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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Blind students set sights on leather technology

Published on October 18, 2016
The World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows that there are more than 39 million blind people worldwide. Up to 224,000 of them are Kenyans. Somewhere in Machakos, 10 of these individuals have a story of focus and achievement to tell despite the disability. The 10 are entrepreneurs making leather items, but which skill has also given them a strong step onto the global arena, touring countries like the United States, Zambia and Ethiopia for trade exhibitions sponsored by the government. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Global sourcing companies seek to utilize sourcing opportunities in Africa

Published on October 07, 2016
On October 3, global textile trade show organizer Messe Frankfurt signed a partnership with Trade Fairs Group the official organizer of Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week. This partnership will see Messe Frankfurt host its Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess exhibitions to East Africa for the first time as part of the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) in 2017. Africa’s biggest textile trade fair, the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week, is continuing to grow. By collaborating with Messe Frankfurt, this positive development will be accelerated. For us, this partnership marks the start of our textile trade fair activities on an exceptionally interesting continent that is becoming more and more important for the textile industry and whose players will come increasingly to prominence." said Mr. Olaf Schmidt, Vice President of Textiles and Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt pictured above.
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Ethiopia attracting billions from investors in the manufacturing sector, say participants of agro-industry investment forum

Published on October 06, 2016
Ethiopia has become a magnet for a range of investors in the country’s manufacturing sector, attracting billions of dollars in the last years. This was emphasized today by LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “With foreign direct investment flows to the country amounting to over USD 2 billion in 2015 alone, Ethiopia is becoming a hot spot for investors, especially in textiles and garments,” said Li, who spoke at the First International Agro-Industry Investment Forum  that opened in the capital, Addis Ababa. Read more. Source | UNIDO
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Messe Frankfurt Launching Textile Show in Ethiopia

Published on October 05, 2016
With more and more apparel companies sourcing garments from Ethiopia, including H&M and PVH Corp., trade show organizer Messe Frankfurt has decided to expand its event portfolio to encompass East Africa. Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess will each debut at Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week (ASFW) in Ethiopia in 2017, as part of an agreement Messe Frankfurt recently reached with Trade and Fairs East Africa. This marks Messe’s first foray into the African textile industry. “Due to increased wages and growing domestic demand within Asia, as well as the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) agreement between Africa and the USA, the African continent is becoming ever more important for textile production,” said Skander Negasi, managing director of Trade and Fairs East Africa, noting that Kenya and Ethiopia are playing a leading role in this. “Africa’s biggest textile trade fair, the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week, is continuing to grow. By collaborating with Messe Frankfurt and its Texpertise Network, this positive development will be accelerated.” Read more. Source | Sourcing Journal
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Textile Factories, Designers to Converge at Fashion Week

Published on October 05, 2016
The Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week (ASFW) is finalising preparations to organise an exhibition for cotton and textile industry players from October 4-7, 2017, at the Millennium Hall, in Addis Abeba. Over 250 leading companies and exporters from Africa, Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East will present their products and innovations. The exhibiting companies represent 25 countries, including Ethiopia, South Africa, Japan, China and Turkey. Fassil Tadesse, ASFW’s CEO said, Textile and garment factories serve as a bridge for the country’s industrial development. The textile industry is a massive source of employment. Read more. Source | Addis Fortune
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Save the Date : Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW 2016)

Published on September 30, 2016
Join us for Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW 2016) , a high-end exhibition and conference for Africa's cotton, textile, apparel, home décor and technology industry from October 4 - 7, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ASFW will open its doors to the entire cotton, textile, apparel, technology and home décor industry, including whole sale, retail, and boutique stores and the hospitality industry. Over 180 international manufacturers and exporters will present their products and innovations to trade professionals and representatives from the global sourcing industry. Exhibiting companies represent 25 different countries -- Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Japan, China, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirate, Israel, Turkey, UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. In addition to the exhibition, international experts from the government and private sector will give presentations on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), investment, sustainability, partnership, logistics, fashion and sourcing in the African region.  ASFW is in partnership with Ethiopia Textile Development Institute (ETIDI) and Ethiopia Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association (ETGAMA), and has technical and financial support from the Hub.  
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At a Glance: Source East Africa Trade Fair

Published on September 30, 2016
The Hub, World Fair Trade Organization Africa, TradeMark East Africa and CBI joined forces to host a new professional trade fair, Source East Africa, on September 23-25 in Arusha, Tanzania. The trade fair connected 33 exhibitors in the crafts sector with buyers from the U.S, Australia, UK, Sweden and the East African region. Buyers discussed their market needs with the producers, ordered samples, and forged relationships for future business.  Below is a video of the trade fair at a glance :
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Ethiopia wins big as cement, flower, shoe firms set up shop

Published on September 21, 2016
Ethiopia is using a range of incentives to woo investors to the country. Already, US private equity groups KKR and Blackstone have announced their interest in the country’s infrastructure and floriculture sectors. Dangote Cement has set up shop in the country too and one of India’s largest paint-makers, Asian Paints, has entered the market through the acquisition of a local manufacturer last year. Unilever is building a factory there too, while Chinese shoemaker Huajian Group set up shop in the country four years ago. Read more. Source | East African 
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