Ethiopian Business Review

No End in Sight

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Focus

Hardships of National Service Recruits in Eritrea

Eritrea has long had a policy of national service, which conscripts the country’s youth into positions in its army and civil service. However, in spite of legislation limiting the term of national service to 18 months, many people are trapped in their service for many times that limit, even up to nearly 20 years. This, in addition to the already existing issues of low wages, strict anti-desertion laws, and alleges human rights abuses compounds the day to day issues faced by the soldiers. EBR visited Eritrea to get a glimpse at the lives of everyday people who are serving their country.

A Trip to Eritrea

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Focus

Asmara Keren And Massawa Through Ethiopian Eyes

Although optimism about the future of Eritrea was high in the 1990s, Eritrea now exists in isolation; the lives of ordinary Eritreans is tough and many cities remain underdeveloped. In fact, Eritreans now make up a significant portion of those migrating to Europe on dangerous crossings through Libya. EBR’s Samson Berhane, who travelled to Asmara, Keren and Massawa explores the lives of Eritrean residing in these cities. 

The Number

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Quote

46,380 KM

The length of railway line stretched across Africa currently, according to the African Economic Outlook published by the African Development Bank in 2018. The railway routes available in Africa are lower than the railway lines in Asia (197,610KM) and Europe (85,986KM).  


6th Year . Sep 16  - Oct 15 2018 . No.66


 

 

“It is a baseless accusation.”

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Quote

Bereket Simon, Former Deputy Director General, Policy Research Institute

Nowhere to Run

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Society

Eritrean Refugees Left Out in the Cold

Migration is still as a big concern in Eritrea. Youths, frustrated by the policies of the government, cross the border in droves, searching for a better life. Ethiopia hosts the highest number of refugees from Eritrea. The absence of rule of law, unlimited mandatory national service and absence of freedom of expression are reasons usually expressed by refuges for fleeing their home country. Even after entering Ethiopia, most of them are not able to join the workforce, partly because the law does not allow it. While the recent peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia renewed the hopes of a few Eritrean migrants, some still fear that the peace could endanger their lives. EBR’s Ashenfi Endale, reports.

“It is a baseless accusation.”

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Quote

Bereket Simon, Former Deputy Director General, Policy Research Institute

Equality for All?

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Commentary

Last month, I was invited to speak at the York Festival of Ideas, an annual forum for debating alternative, predominantly progressive policy goals. I talked about my work on asset-price stabilization. Andy Wood of the consultancy Grant Thornton spoke about inclusiveness in business, Neil McInroy of the Center for Local and Economic Strategies discussed local organizing, and Ander Etxeberria of the Mondragon Corporation told us about their employee-owned cooperatives in the Basque Country. But, most importantly, Wanda Wyporska of The Equality Trust gave a fascinating talk about the principle of “equality for all.”

Restructuring Ethiopia’s Insurance Industry

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Commentary

Just like any other aspects of the economy, the insurance industry had been significantly affected by the overall economic and other policies existed in Ethiopia. Though the potential for growth is strong, the insurance industry is not delivering as expected due to structural bottlenecks and challenges at macro as well as micro levels. 

How to Utilize Eritrean Ports

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Commentary

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship agreement with Eritrea in Asmara, on July 9, 2018. The Declaration explicitly allows resuming transportation, trade and communications between the two countries. This opens the door for both countries to utilize the Assab and Massawa ports for their mutual benefit. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD)

Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:00 Published in Quote

“Those [MetEC] who have not  even seen similar dams, let alone construct a project as big as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), cannot compelete the GERD with morale alone.”

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