Archives for 2018

Ethiopia should Reform the Constitution, before Election

By Daniel Teferra (Ph.D.)* The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmad, on 27th November 2018, met with representatives of eighty-one political parties to discuss the upcoming election. But it is the Constitution that needs fixing first. Otherwise, the country may unravel. Conducting an election by itself may not prevent that from happening. For example,...

A Critique: Ethiopia Climbing Mount Uncertainty

By Dr. Daniel Teferra* In reading Mr. Rene Lefort’s recent article, “Ethiopia: Climbing Mount Uncertainty”, (OpenDemocracy, 21 October 2018), I thought I should comment on some of the points in his piece that caught my attention. I will also discuss what I think is the real issue, facing the country, and try to examine possibilities...

ክልላዊ ስርአትና ዲሞክራሲያዊ ሽግግር

ዶ/ር ዳንኤል ተፈራ የኢኮኖሚክስ ፕሮፌሰር፤ ኤመረተስ የዚህ ጽሑፍ ጽንስህሳብ፤ የክልል ስርአት ለዲሞክራሲ ሽግግር እንቅፋት ከመሆኑም በላይ፤ ኢትዮጵያን ወደፊት ጨርሶ ሊያጠፋት ይችላል የሚል ነው። ስለዚህ፤ ዘላቂ ሰላምና ብልጽግና በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ሊመጣ የሚችለው የክልል ስርአት ተወግዶ ሀገሪቱ ወደዲሞክራሲ ስትሸጋገር ብቻ ነው። ይህ ጽሑፍ፤ በመጀመሪያ የክልል ስርአት ያሰከተላቸውን የኢኮኖሚ ችግሮች ከዳሰሰ በኋለ፤ በቅርቡ የታየው የአንድነት ኃይል ማንሰራራት ለዲሞክራሲ...

The Case for Restoring the Pre-1974 Provinces in a Federal Framework to advance Peace, Progress and National Integration in Ethiopia

By Assefa Mehretu (Ph.D.) Professor of Geography, Emeritus Michigan State University Presented at the 10th International Conference on African Development, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 18-19, 2018 The impetus of this article on issues of boundary delineation in Ethiopia is the existential constitutional crisis created by the ethnic federalism based on tribal enclosures called...

Prospects and Challenges for Developing Securities Markets in Ethiopia

By Asrat Tessema (Ph.D.) Eastern Michigan University Professor of Finance, Emeritus (This article was first published by African Economic Review Journal in 2003.) Introduction Governments in developing countries face increasing difficulties in funding public enterprises through government allocations because of budget constraints due to low savings and population explosion. It has also become increasingly difficult...