Ethiopian Business Review

Ethiopian Business Review

Ethiopian Business Review

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Top 10 Happiest Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa 2018

Friday, 16 November 2018 15:00 Published in Statistics

Finland has taken the top spot as the happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2018, which ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

Adama Industrial

Friday, 16 November 2018 21:00 Published in News

In a bid to industrialize its economy, Ethiopia has embarked on the development of Industrial Parks (IPs) in recent years. The first phase of the Adama Industrial Park, which was inaugurated a couple of months ago, is a testament to the path the country has chosen. 

Currently, Ethiopia is striving to construct 30 industrial parks in the next two years, as shortcut to cope with late industrialization. However, Birhanu Gizaw (PhD), who has been an industrial engineer both in the academic and private sector for 30 years, the last 15 of which he has spent in Germany, boldly argues that Ethiopia needs to revise its industrialization policy. He argues industrialization is about a fundamental change in mentality, and manufacturing products and technology that simplify the life of each and every citizen, rural and urban alike.  Currently, he is developing a technology park in collaboration with Jimma University, the first of its kind. In addition he is a lecturer at the Addis Ababa institute of Technology, and is chairperson for the Society of Electrical Engineers.  He recently sat down with EBR’s Ashenafi Endale to discuss the country’s industrial efforts. The following is an excerpt: