While Ethiopia has been applauded by international organizations for its efficiency in developing roadways, analysts say that current efforts to build rural roads leaves a lot to be desired.  Less than half of the proposed roadways mentioned in the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) have been developed in the past four years. Stakeholders point to lack of management and machinery as well as inefficient contractors as the main reasons development lags behind. EBR’s Samson Hailu explains what, if anything, is being done to make Ethiopia’s road-building reputation come out on top once again.

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As Ethiopia’s restaurant and hospitality industries continue to grow and many European cuisines flourish in main streets of Addis Ababa, the mushroom business is taking root. One can easily witness this from the new trend of advertisements about mushroom almost everywhere. Posted on billboards, electric or telecom polls, and walls and sometimes in the form of leaflets distributed by young boys in the busy streets of the Addis Ababa, information about mushroom products and market access is reaching the public in large numbers. Several companies have also been established recently to produce and collect mushrooms from producers to supply for restaurants, cafeterias and supermarkets.

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On a hot Thursday afternoon, May 22, 2014, Assefa Mandefro, 60, a carpenter who builds traditional houses and decorates them using local materials, was busy completing a traditional restaurant and night club in the Gerji area of Addis Ababa. He rushes and gives orders shouting at his associates to meet his schedule of finishing the project and make it ready by the end of June.

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