Out of Ignorance Do Not Harm Eritrea and Its People

cropped-2121By Teweldeberhan Gebre

I regularly watch out government-affiliated websites’ and social medias’ news and postings on mining prospects and activities related to Eritrea. These media outlets deliberately select news and analysis items that fit into the Eritrean regime propaganda mailbox. These outfits deliberately try to hide real issues such as poverty, inequality, and the decaying Eritrea’s economy. They always falsely try to depict good images of the government. They keep telling us that the government is investing in infrastructures while actually capital expenditure is the lowest by national standard and compared to all nations. Being afraid of critical views on the economy and the massive poverty of our people, they prefer to debates on nonsense issues coming from here and there. They deliberately withhold and refuse to discuss real issues such as the endemic poverty levels back home, the mismanagements of natural resources endowments including the mismanagement of the mining income, lands, and the human resources endowments.

It is time to shed light on the pros and cons of government policy and its impacts on the Eritrean people. By doing that the public can learn and ask critical questions related to transparency, accountability, and misappropriations of the country’s natural and human resources endowments. Blind supporters and opponents should stop selectively reporting on Eritrea. People are suffering from the lack of basic supplies including food, clean water, and medicines. Our people are denied access to basic livelihood assets such as land and housing. For the last 25 years, our youngsters were not allowed to establish families because they were not allowed their ancestral land. We need to be responsible and send clear messages to the regime to change its policy and behavior so that our people can enjoy decent life in their home country.

Let me give my followers a piece of information posted by certain regime-affiliated Facebook page so-called “Hagerawi D’Hnet,” and how I see its relevance in the context of doing business in Eritrea in general. Regime-affiliated sites such as the above always rush to tell Eritrea’s position wherever and whenever it fits and serves their leftist and propagandist viewpoints. If you happen to ask critical questions about an issue that is relevant to the people and country you need to expect embarrassing languages and words from these irresponsible citizens. That is fine. We do it for our people and country not for politicians’ sake. Hagerawi D’Hnet picked Eritrea’s 2016 rank on mining “Investment Attractiveness Index (IAI)” from the Fraser Institute’s “Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2016”. As in Figure 1 below, in 2016 Eritrea ranks 6th out of 18 Sub-Sahara African countries included in the survey.

Figure 1: Investment Attractiveness Index-Africa, Ranking

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Source: Fraser Institute, 2016

According to the Fraser Institute, the IAI is a composite measure of “Best Practices Mineral Potential Index, which rates regions based on their geologic attractiveness, and the Policy Perception Index, a composite index that measures the effects of government policy on attitudes toward exploration investment.” According to the survey “respondents consistently indicate that only about 40 percent of their investment decision is determined by policy factors,” including “onerous regulations, taxation levels, the quality of infrastructure, and the other policy related questions respondents answered.” Nevertheless, as a country attracting investment in the mining sector is positive and deserves credit.

The question is: what does it mean for the people of Eritrea? People back home are denied to work and do businesses to support themselves and their families. That was exactly the messages of the Central Region People’s Assembly in its recent deliberation. In fact, in Eritrea, the investment climate for Eritreans is among the worst in the globe. The World Bank ranks countries according to their suitability for doing business known as “Ease of Doing Business Rank.” The Ease of Doing Business Index is a composite average of 11 indicators, namely, starting the business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investment, paying tax, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, and labor market regulations.

The Bank regularly updates the status of countries in the ease of doing businesses so that to shed “light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations.” As in Figure 2 below, in 2016 and even before, Eritrea ranks 189 out of 190 countries, ahead of Somalia, in the Ease of Doing Business rankings. Eritreans are not ignorant about this situation. However, websites, blogs and social medias close to the Eritrean government keep blinding the public, probably out of their ignorance and pigheadedness.

Figure 2: Ease of Doing Business Sub-Sahara Africa-ranks

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Source: World Bank, 2016

It is important to note that the above ranking is based on the perceptions of people of each respective country. In each of the 11 indicators of the “Ease of Doing Business Index” Eritreans expressed their views about the difficulties of doing businesses in their homeland. Do you think Eritreans are dishonest in their judgement?  So, what is the message of “Hagerawi D’Hnet’ and the like to the diaspora Eritreans? Isn’t it deplorable?

Pro-human development governments promote a business-friendly regulatory environment and create a conducive environment for business start-ups and operations. By doing that, they create decent jobs, and wealth for further investment. However, governments such as ours and their left wing supporters keep fooling themselves by selectively posting reports and news that fit to purpose. A government that doesn’t want to say anything about the suffering of its people, and completely failed to disclose the use of the nation’s natural endowments doesn’t deserve appreciation at all.

My message for Hagerawi D’Hnet and its likes is that: “Out of ignorance do not harm Eritrea and its people”!

  • Well done Asmarino online!!! you have done a great job in raising awareness of the issues that Eritrea face and keep doing it. It is undeniable that Eritrea has ruined economically, socially and politically within the quarter century due to the misguided economic policy and maladministration of the PFDJ. But the annoying thing is when you see those diasporas based “government affiliated websites” have worked tirelessly to deliberately whitewash the fact on the ground. Why they have worked tirelessly is understood because they might be advantageous or perhaps they may enjoy the perks of the revenue extracted from the mining. As long as their benefits are closely related with the existence of the government, those supporters and apologists of regime must always speak in the same language to deceive gullible people, to embellish and tell outright lies. Therefore, I think it would be better off if you ignore them because they are like lazy dogs which love to bark nonstop. And when you let dogs bark freely, eventually they got tired and stop barking by themselves to panting and gasping for air.

    • Dear Temex,

      Just a brotherly advice. On daily basis, we all make mistakes. I do make mistakes as anyone else. But, it is a matter of time to correct it. I am sure, at one point we will come to a point where we all understand our personalities have nothing to do over our national interests. The way forward is, therefore, to engage in a civil manner focusing on issues of national interests. It is good for Eritrea and for Eritreans.

      Keep engaged by engaging other fellow Eritreans, regardless who is who. Eritrea needs Eritreans and we need her most.

  • ደላይ ለውጢ

    ኤርትራውያን ብዛዕባ ትጠፍእ ዘላ ሃገርናን ዘጥፍኡዋ ዘለዉ ሸፋቱን ምዝራብ ፈሪሕና ሓቂ ንዝገለጸን ዝጸሓፈን ሓደ ምሁር ተወልደብርሃን ገብረ ክንቃወም ሪጋ ተሰሪዕና። እቲ ኣብ ማእሰርትን ጥሜትን ሞትን ዘሎ ግን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እምበር ተወልደብርሃን ኣይኮነን። እቶም ሃገርና ጽቡቕ ኣላ ትብሉ ናብ ሃገር ንዘለዉ ቤተሰብኩም ሕተቱ እሞ ጽቡቕ ኣሎኹም ሰሚዕና በሉዎም። ጽቡቕ ኣይሃብኩም ክብሉኹም እዮም። ኣብ ሃገርና ብዘይካ ስለያን ንህግደፍ ትዓሲብካ ኣንጻር ህዝብኻን ሕልናኻን ካልእ እንታይ ስራሕን ፋብሪካን ኣሎዩሞ ህዝብና ጽቡቕ ክህሉ። ሰብ ብጥሜት ትሓሊኹ መልእኹ ተደዊኑ። ህዝቢ እቲ መሰረታዊ ማይን መብራህትን ጭኒቑዎ ከይኣክል ከታማታት ኤርትራ ብጨና ኣፍንጫኻ ዓቢስካ ዝኽየደለን ኮይነን ኣለዋ። እታ ምጭውቲ ከተማ ባጽዕ ኣብ ክንዲ ሰብ ዝቕመጣ ሰፈር ደማሙን ኣኽላባትን ኮይና። ጣልያን ዝሰርሖ ህንጻታት ኣስመራ ስኣን ዘዓርዮን ዝከናኸኖን ኣብ ዑና ተለዊጡ። ተሰሪሑ ክውዳእ ዝቐረበ ገዛውቲ ኣስመራውን ጠጠው ይበል ተባሂሉ ኣብ ሽቓቓት ተቐይሩ። ሰራዊት ኮነ ኣገልግሎት ብዘይካቲ ሕሱም ጭኮና ጥሜትን ዕርቃንን ስለዝበዝሖም ከይፈተዉ ሃገሮም ገዲፎም ክኸዱ ይግደዱን ኣብ ጸላኢትና ዝኾነት ሃገረ ወያነ ትዓቝቦም ኵነታት እቲ መንግስትን ምስጢራቱን ንጸላኢ ክህቡ ይግደዱ ኣለዉ። ንሃገርናን ህዝብናን ከምዚ ናይ ተወልደብርሃን ሓቂ ምዝራብን ንመንግስትና ኵነታት ከመሓይሽ ምሕታት ጽቡቕ ናይ ምሁራትን ግዱሳትን እምበር ስራሕ ደናቝር ኣይኮነን። ተወልደብርሃን ኣይትሕመቕ በዚ ናይ ገለ ምሉኻት ርእይቶ ኣይትገደስ። ሓቂ ምዝራብ ቀጽሎ። ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ከኣ ምሳኻ ኣሎ። ውዒሉ ሓዲሩ ካብዞም ኣሲሮም ሒዞሞ ዘለዉ ጕሒላታት ሸፋቱ ክገላገል ምዃኑ ኣይትጠራጠር።

    • Anonymous

      ዸላይ ፍትሒ ሓቅካ ኣሎካ ሓንቲ ሰበይ ካብተን ናግራማት ንሕና ንሱ ንሱንሕና ሎምቅነ ዓዲ ቀንያ መጺኣ ይገርመካ እዩ ግልብጥ ኢላ ዕዲ ዝተረፋ የብልን ክትብል ሰሚዐ ገሪሙኒ ፡፡ እቶም ሓለፍቲ ኣዝማዳ ነቲ ክዉንነት ገማጢሎም ከርእይዋ ወሪሖም ዕድመ ይሃቦም፡፡

  • Anonymous

    I think you are trying to tell us how educated you are and because of your English skill to be considered one of those people who are titled doctors and because of their education advocating to replace our honored diplomats who are serving around the world stating the diplomats are old.

    Please do not bother the distinguished Eritreans in diaspora and in country who are striving day and night for the betterment of the beloved country. People are paying everything deserved from each of them fiscally, mentally and economically until the country be fit to stand on its feet.

    Every country loving Eritrean is on active duty at the sides of the administration more better than posting on websites.

    So, please engage on real action or do not bother those who are doing their part.

    But I like to thank you for at-least you are an Eritrean if it so.

    • Someone, it is not me! You can call me critics if you like and if I am mistaken prove me wrong. I cannot be all time right, Hence, I expect someone like you to correct me on issues I am critical. Let us discuss on national issues so that our nation and people can move forward. If you are annoyed by my title I don’t intend to harm anyone else. I did it because some of us unintentionally harms the interest of our nation and people. You do it and me too. Finally, everything you said in your comment is not me and that is not my objective. My objective is to stay away from discussions that have no values and positive outcomes in changing the life of the Eritrean people. If you are asking me to remain quite on Eritrea’s affairs it would be a difficult question. I do it because I believe the Eritrean people deserve my and yours voices whenever they are confronted a difficult life. I remain hopeful with your engagement! Twelde

  • point of view

    My God. Mr Teweldebrhan,
    You are becoming insane. I used to be more interested reading your articles when you were analyzing the Eritrean situation. Now you have started whining, perhaps you have run out of ideas?
    Please start writing like in your previous analytical articles instead of pointing fingers at specific people for all the problems existing in Eritrea, which is a very hateful and useless thing to do. Plus it never worked and it never will.

    The problem with many Eritreans scholars is that they think the Eritrean people are unwise and have no ability to judge articles for themselves.
    Fortunately, we can analyze even a single photo that is posted in social media, such as, the placement of the photo, the distance, the surrounding area, the timing, the motive behind it and more. So stop preaching us how to judge social media, if you can, please, just talk about what policy would make Eritrea better, what matters most.
    Have you ever thought why many people visit meskerem.net?
    One thing clear is that meskerem.net posts both points of view for people to judge.

    • Point of view,

      If you don’t see the balance of my article either you must be ignorant or you simply don’t care about the life of the Eritrean people. D’Hnet is telling you Eritrea is good for foreigners not for Eritreans.

      You said “The problem with many Eritreans scholars is that they think the Eritrean people are unwise and have no ability to judge articles for themselves.” This reminds me an old Eritrean adage “ሓባል በልያ ከይትቅድመኪ” . People like can be ignorant but not the Eritrean people.

      Did I intend to say the Eritrean people are unwise? In fact, the other way round. I am saying, the people are telling the world that doing businesses in Eritrea is not only difficult but also impossible. It is the Eritrean people’s perception and judgement that put Eritrea in the rank of 189/190 countries, not the WB. If your D’Hnets were honest they should also tell you the other side. Eritrea can be attractive for foreign mining companies, but what is the point, if the government completely denies opportunity for its nationals to invest in their own nation? As a scholar it is my duty and responsibility to see both sides of the coin and enlighten fellow citizens by critically looking at the business climate of my country. However, people like you don’t see a balanced reporting such as this. D’Hnet is a propaganda machine and doesn’t want to tell you the truth and people like you are victims of these propaganda sites.

      On the photos, if D’Hnet is really an honest man/woman s/he should also show you the out of service establishments due to lack of maintenance. Every project that has been implemented by the good money of donors is not serving its purpose because there is no government out there to maintain and sustain them. If you want to know about this go to youtube listen what the president has to say about this circumstances. Do you expect D’Hnet and its tails to post photos of destroyed water project, roads, cities, and many more public service installments? If you do, you must be ignorant and idiot.

      • Point of view

        Obviously, you are missing my point. I did not say don’t write a balanced article about the situation in Eritrea, I was simply saying don’t get into personal attack, simply write about the problems that exists in Eritrea, like you use to before, so that you can enlighten people. Obviously, you don’t take advice kindly, instead you would prefer to call people ignorant. If that is what makes you feel you care about Eritrea more than the rest of us, hey, go head.
        FYI, I have two brothers and 7 first cousins at the front-lines. I know very much how theirs and the rest of the Eritrea people situation is. So if you think I don’t care about them, that is your belief.
        In a personal level, I don’t get convince by image that posed in social media, I don’t even get convince by news. A single image does not represent what Eritrea look like. However, an image, as they say, can tell a 1000 word. We can differ on our view of it.
        I was in Eritrea two months ago. I Know what I know and I saw what I saw. Please, instead of keep repeating the word ignorant, which I did not expect this word from an individual with PhD, check again what I was trying to say about images.

        “we can analyze even a single photo that is posted in social media, such as, the placement of the photo, the distance, the surrounding area, the timing, the motive behind it and more.”
        Does it make me I can be convinced by images that is posted in social media?
        Don’t answer that, you seem to get irritated easily.

  • Anonymous

    ዝኸበርካ ተወልደብርሃን
    ሃገራዊ ድሕነት: ኣብ ፈይስ ቡክ ብዛዕባ ኤርትራ ጸጽብቑ እንተጸሓፈ ንዓኻ እንታይ የሕመመካ፤ ብዛዕባ ኤርትራ ከክፍኡን ሐሕማቑን ምጽሓፍ ድኣ ንስኻን ከማኻ ዝኣመሰሉ ከም በዓል ቀለታ ኪዳነን እቲ ዑሱብ ናይ ወያነ ኣማኒኤል ኢያሱ ናይ ሜዲያ ኣናብስ ሒዝክምዎዶ ኣየልኹምን: ንስኹም ንብሑ እቲ ገመል ከኣ ጉዕዝኡ ይቐጽል። ኣብ መጨረሽታ እቲ ዝሰርሕ እምበር እቲ ዝሕሱን ዘካፍእን: መኖም ከም ዝዕወ ሓቢርና ንርእዮ።

    • Zemuy G Haile

      Dear Anonymous,
      First of all why do you hide your name??? Because you are one of the perpetrators of the people of Eritrea. Tomorrow after Eritrea gets rid of the criminals (HIGDEF), you do not want to be revealed, that is why you do not post your name.
      Hagerawi DiHnet is not posting good things about Eritrea. He is trying to show that the current government is doing well with the people while that is not true. Why are tens of thousands of young Eritreans fleeing the country? Why are people suffering from poverty and imprisonment? Eritrea has become a prison for Eritreans except for people like you who are the puppets of HIGDEF and stealing Eritrean wealth.
      Eritrean people deserve to live in peace and flourish in democracy. Keleta Kidane, Amanuel Iyasu and Asmarino Online are telling the truth. It will not be far until your HIGDEF and yourself are destroyed. Eritrea will the land of peace and democracy after the fall of HIGDEF soon!!!
      Zemuy

    • Anonymous

      ኣየ እዚ ገመል እዚ ጉድ ረኪቡ ከምሽንቱ እናሓደረ ንድሕሪት ዝከይድ፡፡

  • Senait

    Asmara on line, if you post such article you will be in my bookmark. it is nice to see a website that for the people (not for the so called delyti fithi and the so PFDJ blind supporters) keep it up.

  • Wedi Sheqa

    I think you have some kind of an attitude problem as observed recently by attacking tesfanews for disregarding your article and now hagerawi dihnet for being the best and the most 100% accurate, prominent Eritrean information sources. As if we haven’t had enough sites that work day and night criticizing the government and even degenerating Eritreaness, you want to pull another extreme view on the these positive news and information outlets. Who do you think you are to criticize and tell people how they should access information or evaluate the government? If you want to play the middle ground, far from the extreme left and right, then show us by example instead of being an egocentric, i-know-it-all or my-way-or-the-highway attitude.

    • “ኣዲኣ ገዲፋ ሓትናኣ ትናፍቕ” ክባሃል ሰሚዕካ ትኸውን። ነቦኻ፡ ነዴኻ፡ ንሓውኻን ንሓፍትኻን ዘይሓለኻ ንመንግስቲ ክትሓሊ ማለት ዘበት ኢዩ። ሽግርካ ንምንታይ ንመንግስቲ ትነቕፉልና ኢዩ። ወዮ’ዳኣ ንዓኻን ንኸማኻን ኣይርዳኣኩምን ኢዩ’ምበር መንግስቲ ማለት’ኮ ውልቀ-ሰባት ማለት ኢዩ። ንስኻን ከማኻን ግን ነዞም ንስልጣኖም ክብሉ ዝሃሉ ምስ ሃገርን ህዝብን ማዕረ ስለ እትርእዩዎም ሕሰም ህዝቢ ክረኣየኩም ዝኽእል ኣይመስለንን። ኣነ ንጌጋታት ፖሊሲ መንግስቲ ይነቅፍ ኣለኹ። ካብቲ ናተይ ዝሐሸ ጭብጢ ይኹን ሓሳብ እንተ ሃሊዩካ ዛዕባ ኣልዒልካ ተዛረብ። ሃለውለው ዘረባ ግን ንህዝብና ኾነ ንሃገርና ጥቕሚ የብሉን።

      • Wedi Sheqa

        Gebart, your problem is you believe in what you write and expects everyone to get along with it or even take it as a prescription to solve a problem. Sometime you amazed me when you take for granted there are people with education, experience and training that are better than you and can pick the flaws in your basic analysis of a given issue. A case in point is the article you wrote about tax reforms.

        As a personal opinion, it was a good piece of article but when you start demanding readers and even the government to take what you wrote as a blue print to introduce a tax reform in the country, that speaks volume about your self-centered, in a way arrogant behavior. When you write stuff, you leave no room that you might lack the necessary knowledge or experience about the topic you are writing about, in this case the tax reform. The same is true about the Eritrean economy you recently wrote. Although what you wrote was not bad, it lacks context.

        P.s. Do not argue with others about how good your article was or demand others to share it all over the website. That’s too childish. It’s not up to you to evaluate your article, but the reader is.

        • Sheqa,
          So, what is your input to improve the tax revenue of the country? Do you have idea?

      • ኣይተ ተወልደ ትነቅፍ ተትህሉ ደኣ ክንደይ ምጸበቐ ነይሩ። ንስኻ ግን ኣዒንትን ኣእዛንን ሰባት ክትዓብስ ኢኻ ትጽዕር ዘለኻ። “መን ከማይ” ዝዓይነቱ ኣጉል ትምኽሕትኻ፣ ንመራሕቲ ኤርትራ ንቑልቁል ክትጥምት ቀሲቡካ። ሓንሳብ ናይ ቁጠባ ፈላጥ፣ ሓንሳብ ናይ ፖለቲካ ወሓለ፣ ሓንሳብ ናይ መሕበራዊ ህይወት ሊቕ፣ እንሓንሳብ ድማ ናይ ስነ ውትህድርና ጠቢብ እንዳ ተቓያየርካ፣ ካን ነዞም መራሕትና ናብ ሓንቲ ዱኳን ከመሓድሩ ዘይክእሉ ጥራዝ ነጠቓት ቀይርካዮም። ክትፈልጥ፣ ኣብ’ዛ መሬት እዚኣ እቲ ዝቐለለ ስራሕ “ነቓፊ” ምዃን ኢዩ። ዝሰርሕ ክጋግአ ስለ ዝኽእል፣ ነንዝፍጸሙ ጌጋታት እንዳ ቖቖልካ ኣጋኒንካ ምጽሓፍ ብዙሕ ፍልጠት ዝሓትት ስራሕ ኣይኮነን። እቲ ጸገም ግን፣ ነቲ ትነቕፍዎ ዓውዲ፣ መተካእታ ሓሳባት ዘይተቕርቡ ምዃንኩም ኢዩ።

  • you both have Scotoma “The Mind sees what it chooses to see ” as long as both of you have an extremely opposite view of the country.

    • Anonymous

      Mr. Kemdlayey,

      “The Mind sees what it chooses to see. ” Does it apply to all of us?

    • Anonymous

      So, what got you here, Mr. Kemdlayey?

  • Aron

    Hey aite Ghebre

    I read your comment. What is the purpose of your commment. Are you trying to put a lid on the social media. If you are really stand for Eritrean stop wasting your time on critising other social medias. The purpose of your site should be educating Eritrean from your point of view. I suggest leave the judgement to Eritrean people. If you continue time to spend time on criticising and arguing you website will be suspected and sidelined as some of the toothless websites.

    Mikiyak tetew ablo Ghebrat
    Nice day

    • Aron,

      If you are serious, focus on the issues raised by Hagerawi D’Hnet and myself. I believe both Hagerawi D’Hnet and myself are sending messages to the public although D’Hnet’s purpose is to whitewash the wrong policy of the government on the investment climate in Eritrea. It is not me but the Eritrean people are saying doing business in Eritrea is impossible.

      If you are unhappy about my message on Eritrea’s investment climate, I am sorry. If you care about your country and your people you should be on their side not on the side of people who deliberately hide the truth. You and me need to ask a legitimate question such as this: If the government of Eritrea is friendly to foreign investors why not for its citizens?

      By the way, I am not an educator but a truth teller for the sake of my people and country. If you don’t like my postings go and find your right place elsewhere.

      • Zemuy G Haile

        Ghebre habrom. you are telling the truth. Aron is the dog of the existing HIGDEF party. He does not care about the people. All he cares is about himself. Aron is sharing hands in stealing the wealth of Eritreans along with the HIGDEF leaders. That is why he is advocating against the Eritrean people and side lining with HIGDEF.

        Truth will prevail

    • SenaitH

      He is telling what he believe is the truth and i agree with most of the content on the article.

    • Nick

      With all due respect I would like to mention that this FACELESS and NAMELESS writer is hell bent to demean Eritrea, as a nation, every opportunity he gets. Based on my observation of his several articles, I am convinced of the fact that he has ulterior motives regarding Eritrea. He is literally incapable of uttering a single word that is positive about Eritrea. Think about this, Why does he feels the need to tear or attack anything positive about Eritrea.

      • Really?

        • Anonymous

          what else c an be said about you. you do not want to hear any good from Eritrea

          • Someone,

            How do you know I don’t want to hear good stuff about Eritrea? Is this a good news for you? Your families are not allowed to freely invest in any business in their home country. But, you seem to celebrate the privileges offered for foreign investors over national investors. No sane minded person accepts this policy.

            Do not take me wrong. I am not saying the government should close its doors for foreign direct investment. Not at all. What I am asking is that why not to citizens, too?

            You have to distinguish between Eritrea and the government’s policies. If someone cannot see this difference he/she must be an extremist in his/her world view. In other words, regardless the facts and truth on the ground these individuals want to impose their egoistic behavior on the mass by telling the mass otherwise.

            HagerawiD’Hnet said proudly Eritrea stands 6th in Africa as a suitable country for foreign mining companies. And, I am asking, how about for Eritrean investors? Don’t you see the difference?

            Before closing – come with anything you think good about Eritrea and I am ready to give you a space. But, when you do that, be careful someone might put you in a cross-road where you cannot defend your case at hand.

            keep engaged on critical policy issues for the benefits of your country’s strategic interests. “wala tnfer’ember Tiel’ya” argument is not in the interest of our country.

            Bye for now!