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Animated-Flag-Ethiopia.gifThe 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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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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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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