Ethiopian Business Review

Addis Football Struggles to Find its Place

Sunday, 16 June 2019 03:00 Published in Sport Biz

Addis Ababa, home to over four million people, used to be a base for several football clubs. Its main stadium hosts many games, allowing sport fans to spend time watching local football. But in recent years, the number of Addis-based football clubs that play in the Ethiopian Premier League, dwindled to three from more than 10 five years ago. EBR’s adjunct writer Abiy Wendifraw looks into the matter to understand the reason behind the decline, and its consequences.

"Carbon Trading is Tricky"

Sunday, 16 June 2019 02:00 Published in Interview

Adefris Worku (PhD), is director of Climate Science Research at the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute. He has conducted various research on climate change that has sbeen published on local and foreign journals. He blames the government for giving little attention to the forestry sector. Although schemes like carbon trading can have a positive impact on the country’s reforestation efforts, he stresses that it is only after the government focuses on the area that the nation can recover from the adverse impacts of climate change. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale sat down with him to further understand the issues the country is facing.

Because of its 30pct per year growth since 2000, Africa is currently the second largest telecom market in the world, next to Asia. By the end of June 2018, the number of mobile subscriptions in Africa was 1.04 billion, up from the one billion subscriptions at the end of 2017. As a result, the continent’s mobile penetration rate reached 82Pct in 2018.

African countries exported USD476.6 billion dollars of goods in2018, 12.8Pct higher than the 2017 average. The figure is however 11.3Pct lower than the aggregate export earnings of 2014. In comparison, global exports from all countries worldwide equaled USD19.2 trillion in 2018, of which Africa’s export represent an estimated 2.5Pct.

Doubting Danger

Sunday, 16 June 2019 00:00 Published in Focus

Investors Fail to React to Political Risks

During the political unrest that has plagued the country over the last three years, many businesses were burned, looted and damaged by protestors. Investors lost hundreds of millions of birr in property. Capitalizing on these opportunities, insurance companies have started introducing new policy known as political violence and terrorism insurance. At first, there was high demand for the new policies, but that was short lived. The renewal rate is low, while new investors are disinterested in the coverage. EBR’s Samson Berhane explores.

Music Albums on the Rise

Sunday, 16 June 2019 00:00 Published in Art & Life

With the advancement of technologies which pave the way for increasing copyright infringements, the number of album released by singers has been declining for a long time. However, physical copies of music may be starting to see a resurgence as many emerging artists release albums on CDs, despite copyright infringements causing losses. In 2018 alone, more than 20 albums were released, and eight albums hit the shelves so far in 2019. EBR’s Kiya Ali spoke with singers and industry insiders to discover the reasons behind this.

Teaser Advertising

Sunday, 16 June 2019 00:00 Published in Focus

New Marketing Ideas Take Over Addis

Teaser advertising is a new marketing concept slowly emerging in Ethiopia. Wegagen Bank as well as Habesha and United breweries are among the companies that have used teaser campaigns as a part of their marketing strategies in recent times. Teaser ads can generate curiosity and buzz, which may ultimately have a strong impact on the marketability of a certain product or service. However, some experts argue that the approach is costly because the success of a teaser campaign depends on the number of times teaser ads are presented to the consumer. EBR’s Kiya Ali reports.

Hilina Belete is one of the few entrepreneurs in Ethiopia who have managed to take a family business to the next level, making it a successful and strong contender in the food industry. She is the CEO of Hilina Enriched Foods Processing, at which she worked in various posts before taking it over from her father. It took Hilina more than a decade to be what she is today. When the 32-year old entrepreneur took the CEO post, the company was not well-known as it is now. But after a joint venture agreement with ONYX.S.A.S (Group Nutriset) of France, overseen by Hilina, the company pioneered the production of high quality nutritional and fortified foods for both the institutional and commercial market in Ethiopia and East Africa region. This includes Plumpy‘nut (RUTF), Plumpy’ sup (RUSF), Sheba Peanut Butter and Sheba Peanut Splits. With hundreds of employees and through its network of local suppliers, Hilina attempts to fill the gap in the country’s efforts to raise food security.

As one of the youngest CEOs in Ethiopia, Hilina believes investors are not still aware of the big opportunities in the country’s food sectors. Mentioning the challenges she faces to get raw material, Hilina thinks ventures should be incentivized to invest in the food sector. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with her to learn what makes Hilina tick.

Business Closure on a Massive Scale

Sunday, 16 June 2019 00:00 Published in Investment

Is the new Initiative Going to Address the Problem?

The number of businesses that return or fail to renew their licenses has increased over the last couple of years. At the federal level, 14,096 businesses returned their licenses in 2018, while 328,265 businesses didn’t renew their licenses in the past ten years. A decline in business activities and political unrest, coupled with forex shortages and a lack of raw materials, problems which have not been solved for many years contribute to the problem. The government, which is aware of the issue, recently launched a new initiative to solve the challenges faced by the private sector. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale reports.

Ethiopia is one of the countries that are highly vulnerable to climate change. The number of people at risk due to climate change is increasing drastically. As rural livelihood systems, like crop cultivation, pastoralism and agro-pastoralism, remain highly exposed to dynamic and unpredictable climatic conditions, the increase in drought and desertification have resulted in significant losses of arable land and increased dependency on food aid, and has resulted in diminishing water resources and hunger.  Climate change is also putting pressure on the country’s economy. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale investigates the extent of the problem

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