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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First ever East Africa finance summit opens

Published on December 16, 2016
The 1st Annual East Africa Finance Summit underlined the need for catching up with financial technologies (fin-tech) application to improve the sector. Themed: 'Building Competitive, Cooperative and Innovative Financial Sector in East Africa: Emphasis on Ethiopia' , the first ever regional financial summit was opened here yesterday. Opening the summit, Public Finance Enterprise Agency Director-General Dr. Sintayehu Woldemichael emphasized that the summit enhance financial institutions in the region and respective policy makers to learn from others' achievements, challenges and success stories as well as find ways for working together. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Global Value Chains, Industrial Policy, and Sustainable Development – Ethiopia’s Apparel Export Sector

Published on November 29, 2016
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Cotton: potential , utilization disparity

Published on November 24, 2016
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Quality products guarantee hard currency earning

Published on November 24, 2016
The Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise said it has been working to increase quality goods and services competitive at local and international markets as it marked World Quality Day for the 5th time yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, Enterprise Director General Teshale Belihu said the enterprise has been providing various testing, inspection and certification services to upgrade the quality of institutions and their production procedure. He said that if the nation lagged behind maintaining the quality of products, it is very likely to affect hard currency earning. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Institute striving to improve hides, skin quality

Published on November 24, 2016
The Leather Industry Development Institute said it would give due attention to improve the quality of leather products and the performance of the sector through utilizing advanced technology. The institute is tanning hides and skin applying Chromium Sulphate, Indian technology, to increase quality. At a consultative meeting here yesterday, Institute Corporate Communication Director Berhanu Serjabo said the institute works in collaboration with higher learning institutions which provide training in leather sector to reduce shortage of skilled manpower. The institute started engaging graduates from the leather sector to work in factories, he added. About 26.1 million USD has been earned from the export of hides and skin in the first quarter of this fiscal year though the target was 53.2 million USD , he said. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Boosting technology for impressive manufacturing growth

Published on November 01, 2016
Manufacturing is instrumental for the development of the national economy. The nation has registered impressive growth from export market in the past few years. Looking from a closer, the structure of exports constituted leather and leather products, food and textiles and other industrial exports. Export earnings generated from the sector have been able to meet about half of the sector's foreign exchange requirements. At the same time, manufacturing industry employs only 0.5 per cent of the labor force, while the textile and food industries accounts over 60 per cent of the manufacturing employment. To further strengthen the sector, there has a need to develop the human power acquiring skilled and semi-skilled labor force. Hence, executive personnel such as managers, production supervisors, various disciplines in engineering, should take priority. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Blind students set sights on leather technology

Published on October 18, 2016
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Global sourcing companies seek to utilize sourcing opportunities in Africa

Published on October 07, 2016
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