Ethiopian Business Review

Ashenafi Endale

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Khat

Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:00 Published in Focus

Cursed Business, Blessed Money

Khat has become one of Ethiopia’s most lucrative exports, recently surpassing even coffee. However, the impact of Khat becoming more profitable is that farmers are starting to steer away from traditional staple crops in favor of growing it. Even so, the government still doesn’t have a cohesive strategy or supports to ensure that the country is getting the greatest possible benefits, as EBR’s Ashenafi Endale explores.

Maintenance Skills Gaps Add to Construction Burden

Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00 Published in Investment

Until recently, the construction sector has been instrumental in catapulting the nation to higher levels of development. The sector has been catalyzing the burgeoning of all the economic sub sectors such as modern agriculture and manufacturing. However, the construction sector is slowing down nowadays due to various factors such as political unrest and shortages of construction machineries as well as scarcity of finance and hard currency. On top of this, the sector is now confronting another hurdle: shortage of skilled manpower available to handle the maintenance and repair of construction machineries, as EBR’s Ashenafi Endale explores.

Pirates of Addis

Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:00 Published in Focus

Street vending has become a part of everyday life in Addis. On almost every major pedestrian road, there are many young people displaying their wares, from electronics, to shoes, and calling out to city residents to visit them. While these products are cheap and convenient for many, street vending is becoming the gathering place for unemployed youth who move to the cities looking for new opportunities. At the same time, the sourcing of the products is feeding into the problem the country is experiencing with contraband, as many of the items sold on the streets are illegally smuggled into the country. Addressing these issues is a big part of the city administration’s agenda, as EBR’s Ashenafi Endale reports.