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.