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    The Ethiopian Customs and Revenues Authority (ERCA) has introduced a new tax reform program dubbed the tax transformation program, which is set to be focused in five major areas, one of which is the collection of 15 billion birr in overdue tax.

    Kebede Chane, director general of ERCA, said that the reform program, which is about to be implemented in the coming three years, will prioritize tax arrears which have been accumulating for years. Hence, out of the 15 billion birr overdue tax, 10 billion birr will be collected in the coming one year. But, the total overdue tax is assumed to be more than the 15 billion the authority has targeted under the new program. However, according to kebede, the new reform program will do much more than recover the overdue tax; it will significantly reduce if not eliminate future overdue tax arrears.

    In addition to that, reform on tax auditing, changes to the ways Large Tax Payers (LTOs) are treated, changes in its human resources capacity (which they call organizational health) and change in the application and utilization of IT are the major targets to reform the way ERCA has been operating for years. These are the dynamic changes Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn directed ERCA to implement, Chane said. The PM chairs a tax transformation committee that monthly report on the implementations and outcomes of the reform program.

    On matters of tax audit, ERCA is considering some changes that involve external auditors. In a deviation from its customary approach, the tax administrator has announced that it will accept audit outputs conducted by certified external audit companies hired by the taxpayer.

    In relation to large tax payers, which accounts for 70 percent of the tax and customs revenues, will be treated in a different manner than before. The LTPs will be treated on the basis of their sectors where tax auditors of ERCA are required to be well accustomed and specialized in the various sectors such as leather, textile, pharmaceutical and the like.

    In addition to that LTPs will have a special taxpayer accounts which ERCA will issue. Some 20 LTPs will be the first to receive these special accounts. Among other things, the accounts will serve ERCA to send notification for LTPs regarding their tax returns; including advance notifications. Not only that, but electronic tax payment systems will also be implemented starting from this fiscal year. The authority had already introduced electronic filing system few years ago. LTPs will also be segmented on the basis of risks they pose to the tax collection systems. Hence, those large tax payers who have the perceived potential for transfer pricing or tax evasion or fraud will be segmented and will be monitored accordingly.

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  • Trade Tribunal Rules Coca’s Merger with Ambo Unlawful

    The adjudicative tribunal of Trade Competition & Consumer Protection Authority ruled today against East African Bottling, bottler of Coca-Cola, and Ambo Mineral Water in their merger agreement. The Tribunal also fined the duo five percent of their past fiscal year’s turnover.

    The Tribunal ruled in favour of prosecutors, who claimed that the two entered into a merger agreement against the nation’s merger proclamation.

    Prosecutors claimed that the companies had announced the merger during a summit held in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). But the co-defendants denied it.

    The Tribunal, however, rationalises that no written ways of the contract are mandatory to prove the existence of such agreement. It ruled against them substantiating that the two companies exchanged employees, used their logo together, shared each other’s sales line and the order given by the top level management of the two companies, thus connoting the merger.

    Fikadu Petros, the lawyer of East Africa Bottling, declined from giving any comment on the issue


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  • Ethiopia wins the 2017 UN award for excellence in promoting investment in SDGs

    The Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) wins the 2017 United Nations Award for outstanding Performance in targeted promotion, facilitation and execution of sustainable investment projects.

     According to the press release EIC the Award was announced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the 9th Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission on 20 November 2017, in Geneva.

    Ethiopian Investment Commission, Mauritius Board of Investment and COFIDES of Spain won the 2017 UN awards.

    A delegation from the Ethiopian Investment Commission led by Commissioner Fitsum Arega has received the United Nations Award for Promoting Investment in the SDGs 2017.  

    The sustainable features of Ethiopia's industrialization approach, the targeted investor recruitment strategy that resulted in the attraction of leading global firms in Hawassa Industrial Parkand the facilitation provided to the firms was highly commended as exemplary for other countries.

     Recently the country has also received the 2017 Star Reformer Award from the World Bank Group for its outstanding performance on investment policy reform and promotion.

    Such recognition from the two leading global development organizations is a clear testament that

    Ethiopia is indeed on the right course in realizing its vision of becoming a leading manufacturing hub in Africa by 2025.


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  • The rising electronic music star

    Following an upsurge of interest in nightclub culture, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) acquired mainstream popularity in Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s and then to the United States. However, ERM, which is considered to be an umbrella term for multiple genres, including house, techno, trance, drum and bass and dubstep, did not gain universal acceptance right after its introduction. Now, things have changed and Ethiopian DJs are also becoming part of the mix, writes Meheret-Selassie Mokonnen.

    AXEIBIZA and Find Your Magic have been trending on social media platforms throughout the previous weeks. Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, was the source for these electronic dance music-centered conversations that went viral.

    Ibiza, known for its lively nightlife, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts, hosted Axe 2017. Axe – a male fragrance products brand, which is owned by the Anglo-Dutch company Unilever – organized AXEIBIZA, hoping to bring together electronic dace musicians of this day and age.

    South African DJ and Producer, Black Coffee, who won Best Deep House DJ Award at the 2016 International DJ Awards in Ibiza, was in charge of selecting talented electronic musicians from the continent.

    The most prominent electronic music producer in Africa and graduate of the Red Bull Music Academy, Black Coffee is also one of the biggest stars on the global electronic music scene. He selected a DJ from his home town and three other DJs from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia.

    Ethiopian DJ/Producer Rophnan Nuri a.k.a. Rophy, 27, submitted samples of his music and won a spot at the international stage. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, he was one of those kids whom students would hang around for musical entertainment. He has always been inclined to Electronic Dance Music (EDM), which he considers to be “voice of this generation”.

    Over the years, he was researching Ethiopian traditional music so as to blend it with electronic sounds. He experimented on melodies from Gamo, Oromo traditional music and many more Ethiopian authentic sounds.

    He refers to the electronic music genera as “music that expresses my emotion” and intermingling traditional Ethiopian music with electronic music and that eventually led him to AXEIBIZA.

    For a rising musician like Rophnan, cruising on the Mediterranean and performing and listening to world class electronic musicians is something that is too good to be true. “It was a great experience. I got the chance to deliver authentic Ethiopian music, which is unique in terms of the instruments we use and the tone as well,” he told The Reporter.

    He says that being able to perform alongside celebrated electronic musicians, including Black Coffee, was a great opportunity. He also got to meet with potential business owners. After the back to back events, he met numerous nightclub owners, which he believes will come in handy to popularize his music in the future.

    He was overjoyed when the Axe team surprised him by hanging the Ethiopian flag during the event. “I have witnessed tat music and art in general is valued on that side of the world,” he says. The small island of Ibiza, maintained being a hub for artists from different musical backgrounds. He believes Ethiopia too can be a musical tourist destination if the sector is well-endorsed.

    Rophnan is working on his debut album “Netsebrak”, which is scheduled to be released after two months. The album is a compilation of songs that are a combination of traditional music with electronic music and pure house tracks.

    According to the musician, it took him over five years to research authentic Ethiopian music and mix it with EDM. He has looked for young musicians with similar views as him from cultural nightclubs, music schools and the country side.

    The genera have a growing global influence and he is part of the wave. “I believe it’s all about adding your own flavor through the form that has already been construed,” he states.

    He has a keen interest in creating the kind of music that reflects Ethiopian roots while at the same time fits into the electronic beat. In the 1960s and 70s, Ethiopian musicians were producing music that was influenced by jazz. Nowadays, the era has shifted to electronic music and a self-proclaimed Ethiopiawi (Ethiopian) EDM movement seems to be surging.

    Even so, he does not believe it can be an applauded movement until it has a structured format, clearly portrays Ethiopian color and has an international acceptance. EDM, relatively more popular in the western world, still remains an underground movement. Consequently, it might take time to embrace the genera in countries like Ethiopia – a country that recently joined the club.

    “I blend Ethiopian original element to the kind of music I do which is a reflection of how I perceive the world,” he explains and references father of Ethio-Jazz Mulatu Astatke, a musician he admires, for doing the same thing in his own version.

    Birabiro, is an EDM even that will take place in Ghion Hotel this coming October 21 and international EDM sensations such as Tom Swoon and Quintino will perform alongside Rophnan. EDM, being a robust musical movement, has attracted many followers from around the world. The fact that the music gives some sort of space for any experiment and since it is close to the digital world fast-tracked the acceptance. American EDM producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sonny John Moore a.k.a. Skrillex, can be mentioned in terms of experimental music.

    For the musician, EDM is limitless- providing musicians the freedom to work with any sound, in any speed and frequency. With the help of digital media, Rophnan hopes the blend of Ethiopian and electronic music will cultivate a wider audience.With the rising number of young musicians, who are fascinated with EDM, it won’t be long before the country witnesses astonishing electronic musicians.

    He says the music should exceed beyond Ethiopian borders stating, “When people from different backgrounds respond similarly to the music, it hints the power and quality of the music.” If and when opportunities similar to AXEIBIZA present themselves, musicians should focus on broadening their network and collaborating with renowned musicians.

    Making music in Ethiopia has its obstacles, such as the difficulty of finding sponsors to release an album and operating without a manager. Additionally, the musicians do not have enough platforms to interconnect. “Famous musicians should work in conjunction with novices so as to have broader listenership,” he suggests.

    In EDM, DJs and producers are given the utmost credit, which Rophnan is happy about since in the Ethiopian music scene, experts behind singers are not usually acknowledged.

    “Sharing a stage with Black Coffee is a big deal and hopefully it will open up a lot of doors,” Rophnan says, affirming that he will use the experience to intensify the music he produces. He also hopes, original Ethiopian music will soon cut through to the international music arena, once acclaimed musicians start to be inquisitive about Ethiopian music.


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  • arises how the cup winners president

    The environmental, social and financial crisesEthiopian Football Federation cancels the on 2012 Ethiopian knock out championship. Dedebit books CAF Cup place after a majority vote. Despite the cancellation of the event the federation plans two leg showdowns. Knock out cup for free and who may be lucky next season? The question arises among football fans.
    In a meeting called at Ghion Hotel to brainstorm ideas among the premier league sides the federation sailed through the not so disturbed water to safely dock home leaving football fans to shock surprise. The biggest shock is the cancellation of the long standing annual tournament that is a ticket to CAF Cup  international fixture. Although opposition rise from two sides mainly from Electric and Commercial Bank that the tournament should resume leaving out national team selectees, the federation decide for a vote after Coffee’s number one Lieutenant Fekade Mamo’s speech of acceptance on behalf of the national side a game away from booking a cup final place after three decades. Seven against two, Dedebit takes the knockout championship honor and take part at the confederation cup. A winners cup showdown also takes place between league champion Saint George and knock out winner Dedebit FC. Electric and Banks demand of why the event dosn’t take place without national teamers for every side has a registered 30 players no one appear to give consideration and the majority ruled the day. The question to have the chance to participate in CECAFA club cup likely Ethiopia the host present by Electric but to no avail for the federation president Ato Sahlu replayed it is to be seen in due times. When the question arises how the cup winners president replayed because the federation needs to collect money from the two leg events. Although it is hard to understand the bizarre situation, EFF gets away without a scratch and promised the participants the executive body is ready to perform better in the new season.


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