UK Germany fund to protect Ethiopian textile industry jobsA new fund set up by the United Kingdom and Germany in collaboration with Ethiopia could save thousands of jobs in the east African country’s textile and garment industry while helping support its economic recovery from COVID-19. With $6.5 million invested at its recent launch, the partnership aims at helping safeguard an important industry.

Textile factories in the country’s industrial parks can apply for wage subsidies and incentives to reward businesses that are able to adapt in response to the pandemic.

The partnership may further expand its reach through additional support in the coming months, according to a UK media report.

Ethiopia’s textile and garment industry is a leading provider of jobs in the country’s manufacturing sector. However, the collapse of demand both in the country and globally is expected to hit the sector hard. Ethiopia’s Jobs Creation Commission estimates that between 1.4 and 2.5 million jobs could vanish over the next three months.




Durabilis confirms Huge Export Potential for Ethiopian ProduceDurabilis, an international impact investment company and the owner of fresh produce importer FairFruit in Belgium, has announced the successful arrival of trial Hass avocado exports from Ethiopia; a game-changing milestone that demonstrates the huge potential for Ethiopian produce.

Thanks to the new Ethiopia-Djibouti-Europe cool logistics corridor via train-sea-truck, the landmark consignment presents buyers across the UK and Europe with a new window of availability for competitively-priced Hass avocados from mid-September to mid-October.

Importantly, it paves the way for a whole new range of produce exports from Ethiopia, FreshtalksDaily reports.

The first shipment arrived in the UK on 20 September 2020, followed by the second on 5 October 2020. The vast majority of the GlobalGAP-certified fruit has been sold to two leading importers who mainly serve UK retailers.

Trial volumes have been offered to customers in Belgium and the Netherlands also. Separately, two trial airfreight shipments have been received positively in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, FBC reported citing Fresh Plaza.

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Pharma webinarAd UNIDO 1The Ethiopian Investment Commission, in partnership with UNIDO-Investment and Trade Promotion Office(ITPO)- South Korea Office, has organized a virtual event that aims at promoting the Country’s business opportunities to selected south Korean Pharmaceutical companies. The event will bring together government regulatory and procurement agencies, business leaders, professionals, policymakers, and health practitioners. The event will take place from November 2-6,2020.  To join the webinar, please click on the Zoom meeting link 10 minutes earlier at 8:50 am (GMT +3): No passwords are required and there will be no waiting room. 

Companies who would like to participate in the subsequent B2B or B2G meetings from the 3rd-6th November 2020 are kindly requested to complete the below application form:


US based PepsiCo eyes Ethiopia investmentPepsiCo Inc., an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, has expressed its interest to invest in Ethiopia.

Ambassador of Ethiopia to South Africa, Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, held a discussion with the senior management staff of the African branch of the NewYork headquartered corporation.

PepsiCo considers Ethiopia as a strategic nation for its investment and products, they said, further expressing interest to invest in edible oil as well as food and juice processing plant.

Ambassador Dr. Shiferaw for his part said Ethiopia attaches due attention to the agro-processing industry, adding the Government of Ethiopia would give full support for the planned projects of PepsiCo.

The ambassador extended an invitation to heads of the companies to visit Ethiopia to assess the conducive investment climate, meet with government officials and the private sector.

Heads of the corporation accepted the invitation and pledged to visit Ethiopia and meet with stakeholders soon, Africa Business Networking reported citing FBC.

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Ethiopia generates over 46mln export revenue from industrial parksIndustrial parks in Ethiopia have exported worth over 46 million USD products during the first quarter of the current Ethiopian fiscal year, Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) said.   

EIC Commissioner, Lelise Neme told the media recently that despite the challenges of Covid-19 the East African country earned about 46.1 million U.S. dollars in exports from both the public and private industrial parks that are operational across the country.

Ethiopia is exporting mainly apparel, textile, shoes, leather, and leather products from its industrial parks.

The stated amount of export earning has accounted for 71 percent of the target in the stated period, according to the Commissioner.  

“For us, the revenue generated during the quarter was not bad as we have been confronting the challenges posed by COVID-19 which is currently affecting the sector even at the international level’’, she said.

Ethiopia was also able to ease the impact of COVID-19 on the investment sector by facilitating ways for the companies to engage in other types of products vital to prevent COVID-19, she said.

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