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  • Ethiopian Berbere accepted by UK, rejected by Germany


    For the first time since banning the product in 2016, Britain allowed two containers of hot pepper from Ethiopia into their country. However samples from three hot pepper exporters were rejected at a Germany laboratory last week.

    Hot pepper powder from Ethiopia was banned by the EU after being found to have unsafe levels of Aflatoxins and ochratoxin A.

    On Thursday May 11 a company run by Ethiopian Diaspora which imports Ethiopian pepper from two local companies was allowed to distribute the product in Britain after laboratory tests determined the hot pepper powder met European Union standards.


    Addisu Alemayehu, spice researcher and secretary general of Ethiopian Spice, Aromatic and Herbs Growers and Processors Association, confirmed that about USD 327,000 worth of pepper was distributed into the market as of Thursday.

    Despite good news however pepper exporters were not so lucky in Germany.

    “Their product sample was rejected by a German laboratory,” an exporter said.

    Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin are a daunting challenge for the Ethiopian hot pepper business, it is the spice Ethiopia exports the most.
    A delegation accompanying Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn during his visit to London, met with representatives of the European Union to talk about the issue. The Ethiopian Embassy in London has been working hard to alleviate the situation by collaborating with importers based in Britain.

    Sources said that the embassy has also facilitated a meeting with EU representatives to talk about the hot pepper issue. Capital was unable to confirm if the discussions were held by the time it went to press.


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  • The First Engine Factory Opens in Meqelle


    The first engine manufacturing plant in the country is set to be operational in Meqelle, Tigray Regional State, with a 350 million Birr investment from the local military base corporation.

    Named as Mekelle Engine Production Factory, the company is established by one of the 15 subsidiary companies under the Metal & Engineering Corporation (MetEC), the Ethiopian Power Engineering Industry (EPEI).

    Mekelle Engine Production Factory has a production capacity of manufacturing 20,000 engines annually. It produces three types of engines; small, medium and heavy engines used for different purposes including for vehicles, water pumps and power generators. The small engines are for Bajaj, pumps, power generators and walking tractors; medium engines are for buses and trucks, and heavy engines are for construction machinery such as loaders, excavators and graders.

    The construction of the company started in 2015 and was completed last year, and currently, it is piloting production.
    The company was initiated after various questions were raised during the Ethio-Metal and Engineering International Exhibition that was held in 2012, according to Mossa Yimame (Maj.) deputy general manager and marketing and sales head of EPEI.

    During the exhibition, it was commented that importing engines and spare parts is the biggest challenge of companies that are engaged in the metal and engineering industries,” Mossa told Fortune. “This inspired us to establish the factory.”

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  • Enabling cross-border trade in Africa

    DireTube News, Addis Ababa—The Pan-Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) has organized a consultation meeting on cross border trade, which will take place next week, 21-22 of May, 2017.

    The consultation, which is focused on “‘Enabling Crosse Border Trade - Ways Chambers of Commerce can lobby in Support of the Single Window Meeting” is going to be held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) compound.

    PACCI told Dire Tube that the meeting will be held with the support of the UNECA and African Trade Policy Center (ATPC), is expected to update business on the progress made in implementing the Trade Single Window system across the continent and to contribute your ideas to help shape the future of import/export processes and formalities in Africa.

    “The main objective of the meeting will be to discuss elements of the Trade Single Window, and the experiences in Kenya and Nigeria, as well as the progress made and the challenges encountered by Chambers of Commerce in the issuance of electronic certificate of origin,” Leul Wondemeneh, Program Manager at PACCI, told Dire Tube.

    It further aims to share with key stakeholders the experiences of African countries in implementing a Single Window to enhance the efficient exchange of information between trade and government, and discuss further what governments, with the support of international organizations, should do to implement the Single Window facility as a national policy, according to PACCI’s statement.

    “PACCI aims to hear from businesses and stakeholders who are involved in cross-border trading, what governments and international organizations should do to alleviate the problem,” Leul explains.

    PACCI has always been supportive of the trade facilitation agreement and has taken the initiative to call for member views on what follows next in terms of reforms and sensitization or public awareness.

     PACCI has a unique opportunity to influence the trade policy process of the government; to channel industry views on trade facilitation issues; identify concerns and new opportunities brought on by this new agreement; and advocate for tackling key problem areas. PACCI is keen to submit an evidence-based, meaningful, and progressive recommendation to governments.

    Full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), is forecast to slash members' trade costs by an average of 14.3 percent, with developing countries having the most to gain, according to a 2015 study carried out by World Trade Organization’s economists. The TFA is also likely to reduce the time needed to import goods by over a day and a half and to export goods by almost two days, representing a reduction of 47 percent and 91 percent respectively over the current average.

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  • Ethiopia buys 19% stake in Somaliland’s Berbera port deal

    The President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo said that he was highly honored for attending the official launching of Berbera Port as a DP World investiture.

    He said that the Berbera Port’s takeover by the DP World to be one of the 78 ports and terminals they ran was indeed a milestone for Somaliland as far as progress and development was concerned.

    The Head of State pointed out since there was a cut-throat competition in the trade sector and that it was incumbent upon him to do what was best for the country as far as foreign investment was concerned hence the steps taken towards the modernization and expansion of Berbera Port, and its management.

    “As the President I have realized this dream of expanding and modernized the port, a fact which will change the lives of many people for the better”, said the President.
    He noted that the steps taken by the DP World will be an impetus to beckon other investment opportunities.
    The Spokesman clarified the fact that the 19% given to the Ethiopian government did not touch on the 35% SL share but the 65% UAE one.

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  • Over 850 mln Birr Gift Real Estate village inaugurated

    Gift Real Estate’s new village which built at a cost of over 850 million Birr has been inaugurated on Saturday.

    The inaugural ceremony held on May 13 held at Meri Loqe (around CMC road) has been graced by the presence of higher officials like

    President Dr. Mulatu Teshome and Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, Ministry of Urban Development and Houses, among others.

    The village is rests on 90,229 meter care of land with over 350 villa houses of different designs.

    The target customers are going to be people with having a higher and middle income levels, according to the Gift Real Estate’s press statement availed to Dire Tube.

    Gift’s total amount of investment is two billion Birr on 16.3 hectare of land dedicated from the government. The company has created 1500 permanent and temporary job opportunities.

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  • Belayab launches Kia’s Rio and Picanto, Kia’s “Tiger Nose” brand cars

    Belayab Motors, a subsidiary of Belayab Investment Group, has been launched its locally assembled Rio and Picanto, Kia’s “Tiger Nose” popular model sedan cars assembled in Adama city.

    The launching even held on Thursday, 11 May, 2017 at Sheraton Addis Hotel.

    Belayab Motors singed a “distributorship agreement” with South Korea’s Kia Motors Corporations (KMC) on June last year. The franchise agreement enables Belayab Motors to assemble Kia’s brand models of Sedan, Sport Utility and Multi-purpose Vehicles (MPVs)and sale them in the Ethiopian market.

    Currently, a subsidiary of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia Motors produces more than 1.5 million vehicles annually. Kia has 13 manufacturing and assembly operations in eight countries, which sale and provide services through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries.

    Kia motors employs 40,000 fulltime workers worldwide and has annual revenues of 14.6 billion USD. It was in 2005 that Kia Motors Corporations introduced its present brand motto—Kia, “The Power to Surprise”.

    Together with doing its business, Belayab Motors is also discharging its social corporate responsibility. On the launching event held yesterday, Belayab has contributed 100 thousand Birr to Mekedonia Home for the Elderly and Mentally Disabled Peoples’.

    Adding to that, economically, Belayab is also working to create job opportunities for youths in Adama city, first by providing them with a capacity building trainings, which will empower them by transferring updated knowledge of the automotive industry.

    Currently, Belayab Motors launched KMC’s brand Rio, Picanto, sedan car models in tandem with the company’s plan to launch another popular sedan car model, Cerato as well as the famous Sportage and Soul Suvs and MPVs in the upcoming Ethiopian New Year.

    Belayab Investment Group is a family owned business of eleven brothers and a sister who named the business after their late father, “Belay Habte-Ghiorgis”, in order in order to honor his legacy. The investment group owns eleven subsidiary companies among which the larger five; Belayab Motors, Golden Tulip Hotel in Addis Abeba, Licon Construction Grade BC-2 Contractor and Lewis Construction Materials Supply Enterprise.

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