Ethiopian Business Review

Biogas is a multipurpose technology, which assists in addressing economic, health, social and environmental problems. Developing and spreading this technology would certainly minimize dependency on charcoal and firewood, as well as improve peoples’ lifestyles, especially in developing countries like Ethiopia.  In line with this, Ethiopia has finished implementing the first and second phases of its National Biogas Programme,  from 2009-2013 and 2013-2017, respectively. During that period, the country was able to disseminate 18,000 biogas digesters. However, the supply is still far from satisfying the demand. According to estimates, the number of potential beneficiaries of biogas technology is as high as four million households. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale investigates the major factors that have held back the spread of biogas.

Thursday, 02 August 2018 22:24
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Nowadays, hookah lounges are common sights across the main streets of the capital. In fact, Addis Ababa is witnessing an explosion of hookah bars, as well as shops that sell glass pipes and smoking wares. As a result, the consumption of hookah, locally known as shisha, is also rapidly expanding in Addis and other towns across the country, exposing people to health related risks. Although the government is trying to reduce the use of hookah by closing lounges that offer the service and passing laws, nothing seems able to arrest their spread, as EBR’s Samson Berhane reports.

Friday, 06 July 2018 16:45
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Businesses Utilizing the Platform to Boost Sales 

The 21st century has been characterized by various developments, shifts and changes worldwide. Many of these changes, especially within a marketing context, have been fuelled by the nowadays omnipresent Internet and all the platforms and tools found within. With the growth in number of internet users, and the use of smart phones, promoting products through social media sites, mainly Facebook, is becoming a preferred way for businesses to build relationships with customers in Ethiopia. Yet, this comes at cost as many of the businesses that sells their products via social media networks are trading items under the informal market and beyond the tax system of the country, as EBR’s Tiruneh Assefa writes. 

Sunday, 03 June 2018 14:13
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