Ethiopia to host its first International Conference on Sustainable Industrial Areas SIAEthiopia to host its first International Conference on Sustainable Industrial Areas (SIA) from 8th -10th April 2019, in Addis Ababa.

The three-day conference to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel is organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with the Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC), Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Formerly held in India, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Morocco and Egypt, the conference is expected to attract more than 300 participants from Africa, Europe and across the world. With the growing interest to shift towards sustainable industrialization, the 8th SIA conference will focus on three thematic areas: Industrial Transformation, Employment Creation and Environmental Innovation.

While industrial areas are a motor of industrialization and technology development worldwide, they are also often criticized as areas of extended resource consumption and environmental pollution. The concept of “Sustainable Industrial Areas (SIA)” answers to this criticism in promoting sustainable industrial development by balancing environmental, economic and social aspects.

This year’s SIA Conference will showcase worldwide country experiences on transformation, Industrial Park and Cluster Development/Management. Experts will discuss how to best attract investors to Africa and boost employment and talk about country approaches to make industrialization in Africa sustainable.

Ethiopia and other African countries are strongly committed to industrial transformation, innovation, employment creation and environmental protection. As SIAs and economic clusters can offer an appropriate framework to achieve an industrial growth that does not only focus on economic prosperity but also takes environmental and social issues into consideration, the conference will give important impulses for decision makers from governments and industries how to design the future industrial setup in their countries.

SIA Conferences – initiated and coordinated by the SIA Working Group of GIZ - have been carried out since almost 10 years. International SIA Conferences have already taken place in India, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Morocco and Egypt. Being a valuable platform to discuss recent trends, best practices and future developments of SIA, they bring representatives from companies, industrial parks, industry associations, industrial development agencies, financial institutions, government institutions and international donor agencies as well as consultants and experts together. In between the yearly event of conferences, the SIA Working Group acts as exchange platform for all GIZ projects working in industrial areas offering practical tools, information, guidance and know-how (such as the SIA Toolbox, SIA Guidelines and the International Framework for Eco-Industrial Park from GIZ, World Bank Group and UNIDO).

GIZ Special Initiative “Training and Job Creation” (encompassing projects in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Ethiopia) contributes to the latter target achievement: Improvement of the business environment for selected geographical areas and economic sectors (Clusters) and promotion of sustainable investments that lead to more employment. Derived thereof, the special initiative aims reads as follows: Businesses in selected sectors record job-creating growth. The project is broken down into three fields of activity:

1) Expanding capacities of Ethiopian small and medium sized businesses;

2) Improving conditions for sustainable and job-creating production increase in industrial parks; 3) Improving conditions for cooperation between Ethiopian and international companies. Therefore, the target group encompasses not only local and international small and medium sized businesses and investors, but also the job-seeking population and employees in industrial parks.

Side events

To offer the participants an attractive side program several other events complete the conference program:

WES AFRICA, an Int. Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies focusing on water, wastewater and waste management will take place next to the SIA Conference offering a platform to meet and consolidate business contacts.

A Fashion Show, presenting recent trends in African textile design and Haute Couture, will attract many at the evening of Day 1 of the conference.

A Training along the lines of the EIP Handbook jointly developed by GIZ, UNIDO, and WBG will be offered on Day 3 after the regular end of conference for those who want to dig deeper into the subject. Site visits to two Ethiopian Industrial Parks are open to participants on Day 4 after the conference giving insight to industrial parks development in Ethiopia.

How to register? The online registration is open! We are happy to assist you for visa procedures and discounted hotel rates. To register online, please visit our website:

Source: Public Relations Directorate



UAE Companies Exploring Investment Opportunities in EthiopiaThe Ethio-UAE Business Forum opened in Addis Ababa today in the attendance of representatives of more than 60 business and government delegations, who seek to invest in various investment areas in Ethiopia. In his opening remarks, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Akililu Hailemichael noted the two countries’ long-standing and historical diplomatic relations, which he said, serves as bedrock to build effective trade and business links between the UAE and Ethiopia.

The State Minister said that he is pleased to observe UAE-Ethiopia business representatives today taking this opportunity to exchange ideas, views to do more in order to translate the excellent relations between the two countries into a viable economic cooperation. “Ethiopia, with its lucrative environment for investment, is opening its door for sustainable economic cooperation,” added Dr. Akililu. Undersecretary of Foreign Trade at the UAE Ministry of Economy, Mr. Abdullah Al Saleh, on his part, commended the sound economic policy and conducive investment climate in Ethiopia.

“This UAE- Ethiopia Business forum presents us with invaluable platforms to explore investment opportunities in Ethiopia”, he said adding, “this business forum offers UAE companies best knowledge and insights to enhance trade, business and investment ties between Ethiopia, UAE business communities.

On the occasion, State Minister of Trade and Industry and former Ethiopian Ambassador to the Emirates, Ambassador Misganu Arega stated that “this joint business forum is instrumental to strengthen the all-rounded bilateral ties between UAE and Ethiopia.” Ambassador Misganu said Ethiopia with its strategic geographical location is a gateway to regional markets, which he says, will serve huge trade, investment potential for prospective UAE companies to establish new and sustainable business partnership in the region.


Ethiopia Drafts New Policy to Address Challenges in Mining SectorThe Council of Minerals Affairs of Ethiopia is drafting a 20-year new policy that would help address the challenges in the mining and petroleum sectors.

The Council today held consultation with stakeholders to enrich the drafted policy. Participants on the occasion blamed previous regulations for focusing only on major minerals.

During the discussion, it was indicated that the contribution of the mining sector to the country’s economy is negligible because of lack of awareness and value addition as well as low mining investment. Thus, the new policy aims to boost revenue, generate more jobs, and encourage investors by addressing the challenges in the sector, it was stated. 

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Intl Horticulture Trade Fair Opens in Addis AbabaAn international horticulture and floriculture trade fair has been opened in Addis Ababa at the Millennium Hall under the theme “The Future is Horticulture!”

In her opening remark, President Sahle-Work Zewde said horticulture in Ethiopia is just 15 years and yet is the main employer and export earner. The President further stated that Ethiopia has immense potential in the horticulture industry and the industry has created ample jobs to citizens especially to women.

The President also called for more efforts to replicate the floriculture’s success in other horticulture sectors. The trade fair remained open for three consecutive days from March 13 to 15, 2019.

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Ethiopian Kenyan Leaders visit Hawassa Industrial ParkEthiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Ethiopia's flagship Hawassa Industrial Park. The trip to the Chinese-built industrial park, 275 km south of the capital Addis Ababa, came as part of Kenyatta's state visit to Ethiopia. The two leaders visited some of the 22 textile and apparel manufacturers operating in HIP which is a flagship industrial park.

The industry park, currently employing more than 25,000 locals, is considered as Ethiopia's flagship industry zone featuring sector specialization, export-orientation, vertical integration, sustainability and skills development.

The Ethiopian government considers the industrial park as a model for the construction of other industrial zones across the country. Inaugurated in July 2016, Hawassa Industrial Park has hosted many African leaders during their visit to Ethiopia. Recently visitors included Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

According to the Ethiopian government, African leaders' visit to the Hawassa industrial park and other infrastructure sites across the country is mainly aimed at sharing Ethiopia's positive experience. Built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the Hawassa industrial park was completed in only nine months.

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