African Industrialization Week aspires industries feeding CFTA market

 

The African Union, along with various partners, is scheduled to hold the African Industrialization Week (AIW) in Addis Ababa from November 18-22, 2019.

The AIW, which aims to supply the demand expected to be created by the largest trade area agreement in the world, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), has “Positioning African Industry to Supply the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Market” as its theme.

The statement that the African Union Commission’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sent to The Reporter regarding the event reads, “with the AfCFTA ushering in a market space of at least USD 3.4 trillion, and a consumer base of 1.27 billion, there is no doubt that moving the continent’s industrial production frontier, becomes critical, as enterprises tap into large scale opportunities on the back of free trade. The AIW 2019; through leveraging public-private dialogue platforms, seeks to: engender industry policy coherence in Africa; enhance effective engagement of key stakeholders by the AUC on industrialization and trade-related subjects in the context of the AfCFTA.”

This year’s event, the second to the inaugural AIW held in Niger last year, focuses on exploring tools; and business instruments that strengthen the industry’s capacity to compete and innovate. Hence, it is expected to be attended by more than 1,000 multi-stakeholder delegates drawn from the private sector, public sector, civil society, development partners, trade and industry think tanks within and outside Africa. The sectoral profile of the Business Start-Ups includes high tech companies, manufacturers, tourism, Medicare, automotive, textiles, fertilizers, and the financial sector.

“The event is expected to provide a public-private engagement dialogue platform that seeks to enhance the interface between the industrial policymakers; AU Member States; Private Sector representatives; Regional Economic Communities; AU Commission; Africa Korea Foundation; Academia; Civic society; Research Institutes and Think Tanks; and financial institutions such as Afreximbank and Africa Development Bank,” the statement adds, indicating that “it will also promote the implementation of AU continental frameworks such as; the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA); the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), the SME Strategy; the Boosting Intra-African Trade strategy (BIAT); and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).”

The agreement for the establishment of the AfCFTA entered into force on May 30, 2019, with the ratification of the same by 24 nations. The operational phase of the AfCFTA was subsequently launched during the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Niamey, Niger on 7 July 2019. The AfCFTA will be governed by five operational instruments, i.e. the Rules of Origin; the online negotiating forum; the monitoring and elimination of non-tariff barriers; a digital payments system and the African Trade Observatory.

November 09/2019

Source: - Reporter

 IFC injects EUR 20 million in Soufflet Ethiopia

 

Malt maker to fully source barely from local farmers

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has financially backed Soufflet Malt Ethiopia – a subsidiary of the French-based Group Soufflet – with EUR 20 million to help expand the company’s malt production and for its role involving some 40,000 smallholder farmers in the value chain.

The investment involves both IFC and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to which IFC serves as the private sector window investing EUR 10 million each, to enhance the production capacity of Soufflet Malt.

Accordingly, the production target is expected to result in 110,000 metric tons of malt per year. In fact, last year, it was announced that the initial capacity was set at 60,000 tons per year. The major international player in the global malt market has agreed to join Ethiopia's malt industry.

It can be recalled that last year, investing for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa, Soufflet had signed a land-lease agreement with Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) together with the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) and the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).

For the initial project, Soufflet was expected to invest USD 50 million and install the malting plant at the Bole Lemi-II Industrial Park, which was to be finalized and commissioned this year. However, it was a challenging task for the company to commence its project when the land was not yet provided by the government. What would make it more challenging, according to Soufflet, was the requirement to work with 40,000 smallholder farmers. Nevertheless, the company sees opportunity in Ethiopia produces some two million tons of barely per year.

Currently, 70 percent of malt is imported annually, leaving the beer industry short of supply. The malt maker will source its barely entirely from local farmers and 80 percent of the barley producers will be smallholder farmers.

It is to be recalled that Christophe Passepande, CEO of Soufflet Ethiopia said that “Ethiopia is the largest producer of barley in Africa. Two million tons of barley is produced.”

Soufflet was expected to launch its first production this year and supply the starving beer factories. However, it was only in March that the company was able to lay the foundation to begin the groundwork.

Currently, Assela and Gondar, the only malt factories in the country, have started to source from local farmers. Aiming to expand barley and malt production in Ethiopia, ATA had designed a business plan to encourage malting companies around the world to come to Ethiopia; and Soufflet was convinced to come and invest.

Assela Malting Factory alone buys from 20,000 farmers and the likes of Diageo and Heineken source barley from local markets via farmers’ cooperatives. The coming of Soufflet will help Ethiopia no longer depend on imported raw barley.

Gruope Soufflet is part of a family-owned group mostly engaged in barley, rice wheat, and pulse business. It operates some 27 plants in Europe, Asia, and South America and Ethiopia will be joining 22 countries.

Back in 2017, the Belgian Boortmalt acquired a 15 hectares plot of land to install a USD 60 million malting plant in Debre Berhan Industrial Park, Amhara Regional State, which is in the making.

November 02/2019

Source: - Reporter

   IPDC wins FEMOZA award

INDUSTRIAL PARKS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (IPDC) has won the prestigious FEMOZA award by FEMOZA - The World Free & Special Economic Zones Federation.

The Board of FEMOZA in a recent message sent to IPDC confirmed the selection of the IPDC for the FEMOZA Award during the FEMOZA Awards ceremony scheduled on November 14, 2019.

The award will be handed over in the SU-Meet in Monaco, a sovereign city-state on the French Riviera in Western Europe during November 13-15, 2019.

“On behalf of the Board of FEMOZA, we have the honor and pleasure of confirming that IPDC has been selected to receive a FEMOZA Award during the FEMOZA Awards ceremony scheduled on November 14, 2019,” the statement issued from FEMOZA read.

The Board of the Geneva-based non-profit non-governmental organization working to further free zones around the world to them develop, especially, in emerging nations and countries in transition, earlier nominated IPDC for the award.

FEMOZA’s functions involve offering experience, issuing norms, rules and processes, training professionals and assisting with technical, legal and economic support for free zones around the world, helping them set up, develop and grow.

It ensures free zones such as export processing zones (EPZ), Industrial Parks, services, tourism, logistics, freeport, bonded warehouse through sharing experiences as well as information and technology.

Studying the changes in international law which may affect or restrict free zone facilities and operational advantages, FEMOZA held protect free zones so that they keep revitalizing the economy.

The organization has selected IPDC for the award as Ethiopia Industrial park development corporation is a winning combination with its competitors in Eco-friendly Industrial park, business-friendly environment and cost structure that can give the investors best returns for its industrious, selecting strategic location, regional connectivity, and worldwide access, IPDC is committed to boosting industrial parks through the highest standards of professionalism; to drive industrialization, promote exports, and create employment opportunities so as to contribute to the country’s overall development goal of the middle-income status. In realizing the mission and vision IPDC adheres to the highest level of integrity, professionalism, the natural and physical environment and the use of efficient and effective resources and client/customer satisfaction. IPDC is rapidly growing, it developed 12 industrial parks in which 7 of them are operational and generated more than 252 Million USD exports, more than 55,000 direct jobs. It’s able to contribute to the macro-economic value of Ethiopia within 5 years of establishment. IPDC follows the principle of eco-friendly development such as a zero liquid discharge system.

Source:- IPDC

 Ethiopia Attaches Great Attention to Create Conducive Investment Climate

Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen met with members of Africa’s committee of the French private sector confederation in Paris; France. During the discussion, Demeke provided a briefing to the participants on the reform programs introduced by Ethiopia to encourage investment in the country.

The government has attached great attention towards creating conducive investment climate for foreign investors, he said. The effective implementation of the reform programs would contribute for the growth of the economic ties between Ethiopia and France, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Members of Africa’s Committee of the Confederation commended the homegrown economic reform agenda launched by the Government of Ethiopia.

They also pledged to increase their investment in the Horn of African country.

Oct 21, 2019

Source: - FBC

 China-Ethiopia Industrial Exhibition Kicks Off in Addis

China-Ethiopia Industrial Exhibition Kicks Off in Addis. Industrial Exhibition which promotes trade and investment between China and Ethiopia kicked off at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center today.

The four-day expo is aimed at enhancing cooperation and building the capacity of Ethiopian industrialists by creating a platform through which Chinese entrepreneurs and their counterparts could exchange business ideas.

Industry, energy and agro-processing machinery as well as automobiles are among the displays at the exhibition.

Some 46 enterprises from 15 Chinese provinces are taking part in the second industrial exposition.

On the sidelines of the exposition, China-Africa energy cooperation forum will be held, it was learned.

The exhibition is hosted by China Council for Promotion of International Trade, China-Africa Development Fund, Ethiopian Investment Commission, and Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Associations.

October 22 /2019

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 Ethiopia to Build Integrated Agricultural Processing Industrial Parks in Four States

Ethiopia is to build Integrated Agricultural Processing-Industrial Parks in four states at a cost of $84.22 million.

The project fund was originally pledged during an event organized by Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry on October 8, 2019 in Bishoftu’s Pyramid Resort. The event was organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry after African Development Bank pledge for project funding.

Minister of Trade and Industry, Fetlework G/Egziabher, the state minster, higher level regional officials and project managers were present during the pledging ceremony.

The sponsorship for the project for agricultural processing comes from the African Development Bank, the Korea Exim Bank, the European Union, the United Nations industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Big Wynn.

In an opening remark, Fetlework G/Egziabher said in accordance with the second phase of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII) the ministry will be more focused on the manufacturing sector.

‘It is very essential that the government give more emphasis to boost the manufacturing sector,’ the Trade and Industry Minister said. ‘Bringing significant growth in the manufacturing industry can play a leading role in job creation, technology transfer, structural shift in Ethiopian export, and address trade imbalance.’

‘The government strategy mainly focuses on the implementation of project programs which gear towards attracting quality investment, enhancing production and productivity, boosting export shares, accelerating technological learning and strengthen the linkage among industry,’ she added.

Fetelework G/Egziabher said the government is working to update the sector and that encouraging results have been recorded throughout the process.

The constructions of integrated agro-industrial parks pilot project in four regional States are the blue prints for the progress made by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

‘The development of these parks has a positive role in boosting agricultural productivity, and the government will build rural transition centers around the park,’ said Fetlework G/Egziabher. ‘We will work on increasing productive capacity, building on an already-strong infrastructure project pipeline (particularly in hydropower, road and rail), and reforming the business environment that drive growth for the Country in the past few years.’

According to report, the money from the African Development Bank will be used for the construction of integrated agro-industrial parks in four regional states in the Country.

October 8, 2019

Source:-Ezega.com

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