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National dialogue: concept aloof to Ethiopian elite

As common prescription for healing the wounds of the past, national reconciliation, national dialogue and national consensus are the most commonly suggested remedies by the different political actors, elites, scholars and notable public figures in Ethiopian political, social, economic and historical affairs.

Future of escalating Federal–Tigray tension

The dispute between the federal government and the Tigray Regional Government seems to have reached a tipping point. The small bubbles that have been building up for more than two years since the last General Assembly of the defunct four-party coalition of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in Hawassa, look to have gathered mass and the resulting tornado approaching the shores.

Another Tough year

Today marks the beginning of a New Year in the Ethiopian calendar. For the past 12 months, the country has gone through ups and downs, which is seldom seen in few illustrative graphs.

Transformative tourism

As part of his reform agenda, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has emphasized on revitalizing the tourism sector as part of his three year, USD 10 billion, Homegrown Economic Reform Program.

Deciphering new ruling party’s identity

One of the major decisions taken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) after assuming the chairmanship of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), back in February 2018, was to pull the trigger on the transition of the Front to a single unified party which had been under discussion for so many years.

 “Scientific” debate on Nile   

For centuries, the Nile River, the longest river in Africa and at least one of the longest in the world, is a much romanticized national resource yet having no economic and social benefits to the general population.

Solving the language puzzle

Ethiopians take pride in their diversity. Indeed, Ethiopia is truly a diverse country made up of indigenous people having different languages, cultures, religions and other identity-markers.

Demand soaring for skin whitening cream

Near the Addis Ababa Stadium, around the area once known as an Armenian ghetto during the old era of Emperor Haile Selassie of beautiful architectures currently used mainly as pharmacies and bank branches, there were young women who had come to purchase a famous lotion.

A hard-hit beer sector

Late last year a chilly Addis Ababa morning greeted the heads of the breweries as they met a senior government minister. Eugene Ubalijoro was appointed as a spokesperson and tasked with presenting a slew of issues that the executives felt were deterring them from doing business in Ethiopia.