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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

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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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Ethiopia eyeing cluster centers to fast track industrialization

Published on July 05, 2017
Ethiopia is eyeing at strengthening its Small and Medium Scale (SMS) manufacturing industries through shared infrastructure of cluster centers, according to Federal Small and Medium Manufacturing Industry Development Agency. Agency Director Asfaw Abebe said the newly setup Agency is working on strengthening the Small and Medium scale manufacturing industries by building cluster Centers across the Country. “This project, which would be carried out as part of a cluster based industrialization scheme aims to address the problem of workspaces for small and medium manufacturing industries and help to strengthen the interlink between and among them.” The scheme would be an important mechanism that would enable the Country to support its industrial development in an integrated and harmonized manner. Read more. Source | Ethiopia Herald
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Improving quality to enhance agricultural export

Published on June 22, 2017
The amount of agricultural export commodity revenue obtained at the international market is though varied item to item, meeting the international quality standard has remained the major hindrance not to break into and navigate the global markets, the Ministry of Trade said. Presenting his Ministry’s 11-month performance report to the House of Peoples’ Representatives recently, Trade Minister Dr. Bekele Muladu said though vigorous efforts have been exerted to increase volume of agricultural exports and diversify commodities, desirable result has not yet gained. According to the Minister, among the other challenges, shortcoming in meeting international quality standard has posed a major setback in efforts made to enhance the performance of agricultural exports. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Hawassa Industry Park goes operational

Published on June 22, 2017
The first phase of the Hawassa Industry Park (HIP), the 1st Sustainable Textile and Apparel Grand Park in Africa, has become fully operational. On an event organized yesterday to officially launch Park's operation, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegne said the Grand Production inauguration of the Park is a demonstration of the government's commitment to deliver its promise to bring about structural transformation in the economy. The Government of Ethiopia is unwavering in its commitment to making the country the leading manufacturing hub in Africa by 2025. In this regard, the construction of the Park will contribute a lot to realize this vision,” he said. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Africa sourcing event focuses on sustainability

Published on May 31, 2017
Sustainability will be the main theme for the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week trade fair later this year in Ethiopia, with a focus on production, the environment and certifications. The event will take place from 3-6 October at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa in cooperation with new partner Messe Frankfurt, with a 'Sustainability in Clothing' conference running parallel to the trade fair. Experts will shine a spotlight on various issues, including that of eco fashion. H&M, WRAP, GIZ (Society for International Cooperation) Ethiopia and Solidaridad will present sustainable solutions as part of the conference, according to organisers. Read more. Source | Just-Style.com
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Foreign investment continues in Ethiopia clothing sector

Published on April 19, 2017
Ethiopia attracted foreign investments of US$1.2bn in the first six months of the 2016/17 fiscal year, with these financial injections dominated by major Chinese companies – half of which are licensed in textile and garment manufacturing. Investors include the Jiangsu Sunshine Group, which engages in wool textiles and garments as well as a range of other sectors. The company has decided to invest close to US$1bn in Ethiopia, according to the Ethiopian Investment Commission, starting by preparing the human resources ground and opening a training academy to improve the skill-set of Ethiopia's textile and clothing sector workforce. Read more. Source | Just- Style
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Agricultural sector in state of transformation

Published on March 16, 2017
It has been late since Ethiopia turned its face to industrial shift with a prime focus on intensifying the manufacturing sector mainly through diversifying industrial parks as stipulates in the vision 2025. However, over 80 per cent of its population lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture as their source of livelihood. Although the share of agriculture in the national economy has gone down considerably in recent years, it still contributes above 40 per cent of the national GDP, sources indicated. Though the sector is still subsistence, efforts to change this reality have, however, picked up pace with the rapid economic development over the last fifteen years and the achievements of the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP I). Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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