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SIDE POCKET

A new road around the Sheraton Addis Hotel opens a quick detour across aesthetically pleasing scenery. A severe shortage of cement as the 12 operational factories meet less than half of the 36 million tons demanded has caused the delay of several road projects in the country. With only a few key projects in selected areas receiving priority, the inability to juggle contractual delays are leading to constant disputes between contractors and clients. A staggering 41pc of projects administered by the Ethiopian Roads Administration operated at less than half of the planned capacity, with 20pc lacking both planning and implementation.


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LOOKING GLASS

A public phone around the Gofa Mebrat Hail area evokes memories of a bygone era when access to a global network was not a mere dip into one's pockets. Telecommunication was introduced in 1894, with network interruptions during Italy's invasion. Ethiopia re-organised the Telephone, Telegraph and Postal services in 1941 and formed the Imperial Board of Telecommunications (IBTE) in 1952. Ethio telecom which has been divorced from the communications authority since 2010 currently has more than 74 mi...


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WHEELING & DEALING

A row of delivery bicycles around the Haya Hulet area await customers looking for services. The significance of incorporating bike lanes becomes apparent in the capital as delivery services have seen a low-cost alternative recently with bikes offering service with initial prices of 30 Br. Companies facilitating the service in partnership with restaurants have also emerged, offering urbanites the convenience of hot meal delivery...


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CHASING PAVEMENTS

A crew of public servants mounts a new speed bump around the financial district in the Mexico area. According to a three-year study by the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, the Haile Garment, Bole Bulbula and Gurd Shola areas were reported as hotspots of traffic accidents. Nearly 78pc of traffic accident fatalities are pedestrians of which nearly half are between the ages of 20-49. Recent advances in artificial intelligence technology applied in self-driving cars have been indicated a...


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