Long Historical Relationship of Two Countries Said to be Developed into Economic Relationship, January 15, 2018

Engineer Melaku Ezezew President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), received Mr. Raphael Morav, Ambassador of Israeli Embassy to Ethiopia at his office on January 15, 2018 and discussed on economic and other related issues.

The two parties discussed on the ways how Ethiopia and Israel further reinforce their economic relationships in order to promote their trade and investment.

Engineer Melaku said that Ethiopia and Israel has got long historical relationship either religious, political, and social which should be developed into economic relationship for mutual benefit of both countries.

Mr. Raphael on his part said that bureaucracy, restriction of foreign currency, problems on taxes have to be resolved in order to make the investment environment favorable to Israeli investors.

It was learnt that the major area of interest for Israeli investors are irrigation, water treatment, cycling of water, greenhouse, waste treatment, fertilizers and other agricultural sector.


FCNBM - Rummages for Membership in ECCSA, January 5, 2018

Endalikachew Semie, Secretary General (S.G.) of The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), received on January 5, 2018 at his office Eric Yu, Representative of China National Building Materials & Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CNBM). The purpose of Mr. Yu’s visit was to introduce CNBM and seek for cooperation with ECCSA.

Endalkachew, who provided the delegation with a short briefing about the overall activities of ECCSA, warmly welcomed and hosted CNBM’s cooperation interest. Recalling that ECCSA has big project initiated to construct a new and a comprehensive building at the rear of the old one, and is pursuing the construction of Chamber Hub and there is a need for materializing the projects, the S.G. expressed there is an open room for CNBM to use the opportunity to work in partner with ECCSA.

Mr. Yu also expressed the interest of his Corporation to be member of ECCSA and the S.G. positively hosted the matter as long as CNBM is a registered company in Ethiopia.

CNBM, the largest state-owned group in Chinese building materials industry and the largest cement manufacturer in the world, has been in Ethiopian market over ten years dealing as general contractor for Cement Plants, Glass Plants, Gypsum Plants as well as Plant Modification and Upgrading, Water Treatment System, Waste Power Generation Project, Beer and Beverage Processing Plants and Package Plants.

Mr. Yu said CNBM is the one designed and constructed Derba MIDROC Cement, and right now, it is running the National Cement, Mugher Cement, and Derba Cement.


FDRE MoFA’s Representative in Guizhou Province, China Pays Courtesy Visit, December 26, 2017

Endalikachew Semie, Secretary General of The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), received on December 26, 2017 at his office Mr. Teferi Melesse, FDRE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Business Diplomacy Director in Guizhou Province in China who made a courtesy visit to ECCSA before his departure. In the meantime, the officials discussed on mutual activities ECCSA and MoFA would cooperate.

The Secretary General expressed his feeling if the two sides work together in facilitating the provision of up-to-date information in the promotion of trade and investment activities undertaken between the two sides recommending that exchange of information should be as timely as possible.

Endalkachew also urged Teferi to make his effort to communicate Chinese investors, who would be interested to cooperate in the Chamber Hub development project, the biggest ever project proposed by the Chamber. There is also a need to promote the Ethio-Chamber International Trade Fairs that is conducted annually and the various publications of ECCSA so that Chinese investors and companies should be addressed, the Secretary General added.

They also provided an explanation that there is the opportunity for Egyptian companies to invest either in partnership or joint venture with their Ethiopian counterparts in textile, farms, and agro-processing. It was also briefed that since agro-processing is not well started, and there is an integrated agro-processing industrial park, the businesses of the two countries would be able to join their respective potential in the area.

Recalling that Ethiopia was designated to host the 12th World Chamber Congress (WCC) in 2021, Endalkachew also requested for cooperation in disseminating information.

The Director General, Teferi, on his part said that his Directorate works to the best it could be to strengthen the trade and investment relation between the two sides. He also promised his Directorate would work in identifying Chines companies that would be interested to work in joint venture.

Finally, the two sides agreed if they work on 4th industrial revolution with more emphasis.


ECSSA Holds Discussion with Italian Delegation, December 18, 2017

Ato Endalikachew Semie, Secretary General of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), received five members of Italian Delegation on December 18, 2017 at his office and discussed on bilateral and partnership issues. The delegation requested ECCSA to facilitate the establishment of a cross boarder Italian chamber of commerce here in Ethiopia, in which both the Italian and Ethiopian businesses would be members. The delegation also was interested in forming partnership with Ethiopians to commence cable buses for transportation in Addis Ababa.

Ato Endalikachew said that ECCSA is ready to work according to its law and proclamation and to collaborate with the Italian counterpart for mutual benefit of the two countries. The Secretary General also stated that the Italians can open a registered branch office in Ethiopia which represents the Italian National Chamber of Commerce or Ethio-Italian Business Council as an option.

The two sides agreed that the business details of the projects’ proposals should be sent to ECCSA for further discussion, facilitation and decision


Staff Vows: Better Attainment with Better Commitment and Team Spirit, December 8-9, 2017

ECCSA 4 month performance report & 8 month plan discussed

Staff also paid visit to Industrial Park

Staff of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) discussed from December 8-9, 2017 on the last four months performance report and on the remaining eight months plan of the budget year.

Speaking about the purpose of the event, Wubie Mengistu, Deputy Secretary General of ECCSA, pointed out that it was designed, after making immense deliberation on the ins and outs of the strengths and weaknesses observed, in a way it would motivate the staff for subsequent activities and for activities in progress.

It was reported that the last four months performance was much more encouraging when compared against the plan of action in respect of effectively accomplishing the goals of ECCSA’s strategic plan.

As indicated in the report, although better performance was made, much more would be expected to achieve the goals set in the remaining eight months of the budget year especially with the strategic points of building the capacity of the member chambers and enhancing the financial sustainability of ECCSA.

Meanwhile, the staff also paid a short visit to Hawassa Industrial Park, the flagship program which is known for its being environmentally friendly eco-park project.

Located on 300 hectares of land, the Hawassa Industrial Park is dedicated to producing textile and textile fabrics with three objectives of generating foreign currency, creating jobs and facilitating market linkages, as evidences obtained.


Egypt to Look to Escalate Partnership, 1st of December, 2017

Melaku Ezezew (Eng.), President and Endalkachew Sime, Secretary General of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) received on the 1st of December, 2017 a four member Egyptian delegation headed by Abou Bakr Hefny Mahmoud, Ambassador of Egypt and Permanent Representative to the AU & UN ECA, at the President’s office.

The Ambassador stated that they have interest to invest in the area of livestock, agriculture and industrial parks development. Pointing out that there are fish farms here in Ethiopia, the Ambassador disclosed that there is robust drive to expand the livestock farm on a more scientific basis. Egypt is one of the biggest importers of meat in the world and Ethiopia would be Egypt’s first client, the Ambassador added.

Welcoming the delegation for the interest shown to doing business with Ethiopia, the President and the Secretary General provided a short brief about the available investment opportunity and doing business potentials in Ethiopia and the duties and responsibilities of ECCSA.

They also provided an explanation that there is the opportunity for Egyptian companies to invest either in partnership or joint venture with their Ethiopian counterparts in textile, farms, and agro-processing. It was also briefed that since agro-processing is not well started, and there is an integrated agro-processing industrial park, the businesses of the two countries would be able to join their respective potential in the area.Stating that Ethiopia and Egypt has thousands of years of historical relations, the two sides have seen this visit as escalating this longstanding relation into a level of economic cooperation.

So far, Elsewedy Electric, and some other companies are operating in Ethiopia, it was learned. It was also stated that the current trade balance between Ethiopia and Egypt is 1billion USD.


ECCSA Receives US Delegation, 8th November, 2017

The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) received a US delegation from US- Africa Business Center, US Chamber of Commerce, on November 8, 2017 at the Chamber’s Board room and discussed on the activities the two entities will undertake in cooperation.

The aim of the meeting was discussing on the possible areas of collaboration between ECCSA and US- Africa Business Center (USAfBC).

A power point presentation on the overall activities and services provided by ECCSA, Ethio-US business relations, exported and imported commodities, possible areas of cooperation between the two countries and other related topic was presented from ECCSA side and the delegation reflected on it.

The two sides agreed to work jointly in the future on the ways they strengthen their relations in the future especially issues on how trade and investment is promoted, supporting of capacity building, sharing of best practices, membership protection, fundraising, providing incentives for associations and others.

It was learnt that USAfBC is the top voice advocating for increased trade between the United States and Africa, with a focus on leading the US business community in a new period of unprecedented engagement with Africa’s regional economic communities.


ECCSA-Media: Stepping in Mutual Partnership, November 2-3, 2017

The media were facilitated with awareness raising training on media utilization for advocacy CMNF was also established

The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) organized from November 2-3, 2017, an awareness raising training on business reporting and media utilization for advocacy to government and private media professionals at Adama, Dire International Hotel. Chamber-Media Networking Forum (CMNF) was also established.

The main purpose of the training is to enhance the understanding and the practical skills of the journalists on business reporting and media utilization for advocacy.

The program tried to draw on cases to highlight good practices and identify lessons of real life experience of the journalists on business reporting and media utilization for advocacy.
Meanwhile, after an in-depth discussion on the importance and significance of the Forum, the two institutions: ECCSA and the Media, also established CMNF.

Speaking on the event, Endalkachew Sime, Secretary General of ECCSA, stated that the significance of the Forum was to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the media intervention in the private sector’s development by creating a common platform between ECCSA and the media.

According to the Secretary General, the media intervention should be in a way it promotes the domestic private sector as the domestic private sector, apart from its economic partner of the society, is one of the key components of the society.

“Therefore,” said Ato Endalkachew, “there is a need for the media to produce a balanced story where facts would be illustrated as they are, with of course a merciless constructive criticism”. “In so doing, we would be able to build trust among citizens”, the Secretary added.

Debebe Abebe, Corporate Communications and Public Relations Director in ECCSA on his part said that strong and sustainable media intervention is a prerequisite to address the Chamber System and its mandates stipulated in the establishment proclamation no.341/2003 to the vast audience across the country and globally.

The media intervention contributes to an informed economic condition and allows the business community, government bodies and the entire people to form views and make informed choices in respect of visionary development, the Director added.

The CMNF, said the Director, is, therefore, an important contribution to the development of the private sector in that it holds a significant potential for its growth and competitiveness both locally and at international stages.

The training was financed by the Private Sector’s Development (PSD) Hub, a project supported by Sida in ECCSA and was provided by Center for African Leadership Studies (CALS).


8th GA: Thought “Enduring, but Fruitful”, 27th October, 2017

Despite the persistent hardship over a year, as many assumed, the 8th General Assembly of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) conducted on October 27, 2017 at Hilton Hotel officially elected members of the new Board of Directors: President, Vice President and nine Board of Directors that are going to lead the Chamber for the next two consecutive years.

Accordingly, Engineer Melaku Ezezew, President of Amhara Chamber of Commerce And Sectoral Associations (ACCSA) and Ato Aseffa Gebresillasie, President of Tigray Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (TCCSA) were designated the next President and Vice President of ECCSA respectively.

Similarly, Mrs. Teminet Solomon, Dr. Aynalem Abayneh, Ato Abebayehu Girma, Ato Eyassu Mosisa, Ato Ashenafi Feleke, Ato Teshale Fisehatsion, Ato Tadesse Genna, Dr. Hasen Abdulahi and Ato Engida Beyene were also nominated members of the Board of Directors.

It was a year ago that the GA had to undertake the electoral procedure of the Board of Directors in spite of its pending for almost more than a year. In a press release delivered to journalists a few months ago, the out-going President of ECCSA, Ato Solomon Afework, had provided an explanation that the root causes of such coincidences were the existence of injustice and absence of rule of law among some of the member chambers in electoral procedures.

It was learned that the National Chamber formed a committee and task force that held the issue and made a report of all the complaints made by the member chambers where the problem aggravates, and delivered it to the concerned government bodies: Ministry of Trade (MoT) and Ministry of Industry (MoI).

MoT and MoI, having looked into the cases thoroughly, have made their decisions, based on the findings that the Chambers under question had been found against the proclamation and the regulation of the private sector (indorsed in Sept. 2014), that they would resolve the situation.

The GA, which is represented by 176 seats, has, at the end, finalized peacefully the electoral procedure that undergone through disputable moments over a year.

Finally, the former Board of Directors: Ato Solomon Afework, President; Ato Abebaw Mekonnen, Vice President; and the nine board members; honorably delivered the place and officially out-went while the in-coming ones took over the place taking a solemn oath of loyalty.


ECCSA Receives GIZ Representative, 12th October, 2017

Ato Endalkachew Sime, Secretary General of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), received Mr. Ulrich Stephan, Quality Management Senior Expert in Tegbare-Id Polytechnic College and Representative of GIZ, working in sustainable training and education program, on 12th of October, 2017 at his office.

As Mr. Ulrich said that the purpose of his visit was to discuss on how to strengthen the ties between TVET and the industry sector and also to invite ECCSA so as to participate on the international Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Conference which will be organized by GIZ.  The concern in the future is making TVET qualitative center for Education and Training which is strongly related to demand driven of the industry, he added.

Ato Endalkachew on his part stated that Germany is among the few strategic partners with which Ethiopia needs to further maximize its relationship. The Secretary General also said that ECCSA wants to frame its partnership with Germany in the form of project in the area of technical and vocational capacity building and do the initiative in the Chamber Academy in the future in order to produce and bring the trained and educated people to the industry sector properly.

It was learnt that in line with the Ethiopian Government’s objectives, GIZ with Ethiopia currently focuses on the area of labor-market-oriented education and training

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