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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Enhancing productivity of small scale farming

Published on July 08, 2016
Agriculture is the main stay of Ethiopia's economy in which small scale farming plays a dominant role. It is a means of employment for almost 85 percent of the population, food supply for the domestic market and is also means of foreign currency earning. Hence, to bring transformation on the nation's economy, improving the quality of the small scale farming should be a priority agenda and so far various measures have been taken to improve the productivity of the sector. Recently, while paying a working visit to western Gojam in the vicinity of Bure town, the State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource Wondrayed Mandefro said that the small scale farming is the backbone of the economy in improving the productivity of the sector. As a result, the government continues its support for the sector. Currently, there are various inputs that have been employed on the sector and among others utilizing fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and selected seeds. With regard to the techniques of planting seeds in row, using irrigation and pre and post harvest work can be mentioned. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Private equity firm explains why it is backing an Ethiopian dairy processor

Published on July 05, 2016
Earlier this year, the American family-owned private equity firm acquired a 45% stake in Ethiopian dairy company MB, which trades under the brand name Family Milk. At the time the company processed just over 20,000 liters of fresh milk a day but this has since tripled. SGI is investing in the purchase of new machinery; Family Milk is also set to unveil a new product line by next year. “Only about 5% of Ethiopia’s milk is produced and sold commercially. So that means 95% of the milk is being consumed at a farmer level. If you go to a supermarket in Addis Ababa in the late afternoon you will find there is no pasteurised fresh milk, so you are forced to buy imported UHT milk at a cost of US$4 per litre,” says Abebe. “We have always been interested in doing a deal in the dairy industry. The problem for us was finding a company that could take the amount of capital we wanted to invest because there are only few players in the dairy industry and most of them are small.” Read more. Source | How We Made It In Africa
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Seminar highlights optimization in textile processing

Published on June 27, 2016
The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI ) said that lack of input supply, skilled manpower and quality manufacturing processes are the major hurdles that limit sector revenue generation potential. Opening a two-day technical seminar on Process Optimization in Textile Wet Processing Industry yesterday, Institute Director General Sileshi Lemma said that the annual revenue the country earns from the sector has reached over 120 million USD. The government is striving to make the textile sector vibrant and significant contributor to the national economy. “Our polices and strategies underline that the sector including cotton are top priority. The textile sector will play paramount importance in boosting the country's economy." Sileshi further said that Ethiopia is working to be the hub of light manufacturing industry by 2025 and efforts are underway to develop the sector by creating conducive environment for investors. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Address bottlenecks stifling flower industry

Published on June 21, 2016
The flower industry supports an estimated two million people through direct and indirect employment and last year earned the country some Sh56 billion in foreign exchange. Investment into the sector is estimated at more than Sh100 billion. The organiser of the expo, Dick Raamsdonk of HPP Netherlands, said Kenya is in a class of its own in the flower business and that the Nairobi version of the international flower shows is headed to becoming the biggest globally. Ethiopia naturally comes to mind when competition is mentioned in this industry considering the neighbouring country’s government has taken a deliberate policy to support its flower growers to develop its industry. While Addis Ababa is supporting its growers, our producers are lamenting lack of adequate state propping as seen in the multiple taxes paid to the national and county governments and delays in VAT refunds. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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New technologies can reduce post-harvest losses, end aflatoxin infestation

Published on June 21, 2016
From infestation to mold, inadequate storage facilities often lead to large grain losses in many countries, hampering efforts to improve national food security for the poorest families. Even efforts by national governments across Africa to store grain in large quantities have often yielded disappointing results. These are some of the challenges that more than 100 experts from 15 countries discussed at the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve conference held in Nairobi last week. The conference brought together governments, grain traders, researchers, international organisations and innovative storage technology companies whose primary concern is provision of safe storage solutions for national grain reserve agencies. Read more. Source | New Times  
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Experts to seek remedies for post-harvest losses at continental forum in Nairobi

Published on June 13, 2016
There is an urgent need to improve large-scale grain and produce storage in Africa to reduce food losses to protect consumers from the serious health consequences of high aflatoxin levels, experts have said. Philippe Villers, the president of GrainPro, a US-based green “not-only-for-profit” company, said proper drying of grains and seeds, as well as safe storage, handling and distribution of food commodities, without using chemicals or pesticides is the future in grain production and marketing. He was speaking ahead of the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve conference to be held in Nairobi from June 14-15. Read more. Source | New Times
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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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