Export Earnings Surpass $3.6b


Export Earnings Surpass $3.6b

Ethiopia earned a record-high 3.62 billion dollars from the exports of goods last year, according to officials at the Ministry of Trade & Industry. The figure is over half a billion dollars greater than what was registered in 2019/20. The increase is attributed largely to the surge in revenue from the export of coffee and gold, the country's two top export items. Over 900 million dollars was garnered from the export of coffee last year despite the volume being 42,000tn lower than what was sent abroad the year before. Gold export generated over 600 million dollars while horticulture brought in a similar amount. Khat trails close behind, earning the country an estimated 400 million dollars. Agricultural items still have the lion's share of export products, accounting for two-thirds of the amount generated.


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Leather Industry Struggles to Meet Expectations

The struggling leather industry managed a little over 33 million dollars in export earnings over the first 10 months of the financial year. It is less than half of officials' aspirations to generate 69 million dollars over the same period, and highlights the troubles faced by the industry over the past few years. Exports from finished leather goods plunged 72pc last year from three years ago. Only eight finished leather manufacturers accounted for 89pc of last year's export earnings, sh...


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Corporation Calls on Suppliers for 200,000tn Sugar Procurement

Executives of the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation have taken steps to procure 200,000tn of sugar from international suppliers. The Corporation had invited shortlisted companies to submit offers, after an attempt to procure the sugar through an international tender went awry. However, officials at the Ministry of Finance instructed its executives to scrap the invitation and proceed to float a second bid. The shortlisted suppliers have also been invited to take part in the bidding process. T...


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Youth in the National Theatre area are waiting for the bus to start moving. They have found a handle to grab and accelerate them ones its starts moving as they ride their skateboard. Although skateboarding is nearly unheard of in Ethiopia, over the past few years, young people have developed a taste for it. Safety, though, leaves a lot to be desired...