IPDC Inaugurates New Management System

May 23 , 2021

The Industrial Parks Development Commission (IPDC) launches an enterprise resource planning (ERP) that will automate business functions across its 13 industrial parks. The system allows for the integration of business processes across finance, human resource, sales and distribution systems, and the move is aimed at improving organisational efficiency. The software was purchased from US-based firm Oracle while implementation was handled by SoftPro International, a Mauritian company. SoftPro was selected from among seven firms that competed in the bid to implement the system. The entire process was funded with 700,000 dollars in financing from the World Bank. Two notable domestic institutions, Ethiopian Airlines and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), already utilise ERP systems from Oracle.


Ministry Ponders Tax Waivers for Rural Energy Solutions

Tax exemptions for off-grid energy technologies like solar pumps and mini-grids are under discussion, spearheaded by the Ministry of Water & Energy. Commonly used by rural households, officials disclose their simultaneous plan to develop 300 mini-grids in the next six years. According to Birhanu Weldu, the lead executive of rural energy technology development, the initiative tackles the country's low electrification rate and reliance on charcoal and firewood. Charcoal, fuel wood, and...


Rural Land Proclamation Comes to Light

A landmark legislation that grants title holders in rural areas the right to use the property as collateral was unanimously ratified by Parliament last week. It primarily focuses on extending access to finance for farmers and pastoralists, through a structured land title system. It also introduces criminal penalties for the illegal transfer of property. Replacing the 18-year-old proclamation for rural land management, the law sentences individuals engaging in land invasions and unauthoris...


Ethiopian Unveils $50m Domestic Terminal Renovation

With a rising demand for domestic travel, Ethiopian Airlines has renovated its terminal at Addis Abeba Bole International Airport with 50 million dollars to handle customers. The expanded terminal has doubled its previous size to 25,750Sqm and accommodates 200 daily flights to and from 22 domestic destinations. It includes four contact gates, 10 remote departure gates, 22 check-in counters with automated baggage screening systems, shops and restaurants. The terminal also features a dedica...