Berhane Abrehe

Berhane Abrehe (Tigrinya: በርሃነ አብረሀ) is an Eritrean top government official who, served as the country's Minister of Finance of Eritrea from 2001 to 2014.[1][2]

Berhane Abrehe
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3rd Minister of Finance of Eritrea
In office
Preceded byGhebreselassie Yoseph
Succeeded byBerhane Habtemariam
Personal details
Political partyEPLF
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
ProfessionCivil Engineer and Economist

He was born in 1945.[3] In 1972, Berhane Abrehe graduated with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held the post of Director of Macro-Economic policy in the office of the President of Eritrea, subsequently advancing to his Cabinet position and becoming the third Minister of Finance in the 14 years since Eritrea's proclamation of independence in May 1993. His status was described as unclear in a 2007 leaked US cable.[4]

In September 2018 Berhane Abrehe published a controversial book: ”Eritrea Hagerey [Eritrea My Country].[5] A quote on the cover of one of the books reads, “ a renewed courage, [Berhane Abrehe] has presented a plan, in a civilized Eritrean manner, on how to end dictatorship [in Eritrea] and how to prevent it from reappearing again”.

After the publishing of his book, Berhane Abrehe was subsequently arrested. His whereabouts are unknown, and concerns for his well being has been high in the Eritrean opposition, as he is a 77 year old who is in poor health and underwent a liver transplant not long after his detainment. His son, Efrem Berhane Abrehe, is an Eritrean activist working hard to fight for his fathers freedom. Videos of him talking about his father can be found on Eritrean opposition YouTube channel, Erisat.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Eritrea: Release former finance minister immediately and unconditionally". 19 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Eritrea Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments." World Leaders. Central Intelligence Agency, 23 Apr. 2007. Web. 27 Oct. 2010. <>.
  3. ^ Connell, Dan (15 July 2019). Historical Dictionary of Eritrea. ISBN 9781538120668.
  4. ^ "Eritrean Minister of National Development "Frozen" by Gse".
  5. ^ "Will the Controversial Books by Former Minister Berhane Abrehe be Out?". 28 August 2018.