Ministry Revamps Two-Decade-Old Industrial Policy

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Africa-Press Ethiopia

With the assistance of a New York-based consulting firm, the Ministry of Trade & Industry has started revamping the nation’s two-decade-old industrial policy. Initiated last March, the policy is expected to be finalised by the end of the fiscal year.

Aimed at fostering the country’s manufacturing capability and competitiveness, the revision is being undertaken by Dalberg, an international consulting firm headquartered in New York. The detailed analysis drawn up by the consultants is expected to provide a five-year industry strategy, incentive packages, and an operational guideline for implementation along with industrial policy.

The revised industrial policy targets to double import substitution in the country, which currently stands at 30pc. Shifting local investors to manufacturing and creating a conducive environment for foreign investors is one of its primary goals, according to Melaku Alebel, minister of Trade & Industry.

“The growth of the manufacturing industry will have spillover effects in the market and the service sector as well,” he told Fortune. “This is also in line with fostering the right environment for the export of products.”

A steering committee made up of members from the Planning & Development Commission and the ministries of Finance, Agriculture, and Revenues oversee the revised policy.

Another major objective is boosting foreign direct investment (FDI) flow into the country, which has been on a steady decline after recording its highest-ever level at 4.1 billion dollars in 2015. Last year the recorded FDI stood at 2.5 billion dollars, the lowest it has been since 2014.

 

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