Opening a New Chapter on EU Development Policy


This is a decisive moment for Europe and for our region, which calls for innovation, new thinking, and vision. We need to foster internal growth and the wellbeing of our…


Turkish Delight in Post-Failed Coup Unity

On the night of July 15, a clandestine faction within Turkish forces, which actually belong to the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), attempted to stage a coup in Turkey. Thanks…


Cities for Migrants

In many countries, particularly in Europe, immigration is increasingly framed as a security issue. Mainstream politicians, bowing to pressure from fear-mongering populists, are calling for tighter restrictions, and some countries…


Discourse on Social Media

Social Media; what an apt name. Social, as in by society; not just for the people, but by the people – a kind reminder of its instinctual willingness to adapt…


Making Ethiopia’s Economy Equitable

Most Ethiopians are not sharing in this acclaimed progressing economy. While the top almost 0.1pc of income recipients – which includes most of the highest-ranking corporate executives – reap almost…


The Future is Made of Different Stuff

The impact of technology, more than any other sector, affects the financial sector tremendously. Previous business trends and achievements, one may argue, are dinosaurs in light of the current emerging…


Yes Its Bad, Out of Pace

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games closed with a spectacular ceremony in front of thousands of athletes and spectators, and millions across the world glued to their TV sets, computers and…


Diaspora: One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure

What is a diaspora, anyway? Here in Ethiopia, we use the word to describe a person who has returned to his or her homeland after several years elsewhere. A diaspora…


Adaptation Key in the Evolving Jobs Market

Research has shown that young people get their ideas and views on the job market from a wide range of influences. These include their peer group, family and friends, and…


Why Do We Want to Say No to Peaceful Demonstrations?

The right to hold peaceful demonstrations and public political meetings is a fundamental democratic right enshrined in international human rights’ law. In present-day Ethiopia too, this right has been entrenched…


Why Don’t We Trust Our Leaders?

In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to…


Leader of the Free World

Season 4 of the hit Netflix TV show, House of Cards, has the colourful fictitious US President Frank Underwood running for a second term in office. He faces stiff competition,…


Externalising Internal Issues a Fruitless Endeavour

Eritrea is rather a tiny nation in the Horn of Africa with a negligible profile and a total population not more than six million – although no country’s status should…


Easing Ethiopian Born Foreign Investor Restrictions

Ethiopia is one of those countries whose nationality law is based on the principle of “jus sanguinis”. As a result, the concept of dual nationality, which enables an individual to…


Kana – Good or Bad?

It is now time we address the elephant in the room. And by room I mean Ethiopia, and by elephant, the TV channel, Kana. I promised myself I wouldn’t write…


Progressive Approach Key to Nullifying Business Anxiety

It is not an easy time to be an insurance company at the moment. Cultural, operational and general market challenges are converging, shifting the overall market landscape and forcing insurers…


With No Political Road Map, Force Not Might in South Sudan

Luuk van de Vondervoort was, until June 2016, the Arms Expert on the UN Panel of Experts for South Sudan. He has worked extensively in East and Central Africa, including as an advisor on arms control to the South Sudan Ministry of Interior. This article is published here in collaboration with www.afronline.org (Italy).


Betting Big on Industrial Parks

Last week’s inauguration of the Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP), constructed in just nine months and at a cost of 250 million dollars, is a significant milestone for Ethiopia’s industrialisation strategy.…


Reflections on the Real Bill Gates

It started with a small fact in a New York Times article in 1997. A snippet of text that caught the eye of Bill Gates, a man who had already…


The Abdication of the Left

As the world reels from the Brexit shock, it is dawning on economists and policymakers that they severely underestimated the political fragility of the current form of globalisation. The popular…


Thoughts of a Cineaste

Not so long ago, on a Cable News Network (CNN) programme entitled Inside Africa, I saw an episode concerning the preservation of handwritten Geez writings and the printing of Bibles…


Djibouti – Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

There are fewer than fifty landlocked countries in the world, but no less than ten of these are spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, the Central African…


The Meaning of Brexit

The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for…


Break from Tradition in Insurance Industry

In the face of challenging economic times, pressing regulatory changes and increased competition for market share, insurance companies are struggling to maintain their balance. The time does not allow insurance…


Nile Cooperation Akin to Teamwork in Sports

For any football team, you have the goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, strikers and the coach. These entities blend together so as to secure victory for their team. Separately, they would achieve…




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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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Who it is that midwifed the rapprochement between E...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


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