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Economist Justin Yifu Lin on state-led economic growth

18 Nov

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

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Economist Justin Yifu Lin retired from vice presidency of the World Bank at the end of May 2012. Since, he has returned to Peking University to do research and teach. Lin is a formidable advocate of state-led growth, which he popularized as New Structural Economics. In essence, it is advocacy mainly for manufacturing, with state led initiatives, in developing countries of which the World Bank has now become its foremost exponent.
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Part II. Meles says no land grab in Ethiopia—Not today, not tomorrow!

23 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Allegations of land grabbing persist, despite vigorous denials

Part I of this article dealt with the landgrab issue in Ethiopia in the context of displacements of local people, mainly in Western Ethiopia. It also discussed Indian concerns about the future security of their investments in agriculture in Ethiopia, as repeatedly expressed by Vickram Bahl, Editor-in-Chief of India’s ITMN television.
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‘LONE RANGER’ IN ETHIOPIA’S PARLIAMENT UNSETTLED BY GOVERNMENT’S INCOMPETENCE: MP GIRMA SEIFU speaks out on the just adopted budget 

27 Jul

Posted by https://ethiopiaobservatory.wordpress.com/

In an exclusive interview with SAMSON HAILEYESUS, Addis Fortune’s Editor-in-Chief, Girma Seifu, the single opposition member in the 547-seat parliament, representing the opposition party Medrek, shares his views on the Ethiopian economy, the budget, the rising inflation, a possible further devaluation of the Birr and the 12-month performance of the government’s ambitious Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

This interview is taken from the Ethiopian English weekly Addis Fortune, 24 July 2011.
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Meles proposes & gets $7 billion program budget for 2011/12: Transparency & accountability quietly fade

26 Jul

Part I

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

A. The political milieu: Politics, finance & budget & democracy

In a decision that was only one vote short of unanimity, the Ethiopian Parliament in early July swiftly approved the country’s largest ever budget of ETB (Ethiopian Birr) 117.8 billion (about $7 billion) for fiscal year 2011/12. This came through a legislature, where the ruling party enjoys airtight control of the 99.6 percent of the parliament’s decision-making powers. This represents 545 of the 547 seats that it claimed to have bagged in the May 2010 election.
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