Eritrea Needs New Tax System

“To boost government tax revenue and smoothly implement the financial sector reform, the GoE needs to introduce a tax system on bank payments, transfers, financial transactions, and bank withdrawals.”

asmarahutBy Teweldeberhan Gebre

Introduction

Recently, the Government of Eritrea (GoE) has issued Proclamation No. 178/2016 to collect tax from farm income and livestock. The author of this piece contends the title and the provisions of this new proclamation because (1) contrary to the title of Proclamation No. 178/2016 to ‘collect tax from farm income…’ its provisions under Article 4(1 and 2) introduces ‘land lease tax system’, and (2) not only that but also Article 4(1 and 2) of Proclamation No. 178/2016 violates Article 4(1) of the Land Proclamation No. 58/94 -to reform the system of land tenure, which provides Eritrean citizens usufruct rights over lands with no mentions to leasing (click here to see my contention). Read More

Happy New Year 2017 to Eritreans and Friends of Eritrea

asmarahutBy Asmara-Online

A fresh new year 2017 is once again upon us. Thus, it’s time to take stock of all our past achievements and failures, start afresh, and start strong for change in the best interest of our people and nation. It is in our culture to appraise, first and foremost, our weaknesses and take stock of our strengths so that to address them. As we do so, the year 2017 is yet another chance, as people and government, to do everything to change the economic circumstances of our people. Calendars are tools to plan and execute plans. Change in calendar doesn’t mean anything unless we have aim and purpose to commit ourselves to achieve something within the calendar years. Asmara-Online wishes the year 2017 to be a special year for our people and country.

Happy New Year 2017 and Merry Christmas!

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ኣብ ናይ 24 ታሕሳስ 2016 ፈነው ኢሪ-ቲቪ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ “ገስጋስ 2016ን መጻኢ ኣመቱን” ኣብ ትሕቲ ዝብል ሓተታኡ ንምዕባለታት 2016 ብምዝርዛር ኢዩ  ጀሚሩዎ። ነቶም ፖለቲካዊ መኽሰባት 2016 ዝበሎም ገዲፍካ እቶም ንቑጠባዊ መኽሰባት ዝምልከቱ ኣመዝጊበዮም ዝበሎም ንምጥቃስ፡- Read More

First Saudi Then Qatar Bigwigs to Ethiopia in Just Three Days Difference

asmarahutWhat is that inevitable for Eritrea?

By Teweldeberhan Gebre

According to Ahram Online Qatar’s foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani is in Ethiopia to meet “with Ethiopian president, prime minister and foreign minister to discuss the latest regional and international developments”. This is happening in just three days after the high-level delegation led by Ahmed Al-Khateeb, senior advisor to the Saudi royal court and board chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has concluded its official visit to meet Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in Addis Ababa and the ‘unplanned’ visitation to the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam. Read More

Ethiopia Should Withdraw from the Eritrean Territory it is Illegally Occupying

dr-ahmed-hassen-dehliMany things have gone unnoticed about Eritrea but this is a serious one. On the 8th of October 2016 Dr. Ahmed Hassen Dehli, the Director of the Eritrean Center for Strategic Study, has sent a serious message to Ethiopia and the world that Eritrea is going to exercise its right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations charter against the occupier, Ethiopia.

By Dr. Ahmed Hassen Dehli

Ethiopia has occupied illegally Eritrean sovereign territory, including Badme, as of April 13, 2002, namely, the date the final and binding decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) was pronounced, in violation of international laws and agreements, as well as the decision of the EEBC. Read More

Ms. Bruton: Not Worth of Your Time!

asmarahutBy Teweldeberhan Gebre

A sect by the name ‘awate’ team are in the business of vilification and disparagement campaign against a distinguished woman and her institution, Ms. Bronwyn Bruton and the African center of the Atlantic Council. The sect initially posted their despicable piece of writing under the title Undercover Lobbyist Rethinking Eritrea on the 8th December in which the sect protested for not taking part on the seminar, Rethinking Eritrea, organized and moderated by the African Center of the Atlantic Council’s deputy director, Bronwyn Bruton, on the same day. The sect, out of their voracity to patrol everything about a country for which they have little respect to its people and its sovereign existence, always wants to gleam in every platform at the cost of the great people and nation. Read More

Eritrea: Beyond the ‘No Forced Returns’ of Migrants Policy?

asmarahutBy Teweldeberhan Gebre

Introduction

Since the ‘no peace, no war’ situation has been set by the inept regime in Ethiopia and its sponsors in the State Department, Eritrea has faced major exodus of its youth. Unfortunately, many have lost their life in the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to cross into Europe for better life, and many became victims of human traffickers in the Sinai Peninsula as well. It is well known that two factors play for the massive migration of Eritreans: the push and pull factors. Some of the push factors that force young Eritreans to flee the homeland include economic hardships, indefinite national service, and human rights violations such as freedom of movements and lack of occupational choices, etc.  There is no misgiving on the push factors that forced Eritreans to leave their homeland. The Eritrean government tried to curve illegal migration through tightening the borders but miserably failed. Other than that, the government did not try other means to stop or curve the mass and illegal migrations and deserves criticism for its fixation of tightened border surveillance for such a long time now.   Read More

Can Germany’s New ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa Be Successful in Eritrea?

asmarahutBy Teweldeberhan Gebre

Introduction

On 11 November 2016, Reuters reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel and her officials, out of concern on the influx of migrants to Europe, have announced a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa through “…pushing for increased public and private investment in Africa.” Following the announcement of the ‘Marshal Plan for Africa’ the news went viral across major news agencies. A ‘Marshall Plan’ also known as the European Recovery Program, named after the then US Secretary of State George Marshall, was an American initiative to rebuild Western European economies devastated as a result of the World War II (WWII). Read More

To the plauts and guardistans

asmarahutBy Teweldeberhan Gebre

Recently, Martin Flawed (Plaut), pissed off by the European Union’s engagement with the government of Eritrea (GoE), has posted a garbage stuff under the title “Why do EU leaders still think they can engage with Eritrea’s regime?” into the guardistans’ recycling bin. Mr. Flawed must be in his broken bed when he was writing his garbage stuff to end up into the guardistans’ bin. Interestingly, the EU’s engagement with the government and the people of Eritrea is no more an idea. It has already transformed into action by the signing of the €200 million worth long term development assistance through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Engagement is not the stake now but progress report on the use of the €200 million funds of the long term partnerships. One year has already gone since the Fund’s implementations began. Read More

Asmara-Online Hails Eritrea’s National Commission for Higher Educations (NCHE)

asmarahutBy The Editor

Professor Tadesse Mehari, a respected and distinguished academician, and the CEO of the Eritrean National Commission for Higher Educations, provided a presentation on the development of higher education in Eritrea to a group of distinguished citizens in London, the United Kingdom. His presentation was brief and enlightening on what is happening around the higher educations of Eritrea under his leadership. Asmara-Online hails the Professor for his brief and concise presentation to the group of distinguished citizens. Particularly, the Editor’s eyes were caught by the title of the presentation “Schemes and Opportunities for Eritrean Professionals in the Diaspora to Partake in Enrichment of Eritrean Human Resources and National Building”. While the background information on higher education development by the respected Professor was important in its own right, his visions towards the development of higher educations were even more appealing and hard to ignore them. He outlined the policies of the NCHE as: Read More