Ethiopian Business Review

Tewodros Shiferaw, 44, is a businessman with a huge appetite. The father of four lived in Japan and China for 12 years working as an exporter and importer, among other activities. In 2008, he came to Ethiopia and established Rosetta General Business, a company engaged in real estate development, hotels, import and export as well as media and communication. Tewodros, who is in the real estate sector, built 142 villas and transfered them to the owners on time despite the huge inflation at the time. However, not all his endeavours have been successful. In fact, two of his hotel projects in Addis Ababa and Hawassa didn’t materialise because the authorities couldn’t give him land on a lease basis. He is now more visible in the broadcasting industry. In fact, Tewodros was a partner at ARTS and a year ago acquired Nahoo TV, a privately owned entertainment TV channel operating in Ethiopia. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with Tewodros to learn about his successes and failures

Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:00
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Addisu Habba, president of Debub Global Bank (DGB) is the current president of the Ethiopian Bankers’ Association (EBA). He was re-elected by the professional association of bankers in March 2018 to continue in the post for the next three years. Addisu, a married father of two, has had immense experience in the banking sector. He is a graduate of Economics from Addis Ababa University and holds Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from Italy. In the past, Addisu held several positions at the former Construction and Business Bank, including as a credit clerk and internal auditor, before rising to the post of President. He then became president at the Bank of Abyssinia and served for five years. Three years ago, he joined DGB, one of the later entrants into the banking sector. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with him to learn more about the challenges and successes of the industry, as well as the activities of EBA.

Friday, 15 February 2019 03:00
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A consultant and attorney at law, Tadesse Kiros has had decades of experience in a wide range of legal expertise such as taxes, mergers and acquisitions, and energy as well as infrastructure finance, among others. Tadesse served as deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia under the Transitional Government of Ethiopia. Prior to that he served as a member of the Legal Committee formed under the Office of the President of the Transitional Government between 1991 and 1992. He later established the Tadesse Kiros Law Office, one of the most successful de-facto law firms in the country, and a leading service provider, both in coverage and organizational capability. 

Tadesse believes that his office would have been even more effective had the government allowed lawyers to be organized into law firms. His efforts, as well as the efforts of other lawyers, to persuade the government to provide the necessary legal framework for the establishment of law firms has borne no fruit so far, but he is optimistic that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration will address the issue as a matter of urgency. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with him to discuss the challenges facing the legal sector and recent reforms made by the government. 

Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:00
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