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NBE lifts bill purchase directive

The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has lifted its yearlong mandatory requirement imposed on private banks to purchase bonds from the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE).

Contraband threatens national gold supply

The account of expanding contraband activities in various boarder areas of the country, the  amount of gold produced by artisanal miners in various regional states and being channeled to the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) keeps dwindling, The Reporter has learnt.

PM picks vice governors for NBE, draws mixed reviews

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has approved the appointments of three new vice governors for the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), Ethiopia’s central banking institution. However, the top picks for the positions has been met with mixed reaction from finance and economic experts.

Experts insist on restructured NBE

Economists and financial experts have called on the government of Ethiopia to seriously look at the state of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) and consider restructuring it in time, while some going to the extent of reducing the central bank to an institution primarily engaged in undertaking money printing, an expression connoting the power of central banks to create money.

New bank prepares to join sector

A new bank, Amhara Bank S.C, is on the horizon of formation as the supervising committee readies itself to sell shares to the public, The Reporter has learnt.

Capital lease finance company opens shop

The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has licensed the first foreign capital lease finance company called Ethio Lease. Ethio Lease was established by African Asset Finance Company, a New York City-based finance company, with a registered capital of 400 million birr.

Oil companies to take new concessions

Following the removal of the National Bank of Ethiopia’s directive that compels oil and gas companies to open a foreign bank account in Ethiopia international oil companies have shown interest to take new concessions.  

Diasporas get thumbs up to venture into banking

A new draft bill, which was designed to amend the existing, restrictive banking and financial services proclamation, has been tabled before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) offering a new regulation, which has given the green light to foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin to engage in the banking and financial services sector.

Venture capital policy on the horizon

Cognizant of the need to promote private investment in Ethiopia and to assist in the government’s effort in job creation, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) is preparing a policy that enables the setting up of a local venture capital fund in the country.

Gov’t plans to alleviate forex crunch

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) is preparing a three-year financial program to overcome the country’s daunting financial challenges, Eyob Tekalign (PhD), State Minister of Finance, said at the fifth Annual Private Equity in East Africa Conference held at Sheraton Addis Hotel on June 13, 2019.