Coffee Trade Up at ECX

The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange traded 25,577tn of coffee, 7,480tn of sesame seeds and 2,165tn of haricot beans for a total value of 2.2 billion Br in October. Coffee takes the greatest share of the trade volume at 72.6pc and 83.9pc of the total traded value. Compared to last month, coffee transaction volumes increased by 74pc. From the total production, 66pc of the coffee was exported. ECX also traded 9,394tn of coffee for domestic consumption, amounting to 402.7 million Br. The exchange traded 7,480tn of sesame traded for 318.8 million Br, showing increases of 244pc in transaction value and 263pc in volume from the previous month. Currently, ECX has 347 members and trades nine commodities including the latest entrants, soya beans and chickpeas.


Geda Special Economic Zone Receives Prospective Tenants

East African Holding and Ethio-Chicken have been shortlisted to invest in the Geda Special Economic Zone(GSEZ), located in the tri-state area shared by Mojo, Adama, and Shashemene cities within the Oromia Regional State. The two companies were selected from 120 investors who showed interest in acquiring space in one of the largest SEZs in Africa. Close to 404hct of land has already been developed in the expansive economic zone, out of a potential 24,000 hectares, with lease prices set between...


Standard Institute Revamps Fees, Board Restructuring

The Ethiopian Standards Institute (ESI) is set to introduce fees for standards sticker, establish a new governing board, and address collaboration with other regulatory bodies. The Institute plans to strengthen its financial standing by charging fees for standards and product certification services to support its operations and annual budget. A key change involves replacing the current Council of Standards with an 11-member Board of Directors. The Minister of Trade & Regional Integration...


Safaricom Ethiopia Rolls Out its Network to Tigray

With 125 self-built towers, Safaricom Ethiopia has launched its operations in the Tigray Regional State. Executives disclosed plans to invest in an additional 166 towers and expand their reach to the remaining towns. "This is the most exciting milestone in Tigray since the return of social services," said Getachew Reda, president of the Interim Regional State Administration. In July 2021, the consortium-backed telecom giant entered Ethiopia's market, historically dominated by state-owned E...