Mandatory Construction Insurance, Devise for Demolition


When I read the editorial published on this newspaper on February 25, 2017, headlined, “Construction Regulations, Quality Control Falling Through the Cracks” [Volume 17, Number 877], I become very eager…


Lack of Information Regulation, Hefty Price for Consumers

Trading is as old as the history of human civilization. In trade, information plays a pivotal role. Information is key not only for the trader, but also for the consumer.…


How Poor Countries Foot the Refugee Bill

The Syrian refugee crisis has focused attention on the need to improve management of refugee flows during times of crisis. One issue is particularly worrying: poor countries may be paying…


Medical Tourism in Ethiopia: Flying for your Life

Exactly 26 years ago a close relative of mine died from kidney failure. He was in his early sixties and had been in and out of hospitals due to chronic…


Banks Should Avoid Being “Dangoted”

It has been two years since Dangote Cement came to the scene of the country’s cement industry. Instantly, the products of this factory dominated the market in four corners of the…


Denmark’s Lesson to Ethiopia on Youth Unemployment

A recent World Bank report entitled, “Why So Idle? Wages and Employment in a Crowded Labor Market,” the researchers argue that underlining the inefficiency of the labor market in Ethiopia is…


Balancing Foreign Investment and Free Flow of Capital

Ethiopia is hungry for direct investment but is loath to let desperately needed foreign currency leave its shores. Thus it struggles to balance these needs on a case-by-case basis, depending…


Assuring Success for the Youth Fund

Ethiopia’s youth bulge seems to have reached a point of undeniability. While the national statistics tell the tale, we can also see it by observing the scenes in the city…


A Malaria-Free Africa is Within Reach

Stunning progress against malaria in the past decade has allowed the world to imagine a different future: Finally, a malaria-free Africa is within our reach. With Africa taking the lead,…


Africa’s Decade of Industrialization

  In today’s interdependent global economy, Africa remains a weak link. If the world is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), thereby completing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for…


Concerns Rising With Ethiopia’s Industrial Parks

  These days the issue of industrials parks and their unprecedented expansion in Ethiopia draws the attention of many stakeholders including the mass media, public policy makers, academia, and environmentalists…


Africa’s Unity: Mirage or Fact

Can Africa truly unite? Some say it’s a pipe dream, while others argue it can be done. African unity was the founding goal and principle of the founding fathers in…


The Right Candidate for African Union Chair

Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, has emerged as the leading contender for the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson position. With the AUC chair…


Israel, Ethiopia and the UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council, which Ethiopia has now joined, recently passed a resolution declaring that Israeli settlements – including our capital Jerusalem and the place where the Temple once…


Quality Education Still a Challenge

The existing education and training policy of Ethiopia identified access, quality, equity and relevance as the main challenges of the education system of the nation. In an attempt to meet…


Solving Africa’s Power Problem

Over two-thirds of Africa’s people lack access to electricity. Approximately 68pc of the continent – over 800 million people – lacks access to electricity. This not only leaves them behind…


Ethiopia’s Singular Role in Uniting Africa

Ethiopia helped midwife the Organization of African Unity when it was born on May 25, 1963, and has ever since helped shepherd the organization as it transformed into the African…


False Choice Between Development, Democracy

The relationship between democracy, development, the heated academic and policy debate as to which one should come first has yet to be resolved. It continues to be a bone of…


Tackling Youth Unemployment in Africa’s Population

Africa’s youth represents both an opportunity and a challenge. 41pc of Africa’s population is below the age of 15. By 2035, more people will reach working age (15-64) on the…


Theatrics of Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy

The process whereby foreign policy decisions are made within agencies is called organizational politics model. The reference in organizational politics model is standard operating procedures (SOPs) which gives guidelines to…


The Path to Africa’s Transformation

Agenda 2063 highlights industrialization and integration as critical enablers of Africa’s transformation, as do the African Development Bank’s High Fives. How do we combine these to build a resilient continent?…


Africa’s Entrepreneurs: Strong but Struggling

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are at the heart of Africa’s growth, but are struggling. MSMEs account for around half of Africa’s employment and one third of its GDP…


Optimising Ethiopia’s Industrial Revolution

By all accounts, Ethiopia has had a tough year. The effects of El Nino were deeply felt across the country. Agriculture was impacted. So was the life of millions of…


Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy Dynamism

Foreign policy is a dynamic phenomenon with fast changing local and international contexts. It is a delicate plan of action designed in complex psychological, political and international contexts of the…


Is Internet Monopoly Stifling Ethiopia’s Progress?

Like health and education, communication is vital for modern living, business communities, policy-makers, academics, trade, human rights and democracy. They all ensure a healthy functioning of a society. Hence, it…




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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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