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Feleg Tsegaye is an American-born Ethiopian who previously worked in IT at the US Federal Reserve. He recently moved to Addis to found ArifMobile, a phone and sim card rental service for tourists, and knows these challenges well.
"People aren’t always sure of the laws. They seem fluid and changing depending on who you talk to," he says of Ethiopia’s regulatory environment.
For example, only after multiple trips to the Ministry of Business to register his company did he discover business names cannot be adjectives.
Then, it took months to get an internet connection in his office thanks to notoriously slow state-owned Ethio Telecom.
In the World Economic Form’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, Ethiopia ranks almost dead last.
Of 144 countries, it’s ranked below 130 in technological readiness, competitiveness, and access to financial services and loans.
Perhaps one of the reasons for such a dismal competitive environment is when it comes to technology, the government is often both the biggest competitor and biggest client.
Most large companies are either state-owned, or partially state-owned, and there is a certain degree of distrust between private and public sectors resulting in the government taking a very security-conscious approach, according to Mr Tsegaye.
"Government is the prime consumer for services in IT, but they are frustrated, in part because their policies are inhibiting private sector growth," he says.
The BBC reports on Ethiopia’s lagging technological advances, in comparison the rest of Africa, and the challenges that both citizens and businesses face in adapting to the red tape and lack of access to essential resources (Skype and other VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services are banned for business purposes) in a country where less than 1% of of Africa’s second most populous country’s 85m citizens are connected to the internet, and mobile penetration is at just 17%.
Munit + Jörg Debut American Performance
Kicking off their East Coast Tour in DC at Tropicalia
Contact: Beshou Gedamu
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC (June 18, 2013) – Munit + Jörg, who have toured the world and performed and world renowned festivals, are coming to Washington DC’s Tropicalia (2001 14th st NW ) on Monday July 1st. Opening for Munit + Jörg will be local artists Feedel Band, composed of a great musicians that bring Ethiopian-Jazz to life.
The energetic duo has marveled stages all over the country at such festivals as the Ethiopian Music Festival, Fêtes de la Musique, Reggae by the Nile, the Acacia Jazz, the World Music Festival and the Selam Festival. Globally they have performed in Egypt and Spain after winning a coveted spot through a competition put together by the Spanish Embassy and Casa Africa.
Munit + Jörg will perform tracks from their long awaited album which is an exciting hybrid of classic and loved Ethiopian songs and new vibrant songs. Listeners will find an updated classic by legendary Ethiopian krar player, vocalist and actress Asnakech Worku to an Ethio-jazz standard originally arranged by Ethiopian musical icon Mulatu Astatke.
Doors will open at 8pm with advance tickets now available for $15. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. For ticketing and show information, please visit: http://munitjorgdc.splashthat.com/ Joined by local artists Feedel Band and a DJ set by Toothpick, Munit + Jörg will have Tropicalia (2001 14th st NW) rocking with soulful Ethiopian-Acoustic sounds.
For press inquiries, please contact Beshou Gedamu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301)221-2058.
About Munit + Jorg
Munit and Jörg have been creating a most unique, exciting and energized blend of Ethio-Acoustic Soul music in Addis Abeba, around Ethiopia and the world! They are an exciting, multi-generationally, attractive and innovative musical team. Munit and Jörg already have a great following due to their previous album, their single and music video (Noro Noro), their entertaining live concerts and their many radio and television appearances.
About Feedel Band
Feedel is by deﬁnition, the Amharic word for letter or alphabet. In all languages we learn to speak and read, one letter at a time. Feedel Band is taking Ethiopian music and Jazz, and blending it into a simmering stew of musical genres, textures and feeling. They are creating and in some cases re-creating the musical language of what has been called EthioJazz. The members of Feedel Band are acclaimed musicians in their own right. Individually, and as part of a larger group they’ve all performed with numerous well known musicians and artists.