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Manufacturing in Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia: Chamber Research Blasts Government Procurement

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/01/13 A week next of the 11th Public Private Consultation Forum (PPCF) focusing on challenges of the manufacturing sector was held, the fifth round of PPCF between the businesses and the Public Procurement Government Agency (PPAA) addressed the hurdles faced by the four sectors in government procurement process. At the same time, the research was criticised by the Agency's officials as a one-sided research only, by covering the problems on the government side all the while ignoring the business community.
  • Ethiopia: Is the Third Industrial Revolution Closer?

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/01/09 Technology innovators and CEOs seem positively giddy nowadays about what the next will bring. New manufacturing technologies have generated feverish excitement about what some see as a Third Industrial Revolution. In the years ahead, technological improvements in robotics and automation will boost productivity and efficiency, implying significant economic gains for companies. But, unless the proper policies to nurture job increase are put in place, it remains uncertain whether request for labor will continue to grow as technology marches forward. Recent technological advances have three biases: They tend to be capital-intensive (thus favoring those who by presently have financial resources); skill-intensive (thus favoring those who by presently have a high level of technical proficiency); and labor-saving (thus reducing the total number of unskilled and semi-skilled jobs in the economy). The risk is that robotics and automation will displace workers in blue-collar manufacturing jobs before the dust of the Third Industrial Revolution settles.
  • Africa’s potential has been defined by its abundant natural resources.

    ETHIOPIA, 2014/03/02 A factory whirring with dozens of technicians producing high-quality sportswear is an atypical image of Africa. For a long time, Africa’s potential has been defined by its abundant natural resources. From presently on this story may be changing as a handful of African economies try to follow the path paved by the Asian ‘Tigers’ before them – to become world manufacturing centers. African nations lack the industrial capability that their Asian counterparts have refined over the last 50 years, but high and rising costs in current manufacturing zones have created an opportunity for them to make up for this lack of experience with cost savings.