Is corruption an important and pressing issue for Ethiopia?

Yes. It is not disputing that, as elsewhere in other parts of the world, corruption has become rampant and has been causing devastating effect to our country.

According to a document published by the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC), corruption has continued to pose threats to the country’s development and democratization process. Practices of grand and petty corruption offences are flourishing in many public and private sectors including the financial sectors, agencies engaged in the allocation of land and government housing, telephone and electric services, health services, those involved in the granting of loans, licensing and issuance of permits, collection of taxes and consumable and fixed assets. Customs and excise offices are also believed to be highly affected by corruption practices. Being part of the problem, the private sector’s misdeed of corruption is marked by tax evasion, obtaining bank loans or winning lucrative bids by infringing loan or bid procedures, bribery, smuggling, deceiving and forging in business transactions, charging very high prices on goods and commodities during shortages, bribing the weak or uneducated in order to gain advantage, hoarding of products, etc.