Experts, Officials to Discuss Ethiopia’s Logistic-related Challenges

ADDIS ABEBA – Experts and government officials are set to look for solutions for logistics-related challenges the Ethiopian economy faces.

This conference plans to review the status of the Ethiopian Logistics sector, to learn from other countries’ experiences and to identify solutions that could be implemented in the Ethiopian context.

It will identify concrete solutions, ways of improving Ethiopia’s ease-of-doing-business and economic and environmental sustainability in the development of the logistics sector, said the organizers.

The two-day meeting, under “Logistics Solutions Conference for Export-led Economic Growth of Ethiopia” theme, will be held next week, Nov 13-14, at Skylight Hotel.

“Ethiopian has several logistics-related problems,” said Elizabeth Getahun, chief executive officer of organizing firm Panafric Global.

Apart from the limited port, she said the economy has faced multiple challenges emanating from the finance system, transport, supply chine and infrastructure-related challenges.

“The conference aims to seek solutions for these major challenges,” she added.

Ethiopia has recently drafted a National Logistics Strategy document which identifies the major problems and solutions.

The conference that will bring experts and officials from various sectors and different countries will also help create a “good relationship between the stakeholders to generate ideas for the sector”, Elizabeth said.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organized the conference in collaboration with government offices such as Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC).

“Logistical challenges are the bottleneck for the development of this country and investors. That’s why GIZ wants to help east them,” said Ulrich Plein, program manager special initiative jobs at GIZ.

Panelists from different countries Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, Morocco, Bangladesh, Singapore and Germany are expected to share their experience during the two-day event.

The conference will also showcase an exhibition with both international and national operators working in the logistics sector. 

By Mhret G/Kristos