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
News and Events
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
GEM project delivered capacity building training under the topics of product development, marketing and financial management for 35 Lalibela cluster members and officers of Lalibela City Trade and Tourism Office on 23 October 2020 at LAl Hotel, Lalibela
Oct 27, 2020
The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), PRECISE Consult International and Innovative Organizations (Inoa) held financial support agreement signing event with the “Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing” (GEM) project, beneficiaries on 18 September 2020 in Lalibela in the presence of the Lalibala city mayor Mr Yilma Merk, Mr Tebeje Adbarie, Acting Head of Lalibela trade and tourism office and Mr Habtamu Tesfaye Tourism office acting head. It was also held B2B with GEM Lalibela cluster members and awareness creation on how to utilize the financial support.
Sep 23, 2020
The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), PRECISE Consult International and Innovative Organizations (Inoa) held workshop and financial support agreement signing event with the “Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing” (GEM) project, beneficiaries on 15th of September, 2020 at Radisson Blue Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Sep 16, 2020
Several GEM cluster meetings took place last week. GEM team also facilitated online B2B meetings between Ethiopian and Slovenian businesses and meetings for EU ROM Expert. Within dissemination and replication activities, we met with Ethiopian State Minister of Agricultural Input and Output Marketing Sector and with the management team of Holeta Bee Research Center.
In Lalibela, meetings were held with the Mayor of Lalibela and Lalibela Tourism Office about the organization of the second Lalibela Arts and Crafts Festival.
Mar 11, 2020
Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) arranges study visit for GEM Cluster Members to Italy 22-26 January 2020, through European Union supports aiming MSMEs in adoption of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices and seizing green growth opportunities, Implemented by Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), Precise Consult, and INOA in Ethiopia.
The study visit program was designed to fulfill the following key objectives
- to learn about international trends in sustainable fashion, textile and leather manufacturing;
- to meet with leather, textile (garment) and heritage clusters’ representatives in Italy and exchange experience in doing business;
- to learn about successful SME support and competitiveness enhancement;
- to learn about management of cluster organizations, challenges and advantages successful clustering
Seventeen cluster members and GEM staff has attended the study visit. From the seventeen cluster members eight of them are female and the rest are male. Participants’ sector distribution is ten from leather, six from textile and one from handicraft.
In the event the enterprise owners, managers and representatives visited six companies:
- Bonelli Erede Law firm, Milan;
- Prodital Leathers, Arzignano;
- Venetian Cluster for Conservation and Protection of Environmental and Cultural Heritage assets;
- Showroom of Mr. Franco Pianegonda, Vicenza;
- Technology Park of Pordenone and
- Green Fashion Week (GFW) organizers
Feb 7, 2020
To conduct assessment of most promising green growth manufacturing industries in Ethiopia
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
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.
GEM Priority Sectors
Fiber Cotton, Wool, Silk, Garment Manufacturing Industries
Handy craft Industries
GEM Good Practice Series
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
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
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...
Oct 8, 2019
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...
Oct 8, 2019
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.
Oct 8, 2019
“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. “
Jul 2, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
Meeting With Bonelli Erede Law firm, Milan part to the Study Visit of GEM Cluster Members to Italy 22-26 January 2020, through the ‘Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (#GEM)’ project, the #EUDelegationtoEthiopia support. pic.twitter.com/4PDNU1z2I1
— Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) (@EthiopiaGEM) February 6, 2020