Inclusive Growth and Decent Work for Achieving Nat’l Plan

A tripartite technical discussion organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the International Labour Organization (ILO) together with Labour Unions deliberated on minimum wage setting system with the theme ‘Possible Roadmap Towards a Minimum Wage System for Ethiopia’ in Bishoftu May 14-15, 2019.

The ILO Five-year Programme ‘Advancing Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization in Ethiopia’ implementation was launched in April 2019 aimed at improving respect of workers’ rights leading to greater incomes and compensation, and enhanced safety, equality, voice, and representation. The program also aims to lift industrial productivity and competitiveness to assist sectors become globally competitive and encourage accountable and transparent government institutions.

Cognizant of the program the tripartite technical discussion in its conclusions highlighted that as Ethiopia has embarked on a journey towards industrialization and building up investment in infrastructure, the creation of employment and decent work that brings about increased productivity and competitiveness is a key priority in the development efforts in Ethiopia, according to EHPEA staff members who participated the discussion.


Furthermore, it was indicated that an inclusive and job rich growth through decent work is the backbone for achieving the Growth and Transformation Plan vision of attaining a middle-income economy by 2025. At a national level, the project has started facilitating social dialogue among multiple stakeholders in developing common vision and strategies to support the country’s endeavours to become an African hub of socially responsible production both for global and domestic market.

As the program aims to support fixing minimum wage as well as enhancing the capacity of government institution to prevent and resolve labour dispute, the tripartite technical discussion is said to have been instrumental.

The discussion was attended by representatives and experts came together from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Regional States Bureaus (Amhara, Oromia, Addis Ababa, Benshangul-Gumuz), EHPEA and Labour Unions.

According to the Ethiopian Herald Vol. lXXV published 11 May 2019, the Confederation of Ethiopia Trade Union (CETU) has already submitted request to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) to set a national minimum wage with the objective of addressing complaints occurring in connection with salary payments.

In order to ensure occupational health and safety, establishing a sustainable workplace injury prevention, protection and compensation system is quite essential. At a factory level the ILO project is providing demand-driven capacity building support informed by assessment results. The support is geared towards improving the participating factories productivity, working conditions and industrial relation to make the factory competitive in local and international market. The program also aims to improve supervisory and HR skills as well as incorporate gender equality and diversity principles to encourage women worker to reach leadership.

Ethiopia at the Beijing International Horticulture Expo 2019

Ethiopia’s floriculture and coffee commodities are currently being showcased at the Beijing International Horticulture Expo 2019 which is being held in Yanqing District of Beijing, China. The Beijing Expo 2019 aims to create a new horizon for world horticulture and new model of ecological civilization. Being held in a huge park of over 500 hectares, at the foot of the world famous Great Wall of China, Beijing Expo 2019 is the world’s largest horticultural show. During its six-month run, the Beijing Expo is expected to attract 16 million visitors from all over the world. Over 110 countries, including Ethiopia, are exhibiting floricultural and horticultural products and promoting their tourism attractions and cultural heritage.

Officially inaugurated on April 28, 2019 in a ceremony attended by leaders of various countries including President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the Expo was timed to open at the end of the second Belt and Road summit. In his opening address, President Xi emphasized the importance of green development and ecological civilization through the development of horticulture industry. The Ethiopian delegation was led by Minister of Agriculture, Oumer Hussien.

Ethiopia is exhibiting its flowers and coffee as well as its extensive networks of tourist attractions to the Chinese public and to the world. Commenting on the exuberant mood of visitors of Ethiopian pavilion, Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Ambassador Teshome Toga, said that “the platform unfolds a new prospect and vitality for Ethiopia’s horticultural commodities and tourist attractions to penetrate the huge China’s market.” He added that the theme of the Expo, “Live Green, Live Better”, closely aligned with Ethiopia’s own Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy. In an interview given to the People’s Daily, Minister Oumer Hussien said “President Xi’s speech was inspirational in the sense that creating a harmonious relationship between humankind and nature is a necessity and commonly shared by all countries, and we need to treat nature in a sustainable manner to ensure the future of the next generation.”

Ethiopian horticultural development for the export of flowers, fruit and vegetables, favoured by the country’s suitable climate, has been one of its major success stories of recent years. The sector has attracted a huge investment flow and had been steadily penetrating international markets over the last two decades. Mainly driven by the expanding middle classes’ strong level of consumer confidence, backed by a younger generation who see cut flowers as part of daily life, China is becoming the largest potential marketplace of horticultural products. Expo 2019 marks a new chapter and will help to open doors for Ethiopian horticulture producers and exporters to translate their global market successes into action on China as well.

Ethiopia’s theme for Expo 2019 is “13 Months of Green Production”portraying a picture of sustainable, harmonious and eco-friendly horticulture, produced all the year round. During the first week of the Expo, the Ethiopian pavilion caught the eyes of more than 7,000 visitors who were impressed by the colourful flowers on display and the traditional coffee ceremony. Over the next months, Ethiopia will now be organizing a series of colourful cultural performances in China to add a further dimension to the cultural and other attractions on display.

Beijing International Horticulture Expo 2019, the world’s premium horticultural exhibition, is approved by International Association of Horticultural Producers and held under the auspices of International Bureau of Exhibitions, with the support of the Government of China. Ethiopia’s participation in this Expo is being overseen by a National Steering Committee composed of various government and private entities, and State Minister of Agriculture, Aynalem Nigusie, nominated as a Commissioner-General for Ethiopia’s Pavilion. A delegation of Ethiopian commercial horticultural farmers, led by Zelalem Mesele, the President of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association, also attended the Expo. (Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, London, UK).

Commission, farms hold consultative meeting

Predicating upon a binding document sent to horticultural farms couple of months ago by the Federal Commission of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, member farms and Commission officials came together at EHPEA Hall in Addis Ababa on Tuesday taking advantage of deliberation platform created by EHPEA.

During the deliberation representatives of various horticulture farms have voiced their concerns mentioning that a “binding document” issued to farms on environmental matters was not timely and appropriate. “The Commission shouldn’t have dispatched the document without putting any precondition and providing support ahead of time. Support and teaching as well as discussions should have been given precedence over warning.”

Participants who attended the meeting on behalf of their farms indicated that it takes adequate time and budget to fully implement the Code of Conduct and that the Commission is expected to extend awareness creation and follow-through on progress among the farms even if punishments are found to be necessary. It was also noted during the discussion that ‘big misconception which regards floriculture as a threat should be rectified.’

A participant on behalf of Red Fox PLC on the occasion said that the job opportunities and hard currency generation by the farms should not be taken for granted. “Our company has more than 2,500 employees and we pay up to two million birr every month. Floriculture farms are making significant contribution to the country’s income generation and tax. Thus, we deserve assistance from the government.”

Similarly, Florensis Ethiopia representative pointed out that although the company has made strides towards applying the Code of Conduct which was designed jointly by the Commission and EHPEA, the procedure and reporting of Environment Audit manually has posed a challenge.

Representative of Olij Roses also noted that as the government is inviting new foreign investors to engage in the horticulture sector, a clear-cut regulation has to be in place first and foremost.

Dugda Farm member during the discussion also made a point that even if some farms have made improvements even after the Commission’s binding document, no supervisor or auditor has returned to examine possible progress on farms environmental protection activities. Comments and suggestions were provided at one time but we have not seen any one who appeared for follow up and/or supervision in the last two months.

Responding to the questions and suggestions of the Farms, Commission representative said that no company could have even met the bronze level had the Commission been strict on the Code of Conduct. “We have tried level best to give support to the farms instead of urging them to entirely apply the Code.”

Macfrut Expo 2019 concluded

A prominent Fruit & Veg Professional Show in Italy, Macfrut Exhibition, was concluded Friday May 10, 2019.
Macfrut 2019 African Pavilion was officially inaugurated at Ethiopia’s stand in Rimini Expo Centre by H.E. Emanuela Del Re, Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Five EHPEA member farms that exhibited their products at the Expo also participated in a B2B sessions, study tour and training on how to get access to finance from Italy.
Involving exhibitors from more than ten sectors besides fruit and vegetable industry, the Show focused mainly on agriculture technology.
At the expo EHPEA member farms exhibited their products such as strawberry, table grapes, fine beans, asparagus and avocado, according to Yemisrach Birhanu, who took part in the show on behalf of EHPEA.

Ministry pledges directive conducive for horticulture

With the objective of assessing progress in policy framework on Integrated Pest Management the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) and key stakeholders held a validation workshop in Adama late last week.

Agriculture State Minister Sani Redi said during the workshop that all necessary support would be provided in order to accelerate completion of the regulation which is due to be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval.

The State Minister also noted that once the regulation is finalized and approved, the Ministry will give attention to devising a directive which suits the interests and priorities of the horticulture sector.

Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association Executive Director Tewodros Zewdie remarked on the occasion that EHPEA’s collaborative effort with the Ministry and other relevant governmental offices will be upheld even after the regulation is approved. “EHPEA will contribute to the effort being made to improving agricultural production and productivity through giving due emphasis to quality export in the horticulture sector. “

EHPEA, being a signatory of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPCC), is expected to have a comprehensive quarantine regulation which encompasses a wide ranging points mainly issues related with bio-agent.

Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute, Regional State Agricultural Bureaus, Regional Agricultural Institutions, Regional Quarantine Offices, Universities, Input suppliers and Commercial farms were in attendance.

MoF approves Tax Free Imports of Agricultural Mechanization, Irrigation and Animal Feed Technologies

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) approved the imports of agricultural mechanization, irrigation and animal feed technologies, and equipment to be tax-free. The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) initiated the tax reform policy by conducting a cost-benefit analysis and identified and listed the equipment to be imported tax-free.

Based on the study recommendation by ATA, the Agricultural Transformation Council provided direction to facilitate farmers’ access to agricultural technologies which will ensure food security at the household level and national nutrition development, the MoA formally submitted the tax wavering request in December 2018.

This tax reform is aimed at enhancing the agriculture sector by removing duty and taxes on imports of farming machinery, irrigation and drainage equipment as well as animal feed ingredients and technologies; providing incentives to invest in the importation and local production of these technologies.

The MoF wrote the letter of approval to the Customs Commission with a list of technologies and equipment to be imported tax-free.


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Turkish Cargo to start flying to Addis

Turkish Airlines, which recently moved its airport from Ataturk to Istanbul, will begin flying cargo planes to Addis Ababa.
Turkish flies to 56 African destinations which is the second highest next to Ethiopian and their desire to increase their market in Africa even further. Company officials who met with Ethiopian journalists at the Istanbul headquarters stated that Africa remains the priority for Turkish Airlines, as the air carrier expands to all four corners of the world. They said that aviation would continue growing in the future and Turkish would grow more than the global trend.

As of April 6 the airlines began using the newly built ultra-modern Istanbul Airport replacing their older hub at Ataturk Airport. Once completed in 2027, the Istanbul airport is expected to be the busiest airport in the world with six runways and four terminals that can accommodate 200 million passengers a year.
Tuncay Eminoglu, Vice President for Asia and Far East at Turkish Airlines says they have gone from 162 planes and 3 million passengers in 2003 to 515 aircraft and 30 million passengers in 2018. In the decade between 2008 and 2018 they experienced a passenger growth rate of 12.8 percent, three times the world’s average.

By 2023 Turkish hopes to serve 140 million passengers. Currently, according to 2017 International Air Transport Association (IATA) statistics the Airline serves the 17th highest number of flyers in the world but according to Eminoglu, by 2032 they expect to be in the top ten. The IATA forecasted in 2018, that China, the US, India and Indonesia would be the fastest growing countries in terms of passengers.
Turkey is rapidly transporting more passengers and cargo so the new airport will be able to serve the highest number of passengers in the world, park 500 planes, feature 500 check-in points and accommodate 143 boarding bridges. The 700,000sqm airport will also have the largest maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) in the world.
At the new airport the aviation firm manages three run ways and they expect to serve 90 million passengers this year and carry 2.5 million tons of cargo. The project has three phases and each phase will increase cargo capacity by 5.5 million tons. By the end of the project the number of passengers would double to 200 million. The company officials explained that by 2025, the aviation sector will contribute 4.9 percent to the GDP and 225,000 jobs. When the airport is finished it will have six runways and four terminals.

Istanbul, which attracts tourists from around the world with its vast historic and cultural heritages and natural location that divides Europe with Asia. In 2017 the country was visited by 40 million tourists, the seventh most in the world.

World Day for Safety and Health marked in Addis Ababa

EHPEA places emphasis on precautionary measures to avert occupational safety problems
World Day for Safety and Health 2019 was marked on Friday May 03, 2019 at national level with a tripartite panel discussion held at Blue Sky Hotel in Addis Ababa. The Day, marked for the 16th and 15th time at World and national levels respectively, has been themed: “Safety and Health and the Future of Work.” Representatives and panelists from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), Employers and Employees Unions took part in the tripartite panel discussion.

During the discussion Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) Executive Director Tewodros Zewdie said Occupational Safety and Health is not only part and parcel of basic human rights but it is vital to sustainable growth and development. “The number of lives lost in connection with occupational safety is not insignificant. Problems occurring with occupational safety cause huge social and economic problems to employers and society, government and countries at large. The problem is yet unaddressed.”

Tewodros said it is often possible to avert mostoccupational safety-related problems through taking precautionary measures before they inflict enormous losses. Thus, focusing on the ways and means of prevention, every actor in the sector is expected to contribute part through introducing a strong follow up platform on attitudinal, procedural and standards management.

The Executive  Director stressed on the indispensability of adequate awareness creation activity through strengthening Employer-Government-Labour tripartite relationships.

Indicating that the concerted effort made by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has made modest contribution to the national development drive, the sector has created numerous opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises across the country.

After the introduction of EHPEA Code of Practice – professional ethics — some 12 years ago, impressive achievements have been witnessed with respect to boosting the productivity and profitability of farms in the sector. With a view to applying the Code, EHPEA has been making relentless effort towards furthering occupational safety and related matters through capacity building trainings.

On the occasion, MoLSA Industry Occupational Safety and Health Team Leader Mesfin Yilma highlighted that utmost attention has to be given to occupational safety and labour health in higher education researches so that strides could be made in the area.

Royal FloraHolland traded over 12 bln products in 2018

In 2018, 12.1 billion flowers and plants were traded at the Royal FloraHolland marketplace. Product sales amounted to € 4.65 billion, a slight decrease of 0.8% compared to 2017. The warm summer in Europe and the cold weather conditions in the most important production areas in Africa are an explanation for this. The average prices were slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017. The flowers and plants were supplied by 5,550 suppliers and purchased by 2,465 customers. This is apparent from the 2018 annual report that was published on 15 April 2019.

CEO Steven van Schilfgaarde: “We focus on developing the combination of the digital and physical marketplace for flowers and plants. That is where our future lies. Royal FloraHolland develops new services in the area of ​​deal making, financial settlement and logistics, aimed at growers and their buyers. Services that make our customers successful. The extra attention to improving daily services and the focus on our core activities has paid off. Major investments were made in 2018. As a result, customer satisfaction improved greatly in 2018. ” .

Royal FloraHolland is committed to a future-proof floriculture sector in which flowers and plants are grown and traded with respect for people and the environment. As a participant in the Floriculture Sustainable Initiative, Royal FloraHolland is committed to making the production of members more sustainable. The target for 2020 is to have 90% of the products grown and traded sustainably. In 2018 the percentages were 40% for flowers and 63% for plants. Sustainability also includes the use of sustainable packaging. Royal FloraHolland is one of the signatories to the Plastic Pact.

With more than 100,000 transactions per day and more than 30,000 different types of flowers and plants, Royal FloraHolland is the international marketplace and knowledge partner that contributes to the success of growers and buyers. Royal FloraHolland has an annual turnover of 4.65 billion euros, 4,031 members and 2,465 buyers. 12.1 billion flowers and plants were sold in 2018. In addition to the Floriday digital platform, Royal FloraHolland has 4 physical market places where numerous logistics and other service activities are performed. These physical hubs are located in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Eelde. Royal FloraHolland offers the possibility of digital and physical auctioning through 35 auction clocks, according to FlowerWeb.

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