Agriculture Ministry Inks Djibouti Port Deal for Livestock Exports

Jul 17 , 2022

Oumer Hussein, minister of Agriculture, last week signed a memorandum of understanding with his counterpart in Djibouti to use the latter's Doraleh Port as a terminal for the Ethiopian livestock export industry. The Ministry is responsible for issuing export permits, which abattoirs are required to renew every year. Though there are 12 registered export abattoirs in the country, only nine are actively involved in export. Over the last decade, annual export revenues from meat have rarely surpassed the 100 million dollar mark. Last year, 16,625tn of meat were exported from Ethiopia, earning it 75.3 million dollars. An all-time high volume of meat, 20,547tn, was exported in 2018, generating 103.3 million dollars. Sheep and goat meat account for the largest share. The biggest buyers are the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, which account for nearly 90pc.


Mobile Apps Streamline Container Handling

A Chinese private logistics company availed its multilingual mobile applications designed to streamline container handling processes for local businesses. Dubbed, the apps are available in Amharic, Oromo, Somali, and Tigrigna, with a competitive monthly fee. Company managements aim to tackle inefficiencies by scanning truck license plates, container IDs, and other details, reducing manual data entry and the potential for errors. Users can also record gate movements with times...


Private Investment Takes Flight in Aviation Industry

Local private operators received the green light last week to expand their services beyond charter flights, offering regular passenger and cargo options. This move by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority is expected to boost the air transport sector, attracting private companies to invest in air travel services. The Authority is partnering with private investors to improve air transport infrastructure by building over 21 new airstrips and helipads in previously underserved areas. Officials...


Safaricom Ramps Up Network Expansion with Locally Made Poles

Safaricom Ethiopia has initiated a three-month procurement process to acquire a total of 68 poles from Woda Metal, the first telecom pole manufacturer in the country. The initial batch of 13 poles was delivered last week, marking a milestone as the first use of domestically produced poles in Ethiopia's telecom sector. Wim Vanhellputte, CEO of Safaricom Ethiopia, praised the high quality and affordability of Woda Metal's poles, which will be crucial for their network expansion goals. The co...