Export Revenues Edge Closer to $3b

Apr 30 , 2022

Over 2.95 billion dollars' worth of goods and services were shipped abroad over the first nine months of the financial year, according to the Ministry of Trade & Regional Integration. Agricultural commodities remain the primary earners, accounting for 69pc of revenues. Coffee has brought in over 750 million dollars, while cut flowers and khat have also contributed significantly. The mining sector, mainly gold, accounts for 15pc of export revenues thus far. The troubled manufacturing sector brought in close to 390 million dollars from the export of manufactured products. Despite the performance, players in the manufacturing sector continue to decry challenges in accessing foreign currency for the import of inputs, a lack of sufficient infrastructure, shortages in skilled manpower, and other financial troubles. The issues have forced nearly 400 manufacturing plants across five regions to cease operations.


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 arl-shipping.com, 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...