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Monday, July 18, 2016

Hawassa Industrial Park
Photo from Ethiopia Online
በሀዋሳ የተገነባው የኢንዱስትሪ ፓርክ ዛሬ በይፋ ተመርቆ ተከፈተ። በኢንዱስትሪው ፓርክ የሚከናወነው የማምረት ስራ ወደ ውጭ የሚላከውን ንግድ በማሳደጉ ዘርፍ ላይ ከፍተኛ ሚና እንደሚኖረው በምረቃው ስነ ስርዓት ላይ የተገኙት ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ አስታውቀዋል።
ዝርዝር መረጃውን DW ላይ ያዳምጡ

Ethiopia has unveiled Africa’s largest industrial park in the city of Hawassa 275km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa – one of several it is building or planning to build all over the country.

The project is inspired by China and the Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) – like many equivalents in China – will be dedicated solely to just one sector, textile and apparel.

At 1.3 million square meters it is the biggest in Africa and also the largest dedicated solely to export, said Zemdeneh Negatu, managing partner at Ernst and Young international consultancy firm.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the manufacturing sector’s share in Ethiopia’s gross domestic product (GDP) for many years stood at only 0.5 percent, showing the need for economic re-structuring if the country was to fulfil its economic promise.

Ethiopia’s economy, despite a period of rapid economic growth, still largely depends on agriculture. Volatile commodity prices, a severe drought, and political unrest have all curbed expansion.

The HIP has attracted 15 major manufacturing firms from China, Indonesia, the US, and Ethiopia itself. But Yuan Li, chairman of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) which designed and built the industrial park, says it has even wider significance.
Ethiopia’s population is nearly 100 million, growing by 2.3 million a year, with a young labour force of 45 million people.
Ethiopia and the HIP were part of China’s one road, one belt initiative, a US1 trillion economic corridor that Beijing hoped would connect China to countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

He said industrial parks would be a powerful boost for the country’s economic development and the CCECC was a strategic long-term link between China and Ethiopia.

The CCECC is also engaged in other major projects in Ethiopia, including industrial parks in Adama and Kombolcha, and is also helping build the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line which Ethiopia hopes will increase trade.
 

China, which has been for many the factory of the world, is now shifting to a higher-tech economy. Arkebe Equbay, special advisor to Desalegn and the brain behind Ethiopia’s industrial parks, said the parks could now attract lower-tech Chinese firms that were now moving overseas to find new markets.

Ethiopia’s population is nearly 100 million, growing by 2.3 million a year, with a young labour force of 45 million people.

Equbay said the manufacturing sector was best-placed to create jobs for all these people. In 10 years Ethiopia would be among the top 10 most populous nations on earth. For each direct manufacturing job, the equivalent of two indirect jobs were created.

The Industrial Park Corporation headed by Equbay is currently also constructing parks in Mekelle, Dire Dawa, Kombolcha, and Adama. It has plans to start construction of parks in September in Jimma, Bahir Dar, Arereti, Aysiha-Dwele, and Debre Birhan.

Despite Ethiopia recently attracting many foreign and local manufacturing firms, especially making textiles and apparel, the share of manufacturing in the GDP has remained small.
 
Desalegn said manufacturing contributed only 0.5 percent of the last decade’s 11 percent average economic growth.

“As annual manufacturing growth currently is 25 percent, in 10 years time it’s projected to increase its GDP share by four-fold and it’s share in exports to 50 percent,” Equbay said.

The key to achieving these targets and to realising Ethiopia’s ambition to become a middle income country by 2025 was Ethiopia’s cheap electricity, which was the cheapest in the world at four US cents per kilowatt hour, said Negatu.

Ethiopia had the second highest installed electricity capacity in Africa after South Africa. Negatu was not perturbed by landlocked Ethiopia’s current problems in moving goods because of a bottleneck at its primary outlet, Djibouti port.

“While Ethiopia is heavily dependent on Djibouti port, it shouldn’t divert us from looking for port alternatives in Somaliland and Kenya,” he said.

The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line, nearly complete, would cut the transport time for exports and imports from four days to 10 hours.
Desalegn said the eco-friendly HIP “will be a showcase that environmental protection and development can go hand-in-hand to achieve a net zero carbon emitter country by 2025”.

Friday, July 15, 2016

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Fifteen global fashion firms, including giants H&M and PVH Corp., are tenants in a major new textile industrial park that officially opened its doors in Ethiopia yesterday.

Workers at another textile industrial park, Bole lemi, in Ethiopia (ipdc.gov.et)
Inaugurated 13 June by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, and built by a Chinese contractor, the 1.3-million-sq-m Hawassa Industrial Park will house 21 apparel and textile manufacturers in all, leading to a doubling of the number of jobs for Ethiopians in the sector, and the ballooning – by a factor of 10 – of the revenue generated by textile exports, the government says.
The Hawassa complex will be the single most dominant contributor to the country’s manufacturing sector, and will help the country generate $1bn from export revenues, said Arkebe Okubay, special advisor to Ethiopia’s prime minister and chairman of the country’s Industrial Parks Development Corporation, according to local media
Currently just over $100m is secured from the export of Ethiopian-made textile and apparel, but Arkebe told reporters that the industrial park will eventually generate 10 times more hard currency.
It will double employment in the sector as well, Arkebe said. For years the entire industry has employed around 53,000 people, while the factories being set up in Hawassa Park are expected to create some 60,000 jobs in one location.
Built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for a reported $250m invested by the Ethiopian government, the park comprises 37 factory sheds on a 300,000-sq-m plot, with another 120,000-sq-m of land ready to be developed on the, in total, 1.3-million-sq-m estate located 275km southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa.
US fashion firm PVH Corp. (owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands), Sweden’s H&M, and China’s Wuxi Jinmao Foreign Trade Company are among the 15 foreign companies to be stationed in the park, along with others from India, Sri Lanka and China, and six Ethiopian companies.
The government has billed Hawassa as an “eco-friendly” industrial park because it will be mostly powered by hydro-electricity and employs energy and water conservation techniques.
In 2013 former World Bank chief economist Justin Yifu Lin told GCR that he believed Ethiopia was on the cusp of an industrial expansion seen in previous decades in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.
Photograph: Workers at another textile industrial park, Bole lemi, in Ethiopia (ipdc.gov.et)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Would you like to have your whisky with coffee?
The Singleton Presso-Tini comes with a marshmallow garnish that helps to balance out the bitterness and sourness of the drink perfectly. Photos: Diageo Malaysia
Single malt whisky brand The Singleton recently launched the Singleton Selects campaign, a unique and creative food and beverage movement that aims to create exceptional eat-drink experiences for Malaysians.
“Singleton Selects is a platform for us to welcome a new generation of whisky drinkers, particularly for those who are new to malt whisky,” according to Rajesh Joshi, marketing director of Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia for Diageo brands. “Through it, consumers can experience the versatility of Singleton through innovative pairings.”
For the first collaboration, Singleton worked with premium coffee roaster Coffex Coffee to come up with a whisky + coffee pairing unlike any other.
Coffex Coffee is an established and prestigious specialty coffee roaster that was first established in Melbourne in 1959. Known for its consistent and reliable blends, the brand first came to Malaysia in 1998, and has since grown into a major coffee and coffee equipment supplier.
The pedigree and quality of Coffex Coffee’s blends are the perfect match to the whiskies made by The Singleton, a range of single malt whiskies produced by Diageo that consists of malts from three distilleries – Glen Ord, Dufftown and Glendullan.
Glen Ord is the oldest (it was founded in 1838), and the only Highland distillery among the three. The Singleton Of Glen Ord is currently available in Malaysia, with four expressions: Signature, 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old.
For the collaboration, Coffex Coffee commissioned mixologist Kelvin Lee to create four exclusive cocktails by fusing its premium fresh coffee beans with The Singleton’s distinct expressions.
Each cocktail was designed to not only highlight the distinct flavours of both the whisky and the coffee, but also blend them both together to create a whole new experience altogether.
Besides using a different Singleton Of Glen Ord whisky for each of the four cocktails, Lee also chose two different coffee beans – Ethiopia Limu Agaro Yukro, and Ethiopia Limu Hunda Oli.
Besides using pure espresso in the cocktail, Lee found some different and unique ways to incorporate the coffee into the drinks, including using it to make syrup, and freezing them into ice cubes.
“It can be hard to pair coffee with whisky, because the coffee flavours might overpower the whisky. But we managed to research and slowly discover the best beans and best way to pair with each of the whiskies,” he said.
“The four cocktails each have their own distinct flavours: the first one is a more refreshing style to go with your appetisers, the second is a sour cocktail, then a sweet one, before ending with a strong one.”
The Singleton Ethiopia Style is a savoury, rich tipple that has layers of coffee, whisky, and honeydew flavours.
The Singleton Ethiopia Style
What’s in it: Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Years, homemade Coffex Ethiopia Limu Agaro Yukro syrup, honeydew fruit, chocolate syrup, lemon juice, and egg white.
The drink is a savoury, rich tipple that has layers of coffee, whisky, and honeydew flavours. Because the coffee is present in the syrup rather than from a direct shot of espresso, the coffee doesn’t overpower the more subtle flavours in the drink. Instead, the acidic, bitter coffee notes are present more in the background, melding together with the sweetness of the chocolate syrup, and the fruitiness of the honeydew and the whisky.
“The honeydew is there to enhance the Singleton. The 12YO is a light style of whisky, has a berry, fruity type of flavour, so the honeydew juice is meant to bring out that flavour,” said Lee.
The Singleton Presso-Tini
What’s in it: Singleton of Glen Ord 15 Years, Coffex Ethiopia Limu Agaro Yukro espresso, Earl Grey syrup, lemon juice, andmarshmallow to garnish.
This drink is where the true nature of the Ethiopia Limu Agaro Yukro comes out in full force. While the Earl Grey syrup adds a bit of tea-sweetness, it is the coffee that really stands out here, as the bitter but aromatic qualities of the bean pairs well with the slightly spicier notes of the whisky. The drink overall is a bit on the bitter side, but taking a bite of the marshmallow helps to balance it out more.
The Singleton Naughty Butter is one nutty cocktail, in all senses of the word.
The Singleton Naughty Butter
What’s in it: Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years, Coffex Ethiopia Limu Hunda Oli espresso, peanut butter, macadamia nut syrup, agave syrup, and milk, with crushed peanuts and meringue garnish.
This is one nutty cocktail indeed, in all senses of the word. The Singleton 18YO on its own is already a decent dram – with lots of dark fruit notes, and some spiciness, though not as distinct as the 15YO. Lee, however, came up with a drink that enhances the dark fruit notes, while bringing out the nuttier flavours of the coffee by pairing it with peanut butter.
You may think the peanut butter flavours would overpower the coffee and whisky, but it actually helps to bind the bitterness of the coffee and the dark fruit notes of the whisky, while making for a drink that is as much a spectacle (and a meal!) as it is a drink. If you love peanut butter and coffee, you’ll love this.
The Singleton Kopi Ais is an after-dinner drink that reminds one of kopi O ais.
The Singleton Kopi Ais is an after-dinner drink that reminds one of kopi O ais.
The Singleton Kopi Ais
What’s in it: Singleton of Glen Ord Signature, Coffex Ethiopia Limu Hunda Oli espresso frozen into ice cubes, and agave syrup.
An after dinner drink that would remind most people of kopi O ais, but with an added whisky kick. The Singleton Signature is a medium bodied tipple that is good as an everyday session whisky.
Here, the focus is on making this a drink that one has after dinner, much like an after-dinner coffee. Instead of using pure espresso (and thus drowning out the whisky completely), Lee decided to freeze the coffee into ice cubes so that the coffee seeps into the drink as it dilutes. It’s an ingenious way to highlight both the qualities of the whisky and the coffee as well.
Exclusive New Year at Sidama
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If you had your New Year in January and you are craving for the next holiday, just come to Ethiopia which can allow you to have an exclusive New Year in June.
The UNESCO registered heritage festivity marks the Sidama people New Year. The Fichee-Chambalaalla festivity started by a married Sidama woman who paid a visit to her parents and relatives annually. She used to bring ''buurisame'' a local favorite made from false banana tree (quocho flour) mixed with spiced and purified butter and organic milk._ She served the special dish to her family and the neighbours which remained to be a symbol of unification and generosity of the society. The people kept the gala marking their New Year.
The Sidama have their own unique calendar; a week has five days, a month has twenty-eight days while a year is thirteen months long. Each year, the celebration date is fixed by the local elders who count the days through astrology practice. The day is commemorated with colorful carnivals, songs, yummy local dishes and a lot of milk. It’s a day of equality, allowing all the public to come together and celebrate irrespective of their gender, age and social status. During the eve, traditionally dressed children knock on every door to wish everyone happy New Year. It's a tradition to give the children ''buurisame'' as a sign of acceptance to their good wish.
You might think it’s outdated to receive advices and life instructions from elders and local leaders; but not to the Sidama people who live up to the elder’s instructions and life directions. Two weeks before Fiche, elders hold a fasting after which they pronounce blessings upon their people, cattle and villages. All the locals gather around the elders to listen to their annual life advices plus dos and don’ts. It’s not just a taboo to violate these instructions but also causes liability if the offense happens to be grave enough and done intentionally. The advices include: do not take what belongs to another, do not implore, be consistent to respect every society, work hard and do not cut down trees.
On Fiche day the ''buurisame'' is served in a wooden bowl called shafeta, which is larger than the one they commonly use for other occasions. People scoop the ''buurisame'' with the false banana leaf from one large bowl and eat it taking a dip at the hot butter. As a sign of respect for the cattle’s, Fiche celebration dishes do not include meat, because they believe they must honor their cattle on that day. If there is meat in anybody’s house from previous days, they put it outside of their home until the end of the celebration.
If you want to experience an exceptional carnival, local fashion and great food, you have come to the right place. Bonding with the locals is very easy who will make you feel at home sharing everything they have. It's truly a place which stays in your memory, already forcing you to make a return trip.