THE CITY'S PULSE


THE CITY'S PULSE

Since its establishment during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie, Meskel Square, on the interseciotn of Africa, Ras Mekonen and Jomo Kenyatta avenues, has been one of the landmarks of Addis Abeba. Having been the site for public gatherings, rallies and festivities like (Meskel celebration), the Square laid out a somewhat classy atmosphere to the city and has become a recreational centre with a mesmerizing look. Following the Beautifying Sheger Initiative, the refurbishment of the Square was inaugurated on June 13, 2021, for a total cost of 2.6 billion Br. It has brought mobile food vending and kiosk trucks, new additions to the city scene.


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Abyssinia Bank Taps to Digital Loan Solution

The Bank of Abyssinia (BoA) is moving forward to provide banking solutions facilitating microloans. The Bank has hired an Indian-based tech vendor Newgen Software Company, that bagged the international bid on December 22, 2022. Over 10 companies have shown interest in the bid floated by the bank four months ago. The solution provider has committed to completing the project in six months with Yonas Daniel, regional manager for Newgen, and Menbereselassie Gebrekidan, procurement director at Aby...


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ROLLING CREDIT

Bank of Abyssinia rolls out banking services on a truck around Meskel square in the capital. With less than half of Ethiopian adults having access to bank accounts, financial inclusion is a major issue. The central bank revealed in August 2022 that 8,944 commercial bank branches exist in the country. The 30 commercial banks currently in operation offer credit services to less than 400,000 customers charging an average of 17pc interest on asset-backed loans...


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SPREADING HORIZONS

Left) Elias Woldu and Mesnbet Shinkute sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Ethio-American and Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Association, respectively. Some estimates put the number of Ethiopian diaspora living abroad at over two million people, larger than the population of several small nations. Continued economic and political deprivation has forced many to leave the country for better opportunities. While migration to other countries is still high, the number...