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Ethiopia

The Hub's accomplishments in Ethiopia to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 102 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness
  • 32 firms and associations have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 204 business linkages
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $39,498,864
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $92,000
  • 765 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 76% of which are for women
  • Facilitated $14,781,00 new private sector investments
  • Facilitated staple food exports worth $130 million
  • Supported 3 firms to attain international export certification standards

Related Blogs and Resources

Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa

Published on March 23, 2015
Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbors such as Kenya and Uganda. Africa's telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totaling almost 650 million in 2013, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank. But analysts say high-speed connections are vital to maintaining growth and supporting the wider economy. Read more. Source | CNBC Africa
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Why AGOA should be extended for 15 years: An Ethiopian case study

Published on March 20, 2015
For the last 24 months, the African Union and African diplomatic corps in Washington have been advocating a 15-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Obama administration has also called for a 15-year extension. In many respects, Ethiopia works well as a representative AGOA country. It is an agriculture-based economy and, with 94 million people, the second-most populous nation in Africa. The country has experienced impressive economic growth of 10.7 percent from 2003 to 2012 and actually has no oil and few minerals to export. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 173 out of 187 countries in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index. Ethiopia is at the forefront of utilizing AGOA: It is among the first countries to develop an AGOA strategy, a draft of which was completed in October 2013. More recently, an AGOA Center was established in the Ministry of Trade with a mandate to help Ethiopian companies take advantage of the legislation. Ethiopia is creating opportunities around AGOA outside of the government as well: Three years ago, as a result of significant government investments, the Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology opened at Bahir Dar University. Last year's graduating class of 45 were all employed by Ethiopian apparel companies. While this number might seem small, it is actually impressive and suggests that the institute has the potential to become a center of excellence on the continent for apparel design and the backbone of a robust national apparel industry. Read more. Source | Brookings
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Ethiopia strives to boost trade with COMESA countries

Published on March 17, 2015
The Ethiopian government is striving to substantially increase exports to COMESA member countries, it was learnt.  At press conference the state minister of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ahmed Shide, said that Ethiopia has been exporting leather and leather articles to COMESA countries. Ahmed said the government is working hard to boost exports to COMESA member countries. “We should increase our productivity,” Ahmed said.  Read more. Source | The Reporter
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Ethiopia beats coffee export target with higher than planned revenue

Published on March 13, 2015
 Ethiopia gained 307.5 million dollars with an actual export of 73,227.9 tns while expecting 269 million dollars from 73,593.5 tns of coffee. Ethiopia expects to produce 461,620tns of coffee this year, of which it expects to export 239,950tns for 862.55 million dollars, showing an increase of 23.6pc in volume and 20pc in revenue from the previous year. Read more. Source | allAfrica
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Can Ethiopia’s teff grain ‘super food’ help boost agribusiness?

Published on March 10, 2015
Ethiopia’s indigenous grain teff is garnering global interest as a new super food, while Ethiopia’s government tries to ensure local prices don’t rocket for Ethiopians. Every six days a week an Ethiopian Airlines flight departs Addis Ababa for Washington in the US with a fresh batch of 3,000 injera on board. Read more. Source | Africa Insider.    
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AGOA in Action: Stories from East Africa Trade Hub Partners and Beneficiaries

Published on March 04, 2015
AGOA in Action: Stories from East Africa Trade Hub Partners and Beneficiaries. Since 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has provided incentives for African countries to become more globally competitive by making economic and commercial reforms. The main incentive is the opportunity to export goods, from a list of nearly 6,400 qualifying items, to the U.S. The East Africa Trade Hub provided technical assistance to African firms and governments to enhance their competitiveness in global markets and help African businesses take advantage of trade opportunities available under AGOA.
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Agriculture investment in Africa: Top countries to focus on

Published on February 23, 2015
Africa’s agriculture sector struggles to access financing and attract investment. Micro finance organizations remain active in the space. But private equity firms and banks are still slowly coming around to the potential of the agriculture space. Read more. Source|Ventures Africa
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Strengthening the Region’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems: Accelerating Regional Trade Brief

Published on September 05, 2013
Strengthening the Region’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems: Accelerating Regional Trade Brief . The International Plant Protection Convention mandates that trading partners share information regarding pest status, or Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards .  The East Africa Trade Hub worked with the Center of Phytosanitary Excellence and the East African Phytosanitary Information Committee to charter a process for developing regional pest lists. This initiative was aimed at streamlining and shortening the SPS inspection process at East Africa Community borders and expedite the movement of staples around the region. 
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