Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Textile Cluster Meeting

Leather Cluster Meeting

Sustainable Wool Handicraft Design Training in Lalibela

Sophisticated Crafts Cluster Meeting, April 2, 2019

Cluster meeting

Textile Cluster Meeting, April 4, 2019.

Vegetable Tanned Leather Purchase Cluster Initiative Meeting, April 3 2019.

GEM Project Clusters Group Meetings held, June 25 - 27, 2019.

SWITCH Africa Green Launches Ethiopia Programme, August 28 & 29, 2019

GEM Technical Team Held Meeting to Review Project Performance

1st Lalibela Arts and Crafts Festival was organized

GEL (Green Ethiopian Leather) brand at 11th AALF

Capacity building training on SCP Practice & Patters Conducted

Study Visit of Gem Cluster Members to Italy 22-26 January 2020

Sworkshop & Financial Support Agreement Signing, 15 September 2020

Sworkshop & Financial Support Agreement Signing in Lalibela, 18 September 2020

Capacity building training for 35 Lalibela cluster members and officers of Lalibela City Trade and Tourism Office on 23 October 2020 at LAl Hotel, Lalibela.

GEM project conducted cooperative cluster members' training on November 4 and 5, 2020.

Welcome

The Greening of Ethiopian Manufacturing(GEM) Project is envisioning major opportunities for Ethiopian manufacturing industries in the ‘green market segment’ to inherit a chunk of the light manufacturing industries currently fleeing rising costs in china.  This applies to natural fiber cotton, wool, silk manufacturing, man made fiber manufacturing and garment manufacturing industries, leather industries, organic food, handicrafts etc. Learn More

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GEM Project organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop

GEM Project organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop

Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) Project has organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop in Addis Ababa at Inter Luxury Hotel on 9th of September 2021. The workshop was opened with keynote speech by Mr Asfaw Abebe, Director General of FSMMIPA and Mr Yesuf Ademnur, secretary general of ECCSA.

The objective of the work shop was

  • To develop and present tools for effective Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) knowledge and experience transfer to other sectoral and regional contexts,
  • To provide sustainable support on SCP practices for MSMEs in Ethiopia beyond the duration of the project.

Mr Asfaw in his remark thanked the organizers of the workshop and praised the efforts of Mr. Yesuf. He further explained the importance of SCP principles adaptation to improve the quality and attractiveness of MSMEs products there by substitute Ethiopian Imports and minimize the need for high Foreign exchange.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr Yesuf, S.G of ECCSA and chairperson of GEM AB reflected how the project designed, its objective and achievements. He stressed the significance of sustainable production practices to protect environment and to minimize wastage of raw materials. He also stated the dissemination and replication workshop should transfer the needed knowledge and share experience to the participants. He concluded his remarks by acknowledging the contribution of the EU in supporting the project financiay. He also thanked the FSMMIPA for participating in the workshop.

Mr Heyeru Hussien GEM project coordinator, presented to participants about GEM project, its objectives, its goals, why MSMEs, activities and GEM achievements.  GEM Project SCP specialists Abel Endrias presented to participant’s good lessons from GEM experiences on Leather clusters.  Moreover, Mr Muzeyen Siraj GEL (Green Ethiopian Leather) JV deputy manager presented the objectives (chrome free and zero waste) and shared good experience of GEL and the advantages gained from GEM project.

Mr Romha Alazar GEM Project SCP specialists presented to participants about sustainable fashion show and Lalibela Art and craft festival good lessons with their potential for replication on selected sector.

Mr Heyeru Hussien presented to participants, the GEM replication plan and the way forward. Fianlly plenary discussion was held and participants appreciated the excellent presentation and what the project has been doing.  Moreover, their interest to be part of the project. The participants also forwarded their concern on getting machinery and raw material.

Sep 10, 2021

GEM Project has organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop

On 2nd of September 2021 Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) Project has organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop in Arbaminch Tourist hotel with an attendance of 33 SMEs, one from Arbaminch city mayor office, 2 Arbaminch city administration industries and enterprises development office official and representatives and one representative from Arbaminch city chamber of commerce and sectoral associations

The objective of the work shop was

  • To develop and present tools for effective SCP knowledge and experience transfer to other sectoral and regional contexts,
  • To provide sustainable support on SCP practices for MSMEs in Ethiopia beyond the duration of the project.

The workshop was opened with keynote speech by Mr Dargie Waliu, Advisor to Arbaminch city mayor office, Mr Yesuf Ademnur, secretary general of ECCSA and Mr Bogale Bitani Arbaminch city Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association president.

Mr Dargie in his remark highlighted the importance of SCP principles adaptation in the manufacturing sector and the city readiness in supporting SMEs in adopting the SCP principles. He promised to work with ECCSA and the city Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations on what GEM recommends to be replicate in Arbaminch

Mr Yesuf, cover points from how the project designed to what has been achieved. During his remark he repeatedly acknowledges the contribution of EU in supporting the project financial and invites the EUD to continue its support for GEM to extend its impact in all parts of Ethiopia.

Mr Bogale, president of ACCSA highlights what the chamber has been doing in promoting the city cultural heritage and their plan to make the city as hub of cultural clothes production. He also gave recognition for what GEM done so far and promised to work with ECCSA in replicating what GEM recommends.

The project coordinator, Mr Heyeru Hussien and the project SCP specialists Abel Endrias and Romha Alazar presented to participants about GEM project, what GEM achieved, what good lessons Arbaminch city SMEs should learn from GEM cluster members, and list of regions with their potential for replication and selected sector.

Participants appreciated what the project have been doing and forward their concern regarding space for productions and sales, access to finance and lack of leadership that leads the SMEs together in reaping the opportunity of organic products and environmentally sensitive production process.

Sep 7, 2021

GEM Project arranged a one day capacity building training

On 11th of August 2021 GEM arranged a one day capacity building training on Product development, marketing and financial management for Adama SMEs at Adama hotel.

The following topics were covered in the training

  • What are the main challenges of SMEs? Why SMEs fail?
  • How we enhance SMEs life in the market?
  • What is product development in accordance with circular economy and when and how products should be developed?
  • What is marketing and the role of social media like (Facebook and telegram) in product promotion and sales
  • What is the critical challenge in financial management? And how SMEs should record their accounts

The capacity building session was full of practical group assignments. Thirty five SMEs participated and the training supported by PPT presentation and video lessons from other country experiences.

The capacity building was conducted with full support in selection and inviting SMEs by Adama City Administration industries and enterprises development office.

Aug 16, 2021

GEM Project had organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop

On 10th of August 2021 Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) Project had organized GEM project dissemination and replication workshop in Adama canopy hotel with an attendance of 35 SMEs, 5 media outlets and 3 Adama City Administration Industries and Enterprises Development Office official and representatives.

The objective of the workshop was

  • To develop and present tools for effective SCP knowledge and experience transfer to other sectoral and regional contexts,
  • To provide sustainable support on SCP practices for MSMEs in Ethiopia beyond the duration of the project.

The workshop was opened with keynote speech by Mr Abu Aman, Deputy Head for the city industries and enterprises office and Mr Yesuf Ademnur, secretary general of ECCSA.

Mr Abu in his remark highlighted the importance of SCP principles adaptation in the manufacturing sector which is the emphasis of his bureau and appreciated the GEM initiation to replicate what it achieved in the last three years. He promised to work with ECCSA and the city Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations on what GEM recommends to be replicate in Adama.

Mr Yesuf, cover points from how the project designed to what has been achieved. During his remark he repeatedly acknowledges the contribution of EU in supporting the project financial and invites the EUD to continue its support for GEM to extend its impact in all parts of Ethiopia.

The project coordinator, Mr Heyeru Hussien presented to participants about GEM project, what GEM achieved, what good lessons Adama SMEs should learn from GEM cluster members, and list of regions with their potential for replication and selected sector.

Participants requested GEM to arrange one workshop which facilitates direct discussion with GEM cluster members and a capacity building to adapt GEM initiatives.

Aug 16, 2021

GEM – Africa118: Sign Partnership Agreement

Green Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) and Africa118 signed MoU for partnership to assist cluster members in the GEM project, on August 6, 2021 at 4:30pm, at Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association.

The partnership is intended to provide a comprehensive package of digital tools and expertise to significantly enhance GEM cluster members’ competitiveness and access local and global markets.

Africa118 will provide various services it offers under the Norad Launch pad, GSME, and Google skill training projects to GEM project member companies. The services include:

  • Digital and Financial trainings
  • Website and mobile app platform development for companies
  • Digital marketing
  • Social media management
  • Google My Business
  • Google workspace
  • Ecommerce and Payment
  • Create joint venture with other African country companies

Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing project will provide suitable companies to be supported by Africa118 and assist in the implementation. The services to be provided by GEM include:

  • Propose MSMEs to be supported by Africa118
  • Conduct Co-training and workshop platform with Africa118 (Digital and Financial) and
  • Conduct joint experience and knowledge sharing platforms.
  • Conduct Joint publicity and showcase events with Africa118
  • Provide experience sharing of MSMEs in GEM project
  • Sharing reports shared by African118 to the companies under GEM project
  • Conduct follow-ups on MSMEs progress
  • Help facilitate formation of Joint ventures with other African country clusters

Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) Project is implemented by The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), PRECISE Consult International and Innovative Organizations (Inoa), and funded by the European Union under the Switch Africa Green initiative to support Ethiopian Micro and Small-scale Manufacturing Enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) practices and seizing green growth opportunities, thus contributing to improved economic performance of private sector and to the enhancement of their international competitiveness.

Africa’s Information Services Solution (Africa 118), was founded in 2010 to solve a critical information gap: 85% of mobile customers surveyed in a major African city claimed to have difficulty finding accurate information for the local businesses and services they were looking for. Furthermore, less than 5% of the businesses Africa118 surveyed had any online presence making it difficult for them to be found. Africa118 have developed world-class solutions for both consumers and local businesses to solve these problems.  Africa118 is funded by Norwegian government.

Aug 9, 2021

GEM project conducted cooperative cluster members’ training on November 4 and 5, 2020

GEM project conducted cooperative cluster members' training on November 4 and 5, 2020 at Wereda 06 - Youth Centre, Addis Ababa. The training aimed to create an opportunity for the women pottery makers (GEM - Cooperative cluster members) to show what the market holds and how they should react towards the market changes.

The training also intended on how to approach the market and how to brand their products has been given to them. In addition, a guest speaker W/ro Fekeret from Feker design has shared her amazing experience with the women.

Nov 11, 2020

Objectives

To conduct assessment of most promising green growth manufacturing industries in Ethiopia

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To launch 3 pilot green manufacturing clustersand develop their action plans

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To implement actions for green- growth reorientation of MSME’s within pilot clusters, build their capacity on SCP practices and contribute to their increased sales and job creation

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To facilitate SCP practice-based collaboration among key stakeholders with in each cluster’s value chain and disseminate lessons learned.

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Overview of Switch Africa Project

The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty. The objective will be achieved through support to private sector led inclusive green growth.

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GEM Priority Sectors

Fiber Cotton, Wool, Silk, Garment Manufacturing Industries

Leather Industries

Handy craft Industries

GEM Good Practice Series

GEM Best Practice Series: Wool Week shares messages of sustainability and biodegradability of wool.

GEM Best Practice Series: Wool Week shares messages of sustainability and biodegradability of wool.
Involvement of students and young designers is a step towards making this ecological fibre even more attractive.
Check out: http://www.campaignforwool.org/2020/10/05/student-design-competition-virtual-tour-new/?fbclid=IwAR0Ovu3UvERtTRrYim0d3mDuXh_PNKkQrObSUFfiXS0rwzMBp9NBx3WSwFI

Oct 16, 2020

GEM Best Practice Series: Ethiopian sustainable fashion is an important trend.

Ethiopian sustainable fashion is an important trend. Made from recycled materials, these designs are good for our body and for the planet.

Oct 16, 2020

GEM Good Practice Series-Hoppe Shoppe

Hoppe Shoppe is a curated shopping experience for thoughtful home decor and the stories they tell. A mix of vintage wares, well-designed pieces, and one of a kind objects, each collection is released with accompanying photo journals and ingredient lists that connect visual stories to style pairings. Combining inspiration and sourcing, Hoppe Shoppe focuses on ethically and sustainably produced items from independent artisans around the world...

https://www.hoppeshoppe.com/our-decor

Oct 8, 2019

GEM Good Practice Series-Replacing synthetic fabrics with natural ones

Why Are Synthetic Fabrics So Popular—And What Can We Do To Move Away From Them?

Plastic-based materials are finding their way into oceans and waterways. Whenever we wash synthetic fabrics, they shed hundreds of thousands of micro-plastics that make it past the washing machine’s filtration system. These fibers account for an estimated 60% of the material in our clothes worldwide...

https://www.thegoodtrade.com/…/synthetic-fabric-plastic-pol…

Oct 8, 2019

GEM Project Supports Vibrant Arts & Crafts Community in Lalibela

Lalibela Arts and Crafts Festival has been initiated by the Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) project, funded by the European Union.

It is expected that altogether 19 artisans from Lalibela will exhibit their products, including paintings, leather products, pottery, textile products, made from cotton and wool, jewellery and other.

www.instagram.com/lalibela_arts_crafts
https://www.facebook.com/EthiopiaGEM/
https://twitter.com/EthiopiaGEM/

Oct 8, 2019

GEM Good-Example: Liya Kebede’s brand Lemlem offers Ethiopian craftsmanship

Great example! Liya Kebede’s brand Lemlem offers Ethiopian craftsmanship that sells. The #supermodel implemented a sustainable approach while sponsoring her foundation for African women

ft.com/reports/busine…

Jul 3, 2019

GEM Good Practice Series: Salt + Still

“We want people to be thoughtful about what they purchase so they’ll love it for a long time.”

“The name Salt + Still is a tribute to water, an ingredient that is elemental to the natural dye process. Inspiration is drawn from the mountains, the sea, traditions both old and new, and the love of natural magic. “

http://www.saltandstill.com/about-1

Jul 2, 2019

GEM Good Practice Series: How holistic is the commitment of major fashion brands to SUSTAINABILITY?

Patagonia is way ahead of the pack in terms of sustainability, but it offers a model to help consumers judge whether other brands are making a holistic effort to be sustainable, or just offering one or two sustainable products.

https://www.fastcompany.com/…/is-your-favorite-fashion-bran…

Jun 10, 2019

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