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Ethiopia’s Holidays Drive the Economy, But Lack Reliable Data and Analytics

By Zelalem Tamir Holidays are major sources of amusement and celebration in Ethiopia. For children, the anticipation of new clothing to wear during holidays is always a source of great excitement in the weeks and days leading up to festivals like Easter, Christmas, and Eid. The colorful and stylish new outfits provide a confidence boost […]

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Ethiopia Retunes the Monetary Orchestra: Analyzing National Bank of Ethiopia’s New Three-Year Strategic Plan

Last week saw heated debate among financial experts, financial industry players and other stakeholders as the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) unveiled its new three-year Strategic Plan covering the period between 2023-2026. The Plan outlines an ambitious reform agenda aimed at overhauling Ethiopia’s monetary and financial systems through several wide-ranging initiatives. After two years of

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Ethiopian Coffee Industry at Risk: Unintended Effects of EU Deforestation Regulation

The impending implementation of the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) is already having unintended consequences for coffee importers and small-scale farmers in Ethiopia and other countries in Africa. The EUDR aims to combat climate change by banning the sale of goods linked to deforestation. However, compliance with the regulation is proving costly and challenging for

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Legal Review of Ethiopia’s Personal Data Protection Proclamation

Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers’ approval of the Personal Data Protection Proclamation signifies a significant step in safeguarding privacy rights in the country’s digital landscape. This legal review aims to provide an overview and analysis of the key provisions and implications of the proclamation, highlighting its importance in protecting personal data and promoting responsible data management.

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Broken Promises and Failed Policies: Why African Countries Should Look Beyond the IMF for Economic Solutions

By Zelalem Tamir The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been a controversial institution in Africa for decades. Many African countries have turned to the IMF for loans in times of economic crisis, but the outcomes have often been disastrous. From structural adjustment programs to austerity measures, the IMF’s policies have been criticized for perpetuating poverty

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How is Ethiopia’s Economy Doing?

In an unexpected move reserved for war-torn countries and failed states, the IMF has not released a GDP growth forecast for Ethiopia in its latest World Economic Outlook published two months ago. Afghanistan, Libya and Syria did not also make it to the list of economies whose growth forecasted. Though no justification has been given,

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Tigray: the Long Path to Peace

Tigray is like no other region in Ethiopia. Despite making up an estimated six percent of the Ethiopia’s population, it is a place where the country is incepted, a fact that is hard to deny. It is in this region the plights of the two biggest religions of Ethiopians- Islamic faith and Christianity- started. A

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