Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s flagship national carrier, has been experiencing impressive growth by most measures. The Airline is continually adding planes to its fleet, is expanding the number of international destinations to which it flies, and is generally ranked as one of the most profitable airlines in Africa. Despite the Airline’s promising growth, the same cannot be said of the country’s private airline industry. Ethiopia’s private domestic airlines have had difficulty reaching the consumer market, especially compared to countries like Kenya and Tanzania. EBR’s Berihun Mekonnen explores the reasons why this is the case.

Monday, 01 December 2014 09:00
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As the Ethiopian government seeks to transform the economy into one that’s rooted in manufacturing, the simplicity for local investors to access finance is becoming easier said than done. That’s because banks have made it complicated to access loans to start businesses because they rely much on technical knowhow and skills to approve requests for financing that many local business owners don’t possess. As the result, it is the foreign investors who are tapping the available financial resources in government banks. This has further crippled the weak and fragile local private sector. EBR’s Berihun Mekonnen reports that government should work in building the capacity of the local investors to access finance. It should also encourage the way foreigners invest in the country to be more in the form of joint venture with local investors. Such approaches in the early 1980s helped local investors in South East Asia to learn important business skills from international investors.

Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00
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In 1975, the Ethiopian government undertook a robust land reform plan to create equitable access to land particularly in urban areas. However, forty years after these reforms, it seems that land access and distribution is all but fair, as prices for it continue to skyrocket. EBR’s Meseret Mamo explains what, if anything, is being done to change that reality.

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