Recent News

  • Ramping up government support for the industry sector

    The policy decision of the Government of Ethiopia to effect a structural change in the economy whereby it un overgoes a transition from being agriculture-led to industry-led is now taking shape after fifteen years of ups and downs.

  • Nipping doping in the bud!

    The Olympic Games are the largest sporting spectacles globally.

  • Resolving the Ethio-Eritrea impasse peacefully

    Ethiopian and Eritrea have been in a stalemate over the last sixteen years ever since the end in 2000 of the two-year bloody war they fought.

  • Putting an end to inconsistent practices

    The EPRDF-led government of Ethiopia has been criticized for being prone to inconsistencies when making administrative decisions during its twenty-five-year rule. Its propensity to apply different criteria to settle similar issues have engendered widespread public disgruntlement over the years.

  • Bringing to justice perpetrators behind leaking of national exams!

    One of the manifestations of moral depravity is thievery. Regardless of whether it is petty or grand, stealing is a crime. Crimes against education are particularly odious because they are no different to killing a generation. This Monday the Ministry of Education decided to cancel and defer to an unspecified date National Higher Education Entrance Examination after a leaked English examination designated Code 14

  • Credible self-assessment needed

    The ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is today celebrating the silver jubilee anniversary of its assumption of power by toppling the military Derg regime. It is touting successes in accelerating economic growth as well as encouraging strides in the social arena as it looks back on its twenty-five-year administration.

  • The Brexit quagmire:Could it reach Ethiopian shores?

    On May 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Granted the votes are merely advisory referendums, the impact of the decision looks to be reverberating across the global economy.

  • War drums and centrifugal forces in Ethio-Eritrean conflict

    By Bruh Yihunbelay.

    The second youngest African nation, Eritrea is once again struggling to extricate itself from a diplomatic and military quagmire after only two decades of an independent existence and a two-year border war with its southern neighbor, Ethiopia.

  • Are some refugees more equal than others?

    By Yonas Abiye

     

    This year, the world has experienced a series of calamitous events related to terrorism, wars, and instabilities. By the same token, a new report from the UN revealed that there are now more refugees on Earth than ever before in human history.

  • Human rights in Ethiopia: a lot to be desired

    Almost two decades after the introduction of the FDRE Constitution, Ethiopia introduced the National Human Rights Action Plan which aimed at increasing the applicability of the human and democratic rights enshrined in the supreme law of the land.

  • The perpetual challenge

    Addis Ababa stretches on approximately 52,000 hectares and this is part of the land bank that was established back in 2013. The bank was established to facilitate the lease process overseen by the city cabinet, the highest executive body of the administration. However, acquisitions of plots that are in contradiction with the line map and plots that have been illegally occupied after 2005 have been a source of problem for the administration. Now any construction on these lands will be demolished and the land will be taken away. That is creating anxiety for some illegal settlers, write Tibebeselassie Tigabu and Mihret Aschalew

  • In memory of Patrice Lumumba

    After coming out of colonization, a generation of ambitious African leaders took charge and started their work to make the continent free and prosperous. However, there was drama and at the center of this drama stood, for a brief time, Patrice Lumumba. Taking office in June 1960, he lasted but 12 weeks as his new nation’s first democratically elected prime minister before being deposed in a coup, and then killed four months later. Lumumba has since become a symbolic figure from his era and that was what reiterated at the recently held Tana High Level African Security Forum, writes Solomon Goshu.

  • Why Ethiopia is on track to become Africa’s industrial powerhouse

    By Jostein Hauge and Muhammad Irfan

    Ethiopia seems to be attracting the attention of economists interested in Africa, and for good reason. Except for Rwanda, Ethiopia is the only African country whose economic growth has been consistently high for more than a decade without relying on a natural resource boom.

  • Ethiopia’s alliance with global aviation industry

    The aviation industry is hampered by slim profit margins, forcing carriers to focus on both cost reduction and revenue growth through better customer interactions.

  • Short of expectations

    One year after the last salary and scale adjustment to the government employees was made the government proposed the long-awaited amendment to the employee tax schedule this week. Following the leaks on social media a few months ago, debates surfaced as to what this amendment entails to employees and their purchasing power by extension. Now with all rumors aside, the current amendment, which would be implemented next month, is something that is stirring another round of debates, writes Asrat Seyoum.

  • South Korea: miracle still unfolding

    Dubbed the miracle on Han River, South Korea’s growth narrative is the ultimate underdog story in development. Now wielding an economic power, which is the 11th largest in the world, the country pulled off the unthinkable in a matter 60 years. In his recent visit to South Korea Asrat Seyoum of The Reporter observes that industrial clustering, innovation in textile industry and the so called Saemaul movement played pivot roles in the country’s development. And that Korea is still an evolving narrative.

  • Catch 22: The audit report vs. the static predicament

    Ten missing cars and more than two billion birr unaccounted for. Lost, undocumented, misused, and damaged public properties. These were just some of the shocking facts revealed in the report of Gemechu Dubiso, Auditor General, on Tuesday in a presentation to Parliament. The concerns raised by Gemechu and the fact that it is getting from bad to worse had MPs irritated. Subsequently, MPs called for swift action, reports Yonas Abiye.

  • Uncertain future over flower sector

    The horticultural sector, among which the cut flower export sector is the major one, has fetched some USD 245 million in 2014. This stands at a stark contrast to the coffee sector, which brought in less than USD 800 million dollars in the same period, since the total land covered by the former is only 1,500 hectares as opposed to 500,000 hectares of land covered by coffee. It was exactly this high-value nature that drove the government to support sector in every aspect. Nevertheless, it looks like those days have gone. The sector these days is aching out for each hectare of land and the problems get worse when it comes to expansion projects. On the other hand, the sector players are also concerned about the quality of support that is given to them from their lead agency, write Asrat Seyoum and Birhanu Fikade.

SOCIETY

  • Back to the motherland

    By Paul Schemm

    The first time Abezash Tamerat returned to her native Ethiopia, she walked out of the airport terminal’s sliding doors only to turn around and walk right back in, briefly overwhelmed by the press of beggars and taxi drivers clamoring outside.

  • Birthplace of Christianity

    By Eden Zekarias

    If you ask most people today where the first human being was found, chances are they can probably tell you Ethiopia. What's not so widely known is that Ethiopia remains home to the the oldest Christian tradition in the world. The ancient kingdom of Axum (located in modern-day Tigray) began the practice of Christianity as early as 1 AD, preceding Europe by 3+ centuries. Outside of Ethiopia, this knowledge has been 

  • Mothers’ Day: the Ethiopian version

    By Henok Reta

    Extracting the edible substance from Enset, one of the famous staple foods and an indigenous plant to Southern Ethiopia, is a rather complicated task to perform. Enset, a genus of Monocarpic plant and commonly referred to as the Abyssinia Banana or False Banana, is everything for the lives of the Gurage nationality and other ethnic groups in the South. According to studies conducted in the region, Enset is 

  • City streams as waste disposal canals

    By Henok Reta

    A lot has been said about Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union (AU), one of the most peaceful cities in the continent and a city that is an embodiment of the “African Rising” narrative. Nevertheless, tidiness and waste management is definitely not one of the strongest suites of this city. Standing on the very street where AU’s new headquarters is located one can’t help but be bothered by the whiff of a strong nose-

  • New life after battered journey

    By Henok Reta

    Elfinesh Wate, 22, recently overcame one of the most difficult challenges in her life: years-long battle against obstetric fistula. She underwent an hour-long surgery to get cured at Hamlin Fistula Care Center in Yirgalem, a small town in the Southern Regional State. Having lost her child during delivery, Elfinesh is to a large extent satisfied with the procedure. The young woman will be mourning the death of her newborn 

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