Ambassador Dina Mufti, Spokesperson at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Shimelis Kemal, state minister at the government communication affairs bureau, said they can’t confirm the rumors yet, and our calls to Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Eritrea’s Ambassador to the AU hasn’t been returned.
Reports are emerging from Asmara, Eritrea, that some 200 army mutineers have taken control of the country’s ministry of information building in central Asmara.
Amidst confusing reports what is clear that the state TV, Eri-TV, is off air. Eritrea’s ruling party People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), website http://www.shabait.com is also inaccessible.
‘What lies at the core of any economic action or system is a shared cultural understanding which provides stability and meanings to people’s actions’
Taye Negussie (PhD)
Up until the 1980s, the dominant intellectual view in the development discourse was that culture and economy were two distinct and autonomous entities having little in common. Subsequently, certain economic management models and strategies were viewed as universal formulae readily applicable across cultures and societies. One such presumably universal economic model was the ‘economic growth approach’ which was tried in many of the then Third World Countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, but succeeded only in a handful of countries.
The government in Ethiopia is keenly introducing a concept that has little to no resemblance with its revolutionary principles
By Taye Negussie (PhD), Tsedale Lemma and Emnet Assefa
Since Oct. 2009, shortly after the introduction of a nationwide Business Process Re-engineering (BPR), an idea introduced to bring radical changes among state institutions but, in the process, virtually stalled them for months and now widely deemed to be a failure, the Ethiopian government started advocating the idea of kaizen–a Japanese management philosophy–among private and state owned companies; the idea was first brought to the attention of Ethiopia’s late PM Meles Zenawi in 2008.