Degenet Worku speaks on the Black Lion Hospital incident


Ethiopia - Degenet Worku speaks on the Black Lion Hospital incident

In his commentary article written to The Reporter, Samuel said, “A good thing about privatization is that it increases the inflow of currency to the economy. This is particularly relevant for Ethiopia, which experiences a shortage of foreign currency and, for this reason, may fail to fulfill its corporate and political obligations,” he said adding, “By selling state corporations and putting them into the hands of private investors, governments can create better conditions for achieving sustainable efficiency and profit.”


Balcha, also diverging from Kebour’s views, believes telecom privatization does not infringe upon national sovereignty and said it was wrong to attach the process with security matters. He said that the best way to secure the telecom sector is to be able to have a well-built cyber security in place, emphasizing the need to work on real time data traffic controlling measures, live monitoring and threat aversion capabilities, as critical foundations of cyber security, which Ethiopia has longed for.


Ethiopia, together with Eritrea and Djibouti, are among the few countries that have maintained their monopoly over its telecommunications sectors. But until 2013, Myanmar used to be in the same boat as Ethiopia. Similar to what Ethiopia is trying to do now, Myanmar chose to privatize its telecom sector. 

It invited two private competitive bidders to operate the service and partially privatized the state owned operator. When the country saw immediate signs of progress, it went to look for additional operators to join its booming sector. Half the size of Ethiopia and with a total area of 700,000 square meters, Myanmar was able to see its 3G internet coverage grow from five percent pre-privatization, to 90 percent after privatization.

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