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Ethiopia’s Reckless Diplomacy : Abiy Ahmed’s Regime Up in Arms with the entire Horn

Abiy Ahmed - Ethiopia - Reckless Diplomacy
Abiy Ahmed and His Defense Chief of Staff

Aklog Birara (Dr)

There is no doubt in my mind that Ethiopia’s growth and development needs require strategic negotiation, with Red Sea countries, most preferably with Eritrea. This is because Eritrea and Ethiopia have a great deal in common. Their destinies are intertwined. Ethiopia lost its seaports when Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia and when Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s leader at the time, abandoned the Port of Assab. He did this willingly. This, in my assessment, is a treasonous act that generations of Ethiopian will not forget. The response to treason is not a breach of international law. A win-win solution is one that propels the economies of both Eritrea and Ethiopia; and ideally, the entire Horn of Africa.

No government leader in her/his right mind would try to resolve Ethiopia’s rightful demand for access to the Red Sea by committing another callous, reckless, and irresponsible mistake that will lead to a regional crisis in the Horn of Africa, undermine Ethiopia’s status on the world stage; and affect generations of Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalis to come.

Ethiopia’s tribal and tyrannical leader, Abiy Ahmed Ali stimulated widespread public debate, public discord, anxiety as well as international concern when he asserted Ethiopia’s access to the Red Sea by any means necessary. It raised alarm within the Arab League.

Evidence on the ground over the past five years shows that Ethiopia’s domestic and foreign policies are mired, some say anchored, in lies, lofty promises, deconstruction of Ethiopian history and its icons as well as in heavy investments in grandiose projects like Palaces and resorts.

Ethiopia’s core, systemic and structural problems regarding sustainable development is this. The country is not investing its limited capital resources in the productive and job generating sectors. It is not modernizing its Biblical agriculture sectors on which the majority depend. In fact, the Abiy regime is degrading the Ethiopian economy.

Abiy Ahmed gave currency to Ethiopia’s access to the Red Sea while at the same time moving the country from one civil war of atrocities, mayhem, and destruction to another. Generations of Ethiopian youth are denied the quality education they deserve. The Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions are devastated. Reconstruction and recovery will require tens of billions of investment dollars and will take decades. The war against Amhara has compounded the pain and suffering Ethiopians endure.

Domestic and international observers questioned Abiy’s Red Sea motive. Many accused him personally as a sneaky, Machiavellian, and tribal tyrant committed to constant changes in domestic and foreign policy. Abiy is predictably unpredictable. None of his Cabinet members has the courage to challenge him when he is wrong.

Knowledgeable sources feel strongly that while Ethiopia’s need of access to the Red Sea is overdue and justified on national security and economic grounds, the timing, the intention, the approach, process, and opaqueness are typical Abiyesque. They are dubious, suspect, and bizarre. It is another form of war against the entire UN system and the tenets of the African Union that Ethiopia hosts.

Ethiopian experts involved in the study of Abiy’s deconstruction agenda that is embraced and supported by the Oromo-ethic elite led Prosperity Party suggest that the overarching agenda is single ethnic hegemony (Oromumma) over Ethiopia and gradually over the entire Horn of Africa. Testing and failing thousands of civil servants in Addis Ababa exacerbates ethnic tensions.

Why Abiy’s move is dangerous and precedent -setting.

First and foremost, Ethiopia is once again at war with itself.  Its economy is collapsing. It defaulted on its debt. Hyperinflation reached 60 percent. Unemployment among youth is among the highest in Africa. Ethiopia cannot survive let alone achieve its sustainable development goals without peace, human security and stability.  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and foreign aid are on the decline. Illicit outflow of capital is on the rise.

The regime’s reliance on remittances from its huge Diaspora estimated at more than $4 billion per year is unpredictable. There is a worldwide campaign initiated by members of the Ethiopian diaspora to carry out a coordinated economic and financial boycott, including refraining from sending remittances through formal channels, boycotting Ethiopian Airlines, urging foreign investors not to invest in Ethiopia currently, and the like.

Ethiopia will not achieve development without peace even it gains access to the sea.

This time the horrific civil war that is tearing Ethiopia apart is Abiy’s reckless and ethnicity-based war against the Amhara population and the Amhara regional state. This war is consequential. It is making Ethiopia poorer, lawless, and more unstable. It might break Ethiopia apart. Prolonged, Ethiopia’s domestic crisis will spread like wildfire. It has geopolitical and regional implications.

Second, Abiy’s approach to foreign relations is full of contradictions and unpredictability. For example, Eritrean and Ethiopian warm and cordial relation for which Abiy Ahmed gained the Nobel Peace Prize has cooled off.

Ethiopia is losing friends. The African Development Bank decided to pull its international staff out of Ethiopia. Multilateral aid might fall substantially. The West and some key African Union member countries are deeply concerned about security in Ethiopia’s capital.  Key member states of the African Union contend that it may be prudent to move AU Headquarters out of unsafe and unsanitary Addis Ababa, soon rumored to be renamed as Finfinnee.

Ethiopia’s current crisis is deeper, wider, intractable, and more worrisome than Abiy’s Cabinet and cadres of his Prosperity Party are willing to accept. The international community, IGAD and the African Union have all allowed Abiy Ahmed to get away with murder domestically. Abiy’s foreign policy is a mirror image of his domestic divide and rule policy.

Tragically for Ethiopia, deaf ears and blind eyes by the West, especially by the government of the United States may have given Abiy Ahmed the impression that he can get away with murder regionally and internationally. I say this because the West has yet to demand cessation of atrocities against innocent civilians, especially Amhara.

So, Abiy’s decision to sign a memorandum of understanding with the head of the breakaway Somaliland is a violation of the AU and UN Charters. It is a diplomatic disaster for Ethiopia. It is also another diversion on the part of Abiy Ahmed.

This time he cannot hide. Imagine, for example, if Ethiopia’s adversary over Nile Waters, namely Egypt, signed an agreement with the regional state of Beni-Shangul Gumuz or Tigray; how would Abiy’s regime react?

Ethiopia can regain access to the Red Sea through peaceful means.

From the excess dramatization of Ethiopia’s legitimate access to the Red Sea, one can figure out that Abiy’s kitchen cabinet must have considered a few plans or alternative scenarios.

I suggest that access to the sea via Eritrea and or restoration of the Port of Assab to Ethiopia (Plan A) would not work out that easily either through diplomatic means or through war. Non-winnable, the war option would have also been condemned by the international community. Most Ethiopians would have refused to support another devastating war, this time against Eritrea. A Win-win option is strategic and peaceful negotiation for access to the Red Sea. Among the other options is the formation of a regional economic union of the entire Horn of Africa

Abiy’s circle of advisors have now resorted to plan B, a Red Sea access and port via the secessionist Somaliland. As far as the international community, including the UN system is concerned, Somalia is one country. So, Abiy’s action is illegal. Abiy’s MOU is a violation of international law.

Mind you, no single country recognizes Somaliland as an independent country, none. The government of Somalia and this breakaway government and land have been trying to resolve their quarrels through peaceful negotiations.

Remember, Ethiopia and Somalia went to war during the Said Barre and Mengistu Hailemariam’s regimes. Somalia attacked Ethiopia with the intent of annexing the Ogaden. Ethiopians stood together, repelled Somali aggression, and won the war then.

This time is different. The violator of Somalia’s territorial integrity is Abiy’s Ahmed’s government. The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Abiy Ahmed’s Ethiopia and the breakaway Somaliland’s government may seem monumental and a win-win on the surface. Violating a neighboring country’s territorial integrity is not a win-win at all. It is a violation of international law.

Reciprocity matters. Suppose the government of Somalia had recognized the independence of Tigray (had the TPLF opted to secede from Ethiopia) during the two-year war. What would Abiy say?

The MOU is hugely problematic for Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland, the Horn of Africa, the AU. IGAD and the United Nations, the Arab League. Military access for Abiy’s army through the Somaliland Port has sent shockwaves throughout Africa, the Middle East, and the rest of the world.

Somaliland is a self-declared breakaway part of Somalia in the same way that Tigray would have been a self-declared breakaway government had it succeeded to sever its ties with Ethiopia during the two-year war. The breakaway Somaliland has not received any diplomatic recognition from any government until Abiy’s Ahmed’s Ethiopia broke the stalemate. This precedent is traumatic for the entire AU leadership.

The MOU singed by AbiyAhmed of Ethiopia and Muse Bihi Abdi of Somaliland grants Ethiopia commercial and military access to Somali territory. In return, the Abiy Ahmed government recognizes the breakaway state and government of Somaliland. Ethiopia under Abiy Ahmed becomes the first country in the world to give recognition to a seceding or breakaway state. Members of the AU must express their outrage. The Arab League is justified in expressing outrage.

Muse Bihi Abdi is right when he said Abiy Ahmed’s Ethiopia’s formal recognition of Somaliland as an independent nation and government would set “a precedent as the first nation to extend international recognition to our country.”

However, Abiy Ahmed’s reckless move to do so sets a devastating precedent in Africa. It violates both the UN and AU Charters. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of each UN and AU member is sacrosanct under both charters. It sends a shockwave across the globe. As expected, the government of Somalia recalled its Ambassador from Ethiopia, expelled Ethiopia’s Ambassador and condemned the act calling it a form of “aggression” and broke diplomatic relations.

On January 2, 2024, the New York Times reported “The pact has rattled the Horn of Africa area, which is already encumbered by civil war, political wrangling, and widespread humanitarian crises. Observers say the agreement could also provoke further tensions in the Red Sea, a vital global shipping route that has become increasingly dangerous amid the Israel-Hamas war.

The biggest objection has come from Somalia, where Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre’s cabinet held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the deal. Somalia’s government called the agreement “null and void” and asked both the African Union and the United Nations Security Council to convene meetings on the issue. Somalia also recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia for urgent consultations.”

Al-Shabab, a terrorist organization based in Somalia called Abiy’s move “expansionist” and vowed to act against Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

I urge all Ethiopians to reject Abiy’s latest irresponsible and reckless policy move.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Aklog Birara

    Well siad. I tespectfully agree with everthing you siad on this issue. This is unprecefented madness of foreign polcy act ever taken by ethippia leader. We are no leaving in the diplomacy and military adventurism of 18th centuried. As if his domestic polcies failures were done enogh damaged , this reckless action lies bare Abiy and his Abiyesque”s hodgepodge and lethal foreign policies. Abiy the wannabe mad king has again no cloth whadover and the whole world baffled with and noticed him once more.

    • Agree. the toad head is deliberatley vs idiotically disfugering Ethio’s stance in Africa and the world while claiming messianic status. Reminding me of Roman Emperor Caligula

  2. Aklog Birara

    Well siad. I tespectfully agree with everything you siad on this issue. This is unprecedented madness of foreign policy act ever taken by Ethiopian leader. We are no living in the diplomacy and military adventurism of 18th centuried. As if his domestic policies failures were done enogh damaged , this reckless action lies bare Abiy and his Abiyesque”s hodgepodge and lethal foreign policies. Abiy the mad king wanabe has again no cloth whatsoever and the whole world baffled with and noticed him once more.

  3. Abiy should be punished, therefore Eritrea, is to bolster Fano (Aklog’s group) is nothing but throwing the baby with the bath water.

  4. Mr. Writer

    You said ”There is no doubt in my mind that Ethiopia’s growth and development needs require strategic negotiation, with Red Sea countries, most preferably with Eritrea” WRONG STATEMENT let me remind you there are Somalians in both Ethiopia and Somalia also in Djibouti once part of Ethiopia. This also don’t mean that we will not get access to Red sea via Eritrea. Djibouti in the middle until the colonizers leave our land and we reunite. Our shoreline will go from Somaliland all the way to Eritrea. Now that is a move by a visionary and brave leader who understand the world well.

    I believe you already believed that Ethiopia can only get access to Red sea by begging others while Red sea know Ethiopia before Red sea know all these countries around us. It is ok you can speak the truth sometimes while you hate the government, it is your country at the end of the day.

    Sir I also like to remind you that your luck of knowledge on this matter has made you bold, and you stopped being shy on things you don’t really understand. Get out of village politics, hate, and try to understand the world.

    The world is ready once again for a major change, Ethiopia was never lucky to advance itself, catch up with the rest of the world or change itself during first world war, second world war even cold war. We always stay local in the village while the country needs such moves for so long to get rid of lots of our problems. Knowing most of our local problems directly and indirectly related to being landlocked. The west tried to take us down a few times, we resisted, they decided to make us landlocked, and it worked for them. Look at us, we enjoy fighting each other while they enjoy Red Sea. We even try to fight a leader who is trying his best to recover what we lost.

    Why is Ethiopia allowed to join BRICS? Do you see any relationship here with access to the sea and etc? all major countries know and believe most of Red sea belongs to Ethiopia, but it is too risky for them to approve or allow that since it will go against their interest => using the Red sea without any issues, without any payment except a payment to Egypt for Swiss canal. A master piece by the colonizers.

    God why most Ethiopians can’t see what you gave us, why they gave up on what the west took from us not too long ago, why Ethiopians are brave enough to kill their neighbors while the enemy is at the shores, why our writers forget tomorrow when they write FAKE NEWS?

  5. Let’s hope and pray for peace in us, for us and among us Horn Africans. Using the Horn to gore each other out never benefited any one. What it actually did to us has been one to go to war on another that ended up in the loss of millions of human lives and incalculable destruction of property. It also planted hatred and sense of revenge against one another that is still evident in this day and age. With the advent of social media animosity and bigotry are almost out of control. You add a sense of revenge to the mix, you have run away savagery. The killings and displacing of innocent poor citizens in certain regions of Ethiopia and the current beatings and possibly killings of defenseless and innocent refugees in Somalia are gruesome examples. But I am not giving up on humanity. Somehow level heads will prevail and the people of The Horn of Africa will in peace. Insha’Allah!!!!!

  6. Subject: QUOTE: ” Ethiopia’s Reckless Diplomacy : Abiy Ahmed’s Regime Up in Arms with the entire Horn
    January 10, 2024″ UNQUOTE

    Thank you, Dr. Aklog Birara,

    a) You said it all

    b) But sadly, let me be harsh >>>>>’ETHIOPIA HAS NO ENEMY BUT ITSELF’

    c) The damage has been done

    d) Ethiopia will never retain its admirable image around the Globe.

    e) Imagine, what the ghost of ancient Ethiopian admirable leaders would feel and say.

    f) In my honest feeling, Ethiopia is ITS OWN MURDERER.

    g) No doubt, the world is awaiting the PHYSICAL disintegration of Ethiopia.

    h) I am honestly very sorry for being so harsh

    i) In particular, I ask forgiveness from Dear Chief Management, Borkena.Com. if my commentary is harsh for
    editorial purpose .

    j) It is very hard to say GOOD – BYE to an ancient country, full of history, like unique ETHIOPIA.

    k) What an ending !!!!!!!!

    ————– THE ULTIMATE END ———————–

    • The guy from Eritrea, what do you mean by ETHIOPIA HAS NO ENEMY BUT ITSELF? We were pushed away from Red Sea by force, are we supposed to sit and watch forever while the Red sea is managed and abused by new and little countries like yours and fragile Somalia? stop thinking just the past 30 or 50 years. Force your brain to go a little further and you understand why Red sea and Ethiopia are related actually married

      Suggestion:

      Stop assuming the world will stay the same as the past 80 years (Post WW2 ) things are changing everywhere, truth is finally coming forward, get out of your village and expose yourself to the new demand around the world and guess where the horn of Africa will end up… You welcome!

      • Teddy, I see and admire your passion for Ethiopia to have/ have had access to the Red sea or Indian Ocean despite what genuine historical evidences tell us. So the ball is in your field! Please enlighten us of any evidence that indicates that present day Ethiopia had access to the redsea prio to Annexation of Eritrea amd that it was snatched by force? or any claim after formation of african countries- which is ground zero of African counties? While at that, pls state some historical facts about Djibouti or Somila in context to history of Erhio access to sea, or as to how Ethio lost Djibouti. To me, hallucinating and drooriling over historically someone elses’s property is one thing, and substantiating claims with evidence, facts and verifiable history is another thing. Outsied that arch, Any pile of blabber is just a horse manure, product of pure propaganda, misinformation, willing ignorance, greed and flat out ” minkegninet”. I will wait to learn from your facts

        • የምትለብሰው የላት የምትከናነበው አማራት. Work for Ethiopia’s internal peace first, get the mad dog- who is disfiguring Ethio- out of 4-kilo, sit down and read dependable history books, get the truth even if it is hard to digest, embrace international/ diplomatic norms, clear your glaucoma/bias and misplaced passion for sea access. Then you can make a case and become helpful. Otherwise, no one will give an iota of attention to your haphazard hubris about BRICS, future of Africa, post WW2 world blah blah… And not all ethiopians have to agree with your delusional blabber.. Some of us are sensible enough to not spew mambojambo. Those who Know, they know, and are working on it. It is the so called pesudo- intellectuals and half baked writers like you who continue to push for idiotic charade, that is as we speak, turning Ethio inhabitable for most of its citizens, and pushing it to disintegration.

          • Mr. sensible enough 🙂

            Teret becha….

            First internal peace, first bla bla, first this, first that… all sign of backwardness. You must know why you lost your internal peace first before you demand it

            If you are following the world and understand it, those formula never work. You do what is necessary…

            I am sure you didn’t mean to use the word sensible while you lost all your senses…. I see the current gov’t working hard to bring back the glorious Ethiopia! In the process a few Idiots must be sacrificed (not civilians) and that is normal….

            What is dependable history book? who wrote them? when?

            I see typical tribal person behind your statement, you don’t get it. Who makes fun of BRICS unless you are still in elementary school. At list understand why it was established and its potentials, I understand you don’t like the current government in Ethiopia otherwise if there was someone you like in 4 Kilo, I am sure you will be very happy just like you were happy when you got your first goat. I am not here to teach you or to take you out of your backwardness. It seems like you are comfortable there. Stay where you at. Our vision is very FAR apart so I say goodbye and good luck with your goat.

            Gurra Bechaa!!

        • Yared,

          You said when did PRESENT day Ethiopia had access to Red sea. That was the problem here, most of you think that we should accept present day structure or rules drawn by the west. I am against that, I also believe that is a loser attitude

          Why Israel doing what it has been doing against Palestine? They are claiming something right? Any proof on that? Beside the bible propaganda while they don’t even believe bible?

          Does Axum civilization had a plane or drones to facilitate all that civilization for the rest of the world? NO, Red sea was the one and only gate way. Sorry no google at the time and I can’t show you a type of evidence you are looking for

          why the term international water introduced by the west in recent years 1958? Limiting countries to only 12 nautical miles from their shores for the west to use the rest of the water to fulfil their objectives.

          when did Eritrea become a country?

          which countries colonized Eretria?

          when did Somalia become a country?

          when did Djibouti became a country?

          I am sure you know Menelik leased Djibouti for France, How did that happen.

          I am sure you know Menelik gave part of Ethiopia “modern day Eritrea” to Italians as well NOT because he doesn’t want them, indirectly forced to do that or in exchange for some benefits…

          who is behind all this?

          why Ethiopia is 3500 years old? is there any 3500 years old country around Ethiopia to claim what we are claiming? (don’t say Egypt)

          The annexation of Eretria is too recent, and it happened because we have historical relationship. There is no Eritrea until 1993 it is part of Tigray, thanks to colonization now we treat each other as if we don’t have the same roots.

          You and people like you stay away from this, we children of Ethiopia will try until we secure what we lost!!! NO PROPOGANDA HERE

          • Teddy, again, great passion: Let me state the obvious:
            * Yes, Ethio needs the Red-sea, Indian Ocean, Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, South Africa’s gold mines, Italy’s bread makers, Japanese Tech companies, US NASA station…etc… endlesss.
            * History and aspirations are always a moot point when held against UN/ AU charters and clauses of the rule based world that kept the world in relative peace and created condusive ground for improved human life.
            * Yes, you should make peace with History and embrace the Present day Ethiopia’s territorial reality that can NOT change based on how the world is. Deal with it. Unless you want to go to a pointless war
            * Even if Ethio goes to war out of the jungle mentality and Ethiofascist attitude you seem to share with the toddler in 4 -kilo, there is high chance that Ethiopia could lose itself in the process. Talk about the lose lose situation. ” kelay litawerd bla yebibitwan talechiw”
            * And, if it wins, it is definitely a pyrrhic victory, unsustainable, and it must get ready for loooong and drawn out wars with the patriotic citizens of those countries, be it Somalia, Eri, or Dj or Kenya.( Is nt that what we would do if Egypt were to wage war on us for Nile). Hence, War Zone Ethiopia 4.0, endless suffering and a devastated and disintegrated Ethio is gonna be the end result. Unless you tell me to ” Think Positive bro, lets just get that glory back”
            * So, your passion is right, but your methods to achieve it are toooo costly for Ethio. Hence, Ethiofascisim is unEthiopian.
            *So, dont open pandora boxes such as Somaliland with devastating end to East Africa and Ethio specifically. This aint about courage or boldness or not loving Ethiopia or lack of farsightedness. It is about REALITY.
            *So, Embrace Charters, Rules, Laws and clauses, and have peace of mind. Cheers

          • Teddy, again, great passion: Let me state the obvious:
            * Yes, Ethio needs the Red-sea, Indian Ocean, Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, South Africa’s gold mines, Italy’s bread makers, Japanese Tech companies, US NASA station…etc… endlesss.
            * History and aspirations are always a moot point when held against UN/ AU charters and clauses of the rule based world that kept the world in relative peace and created condusive ground for improved human life.
            * Yes, you should make peace with History and embrace the Present day Ethiopia’s territorial reality that can NOT change based on how the world is. Deal with it. Unless you want to go to a pointless war
            * Even if Ethio goes to war out of the jungle mentality and Ethiofascist attitude you seem to share with the toddler in 4 -kilo, there is high chance that Ethiopia could lose itself in the process. Talk about the lose lose situation. ” kelay litawerd bla yebibitwan talechiw”
            * And, if it wins, it is definitely a pyrrhic victory, unsustainable, and it must get ready for loooong and drawn out wars with the patriotic citizens of those countries, be it Somalia, Eri, or Dj or Kenya.( Is nt that what we would do if Egypt were to wage war on us for Nile). Hence, War Zone Ethiopia 4.0, endless suffering and a devastated and disintegrated Ethio is gonna be the end result. Unless you tell me to ” Think Positive bro, lets just get that glory back”
            * If you use Russia- Ukraine scenario, look at the amount of devastation. AND, Ethiopian is NOT Russia, and neibhoring nations are NOT like Ukraine. Israel- palestine scenarion is irrelevant here., as we are talking about indepedent sovereign states.
            * So, your passion is right, but your methods to achieve it are toooo costly for Ethio. Hence, Ethiofascisim is unEthiopian.
            *So, dont open pandora boxes such as Somaliland with devastating end to East Africa and Ethio specifically. This aint about courage or boldness or not loving Ethiopia or lack of farsightedness. It is about REALITY.
            *So, Embrace Charters, Rules, Laws, clauses, diplomacy, amd come up with smart nternational business agreements with surrouding littoral nations, and have peace of mind. Cheers

            • Yared,

              አፀድቅ ብዬ ባዝላት ተንተልጠላ ቀረች

              I am pro rules, laws, diplomacy and all of those type of things. I am a very humble Man 🙂 When you come to OUR Ethiopia the west consider us as an obstacle in Africa. YOU KNOW THAT, They will do all they can to make sure Ethiopia losses to secure their coming 100 years or millennium. Recent example UN Security Council dragged Ethiopia lots of times to surrender for Egypt. They put sanction on Ethiopia for fighting TPLF a team they raised well hoping Ethiopia will be divided in pieces once and for all under TPLF and their objective can be achieved without fighting us directly. Thank God we have mature leadership and we pushed it back but their eyes still on us. It will be the same may be more on Red sea issues so i like to go against that, we fight for what we deserve. Ethiopia is not known for invading other countries. I understand you are a little scared of war, that is fine but Ethiopia have millions of brave Men and Women to achieve this under the leadership of Dr. Abiy or the next leader. Otherwise in 50 or 100 years the Ethiopian generation will be so mad on this generation for letting this happen, they will also compare us with ADWA generation and conclude our generation is bunch of losers. This is my guess…

              Have a great Saturday!

  7. Virtually all countries, developed and developing, face economic management issues at all times. Developed economies, by definition, manage the challenges successfully because they have the human and financial resources to cope and succeed. Do you remember the financial crisis of 2008 in the United States? The economy then was on the verge of collapse, some fearing the onset of another depression, but the economy reversed course soon after, leading to an unprecedented stock market performance, sustained macroeconomic recovery, rapid job creation, and lowest unemployment rate in history. China did not suffer the same issues, and the economy continues/continues to perform well. Ditto the economies of Europe, Canada, most Asia, Oceania and oil rich Middle East nations. Economies of most Latin American economies continue to face severe strains, as many African counties including one time heavy weights like South Africa. Ethiopia is not unique among problematic countries but exacerbated by rapid population growth and severe drought of brain power of the populace and tradition of ware fare instigated from within. A ‘three thousand years of shame’ aptly describes the plight of stunted brain power among the general population, particularly among so called ‘educated’.

    Abiye Ahmed and his government are doing their best to pilot the economy, despite unrelenting efforts to detract them by principally those who escaped to the richest democracies of the world in the 70s, 80s, and 90s to survive on the welfare systems of those countries. Most of those escapees still have not taken advantage opportunities available in those countries to thrive economically and technically, like so many immigrants from elsewhere in the world. What do those tell you about brain power drought?

    My suggestion to the Ethiopian government about economic management is to aggressively rely on the private sector as driver of growth, not the public sector. In agriculture (foundation of the economy) I suggest to transfer land ownership to peasants and commercial private operators, despite the challenges of land reform. That would also be a promising way to fight food inflation at any time. The foreign exchange market is also best left to the free interplay of demand and supply, not managed exchange rate through series of devaluations. The resultant drastic drop in the value of Birr with consequential gradual rise in inflation would be shocking to the economy in the short term, but the economy and consumers would adjust to the realities sooner than latter. Countries with more powerful economy had pursued that path successfully: examples are Israel, Brazil, and close to home Ghana and Nigeria just off the top of my head. Just do it!

    • Great Read Worqu. Unfortunatellly, such expert and common sense approaches to economic managament have been replaced by the Prosperity “Be Positive bro” and ” The law of attraction” at a country scale… The most voodoo of voodoo economics.

  8. Ethiopia does not need more wars and being madhouse, backward and an outlaw to develope. What it needs to develop is to be in peace with self and with others and i with neighbors.. It doesn’t need to be hate monger and warmongeri and spoiler and to claim or invade Somalia, Eritrea, Jibouti, Sudan, and others. It needs to be more civilzed and enlightened and take the human knowlege and brainy ideas and productivity skills seriously, not the primordial village mentality. it has enough resources and other potentials to success. Any other alternative would end up to the same old of cul de sac or the dead failures.

  9. AU headquarter must be relocated to a different country and I have two best options. It will make great sense if it is moved to Asmara or Mogadishu. Why? Because first and foremost moving is very expensive these days. Moving companies charge you arms and legs. The 2nd reason is those two cities have plenty of buildings that can easily accommodate AU’s facility needs. They can find building already tooled up so easily and that saves a pile of chi-chi’s. I am gonna come up a petition to ask AU to move to one of these cities and I am ordering all of you to sign up my petition. I will post it as mww.moveaunow.m.org. ‘mww’ stands for marswideweb because I created the domain on Mars.

  10. So Ethiopia is now turned to be a pass time play ground, with laughter.

    a) Who ever thought that Ethiopia, the land of admirable far-sighted leaders, like Haile Sellasie, Menelik, Tedros,
    Yohannes ——– please keep on reminiscing —————————

    b) What a TRAGEDY !!!

    c) Ethiopia >>> an ancient, world wide known independent country, with enviable history, is now turned to be
    laughable society

    d) What a tragedy !!!!

    e) Who ever thought that Ethiopia, the land of admirable far-sighted leaders , would turn out to be ————- I can’t
    finish the sentence.

    f) So, let “MODERN” Self-Acclaimed Ethiopians, who seem to be know-it-all, have a pass-time laughter over
    the World-Known Admirable Black African Country, NAMED ETHIOPIA.

    g) Hence, we learned the meaning of CLASSICAL TRAGEDY — the HARD WAY.

    h) AND THE “MODERN” VICTIM IS CALLED “ETHIOPIA” HEADING TO OBLIVION.

    i) WHAT THEN ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    ———– THE END ————

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