Ethiopian Business Review

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:00 Published in Topic

Ethiopia's Economic Slowdown Takes A Toll

Ethiopia been praised by the global community for its outstanding economic performances for decades.  Although the country has registered one of the highest economic growth rates in Africa, the economy has been slowing down in recent years. In December 2018, the International Monetary Fund announced that Ethiopia’s economic growth dipped to 7.7 pct in 2017/18, due to political uncertainty and severe foreign exchange shortages. Now, Ethiopia’s economy seems to be at a crossroads. While the decline of exports, a rise in prices, a drop in construction activities and the disruption of main trade routes signal that the economy is indeed slowing down, experts are worried that decreasing state involvement, coupled with the drop in government spending, will make the problem worse, as EBR’s Samson Berhane reports.

Tourism-led Urban Regeneration of Addis

Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00 Published in Commentary

Several European cities left by industries and who has accumulated ‘obsolete’ built environment, which is human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings to parks. Among such cities Barcelona, Glasgow and Bilbao have become models of a tourist magnet city by adopting urban regeneration strategies. Consequently, more and more cities have begun to invest in building hospitality facilities, cultural and convention centres as well as museums, landmarks, entertainment and sports facilities in order to attract tourists and to please ‘the tourist gaze’. This can be called tourism-led urban regeneration.

Psychological Safety in the Medical Workplace

Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00 Published in View Point

In the past, medical harm has not been given due attention in Ethiopia. There was very low accountability, even though errors resulted from the reckless acts of physicians. But now we have come across a lot of medical doctors being pursued by patients or family members who suffered harm.  

While it is crucial to hold people accountable for committing errors, it is very important not to ignore the role of psychological safety in increasing the level of commitment and dedication to the patient safety effort.  A lack of psychological safety impacts team work as people shift blame on others, or onto surrounding circumstances. This in turn reduces team work and collaboration which are the basics for an effective health care system. 

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