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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IDC to invest R12 billion for textile and clothing industry

Published on June 09, 2016
  The Independent Development Corporation (IDC) says it has invested about R12 billion in the textile and clothing industry in 2015. The IDC is one of the exhibitors at Source Africa - the annual pan-African textile, clothing and footwear trade event that brings together manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and service providers from across the continent, Asia and even the United States of America,currently taking place in Cape Town.  In 2016 the trade show has more of an international flavour with exhibitors from China and the USA. An exhibitor from USAID, Finn Holm-Olsen, says investment into Africa keeps expanding. The Trade Promotion and AGOA Director, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub , Mr. Finn Holm-Olsen said, Four or five years ago it was really a struggle to get buyers to come to Africa. That is not a problem anymore - they are coming in droves  Read more. Source | SABC
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Africa must set itself higher targets to get ahead

Published on June 06, 2016
NTV’s Laban Cliff Onserio interviewed the former Kenyan MP and Trade minister on the sidelines of the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. On Eastern Africa accomplishing its economic potential, secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi said, Eastern Africa has realised the most stable increase in FDIs in spite of the slowdown globally. It’s very telling, if the conditions improve in East Africa, the possibility of becoming a major driver in manufacturing-related investments  exists in a scale that has not been witnessed before. That said, there has to be a coherence between the spoken and the implemented.  Read more. Source|Business Daily
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Kenyan among six winners of funding in agribusiness innovators competition

Published on May 31, 2016
A Kenyan is one of six entrepreneurs from East Africa who won in the just- concluded Youth for Agribusiness competition that seeks to fund promising start-ups and equip them with business skills. Anzazi Kiti, who runs value addition catering firm Taste Afrique Limited, will receive part of the Sh2 million ($20,000) seed capital fund set aside for start-ups or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Abrhame Endrias of Green Agro Mechanization (Ethiopia) Murindahabi Edmond of PEBEC Limited (Rwanda), Noah Ssempija of YICE (Uganda), Mercy Kitomari of Nelwa’s Gelato (Tanzania) and Uwintwali Lilian of  M-AHWIII Ltd (Rwanda) were among the winners. The competition’s main focus is to equip youth with skills to establish and run sustainable enterprises along agricultural value chains. The 30 shortlisted businesses, which took part in the final trade fair in Rwanda, were in manufacturing, value addition, marketing, innovation, knowledge transfer and agribusiness sectors. The programme is supported by the USAID-supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta, Inter-Region Economic Network and Toyota Kenya Academy. Read more. Source | Business Daily   
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Farmers attribute coffee income rise to new agri techniques, experts

Published on May 17, 2016
Farmer Kebede Germamo is from Chuma Kebelle of Dale Woreda told the visiting the Ethiopian Press Agency journalists that he has been engaged in maize production for many years for household consumption using traditional method. But, since 1995 he was massively cultivating coffee on his 4.5 hectares of land. He said that applying the new agricultural techniques and expertise secured from the agricultural experts undertaking transplantation of 14,000 coffees over 4.5 hectares, false-banana on 1.5 hectare and different tress on 1.5 hectares. He said that currently he has managed to collect coffee produces twice a year. " I am earning up to 95,000 Birr in one harvesting term from the sale of coffee to unions. I have now accumulated over 1.5 million Birr capital. " Presently, the farmer said that he is looking forward to take advantages of the development of industrial parks in Hawassa and some other ideal places to plant a coffee processing company. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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MSEs: Transforming livelihood of youth

Published on May 17, 2016
During the past two decades, perceptions of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and their role in economic development has changed substantially. As MSEs usually require small start up capital and utilize local resources and skills harnessed to a greater extent to produce a variety of products for the market, they have proved to be a dependable sources of employment opportunity. Besides, they also serve as a seedbed for large scale entrepreneurship. Micro and Small Enterprises in Ilu Aba Bor Zone of Oromia State have been benefiting the youth through significant job creation and income generation. Mohammed Teshome, once a jobless resident of Gachi Woreda, is currently chairing an association named Jitu. Mohammed and his 10 colleagues were first organized by the Woreda's Small and Micro Enterprises Development Office last year to multiplying improved Avocado seed. He said the members had received their diploma in various disciplines from Poly Technique College. With the support and training received from the office, members had acquired the necessary skill and know how to efficiently multiply improved avocado seed, Mohammed added. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Why special attention should be given to manufacturing sector

Published on May 13, 2016
Since the launching of the first Growth and Transformation Plan, the government has given due emphasis to expanding the manufacturing sector. Besides creating large number of jobs, the manufacturing sector plays a key role in transforming the economy by creating linkage between the agriculture and industry sectors and ensuring value addition on agricultural products. Further, it also plays an indispensable role to substitute imports, attract foreign direct investment, improve foreign currency earnings and serve as a platform for technology and knowledge transfer. The expansion of industries requires rapid expansion in the supply of energy. Accordingly, the government — through mobilization of domestic resources as well as with the support of partners — have been striving to enhancing the energy supply. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Institute launches sorghum, millet productivity enhancement project

Published on May 13, 2016
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) launched yesterday the second dry-land cereals improvement project called Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement in Sorghum and Millets in Africa (HOPE Phase Two) aimed at improving productivity of sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet. According to a press release the Institute sent to the Ethiopian Herald, the project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, helps farmers cope with the effects of drought and reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition in six sub-Saharan Africa countries namely Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. The project would work towards promoting Sorghum and Millets which are the most inherently drought tolerant of all major staples giving the severity of intermittent drought in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa especially in eastern and southern Africa the past three years, it stated. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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African farmers to gain from $2 billion cold storage facilities

Published on May 13, 2016
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) in partnership with Indian-based agrochemical maker UPL Limited Wednesday launched a $2 billion cold storage project to address challenges of post-harvest losses for potato farmers in the continent. The public-private initiative dubbed ‘one million tons of cold storage’ was unveiled in Kigali during the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa. Poor storage of farm produce accounts for 40 per cent of food losses in Africa. Agra and UPL said they will set up the post-harvest storage facilities across sub-Saharan Africa within the next ten years for potatoes and other perishable produce including fruits and vegetables. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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