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The precarious birr
The precarious birr
Once again, the embattled Ethiopian Birr has experienced a significant decline against the mighty US Dollar. The latest round of devaluation resulted in shaving off 15 percent of the purchasing power from the Birr vis-à-vis the Dollar. The latest move aside, NBE has two other devaluations under its belt. For all its achievements in registering double-digit economic growth in the past 15 years, Ethiopia is still unable to improve its foreign currency shortage. All major devaluations were taken in the name of shaking this persistent and annoying evil. Nevertheless, devaluation has some serious tradeoffs.
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia water ministers discuss effects of GERD
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia water ministers discuss effects of GERD
Water ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopian are discussing the effects of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with respect to the downstream Nile Riparian countries and the process of filling the mammoth dam, here in Addis Ababa at Elilly Hotel.
CSA announces census schedule
CSA announces census schedule
The National Statistical Agency announces the official timetable for 2017/18 Population and Houses Survey. Accordingly, here is the schedule for the census: -
State Department extends DV-2019 entrance
State Department extends DV-2019 entrance
The US Embassy in Addis Ababa announced the disqualification of the DV-2019 application submitted before October 18, 2017 because of unspecified “technical issues”.
Former Editor-In-Chief released from prison
Former Editor-In-Chief released from prison
Temesgen Desalegn, the former Editor-In-Chief for the now defunct Feteh newspaper has been released from prison on Sunday October 15/2017 after serving three years at Zeway Correctional Facility.
Bereket Simon to handover CBE board chairmanship
Bereket Simon to handover CBE board chairmanship
Bereket Simon, chairman of board of directors of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), is due to hand over his position to Yinager Dessie (PhD), Commissioner of the National Planning Commission.
Displaced Ethiopian held as arson suspect
Displaced Ethiopian held as arson suspect
An Ethiopian national recently displaced from Somaliland has been identified as the suspect behind an arson attack on the Offices of the Representative of Somaliland in Addis Ababa, police has revealed.

Interview

The German perspective
The German perspective
Brita Wagener is the new German Ambassador to Ethiopia. She arrived in Addis Ababa a month ago after the passing of her late colleague Ambassador Joachim Schmidt. Wagener came directly from New York where she was a consul general.
First steps
First steps
Vital events registration in Ethiopia In 2011, only seven percent of Ethiopian children under the age of five were registered at birth. With no proof of age or identity, children do not have the minimal protection needed against child marriage, child labor, trafficking or detention and prosecution as an adult.
Robust amid turbulence
Robust amid turbulence
In a very dynamic and turbulent global airline industry Ethiopian Airlines has managed to grow fast in the past ten years. Volatile oil price, terrorism, conflict and epidemic out break are the biggest challenges facing airlines.
The decorated educator
The decorated educator
Sydney Chaffee was recently named the 2017 national teacher of the year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. A teacher in humanities, history and literature, she is a noted teacher from the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston.
Abiding by the ideals of rule of law
Abiding by the ideals of rule of law
David Carter, a seasoned United States judge, visited Ethiopia recently to attend a conference hosted by the International Institute for Justice and Rule of Law.
From Addis to Hollywood
From Addis to Hollywood
Alberto Frezza is a noted actor of Italian ancestry but grew up in Ethiopia. He has been in a number of TV series including Dead of Summer and in films such as Born to Race, Angel Falls in Love and the Battle Force.