One of the Largest Edible Oil Plants Goes Operational

Feb 6 , 2021

PhiBela Industrial Complex, a subsidiary of Belayneh Kinde Business Group, has inaugurated an edible oil refinery with a capacity to produce 1.5 million litres of edible oil a day. The factory, which rests on a 30ha lot, was built in Bure city, an area located in West Gojjam, Amhara Regional State, more than 400Km away from Addis Abeba. Built at a cost of 4.5 billion Br, the industrial complex incorporates a sesame oilseed processing plant, a detergent manufacturing factory, and a vegetable butter, margarine and plastic container factory. The sesame oilseed plant has the capacity of producing 200tn of sesame oil a day, while the detergent factory produces 96tn  of detergent a day. The complex is expected to employ 3,000 people. Belayneh Kinde Business Group was established in the 1990s and engages in import and export, transport, construction, hotels, transit and agriculture.


Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

Ethiopian Maritime Authority disclosed 50 million dollars in annual remittances from seafarers deployed internationally. Abdulber Shemsu, the director general of the Authority, said Ethiopia's membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), establishes global standards and guidelines for safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping practices. With 176 member countries and three associate member countries, including Ethiopia, the IMO provides a framework for ensuring...


AfDB Launches $1.5m Initiative to Propel Agro-Industrial Parks

A 1.5 million dollar initiative for the development of three Agro-industrial parks was commenced last week. Financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the project includes feasibility studies, a master plan, and an environmental and social impact assessment. The Phase Two project, which includes capacity building for stakeholders, was initiated last week with an agreement between Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance and Gunther Beger, managing director of UNIDO. Semereta said...


Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

Council of Ministers has unanimously approved the legislation that aims to raise the competency and professionalism of public service in the country. The Federal Civil Servants Proclamation is pending ratification from Parliament. The decision was made during the 30th meeting of the Cabinet last week, which follows the ratification of the public service and administrative policy. Currently, the 176 federal agencies within 22 ministries, collectively employ around two million people. The polic...