“Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope”

Ch 7. Self-Reliance & the Coupon Economy

Your government, which we considered our own and expected to serve us well,
is the worst one that has ruled Eritrea during my long life.
– Negash Tesfagaber, an Eritrean Elder

 

እቲ ናትና ዝሓሰብናዮን ጽቡቕ ንኸገልግለና ዝተጸበናዮን መንግስትኹም፣
ካብቶም ኣብዚ መዋእልና ንኤርትራ ኪገዝኡ ዝረኣናዮም፡ እቲ ዚሓመቐ ኢዩ።

– ባሻይ ነጋሽ ተስፋጋብር፡ ኤርትራዊ ሽማግለ

The indelible link between Eritrea’s domestic and foreign policy and its impact on the evolution of the state are featured in Chapter 7: Self-Reliance and the Coupon Economy. The chapter notes the positive external environment and the outpouring of international goodwill and support that greeted the advent of independent Eritrea, appreciates the great opportunity that this offered for constructive engagement, and appraises the regime’s imprudent and counterproductive policy responses to the devastating domestic repercussions of the border war with Ethiopia. It unveils the deliberate pursuit of regime stability at the expense of the paramount national interest and bares the use of self-reliance as a euphemism for the external isolation of the country.

 

Further, the chapter describes the institution and operations of the political economy of rationing in the context of a contracting economy in crisis that has delivered a declining standard of living for the people. It probes the abysmal failure to manage a national economy, or to mobilise domestic and external resources, to cater to the most basic subsistence needs of a small national population. Finally, it appraises the essential fragility of the Eritrean economy primarily as the outcome of the government’s wrong policies, gross incompetence, and wasteful management of the country’s human and material resources.

 

 (PDF: Tigrinya ምዕራፍ 7)

 

 

እቲ ኣብ መንጎ’ቲ ዘቤታውን ግዳማውን ሜላ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ዘይሃስስ ምትእስሳርን፡ ስንብራቱ ኣብ ኣመዓባብላ ናይቲ መንግስትን ኣብ ምዕራፍ 7፡- ርእሰ-ምርኰሳን ናይ ኩፖን ቍጠባን፡ ይግለጽ።እታ ምዕራፍ፡ ነቲ ኣብ እዋን ምእዋጅ ናጽነት ዚተራእየ ኣወንታዊ ግዳማዊ ሃዋህውን ዚተሻሕሸሐ ኣህጕራዊ ሰናይ ድሌትን ደገፍን ትዝርዝር፤ ነቲ እቲ ኣወንታዊ ሃዋህው’ቲ ፈጢሩዎ ዚነበረ ምቹእ ዕድል ንሃናጺ ኣህጕራዊ ዝምድናታት ተገንዝብ፤ ነቲ ኣዕናዊ ዘቤታዊ ሳዕቤናት ኲናት ዶብ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ብዚምልከት፡እቲ ስርዓት ዚተኸተሎ ሃንዳፍን ዓንቃጽን ሜላዊ ግብረ-መልስታት ትግምግም። ነቲ ደይ መደይ ተባሂሉ፡ ብሕሳብ ልዑል ሃገራዊ ረብሓ ርግኣት ናይቲ ስርዓት ንምሕላው ይዅን ርእሰ-ምርኰሳ ከም ሽፋን ናይ ግዳማዊ ተነጽሎ ናይታ ሃገር ንምጥቃም፡ ዚዝውተር ብልሃት ተቃልዕ። 

 

ብተወሳኺ፡ እታ ምዕራፍ፡ ንምትእትታውን ኣሰራርሓን ፖለቲካዊ ቍጠባ ናይ መቝነን ኣብ ዓንኬል ናይቲ ኣብ ቅልውላው ዚጠሓለ፣ እናንቈልቈለ ዚኸይድ ደረጃ መነባብሮ ህዝቢ ዘስዓበ፣ ቍጠባ ትገልጽ። ነቲ ደልሃመታዊ ፍሽለት ናይቲ ስርዓት ኣብ ምምሕዳር ሃገራዊ ቍጠባ፣ ኣብ ምውዳድ ዘቤታውን ግዳማውን ምንጭታት ሃብቲ፣ ኣብ ምምላእ መሰረታዊ ጠለባት መነባብሮ ኰነ ምስሳይ ድራር ዕለት ህዝቢ፣ ትምርምር። ኣብ መወዳእታ፡ እቲ መሰረታዊ ድኽመት ሃገራዊ ቍጠባ ኤርትራ፡ ውጽኢት ናይቲ ግጉይ ሜላታት ወይ ፖሊሲታት መንግስቲ፣ጕሉሕ ጕድለት ብቕዓት፣ ኣባኻኒ ኣመሓዳድራ ሰብኣውን ንዋታውን ጸጋታት ናይታ ሃገር ምዃኑ ትግምግም።   

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