New Report Shows Slight Improvement in Logistics Efficiency

Jul 11 , 2021

The Logistic Transformation Office under the Ministry of Transport has released its annual transformation performance review, showing that the country's logistics sector has improved slightly. In the self-assessment report, the efficiency of customs clearance services was found to be the best performer while institutional responsiveness and timeliness in trade logistics were identified as the weakest links. The performance review considers efficiency in customs clearance, tracking and tracing, timeliness, logistics competence, quality of infrastructure, and competitive shipping prices. In the World Bank's 2016 logistics performance index, which is published every other year, Ethiopia was ranked 126 out of 167 countries with an average score of 2.38. The 2020 assessment report, which was conducted by an independent consultant, pegged the country's performance at 2.51, a slight improvement.


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Private Investment Takes Flight in Aviation Industry

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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...