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

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Addressing quality gaps to boost agricultural export

Published on August 14, 2017
Ethiopia’s economy is in the realms of a dominant agriculture sector, which displays the diversification of commodities to export for increased revenue but still striving for competitive quality. Ethiopian agriculture remains an important source of economic growth that not only contributes 39 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but also employs 73 percent of the population. It is also extending its leading role in export performance by contributing over 75 percent of the 2.91 billion USD that the country has secured in the 2016/17 fiscal year. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Federation encouraging women entrepreneurs

Published on August 14, 2017
Ethiopian Women Federation is backing women entrepreneurs to expand job opportunities and play due role in nation’s economic growth. Federation Planning, Monitoring and Report Preparation Expert Genet Seyoum tells The Ethiopian Herald that the federation has been working to support women through facilitating training, finance and creating job opportunity. Various training programs have been given to empower women on agri-business, natural resource conservation, animal breeding and bee keeping and basin development among others, she says. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Ethiopia seeks new markets to boost horticulture exports

Published on August 08, 2017
Ethiopia is looking to promote its horticulture products in China and different other markets to increase export volumes and revenue, the Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) has said. The association said various endeavours are already going on to help achieve this goal. Tewodros Zewdie, the EHPEA executive director, told Xinhua on Wednesday that the country’s export performance of the flower sector in the last few years has shown remarkable progress, but the fruits and vegetables sector is not growing that much compared to its potential. Tewodros added that the association is working with the public and private stakeholders to address the challenges related to logistics issues, among others. Read more. Source | New Times
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Ethiopia aims to generate 30 bln USD from textile sector by 2030

Published on July 25, 2017
Ethiopia has a target to generate 30 billion U.S. dollars in foreign exchange earnings from the textile and garment sector by 2030, according to Bogale Feleke, Ethiopian Deputy Minister of Industry. The deputy minister made the remarks while addressing a workshop organized to promote Ethiopia's textile industry sector held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Monday. "We intend to increase our area of cotton production. At present, only 20 percent of the three million hectares are used for cotton production while we aim to increase to around 80 percent," local media FBC quoted Feleke as saying. Read more. Source | Xinhua Net
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Looking Beyond the Horizon: A Case Study of PVH’s Commitment in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park

Published on July 25, 2017
Looking Beyond the Horizon: A Case Study of PVH’s Commitment in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park. The story of how the PVH Corp. (referred to throughout this document as PVH) came to lead a group of its top suppliers to build factories and a fabric mill in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) is the study of a strong collaboration between a private company looking to optimize its business model and a government aiming to transform its economy through global strategic repositioning. The success of this story hinges upon the intersection of their goals and a shared vision of development that includes a strong commitment to social and environmental goals. PVH was motivated to invest in Ethiopia to respond to shifts in the global apparel sector, its growing desire to retool its business model and to address its concerns about compliance withsocial and environmental standards in its traditional sourcing locations. PVH had decided to rethink its business model and to look beyond the horizon towards a new region in which to locate its manufacturing base. To have better oversight and enforcement, PVH moved to adopt a fully integrated vertical supply chain, including direct investment in one of the manufacturing facilities. In selecting the location for its new vertically integrated and socially responsible supply chain, PVH looked for ample suitable land on which its supply chain partners could grow cotton, and sustainable sources of energy with competitive electricity rates for the production of yarn and fabric. The company required the country’s government to be committed to ensuring that relevant laws (worker rights, fire safety, building safety, etc.) would be enforced and that their manufacturers would meet international quality and production standards. Finally, PVH wanted to be an early-mover in this new sourcing market.
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Ethiopia, western world from donation to economic partnership

Published on July 13, 2017
Ethiopia's relation with North American and European countries that has been largely characterized by assistance has transformed to business and development over the past few years, Ethiopian Investment Commission said. Out of the total 25 billion Birr FDI came from Asian, European and North American countries between mid 2012 and mid 2017, the share of North American and European countries was close to 10 billion Birr, about 40 per cent of the total investment, according to data. Over the past 10 years Chinese and Indian investment had the lion's share in Ethiopia. Now the situation is changed and flow of North American and European investment has become nearly equivalent to those came from Asia, Mekonnen Hailu, Public Relation Director with the Investment Commission told The Ethiopian Herald. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Coffee market reform gets green light

Published on July 11, 2017
Before going out for the recession, on July 7, 2017, the Parliament approved two proclamations that were designed to reform the entire coffee market value chain.The two proclamations are Coffee Quality Control & Marketing and Establishment Proclamation of Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). Both amended proclamations are meant to improve the coffee market from farms to its export destinations. “The amendment of the two proclamations came as one action taken to narrow the trade deficit,” said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn while addressing the parliamentarians on July 7, 2017. Reforming the value chain came after research findings and discussions held between the government and stakeholders in the coffee market. One of the studies was the assessment that was made by the National Export Coordination Committee, which identified 11 major bottlenecks in the coffee market and its value chain. Read more. Source | Addis Fortune
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Improved technologies enhancing productivity

Published on July 05, 2017
The joint effort of partners in generating and distributing agricultural technologies making positive impact in boosting productivity and availing inputs to the industry. Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation Deputy CEO Tafesse Gebru told The Ethiopian Herald that the country has made improvement in utilizing agricultural technology to boost productivity. To back ongoing achievements, the corporation is doing its level best in distributing technologies such as fertilizers, improved seeds, machineries and others. This year,the corporation has distributed about 18 tractors to farmers while plans to import extra combiners and graders shortly. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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