State in Industrialisation: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly


Ethiopia is growing. Its growth, praised even by the usually skeptical international financial institutions, has brought a rare momentum of change in economic, social and political spheres. The age old…


Making African Agriculture Attractive

From September 29th to october 2nd, hundreds of agriculture experts from the public and private sector will converge on Lusaka, Zambia, for the 2015 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).  A…


Technologies: Not as Neutral as They Seem

We shall control nature! So we, socialist Ethiopians, used to say in the past. Our counterparts in the West, namely (in the eyes of those socialists) “man-eating capitalist sharks”, go…


A Way to Price Out War in South Sudan

It is no coincidence that South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir cracked down hard on dissent at precisely the same moment he reluctantly signed the Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA) – a…


What Happens in Beijing Does Not Stay in Beijing

Eyob Tesfaye (PhD) is a macroeconomist. The views expressed in this commentary are the personal views of the writer and do not in any way represent the organisation(s) he works for and is associated with.


China’s Forex Follies

Barry Eichengreen is professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, United States. He also served as policy advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This commentary is contributed to Fortune by Project Syndicate. 


Trust the State before the Market, on Industrialisation

In consecutive viewpoints on industrialisation headlined, “Which Way Should Ethiopia Industrialise?” (Volume 16, Number 791, June 28, 2015) and “Industrialisation: No One Road Takes Us There” (Volume 16, Number 800,…


Without Morality, Economic Growth Sure to Fade

  For citizens of all too many of the world’s countries, poverty is still a norm. But the tangible improvements in the basics of life that make economic growth, entail…


Ethiopian Journalism – From Common Sense to Activism

  Terms, concepts and theories in  certain professions might be misunderstood. It happens and may be tolerable until the misconception is over. But it would be weird and sad to…


Climate Change: Prevention, Better Than Cure

Attaining and preserving food security for all of humanity appears to be an important but daunting global challenge in the face of population explosion, economic growth, environmental degradation and accelerating…


Industrialisation: No One Road Takes Us There

I do not know whether it is the right time to write about industrialisation or not. For one, the whole hype has been about the official visit of United States…


Prophetic Musical Activism: A Solution to Promoting Tolerance in Ethiopia

Though “Ethiopian history is replete with tolerance” as Tagel Getahun, an advocate in law, rightly stated in Fortune’s Viewpoint titled, “Reality Supports Narrow Political Spectrum” (Volume 13, Number 683, June…


The Paris Package: Is a Binding Climate Deal Closer?

The United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO)’s Global Information & Early Warning System predicts a high risk of drought in the main agricultural areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and…


Sustainability of Growth Hinges on Institutions, Professionalism

Eidmon Tesfaye has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics & Rural Development. He can be contacted at eidmondrdae@gmail.com.

 


Africa’s Future, Optimistic with Effective State

Recently, Africa has been gaining positive coverage from the international media. Most, if not all, African countries have been registering sustained economic growth that has resulted in poverty reduction and…


Chaotic Roads, Passive Authorities

Like most of you, I am a permanent resident of Addis Abeba, and I am horrified by the number of accidents reported in the city. The way we use our…


When EPRDF Insults Democracy, America Lends a Hand

Another election has come and gone. The ruling party has improved its sham election record from a 99.6pc in 2010, to a 100pc win in 2015. The political opposition, on…


China’s Finances: From Sound Bull Market to Mad Cow

The tumult in China’s equity market appears to have come to an end. But considerable uncertainty remains, not only about what caused the recent plunge in the Shanghai and Shenzhen…


Doubtful Whether IGAD-Plus Can End South Sudan’s War

Four years after ending its armed struggle with Sudan and declaring its independence, South Sudan remains embroiled in internal crisis with no end in sight. Despite the tremendous support, close…


Market Manipulation Goes Global

Market manipulation has become standard operating procedure in policy circles around the world. All eyes are now on China’s attempts to cope with the collapse of a major equity bubble.…


No Hope for EPRDF to Govern Well

Published two days apart, two of the widely read newspapers in Addis Abeba dedicated their editorials to one of the pertinent issues in Ethiopia – “the lack of good governance”.…


Sustainable Development – Neither Expensive, Nor Unreachable

Over the last 20 years, economic growth has helped to lift almost a billion people out of extreme poverty. But one billion people are still extremely poor – 1.1 billion…


What the Future Holds for Ethiopian ICT

The world is transforming in front of our eyes, and this transformation is happening at a faster pace than arguably any other transformation. The world is feeling like a village,…


Public Private Partnerships No Panacea

One of the new philosophies of the contemporary system of public management is the transfer of public functions to private entities by both the state as well as local government…


No Pan-Africanism without Enhanced Ethiopianism

The year 2015 marks Ethiopia’s diplomatic success in the battle for hearts and minds. Public diplomacy has radiated the concept, agenda and vision of the Ethiopian Renaissance within the rubric…




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