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Amnesty International demands:     Abiy gov’t to release lecturer Frew Bekele accused of terrorism in a book critical of the Prime Minister

21 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

On 17 August, University lecturer Firew Bekele was arrested and charged under Ethiopia’s draconian Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). For the last decade, the ATP has been constantly used to suppress any form of dissent.

Firew Bekele is accused of writing a book that criticizes Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Firew Bekele denies having written the book. He is a prisoner of conscience that should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Firew Bekele, a Marketing lecturer at Rift Valley University, was arrested outside his home. Before searching his home, the police read him a court order that stated he was suspected of writing and publishing a book entitled “Yetetlefe Tigil” (the Hijacked Struggle), which criticises politicians, security officials, business people and other individuals for having allegedly hijacked Ethiopia’s current political transition.

Amnesty International has found nothing in the book that refers to violence or incites it in any way. Firew Bekele agreed to having assisted the author with the book’s publication, but he vehemently denies having written the book. The book has been banned from stores, but it continues to be privately distributed around the country.

During the search, the police found Firew Bekele was in possession of a copy of the book. Following his arrest, Firew Bekele was first brought before the first instance court on 20 August and charged with incitement to terrorism under the current Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). His hearing was twice postponed and was then remanded to police custody for 28 days on 27 August, as instructed under the ATP. Firew Bekele’s access to his lawyer has been hindered under ATP regulations, and his wife, parents and siblings were all denied access as he was being charged with terrorism.

His lawyer has told Amnesty that he is being interrogated to get him to confess to have authored the book or to share names of the author.


The PM, his record & the relapse

In 2016, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced reforms to address structural and systematic human rights issues and released thousands of prisoners who were serving sentences on politically motivated charges. Spurred by systemic human rights repression and economic and political marginalization, ethnic Amhara and Oromo youth in Ethiopia took to the streets in vast number and sustained manner until 2018. Many of the protestors were charged under the under the draconian Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP).

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration initiated an important reform agenda that has the potential to improve the Ethiopian human rights situation if effectively implemented. However, the current political climate in Ethiopia is a tense one, as priorities and loyalties are divided among different factions within the government coalition. The Prime Minister’s party is the Oromo Democratic Party, and many Ethiopians saw the Prime Minister’s appointment to the position as significant for the Oromo ethnic group as he is the first Oromo leader for Ethiopia in its modern history.

While there have been important steps taken towards reforming draconian legislation that was used for decades to suppress criticism and dissent, the ATP has yet to be reformed and the older version of the ATP continues to be used to charge individuals in a wide variety of contexts, many of whom are vocal dissenters of the current federal government.

The book, የተጠለፈ ትግል (the Hijacked Struggle), discusses the growing rift between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the rest of his party, the Oromo Democratic Party, and accuses the Prime Minister of not only hijacking the Oromo struggle but neglecting the demands of the Oromo protesters.

Amnesty International has found nothing in the book that refers to violence or incites it in any way.



/Amnesty International

Book’s image added by TEO



Nobel Peace Prize: Never simple task zeroing on those that have “conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”

21 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Donald Trump? Hardly.

Reconciliation between the Koreas? Rather premature.

Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea? Probably missed the deadline.

As the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize looms, it’s easier to rule out names than guess who’s going to win.

This year the field of possibilities facing the five members of the Norwegian committee tasked with awarding the prize was pretty wide, with 331 individuals and organisations proposed for the prestigious prize, which will be announced on Friday in Oslo.

And, as usual, despite the fact the list of candidates is a secret, predictions about who might win are gathering pace.

With the postponement of this year’s Literature Prize for the first time in 70 years over a #MeToo scandal at the Swedish Academy, Friday’s peace award has become the most highly anticipated Nobel announcement this year.


The nascent reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea has also fuelled hope that a durable peace can be reached between the two neighbouring countries after 20 years of war.

For Wallensteen, the peace prize could go to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. But he only took power in April with his peace overtures coming to fruition this summer.

That is a little late for the Nobel committee, which takes nominations at the start of the year.

Given the lack of certainty and the limited scope of progress on potentially prize-winning initiatives, some observers are turning to some longer-term contenders.

/South China Morning Post

3 October 2018

ኃይማኖታችሁን ተከላከሉ! [ምሥጢራዊ መረጃ]

16 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

በተመሥገን ደሣለኝ





የሰሞኑ ሁለት ዕይታዎች፡                      ‘ሌላ ትኩሳት’፤ ‘እውነታው ይሄ ነው’ ‘የመንጋ ክፋቱ እረኛ ማጣቱ ነው’!

15 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)





Why Jawar Mohammed is Responsible for the Unrest in the Southern Region of Ethiopia

11 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Damo Gotamo

Jawar Mohammed couldn’t handle his fifteen-minutes fame. He thinks he is a big shot and above the law. He says anything he wants and gets away with it. Everywhere he goes, he makes controversial statements and agitates the youth to resort to lawlessness. His reckless actions have divided people and caused deaths and destruction in the country. Jawar’s thoughtless speeches and reckless actions are nowhere more apparent than in the SNNPR.

Jawar, the self-appointed Oromo activist and shallow political analyst, has enraged many people in the Southern region. His close personal and business association with Sidama extremists and his support for their illegal activities has caused so much suffering to the people of the region. Jawar’s flirtation with Sidama extremists and his disdain for the rest of the people in the region has made him the most despised man in the region. Talk to anyone in Awassa about Jawar, and you will observe how quickly the expression on the face of the person changes.

In his recent interview with LTV, Jawar has tried to deflect and play down his role in the crimes in Awassa and Sidama zone. He vehemently denied any wrong doing and downplayed his role in inspiring and supporting the Sidama extremists to resort to violence if they wanted to achieve their political agenda. Instead of answering the question put to him by the interviewer, he tried to rebuke her and blamed the government authorities for the problem in the Southern region. Once again, he has shown no concern about the death and destruction in the region. The ethnic extremist’s contempt for the military and federal forces who have sacrificed their lives to restore law and order in the region was apparent in the interview.

Jawar’s role in supporting the crimes of Sidama youths dates back in his refugee days in the United States. In every illegal activity that has taken place in the SNNPR and lack of peace in the area, Jawar’s finger prints are all over the place.

Through his OMN (Oromia Media Network), Jawar played a pivotal role in radicalizing the Sidama youth and sowing the seeds of suspicion among the groups. From his base in Minnesota, home of Oromo extremists, Jawar used to invite people of Sidama origin in his programs to disseminate hateful messages against people in the SNNPR. On many occasions, the self-appointed Sidama activists appearing on OMN preached division and tried to undermine the unity of the people in the region. His guests belittled the current regional structure and disseminated hate against groups in the region. The Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs often made bizarre statements to divide the people of the region.

Jawar was responsible for instigating the conflict between the Sidama and Wolita youths in Awassa in 2018. My sources told me Jawar advised his friends, the leaders of the Ejjeetto, to follow Queros tactics to achieve their goals. He told his criminal friends to restore to violence.

Last year’s mayhem claimed the lives of many people and left thousands of people homeless. Jawar didn’t condemn the crimes. Instead, he sided with the Sidama extremists and defended their crimes.

Youngman hanged during Jawar’s visit in Shashemene

Nothing good happens in places where Jawar sets foot. After overseeing the horrid lynching of an innocent man by his followers in Shashmene many months ago, Jawar went to Awassa to agitate and give moral support to his extreme Sidama friends in the city. He advised the Sidama extremists to be persistent in causing lawlessness in Awassa to achieve their goals. As soon as he left Awassa, we saw the Sidama extremists wreak havoc in the city that lasted for more than a year. The extremists forced the closure of government institutions, Banks, and hotels. They committed many crimes in the city that reduced Awassa into an economically weak city.

Little did the Sidama extremists know that Jawar had been undermining the interest of the Sidama people and others to achieve his objectives. While the value of land and property in Shashmene and other cities Oromia regions has gone up, the real estate market in Awassa has declined significantly. The slowdown has affected everyone in the region. Because of the reckless acts of the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs, people have avoided businesses owned by hardworking Sidama businessmen. Many Sidama businesses were forced to close their doors forever.

During the 2019 Chamebella Holiday celebration, Jawar Mohammed made one of his divisive speeches to date. He encouraged the Sidama extremists to put more pressure on the government by resorting to violent tactics regularly. Inspired by the speech of the ethnic thug, the Sidama extremists unleashed a series of crimes in Awassa and cities in Sidama Zones.

The infamous 11-11-11 caused so much suffering to the non-Sidamas in the cites in Sidama zone. Among other crimes, the lynching of an 83-year grandfather; the murder of two brothers in Aleta Wondo; the brutal killing of a father and son that ended in cutting their genital caused anger and uproar among Ethiopias in the country and overseas.

Jawar didn’t condemn the crimes of the Sidama extremists. Rather, he poked fun at the misery of the people in the region and expressed his anger over the arrest of the perpetrators of the crimes. He pointed his finger at the members of SEPDM while praising the Ejjeettos and their criminal leaders. He laughed at the sacrifices of the military and the federal police forces.

Jawar is mentally unstable. He is a repeat offender and easily gets carried away if he is a center of attention. A few years ago, he made an inflammatory statement that angered many people. He made the following statement to a gathering of Oromo Muslims in Saint Paul Minnesota:

“What I say to the Oromos is this: I started talking about Islam after meeting my friend from Gonder. At the place I live, 99% of the people are Muslims. No one dares speak anything against us. If he does, we hit him with Mencha.”

Jawar is a violent man. The above statement clearly shows how violent the man is. He won’t shy away from saying anything to instigate violence between different groups. In his speech in Saint Paul, Jawar was advising his fellow Muslims to resort to violence if a Christian said anything against them.

Jawar must know he is just another ethnic extremist. He should stop acting and behaving like the head of the country. His behaviors and actions are unacceptable and are hurting many people. If he doesn’t stop behaving erratically, he will further plunge the country into lawlessness. He reminds people of the first two years of the TPLF regime.

Some Tegdaleyes and their relatives were acting as if they had conquered the world soon after the TPLF took power in the country. They were loud and boastful. However, unlike Jawar and his friends, at least the TPLfies fought the Derge regime tooth and nail. Jawar’s empty bravado is an enigma to many people. Why is Jawar acting like a bigwig? Many believe Jawar’s bizarre behavior is because of the role he played in directing the young Oromo youth to throw dung at Woyane soldiers and instructing his friends in Addis Ababa to steal the 12th grade Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination (ESLCE) .

No ethnic group in the Southern region has asked Jawar to be its spokesperson. He should keep his activism to the Oromo cause and stop poking his nose in the affairs of the people in the region. People in the region don’t appreciate his attempt to divide the country’s ethnic group along Kusthtic and Semitic group. They are way far advanced than a narrow ethnic extremists like Jawar. They have lived together for generations and know how to coexistence.

If the people of the SNNPR need advice on any matter, Jawar will be the last person they will look for help. There is nothing in common between the people in the region and ethnic lords like Jawar. For the people of the region, Jawar is just another ethnic extremist. They won’t easily fall for a fast talker, ethnic and religious extremist who makes a living by pitting one group of people with another.

Jawar is a friend of ethnic extremists everywhere. By defending the Sidama extremists, he has shown his utter disdain for the 55 ethnic groups of the region. We haven’t heard him talk about Wolitas, Hadiyas, Kemebatta, and others in the region. He only talks about the Sidama extremists who have a business relationship with him. We know that he is nine million birrs richer today after brokering a deal for the acquisition of the SMN (Sidama Media Network).

Carrying an American passport won’t absolve Jawar from his destructive activities. Being an American citizen comes with responsibilities. From his divisive behavior and actions, it doesn’t appear Jawar has changed much even if he lived fifteen years in the United States.

Citizens everywhere are questioning the government why it has tolerated the destructive behavior of Jawar Mohammed. Many people believe the government should do something to stop the extremist from playing a destabilizing role in the country. He is severely undermining the efforts of the PM and hist team in restoring peace and security in the country. He belittles government officials and the military. He doesn’t know the limits of his actions. Jailing people who haven’t done anything and leaving an ethnic extremist like Jawar to say anything that destabilizes the country is unacceptable.

Jawar is responsible for the criminal activities of Sidama extremists in the SNNPR. If he doesn’t stop his destructive behavior, he must be forced to join his Ejjeetto friends in jail. He shouldn’t be allowed to continue his reckless behavior. Innocent people and members of the armed forces shouldn’t die because of a dangerous lunatic who doesn’t care about human life. No one is above the law. Jawar must know either his fifteen-minutes fame or the Queros he loves to talk about will not protect him if he tries to break the country.



ወፍሪ ሀርነት:                            “የትግራይ ተወላጆች ሆን ተብሎ ጥቃት እየደረሰባቸው ይገኛል”

8 Sep

(Credit: Elias Meseret Facebook)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Journalist Elias Meseret (Frm FB) ዛሬ ጠዋት Global Movement for the Liberation of Tigrean Political Prisoners (ወፍሪ ሀርነት) መግለጫ ሰጥቷል። ከመግለጫው ላይ የወሰድኳቸውን አንዳንድ ነጥቦች ላጋራችሁ ይላል ጋዜጠኛ ኤልያስ መሠረት:

– ባለፉት አራት አመታት፣ በተለይ ባለፉት 15 ወራት የትግራይ ተወላጆች ሆን ተብሎ ጥቃት እየደረሰባቸው ይገኛል።

– ፍርድ ቤቶችም ጦር አዝማች ወይም መከላከያ መስለው ይህንን ሁኔታ እያካሄዱ ይገኛሉ። የፍርድ ቤት አቅመ- ቢስነትም ታይቷል። የመጣ ሪፎርም እንደሌለ የሚያሳየው ከእስር የተለቀቁ ግለሰቦች መልሰው እየታሰሩ ነው።

– የእኛ ዋና አላማ የትግራይ ህዝብ የተቃጣበትን ዘመቻ እና የዘር ጥቃት መመከት ነው። ትኩረታችንም በተለያዩ የድብቅ እስር ቤቶች ውስጥ የሚገኙት ላይ ነው።

– በዚህ ሂደት ውስጥ ለተጎዱ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ይቅርታ ተጠይቆ ተገቢው የቁስ እና የሞራል ካሳ እንዲሰጣቸው እናሳስባለን። በተጨማሪም ካስፈለገ የውጭ አጣሪ ቡድን ተቋቁሞ እየተካሄደ ያለውን የማጥለል ስራ መመርመር አለበት። በዚህ የተካፈሉ የመንግስት ሀላፊዎች፣ ሚድያዎች፣ ድርጅቶች እና ግለሰቦችም ተጠያቂ ሆነው ተገቢው የቅጣት እርምጃ እንዲወሰድ እንጠይቃለን።

– ባለፈው አንድ አመት የተለያዩ የመንግስት አካላት ያረጓቸውን ንግግሮች እናወጣለን። አንድን ህዝብ እና ብሄር ለይቶ ጠላት የማድረግ ነገር የተንሰራፋ ነበር።

– በመርህ ደረጃ ትግራይ ውስጥ ያሉ ፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የምንሰራውን አይቃወሙም። እኛ ግን ፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ሳይሆን እንቅስቃሴ ነን።

የፀረ-ሽብር ሕጉ እንዲያንሠራራ በተደረገባት ኢትዮጵያ፣ ዛሬ ዒላማ ያልሆነው ማነው?



Until each and everyone’s human rights are respected and is free in this Ethiopia, no one is free & no one’s rights are respected!


THE OBSERVATORY / AHRE / HRCO / CERO joint press release of February 10, 2019:

“The process by which the CSO Proclamation was revised by the Legal Advisory Council, the participation of local civil societies and the public hearing before the approval by the House of Peoples Representatives is an important harbinger of how the government shows its commitment to revising laws in line with international human rights norms ahead of the 2020 elections” said Yared Hailemariam, Executive Director of AHRE.

Under the previous framework, all organisations receiving more than 10% of funds from foreign sources were labelled as “foreign organisations”, and therefore prohibited from engaging in any human rights-related activity[1]. Under the effects of this law, at least 17 organisations were forced to either change their mandate or close down, while several others had to significantly reduce their activities.

The new law, which was adopted at the end of a highly participatory process which saw the engagement of local civil society organisations, addresses several of the concerns expressed in relation to the previous law. The funding constraints are lifted, and the powers of the CSO Agency are also limited in particular by the introduction of the right to appeal against the refusal of registration. This will allow all organisations, local and international, to work on human rights-related issues, and has already opened the door to several organisations which will now be able to end their exile.

“After years of violent repression of the human rights movements in Ethiopia, we are extremely glad to witness this crucial change and we hope that the new CSO law will live up to the expectations by providing new impetus to the Ethiopian civil society movement. In this key moment, we need to stand as steadfast as ever on the side of local civil society organisations to be sure that theywill be able to carry out their work free from hindrances, threats and legal restrictions” said Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General.

Nevertheless, important constraints remain. Firstly, the CSO law opts for an authorisation rather than a registration regime, contrary to the recommendations of the ACHPR Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa[2].This means that CSOs’ staff could be held criminally liable should the organisations be operating informally.

Organisations which were already registered under the previous law will have to register again, thus imposing an additional and unjustified burden. Secondly, the majority of the staff composing the CSO Agency in charge of the registration procedure will be appointed by the government; and this body maintains ample discretionary powers to order closures and asset freezes of CSOs.

The Board of the Agency, which is the appeal body over the decision of the Agency, is nominated by the Government, CSOs and by the judiciary system. Thirdly, the law imposes a cap on the administrative expenses of NGOs, which cannot exceed 20 % of the total budget thus limiting their independence and flexibility. Lastly, significant and vaguely defined restrictions remain with regard to the work of international organisations, which cannot engage in advocacy and lobbying of political parties nor in election monitoring without an explicit permission from the relevant authority.

“This revision of the Civil Society Proclamation is a significant step forward. Yet, the persisting severe restrictions to the work of local and international organiastions hamper the full recognition of the right to freedom of association in Ethiopia. The authorities must ensure that civil society organisations are free to engage in regional and international synergies in their work for upholding respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country, and more broadly in our continent,“ added Sheila Muwanga Nabachwa, FIDH Vice President.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) was created in 1997 by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH. The objective of this programme is to intervene to prevent or remedy situations of repression against human rights defenders. OMCT and FIDH are both members of, the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism implemented by international civil society.

The Human Rights Council of Ethiopia (HRCO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works towards building a democratic system, promotes rule of law and due process, and encourages and conducts human rights monitoring.

The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) is a non-governmental, nonpartisan and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of human rights in Ethiopia. AHRE isregistered and based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Consortium of Ethiopian Rights Organizations (CERO) is a consortium of Ethiopian Charities working on advocacy of human rights and governance issues.

Until all are free, none is safe and free in Ethiopia!



What Ethiopia needs is an independent prosecution!

የኢሕአዴግ አንገቶች: የሚደመጥ!

Financial sector will not be open to foreign investment

7 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The government, which launched a three year economic reform program, Homegrown Economic Reform, says the financial sector will never be open to foreign actors in the reform period.

The main target of the reform program is to accelerate the economic growth besides to correcting the economic imbalance that put the country on debt stress, hard currency crunch and inflation.

Finance & economy minister Ahmed Shide (Credit: The Reporter)

In the first public discussion about the program, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, said that the capital account and banking business will not be opened for foreign actors. “This issue is not included on this program period. It will consider the national interest and based on the strength of our economy and handling of the vulnerability,” he explained.

The government has been easing the closed economic sector for all interested actors including opening the finance sector for Ethiopian born foreign citizens, which is the first time since free economy was endorsed early 1990s.

Ahmed said that this period will focus on improving the capacity of local financial firms and putting them in the capacity to be on a competitive status before opening to others.

Eyob Tekalign, State Minister of Finance, said that the National Bank of Ethiopia under its reform program is working to improve the financial sector regulation. He said all banks including the two public financial firms would be seen equally by the NBE as per the international banking experience.
The state owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) are in the process of reforming to follow the industry best practice, according to Eyob. “NBE is applying the internationally accepted regulatory framework to improve the banking sector,” he added.
“DBE, which is on high non performing loan rate, has proposed its reform agenda and it is evaluated by NBE board in details. The CBE reform is evaluated under the public enterprises reform jointly,” Eyob said.

Eyob said that to enhance the access to capital and development the finance infrastructure the monetary policy will be improved that will change the T-bill and lifting the NBE bill that private banks buy a 27 percent bond on their every loan approval.

“As per the schedule of the government the secondary bond market will be also introduced regarding to access to finance,” he added.
The homegrown economic reform has three major pillars; macroeconomic, structural and sectoral reforms. “The economic reform should have holistic and comprehensive approaches that the macroeconomic reform will see foreign exchange imbalance, inflation, access to finance and debt stress, and structural reform will also solve the bureaucratic challenges, doing business and sectoral reform looks specific problems on every sector,” Eyob said.

In the first public discussion about the three year program Yinager Dessie, Governor of NBE, said that the local private sector will get more attention since the government reduced its involvement in the economy. “The access to finance for the private sector, local investor, the government will reduce its consumption of finance due to it will focus on the accomplishment of the started projects rather than introduce new investment or public consumption,” he said.“The manufacturing sector will also be seen on this manner and improve the access to finance and foreign currency,” he added.

The international partners like the International Monetary Fund recommended that the government expand access to finance for the private sector than consuming under public projects, while the government was arguing that it is providing adequate finance for the private sector.
However, in the discussion Eyob said that lack of adequate access to finance for the private sector is one of the reasons for the macroeconomic imbalance in the past.

Last week CBE stated that in the past financial year it has disbursed 129 billion birr loan and advances and of which the private sector secured only 22.2 billion birr, which indicated that how the public borrowing is very high compared with the private sector, according to experts.


/The Reporter



Inflation surges to seven year high

7 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A renowned economics professor sees need for the government ” to focus on inflation to provide structural solutions to structural problems as well as upholding the Developmental State Model along with democratization, supported by knowledge-based decision making and economic planning.”

“The growth was driven more by capital accumulation. Productivity growth is constrained by structural and institutional bottlenecks. There were hurdles for the business environment too,” Eyob Tekalegn indicated.

With no signs of abating, the consumer price index inflation in Ethiopia is reported have reached a seven-year high in the just ended month, intensifying fears that it might exacerbate the already distorted macroeconomic situation in Ethiopia, The Reporter has learnt.

A monthly report released by the Central Statistics Agency (CSA) shows headline inflation, which is used to measure the cost of living using a Consumer Price Index (CPI), jumped from 15.5 percent to 17.9 percent in August.

Moreover, Food Inflation has increased to 23 percent from 20 percent.

“Increases in price of major cereal types (especially Teff, Barely, Sorghum and Maize) has continued unabated in the current month,” reads the report. In addition, some of the vegetables which are important daily ingredients for food (ONIONS and GARLIC) have shown an exaggerated rise during the last month which has contributed to the rising inflation figures. However, the prices of Wheat, Rice and Bread have shown a sign of decline in some regions.

At the same time, Non-food Inflation has increased from 10.3 percent to 12 percent, according to the report from the Agency.

“The rise in inflation in the Non-food component is mainly due to rise in the prices of Clothing and Footwear, House Rent, Housing Repair and Maintenance, Energy (Firewood and Charcoal), Household goods and Furnishings, Health Care and Transport (Specially, Household Cars),” reads the report.

It can be recalled that back in May 2019, headline inflation showed an 11-month high at 16.2 percent where food inflation increased from 14.5 to 20.7 percent. In the same token, non-food inflation increased from 0.1 percent to 11 percent.

Back in June, following the escalation in the cost of living, it can be recalled that a taskforce was formed to come-up with a solution for the continued increase in inflation. The taskforce was to conduct researches and forward recommendations to the Macroeconomic Committee, chaired by Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed (PhD).

Just last month, experts have urged the government to introduce a remedy in order to manage the ever increasing inflation.

According to Alemayehu Geda (PhD, Prof.), a prominent economics professor from Addis Ababa University (AAU), said that the government’s investment trends over the years has applied constant pressure on inflation, making life difficult for the poor.

Speaking at a forum organized by Forum for Social Studies (FSS), he said that the government needs to focus on inflation, “to provide structural solutions to structural problems as well as upholding the Developmental State Model along with democratization, supported by knowledge-based decision making and economic planning.”


/The Reporter


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