Struggling Leather Industry Garners $19m from Exports

The export of leather and leather products has brought in 19 million dollars so far this fiscal year. The figure is nearly 30pc less than what was targeted by the Ethiopian Leather Industry Development Institute. A lack of container capacity and immediate access to cargo services are behind the failure to meet export targets, according to Dagnachew Shiferaw, director-general of the Institute. The leather industry has been struggling for the past couple of years, dealing with challenges ranging from the unavailability of quality hides and skins to the closure of export destinations due to COVID-19. Leather exports made up less than one percent of the country's export revenues last year. The Institute targets to ship 90 million dollars worth of leather goods abroad this year.


Pivots in Business Maze

A set of projects spearheaded as part of ease of doing business reform with a 7.2 million euro finance from the European Union (EU) is set to improve and navigate the lingering concerns in Ethiopia's business landscape. E-governance projects are undertaken by GIZ International Services and Mckinsey & Company in cooperation with five federal agencies, including the Justice, Trade,  Innovation, Revenues ministries and National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) are part of the wider plan to improve the d...


Dashen Bank Board Reinstates its Chair

Dashen Bank re-appoints Dula Mekonnen as its Board Chairman, extending his tenure for another three years. The decision was made during a board of directors meeting held at the Sheraton Addis Hotel last week. Dula holds a first degree in electrical engineering from the Adama Science & Technology University and a graduate degree in business management. With a diverse leadership background spanning three decades, Dula has served as a manager at Ethio-Leather Industry Plc and managed Wenji S...


Digital Fuel Transactions Soar Amid Subsidy Drop

Nationwide digital fuel transactions have exceeded the 155.4 billion Br mark, as the Ethiopian Petroleum & Energy Authority released a half-year report last week. Consistent reductions in fuel subsidies have led to the fuel price stabilisation fund hitting an all-time low of 117.4 billion Br, a decrease of 79.6 billion compared to the previous year. The report highlights the successful monitoring of subsidies across the country's 1,589 fuel stations, benefiting nearly 200,000 transporters...