Ethiopia Secures $305m for Rural Funding

Jan 11 , 2020

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Ethiopia signed a 305.7-million-dollar agreement for the Rural Financial Intermediation Programme III. The agreement was signed in Rome on January 8, 2020. Gilbert F. Houngbo, president of IFAD, and Zenebu Tadesse, ambassador and permanent representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Agencies, signed the agreement. The programme is aimed at scaling up the delivery of rural financial services tailored to the needs of the most vulnerable smallholder farmers, particularly women and young people. IFAD has invested 795.5 million dollars since 1980 in 20 rural development programmes and projects in Ethiopia benefiting 12 million rural households.


Addis Chamber Embarks on Leadership Forum

A leadership forum where prominent executives will share their experiences in the business environment is organised by the Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Association (Addis Chamber) and SAK Training & Consultancy Firm. Headlining Arega Yirdaw (PhD), president of Unity University, who is expected to address the fortunes and adversities of the leadership ecosystem and share insights into his cascade of experiences, the first round is expected to set off at the Inter-luxury H...


Wegagen Bank Launches its Mobile App

Embracing the digital realm, Wegagen Bank officially launched its mobile banking application last week. The App was inaugurated in Dire Dewa City, with Yehwalashet Zewdu, vice president of the Bank Enterprise Services, showcasing its service that provides secure and seamless financial services. According to Yehwalashet, Wegagen Mobile meets the evolving needs of its clientele in Amharic, English, Afan Oromo, Tigrigna and Somali languages. Incorporated in 1997, Wegagen Bank has grown to become...


Zemen Bank Joins IFC's Trade Finance Program with $30m Boost

Zemen Bank has secured a 30 million dollar trade finance guarantee from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to boost the trade finance operations. A member of the World Bank Group, IFC has welcomed Zemen as the newest member of its Global Trade Finance Program aimed at supporting exports and imports. Signed by Dereje Zenebe, president of Zemen Bank and Madalo Minofu, country manager of IFC, the trade financing is part of the one-billion-dollar Africa Trade & Supply Chain Finance P...