Ashenafi EndaleJanuary 1, 2020


Thanks to big corporations and financial companies, Addis is becoming a city with a high number of buildings compared to east African cities. Many of these buildings were constructed by local contractors that were able to learn fast in the past two decades, though not free from flaws. Majority of buildings constructed by local contractors lack quality and basic infrastructures and have very similar designs. Frustrated, many builders are now turning their backs on local contractors, while strengthening their ties with the foreign ones, particularly those from China. Almost all big buildings, roads and dam projects throughout the country are being handled by Chinese contractors. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale investigates.

Ashenafi EndaleJanuary 1, 2020

Are theyAchievable?

With power interruption becoming the norm, implementing green manufacturing has been almost impossible in Ethiopia. Although there are many companies that have embraced the idea of using green energy as a source of power, poor electricity supply has forced them to be dependent on fossil fuels. Especially cement factories, and industries that require high voltage, have no choice but to spend increasing amounts of foreign currency to import coal and fuel. Such a reality, coupled with inefficient energy usage, is profoundly costing the country. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale explores.

Ashenafi EndaleJanuary 1, 2020

An Endeavor Far-removed from its Goal

With Ethiopia being at a crossroads, nation-building continues to be a contentious matter amongst politicians and policymakers in Ethiopia. Attempts of successive regimes to build an economically integrated society have borne no fruit. The administration of the Revolutionary Democrats is no different. The constitution adopted 25 years ago demands the formation of a single economic community which is crucial in promoting common rights, freedoms, and interests. The reality is, however, far from the intended goal. Not only that, the main ingredients of state building, providing citizens with basic functions and services, including maintaining internal order, are still unmet. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale probes into the matter.

Ashenafi EndaleJanuary 1, 2020

Why & How Ethiopia is Losing its Precious Commodity

A decade ago, gold constituted close to one-fifth of the total export earnings of Ethiopia. But the country has not been able to sustain this momentum. Last year, export income from gold plummeted to a dismaying USD32 million from 654 million in 2011/12 fiscal year. This is largely due to the growth of contraband trade and the closure of mining companies for allegedly polluting the environment. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale investigates.

Ashenafi EndaleDecember 12, 2019

Is it the right model to sustain Ethiopia’s growth momentum?

A year after parliament legislated a proclamation governing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), a Saudi firm has become the first to be awarded the construction of two solar power projects under such scheme. Another 15 projects, on the basis of PPPs, will soon be awarded to winning companies. While such a move is expected to fill the huge financing gap in the electricity sector, there is hope that this will have a positive impact on the efficiency, equity and quality provision of services.
While the idea of PPPs in general is theoretically appealing, its practical implementation in developing countries is not as easy as theory suggests. Perhaps partly for that reason, a large number of implemented PPPs have left the contractual parties dissatisfied, indicating that either developing countries, investors, or both may have had unattainable expectations. Experts fear this may happen in Ethiopia as well. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale explores.

Ashenafi EndaleDecember 12, 2019


Teshome Taffese (PhD), State Minister of Finance (MoF), is the mastermind who led MoF to institutionalize Public Private Partnerships (PPP), a new model expected to fill the infrastructure financing gap existing in the country. Prior to this political assignment, he has conducted dozens of case studies in numerous countries, particularly on public finance, infrastructure development and PPPs. Teshome stresses that under the circumstances, Ethiopia has no option but maximizing the exploitation of PPPs. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale sat down with him to understand what has been done thus far.

Ashenafi EndaleDecember 12, 2019


Ethiopian exporters are almost blind to international accreditation and certification systems. Even though there are significant outsourcing market opportunities in Europe, USA and Japan, Ethiopian exporters could not benefit from this, largely because they fail to meet standards. Such problems are not uncommon across sectors prioritized by the Ethiopian government, including coffee, leather, textile, garment, fruits and honey. The presence of few quality accrediting companies, both private and local, does not help Ethiopia buck this trend, chiefly because they lack international accreditation. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale probes into the matter.

Ashenafi EndaleDecember 12, 2019


Cottage industry is a segment of the economy whose importance is usually sidelined in Ethiopia. Though accounting for an insignificant share of the economy, it is still believed to be a source of income for many relying on the production of handicrafts and small industry items. Requiring a very small amount of capital, cottage industries employ below 10 individuals and are known for very quality products that are hand-made and preferred by environment-sensitive consumers. Now, this traditional manufacturing system is facing extinction as the government prioritizes medium and large enterprises as well as industrial parks. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale investigates

Ashenafi EndaleNovember 29, 2019


The importance of patent rights is usually overlooked in Ethiopia. From the inventors to the government officials, the attention given to the issue has not been satisfactory. This is partly because of the weak implementation of the patent law of the country. The fact that the country is also not a signatory in the international intellectual property law is another challenge which is undermining the efforts of the country in its accession in the World Trade Organization. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale investigates.

Ashenafi EndaleNovember 29, 2019


In Ethiopia, some regional states are more developed than others while the rest remain behind in terms of economy, investment and trade as well as social and infrastructural development. The wealth distribution among the regions is not also fair. Despite the substantial regional inequality, tackling the wide gap still remains a big challenge. In the past, there were different policy prescriptions put forward to manage the inequality, but none of them were able to bring a solution to the growing inequality among regional states, largely because of the politicization of the matter. EBR’s Ashenafi Endle explores.

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