Have No Policy Space Issues with WTO

The outgoing chief of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Pascal Lamy, was in Addis Abeba last week, where he spoke to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his senior ministers in…


Safety Talk-Why City Roads Went Unsafe

If there is one thing typical of Addis Abeba, the capital ofEthiopia, in the last eight years, it is the booming infrastructure sector. Constituting the core of the boom is…


NOTEWORTHY STAND-EPRDF Stays Firm on Code of Conduct

The challenge of being an incumbent multiplies when elections approach, and the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)  seems to understand these challenges very well, with the Addis Ababa and…


Election Politics-Where Political Opposition Goes Minimalist

As the election for the Addis Abeba City Council fast approaches, political parties seem to have started their preparation for the rather eventful process. It all started with the National…


THE CAPITALIST:ALL ABOUT COMPUTATION, NOT OBJECTIVES

After completing the auditing of their books of accounts for the last operational year, most private banks are announcing lofty profits and awarding their shareholders with high Earnings per Share…




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