Category: Commentary

Sasmita MohantySasmita MohantyFebruary 17, 2019


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are among the main enabling tools of modern civilization. These days, it is an integral part of our lives. The global economy needs ICT infrastructure for its activities such as the facilitation of trade and commerce. In addition to that, human welfare and poverty eradication programmes need proper ICT to enable humanitarian efforts. In this article, I present the importance of ICT restructuring in Ethiopia by first analysing the current state of ICT in Ethiopia and then suggesting the kind of restructuring it needs.

Gashaw TamirGashaw TamirFebruary 17, 2019


Corporate loyalty and discipline is an important part of doing business. This means business organizations and their personalities should behave in a responsible manner while doing their job. However due to different factors, there is a strong belief in the business world that ‘bad and good go together`. Business manipulation and conspiracy motivated by the motive for lucrative profit and undue benefit are not uncommon in today’s globalized world where the business community is on the verge of revolution. The purpose my article therefore is to show how businesses may behave badly to conspire at the expense of the lawful business as well as the social and economic capital; and the possible factors thereof.

Fikru TsegayeFikru TsegayeFebruary 17, 2019


Considering the existing reality in the Ethiopian finance sector, one may propose that an excessive short-term focus by some boards of directors, corporate leaders and shareholders combined with insufficient regard for long-term strategy can cause an imbalance in the companies’ long term and sustainable growth. Particularly, shareholders represented by a board of directors typically affect company operations and decisions differently than other stakeholders concerned with the business.

Abebe AsamereAbebe AsamereFebruary 17, 2019


Ethiopia has been making various reforms that may finally lead it towards genuine democratization. Part of the reform measures has been the court reform effort within the macro legal reform program. Ethiopia’s court system has been hassled by the drastic upheavals in the political system over more than half a century. Although the country successfully implanted modern codes of law in the 1960s, establishing a court system that can accommodate the modern laws have been and is still the challenge. Accordingly, the country’s modern civil law, penal law, and commercial law are ahead of the level where the court system needs to be to understand them, let alone apply them.

Nahom GedeonNahom GedeonJanuary 15, 2019


Inspecting through the maps of Addis Ababa from the 1880s up to today’s Google satellite images, it is impossible to avoid noticing how the city has handled its expansion and morphological transformation within a century. And in what way it dealt confrontations between modern planning and traditional settlements.

Dawit Arega (MBA -IB)Dawit Arega (MBA -IB)January 15, 2019


In the past, we hardly have women on boards in Ethiopia. It is true that the developed nations report that they are committed to promote diversity. But that commitment has not been translated in to meaningful progress. Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed (PhD), however, defied the odds by appointing women to make up half of his cabinets. This huge turnaround caused a spark in a country where men have a mounting presence in top government positions. Undoubtedly, this has a far reaching consequence with regards to solving the boardroom diversity challenge.

Austine Sequeira (PhD)Austine Sequeira (PhD)January 15, 2019


Not much is being said about the ‘Renaissance Movements’ in the world today, especially in Western Europe where the movement was born. However, the story of the Ethiopian Renaissance Movement currently seems to stretch either too long or is on the verge of sudden death. A number of authors have defined the renaissance movement as a bridge between the middle ages and modern history. However, in Ethiopia’s case, it seems to assume a reverse meaning.

Eshetu DubEshetu DubJanuary 15, 2019


The role of Micro and Small Scale Enterprises (MSEs) is one of the major issues that grab the attention of politicians and economists. The dominant position often held by these two groups has arguably obscured the understanding of MSEs, even though they deserve credit for putting the issue at the top of public policy agenda.

Ermias MulugetaDecember 15, 2018


The strength of a nation is measured by and depends even more on the quality, rather than the number of its people. The potential capacity and capability of people are nation’s most precious possessions. Therefore, it is imperative to recognize the true value of human resources with regards to driving the development of an economy and the existence of a nation.

Misker GetahunMisker GetahunNovember 15, 2018


Fake news means news articles or information sources that are intentionally and verifiably false, and are meant to mislead readers. There are two key characteristics of fake news. First, fake news includes false information and fabricated news reports produced either for profit or political purposes. Second, fake news is created with dishonest intentions. It is deliberately fabricated and disseminated with the intention to deceive and mislead others into believing falsehoods or doubting verifiable facts. As a result, fake news shows circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal beliefs.

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