Let Ethiopia Produce A Leap Forward in Industrial Productivity

Let Ethiopia Produce

Let Ethiopia Produce: Registering Greater Leap Forward in Industrial Productivity

The nationwide movement, “Let Ethiopia Produce”, has been making significant strides in enabling small and medium level industries to contribute to the production capacity of Ethiopia, according to regional chief administrators.

A New Era in Industrial Productivity

Launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed two years ago, “Let Ethiopia Produce” aims to realise sustainable industrial productivity and competitiveness by curtailing bottlenecks, strengthening innovation, import substitution, and enabling the sector to play a role in national economic development efforts.

Regional Administrators Share Success Stories

The Chief Administrators of the South West Ethiopia and South Ethiopia regions shared insights on the impact of “Let Ethiopia Produce.” First, Negash Wagesho, Chief Administrator of South West Ethiopia, highlighted that the government has devoted special nationwide focus to developing the manufacturing sector. This aligns with the Ten Years Perspective Plan.

Moreover, he noted that the regions have witnessed substantial progress in manufacturing. However, challenges persist in areas like infrastructure, skilled labor, and access to finance. Nevertheless, the initiative has catalyzed industrial growth and job creation in both regions.Overall, the administrators underscored the positive impact while acknowledging ongoing hurdles. Continued efforts aim to further strengthen the manufacturing base across Ethiopia.

Boosting Import Substitution and Export Commodities

The “Let Ethiopia Produce” movement has ushered in a new epoch in import substitution and the production of higher quantity and quality export commodities, as well as producing value-added agricultural and mining commodities for the international and local markets.

Increased Production Capacity and Job Opportunities

With the launch of “Let Ethiopia Produce,” the manufacturing sector leaped forward. It enabled factories that had ceased operations to restart production. Moreover, the production capacity of factories increased substantially. Consequently, this created a favorable opportunity for renowned foreign investors. They could now participate in the manufacturing sector. Additionally, small and medium enterprises flourished in the region. These enterprises, in turn, created job opportunities for the youth. The initiative reinvigorated growth and employment in manufacturing. Both large factories and smaller businesses benefited tremendously.

Value-Added Agricultural and Mining Commodities

Cooperatives in the region have embarked on producing value-added agricultural products, which can be used as inputs for manufacturing industries. These industries have enabled the creation of employment opportunities for the youth, helping them engage in asset creation.

New Labour Culture and National Development

Tilahune Kebede, Chief Administrator of South Ethiopia Region, stated that “Let Ethiopia Produce” has introduced a new level of labour culture and trend in utilising local commodities for national development. The quantity and quality of commodities produced in manufacturing industries have increased, enabling them to compete on local markets.

Supporting the Successful Implementation of “Let Ethiopia Produce”

The regions have focused on developing the agriculture and mining sectors. As a result, these sectors can contribute to manufacturing growth.Additionally, efforts are underway to intensify support for successful “Let Ethiopia Produce” implementation. For instance, the regions plan to provide production and sales centers. Furthermore, they aim to improve water, electricity, and road infrastructure facilities.

Moreover, enhancing access to finance is a priority. To achieve this, the regions are networking with the Development Bank of Ethiopia. Ultimately, these measures aim to bolster the manufacturing sector’s development.

In conclusion, “Let Ethiopia Produce” has been registering a greater leap forward in enabling small and medium level industries to contribute to the production capacity of Ethiopia. The movement has boosted industrial productivity, import substitution, and national economic development. As the regions continue to support the development of the agriculture and mining sectors, the possibilities for growth and development are endless.

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