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.


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Abyssinia Bank Taps to Digital Loan Solution

The Bank of Abyssinia (BoA) is moving forward to provide banking solutions facilitating microloans. The Bank has hired an Indian-based tech vendor Newgen Software Company, that bagged the international bid on December 22, 2022. Over 10 companies have shown interest in the bid floated by the bank four months ago. The solution provider has committed to completing the project in six months with Yonas Daniel, regional manager for Newgen, and Menbereselassie Gebrekidan, procurement director at Aby...


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ROLLING CREDIT

Bank of Abyssinia rolls out banking services on a truck around Meskel square in the capital. With less than half of Ethiopian adults having access to bank accounts, financial inclusion is a major issue. The central bank revealed in August 2022 that 8,944 commercial bank branches exist in the country. The 30 commercial banks currently in operation offer credit services to less than 400,000 customers charging an average of 17pc interest on asset-backed loans...


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SPREADING HORIZONS

Left) Elias Woldu and Mesnbet Shinkute sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Ethio-American and Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Association, respectively. Some estimates put the number of Ethiopian diaspora living abroad at over two million people, larger than the population of several small nations. Continued economic and political deprivation has forced many to leave the country for better opportunities. While migration to other countries is still high, the number...