Category: Interview



Rajeev Kumar Sharma is the general manager of Anmol Products Ethiopia, an Indian based company engaged in paper converting business in Ethiopia since 2009. The company was established with ETB 76 Million. The Indian investor also serves as deputy chairman of Indian Business Forum, an institution established in Ethiopia to represent Indian investors in different platforms. EBR sat down with Sharma, who was also part of the Ethiopian business delegate that went to India last year, to learn more about the trade and investment relationship between the two countries, the existing challenges and what both countries are doing to uplift the level of partnership.

Mikiyas TesfayeNovember 1, 2017


Despite its huge potential, little attention has been given for the coffee sub sector in Ethiopia, in which close to 30Pct of the population are engaged directly and indirectly. But in recent years, government started to step up in order to boost coffee production and export as well as promoting value added coffee. One of the steps is re-establishing the Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Development and Marketing Authority last year. The Authority, which is accountable to Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is expected to enhance the sector’s development as well as making Ethiopian coffee and tea products competent in the global market. EBR’s Mikiyas Tesfaye spoke to Sani Redi, Director General of the Authority, about the changes that are coming to the coffee sub sector.

Berihun MekonnenAugust 15, 2013


Many obstacles challenge foreign trade in Ethiopia- Logistics and transportation being the major bottlenecks. As much the logistics and transportation sector has undergone reforms, the sector continues to pose a critical challenge for the country’s foreign trade. In this exclusive interview, Berihun Mekonnen, Ethiopian Business Review’s senior editor sat down with Kassahun Abberu (PhD), Director of Transit, Shipping and Transport at Akakas Logistics PLC, a company which he cofounded in December 2000, to discuss the challenges and remedies for the complications in the sector, among other issues.Born in Dessie in 1958, Kassahun received his PhD in Transport Economics from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration in 1992. His decades of portfolio include responsibilities at technical and managerial levels at the Federal Express, Hungary, Nib Transport Company, Ethiopian Amalgamated Ltd and others.

Addisu DeresseJuly 15, 2013


As corruption takes centre stage in public discourse, with the detainment of senior government officials and private sector tycoons, the Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (FEACC) seems to have gotten its groove back. In this exclusive interview, Addisu Deresse, associate editor of Ethiopian Business Review, sat down with Aklilu Mulugeta, the Commission’s Corruption Prevention Director, to discuss the root causes of corruption and the challenges of fighting this social evil in Ethiopia. Aklilu graduated in Economics from Addis Ababa University and has had several professional public sector positions before he became Prevention Director five years ago.

Mikias MerhatsidkJune 25, 2013

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution with AAA rating. The bank comprises three distinct windows: the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. In this interview, Mikias Merhatsidk, Editor-in-Chief of Ethiopian Business Review, sat down with Mr. Lamin G. Barrow, resident representative of the Bank in Ethiopia to discuss the Bank Group’s role within the general context of Africa’s development and that of Ethiopia in particular. Mr. Barrow holds a graduate degree in Economic Policy from Boston University, USA and has worked in different capacities at the Bank. He took his present post in Ethiopia in October 2009. He now serves as co-chair of the Development Assistance Group (DAG) of donors in Ethiopia. The Resident Representative talks about the Bank’s involvement and focus areas in the country, the USD 900 million the bank earmarked for the Ethiopian private sector and the government’s economic policies, among others, Excerpts:

Amanyehun R. SisayAmanyehun R. SisayFebruary 17, 2013


When the Ethiopian economy was hit by a foreign currency crunch in 2009, the East African Bottling Share Company, which bottles Coca Cola in Ethiopia, was forced to stop production. The Company was unable to import raw materials because opening a letter of credit (LC) was a challenge at the time. This led to the closure of its plant in March 2009. Production resumed when the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia allowed the bottler to open a 1.8 million dollar LC. Four years later, the Ethiopian Economy is experiencing the same bottleneck. However, this time around, the Company seems prepared for the storm. It has received a 25 million dollar transfer from its shareholders abroad so that history will not repeat itself. Mr. Greig Jansen, Managing Director of the Company talks with Amanyehun R. Sisay, Executive Editor of Ethiopian Business Review about the situation and what is in store for Coca Cola, Excerpts:

Amanyehun R. SisayAmanyehun R. SisayOctober 24, 2012


Last December, Mulu Solomon rose to the helm of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA), becoming the organization’s first female president. During her brief time she has worked to smooth relations with the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (AACCSA), facilitate discussions on Ethiopia’s plan to join the World Trade Organization. She has also been working to improve Ethiopia’s business climate. After a recent visit to Handwerkskammer (HWK), a Chamber of Commerce based in Berlin, Germany, she sat down with Amanyehun R. Sisay, Executive Editor of the Ethiopian Business Review (EBR) Magazine, for an exclusive interview to talk about the latest progress of ECCSA.

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