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.