| Ethiopia Launches 15-Year Cotton Development Strategy
October 14, 2017 - As part of its effort to augment its textile sector, Ethiopia’s government has launched a 15 years National Cotton Development Strategy aimed at positioning Ethiopia as the top cotton producer in Africa. The implementation of the strategy would enable Ethiopia to become top cotton producer in Africa from the current 10th place.
The strategy was launched with the view of tackling the challenges faced following ever growing demand for cotton in the country. The strategy is designed to increase the size of land cultivated with cotton to 250,000 hectares and one million hectares after five years and in 2032 respectively
| Ethiopia Launches Horticulture Development Strategy
October 5, 2017 - The government of Ethiopia has launched National Horticulture Development and Transaction Strategy, which aims at creating conducive environment for modernized horticulture development, reports Ethiopian News Agency. The strategy will play a significant role in improving productivity and quality of horticultural products, said Tesfaye Mengistu, State Minister of Ethiopian Agriculture and Natural Resource.
Improving quality and productivity, as well as modernizing the sector are the priority areas expected to attain through the strategy. The strategy, to be implemented over the next ten years, will allow providing exte
| Ethiopia, World Bank Sign $1.3B Loan, Grant Agreement
September 30, 2017 - The World Bank on Friday signed a $1.3 billion loan and grant agreement with Ethiopia’s government to improve governance and fund an anti-poverty package that provides financial relief for Ethiopians facing food shortages. The WB said a loan of $700 million would be used to "improve equitable access to basic services and strengthen accountability in Ethiopia" in education, health, agriculture and other sectors.
The remaining $600 million was a grant to finance Ethiopia’s "Rural Productive Safety Net" scheme, which is handing out cash or food to 8 million people in exchange
| Ethiopian Economy Resilient Despite Weak Global Prices - IMF
September 28, 2017 - Ethiopia's economy has shown a strong resilience in 2016/17 despite weak global prices for its export items and re-emergence of drought, reports ENA.
Ethiopia’s Real Gross Domestic product is estimated to have expanded by 9 percent in 2016/17, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The remark was made by IMF staff team following the visit to Ethiopia from 13 to 26 September 2017 to conduct the '2017 Article IV consultation' discussions with Ethiopia. &
| Ethiopian Sugar Factories to Start Operation – Officials
September 9, 2017 - Sugar factories across Ethiopia will become operational this budget year and fully meet the domestic demand, Ethiopian Government stated. Ethiopia’s Public Enterprises Minister, Dr. Girma Amente said there are encouraging improvements in the production of sugar, though the projects are late by two years in meeting the plan to export sugar.
“Of course we are late, but we are leaping forward,” the Ethiopian official stressed. According to the Minister, the recent export of sugar to Kenya was mainly meant to assess the market for future venture.
Yet, Dr. Girma said, meeting the
| Ethiopia’s Reppie Waste Energy Facility To Be Commissioned in December 2017
September 1, 2017 - The 50-megawatt (MW) Reppie Waste to Energy facility, which Ethiopia claims to be the first of its kind in Africa, will be commissioned in December, according to Ethiopian government officials. “The facility in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is 94.3-percent complete as of July,” said Bizuneh Tolcha, minster at Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE).
The project is being built on Ethiopia's largest landfill commonly called "Koshe" (meaning dirty in Ethiopia's official working language Amharic), lying on 5.3 hectares of land. The landfill in recent ye
| Ethiopia Announces Plan to Build 51M USD Ethanol Plant
August 29, 2017 - An ethanol plant is to be built at Wonji Shoa sugar factory at a cost of 51 million US dollars, Fana broadcasting corporate reported. The construction of the first phase of the plant will be commenced in early upcoming Ethiopian New Year, which starts next month, and the second phase after next year.
Once completed, the new Ethiopia’s ethanol plant will produce 60,000 liters of ethanol per day using molasses, a by-product of sugar, from Wonji Shoa sugar factory, the report noted. Fincha and Metehara are the two sugar factories in Ethiopia that are currently producing ethanol from molasses.
| Ethiopia Registers Progress in Foreign Remittance Inflow
August 26, 2017 - A study funded by the European Union and supported by Caribbean and Pacific Group of States revealed that Ethiopia has made fast progress in remittance flow in recent years. Presenting the study in Ethiopia, DMA Chief Executive Officer Leon Isaacs said the growth over the years represents more than 5.3 percent of the Ethiopia's GDP.
He said subsequent directives such as zero charge tariff on transfer services issued by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NEB) to improve remittance flow has supported Ethiopia to increase remittance flow.
Despite the success, 78 percent of the t
| Ethiopia to Revive Tourism Sector Following Lift of State of Emergency
August 23, 2017 - Ethiopia, which was under emergency rule for the most part of last year, is working to compensate for last year’s tourism sector performance by increasing tourist inflow, Ethiopian News Agency reports. Ethiopia’s plans aims at boosting the sector’s performance so as to fill the gap in terms of revenue.
The plan for the current Ethiopian fiscal year, being developed with the participation of stakeholders, has been drafted with this consideration, said Gezahegn Abate, PR Director at the Ministry.
Last year, the country has earned over 3.3 billion USD revenue, 88 percent of the plan, despite the interl
| Ethiopia Obtains 3.4 Billion USD in Grants, Loans
August 19, 2017 - During the 2016/17 Ethiopian Fiscal, Ethiopia has obtained 3.4 billion U.S. dollars in grants and loans from multilateral and bilateral partners, Xinhua reports. According to Haji Ibsa, Communications Director at Ethiopia Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation said the financial assistance will be used to execute new or ongoing projects. The foreign loans and grants covered 18 percent of the 12.7 billion U.S. dollars Ethiopia’s budget for the 2016/17 fiscal year.
In recent years Ethiopia has been able to mobilize greater amount of tax and non-tax revenue, allowing it to cover more than 80 percent of its
| Newly Discovered Gemstones Generate Millions of Dollars for Ethiopia
August 9, 2017 - Newly discovered precious gemstones in Ethiopia, sapphire and emerald, generated over 7.8 million dollars, reports Addis Fortune. The two gemstones were discovered in Oromia and Tigray regional states, according to the report.
Geological surveys proved that Ethiopia has abundant mineral resources. As a result, the mining sector remains one of the priority sector in GTP II, with main strategic directions of attracting sizable foreign direct investment (FDI) for exploration and extraction of minerals, increase (tenfold) foreign exchange earnings of the sector and focus on production of mineral inputs for the manufact
| Chinese Investors Created 28,000 Jobs in Ethiopia
July 22, 2017 - The number of jobs created by Chinese investors in Ethiopia has reached more than 28,000, according to Xinhau. According to the report, a total of 28,391 jobs were created by 279 Chinese companies in Ethiopia during the period of January 2012 to January 2017, of which 20,072 were permanent while the remaining 8,319 were temporary jobs. “Out of these jobs, over 19,000 were created in Ethiopia’s manufacturing sector as Ethiopia is leading its African peers by attracting companies from China both in numbers and financial capital, with a total number of 276 projects both under implementation and operation phase during the stated p
| Ethiopian Food Inflation Slows, Headline Inflation Ascends
July 6, 2017 - The Ethiopian Central Statistics Agency (CSA) reported that food inflation slowed to 11.2 percent in June from 12.3 percent in the previous month, reports Reuters. The authority has attributed the slowdown to the decline the prices of vegetables, pulses, potatoes and other tubers. Nevertheless, the price of fruit has increased in June when compared to May.
According to the report by CSA, food inflation slowed to 11.2 percent in June from 12.3 percent. Non-food inflation, on the other hand, has increase from 4.7 percent in May to 6.7 percent in June. This was attributed to the rise in the prices of clothing and footwear as
| Ethiopia to Allow Private Railway Companies - Report
June 28, 2017 - Draft law which aims at allowing private investors to engage in railway transportation service has been prepared, according to the Reporter. If passed by the law maker, the draft bill, dubbed Railway Transportation Administration, allows investors to use the national railway infrastructure. In other words, private companies are now allowed to give services on the already built railway infrastructures. This is in the midst of Ethiopia Railway Corporation’s (ERC) debt mounting at a staggering level, which reached 120 billion Birr.
The draft proclamation was presented to the lower house, House of Peopl
| Chinese-led Project to Turn Ethiopia’s Biggest Dump into Economic Driver
June 19, 2017 - A Chinese-led waste-to-energy project will start generating power in September in Ethiopia's biggest garbage dump, which will help fuel the country's rapidly growing economy.
The Reppi Waste-to-Energy project in Kolfe Keranio, a sub-city of the capital Addis Ababa, is slated to be opened in September, China's People's Daily newspaper reported on Monday.
The project is a significant part of the cooperation between China and Ethiopia, as the country is seeking to develop its green energy capacity, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power told the People's Daily.
| Companies to Launch $850 Million Hydroelectric Power Project
February 6, 2017 - President Mulatu Teshome said his government would provide all the necessary support for investors that engage in power generation, according to FBC.
The President made the pledge upon holding discussion with a delegation from Globeleq and Contingent companies at the National Palace today.
He assured members of the delegation that Ethiopia would support all investors, including the Globeleq and Contingent British companies, which engage in power generation in the country.
A member of the delegation and Cambridge Industries Limited Corporate Affairs and General Counselor,
| Ethiopia to Spend Over 5 Billion Birr on Road Projects
January 26, 2017 - Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has signed over five billion birr road construction and upgrading agreements with local and international contractors today, according to ENA.
Director-General of Ethiopian Roads Authority, Araya Girmay, signed the agreements with Ethiopian, Chinese and Russian contractors.
During the occasion, the director-general said that the 357kms roads to be constructed and upgraded are in Oromia, Somali, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, and Benishangul-Gumuz regional states.
The projects will connect rural areas with regional cities and towns, it was indica
| Chinese Governor Held Talks with Ethiopian Officials
January 24, 2017 - A delegation led by the governor of Guangdong Province Zhu Xiao Dan has met with top government officials, according to Capital.
The companies who accompanied the governor have agreed to invest in the Huajian Group Industry Park that came from Guangdong, which is the leading GDP contributor for China.
Currently the construction of the industrial park is being undertaken by the Chinese contractor CCCC and will accommodate up to 50,000 employees.
The light manufacturing industrial park now has 11 enterprises, that signed deals on Thursday September 1 at a conference held at the H
| Ethiopia Considering Partial Privatization for Shipping Enterprise - PM
January 17, 2017 - During his latest press conference Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn confirmed that his government is in the process of selling shares of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE), which is the only state run company that owns commercial boats in Africa, to an undisclosed company, according to Capital.
The PM explained that the costs of inland transportation out way the costs of transportation by sea because of logistical issues and the cost of moving freight in Ethiopia. He pointed out that, “the newly inaugurated
| Cars Too Expensive in Ethiopia
January 16, 2017 - Owning a car for many Ethiopians - even those with ready cash to spend in one of the world's fastest-growing economies - remains a pipe dream.
"I have been saving for nearly four years now, and I still can't afford to buy even the cheapest vehicle here," a frustrated Girma Desalegn tells me.
He has been shopping around for a whole week in capital, Addis Ababa, and has still not found an affordable car.
He is looking to buy a second-hand car imported from the Gulf states or Europe - but even they are prohibitively expensive because the government classifies cars as luxury goods