Jobs, Higher Incomes Or Else


It is said that what put Donald Trump in the White House was his promise of jobs. Many were willing to overlook the multiple red flags – his lack of…


Aviation’s Davids Must Get Their Due

The almost two-decade-long Yamoussoukro decision has realised, and the African skies have been liberalised, at least between the 23 countries that are on board with the Single African Air Transport…


Hunt for Illusive Public Trust

The world does not lack for statistics. From economic growth to country livability, from crime rates to worker’s productivity, there remains little that has not been measured. Even the results…


Wages Too Soon to Ponder

To any one person that has paid attention to Ethiopia’s economy, what is immediately apparent is that exploitive wages to employees – at the risk of sounding perverse – is…


Informality, Product of Irksome Formality

Ethiopia, akin to its developing counterparts, has a broad and lively underground economy. It does not contribute to the national coffer or gets regulated by the government. It is instead…


Pubescent Economy’s Growing Pains

Rare as it may be, it is not utterly absurd to find an informed, informative, conversation in a minibus taxi about policies and lack of government services. It was a…


Battle of Economic Classes

It does not do much to Ethiopians’ collective morale that individuals such as Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Warren Buffet, often termed…


Love Thy Neighbour

It took hours since coming into effect for the warring factions of South Sudan to break the cease-fire that was signed three days ago. The armed opposition accused the government…


Visas: Who Needs Them?

Walls are built for either of two reasons: to keep people away or to confine them. Hungary has a barrier on the border it shares with Serbia and Croatia, built…


Migratory Tendencies

Cable News Network (CNN) are proud of themselves. They reported on a, granted, unbelievable, shocking, story about the slave trade in Libya. Nima Elbagir, one of the broadcaster’s correspondents, and…


Robots, Pariah to FDI

The age of the robots is upon us. Do not take my word for it. It was the think tank McKinsey Global Institute that undertook a study only to conclude…


Slippery Slope of Weak Institutions

Mauritius has the best government, at least in Africa, according to the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance. But that is only the most recent indicator, with the island nation…


Green Never Hurt Anybody

Tuesday was almost literally a grey day. The morning hours, especially in many of Addis Abeba’s residential areas, saw skies covered in what at first may look like fog, but…


Telecom Sovereignty

I feel bad for the Ethiopian consumer on two fronts. For one thing, its purchasing power is pretty low and getting lower, if the measurement of the Birr against a…


Banks Have Feelings Too

It is oft quipped that breweries and banks in Ethiopia are rarely starved for dough. Look at all those expensive, high production value commercials on TV. Or the lotteries banks…


Make Way for Big Brother

Few could be faulted for failing to see the cause of the public’s shock at learning of Abadula Gemeda’s (MP-OPDO), speaker of the parliament, tender of resignation. A resignation is…


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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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The rallies of the past weeks are healthy manifestations of citizens’...






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