Writing for the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Catherine Grant-Makokera and Itumeleng Rantao, looked at Ethiopia's role as a regional power on 28 September 2012.
On the positive side, they highlighted the fact that as a share of GDP, Ethiopia's spending on infrastructure is by far the highest in Africa. They compared GDP growth of Kenya and Ethiopia, noting that Ethiopia has done much better than Kenya since 2003. On the negative side, they pointed out that Ethiopia's manufacturing sector remains uncompetitive, providing less than 10 percent of the total value of merchandise exports.
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