ADDIS ABABA – Italy on Thursday said the latest cooperation agreement its ambassador signed with the Ethiopian ministry of finance will boost the skills of women entrepreneurs to enter the leather industry.
The two countries signed implementing agreements related to two programs within the Ethio-Italian Cooperation Country Framework.
The agreement signed between Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, Arturo Luzzi, and Yasmin Wohabrebbi, State Minister Finance, on July 1, particularly, focuses on supporting women “to enter or grow in the leather sector”, said the embassy of Italy in Addis Ababa.
The program, with a budget of 1 Million Euro, aims at promoting entrepreneurial development and employment opportunities for women in the leather sector enhancing entrepreneurial skills, strengthening market linkages, and networking opportunities, it added.
Meanwhile, the two countries agreed another implementing deal on “building labour market intermediation that supports economic transformation in Ethiopia”.
With a grant of 4 Million Euros, the overall objective of the project is to improve labour market outcomes for the rural population in Ethiopia by building effective Public Employment Services, according to the embassy.
“The project aims to establish pilot rural job centers in three regions of the country providing services to vulnerable job seekers,” it added.
The project is part of the government’s ‘National Job Creation Plan 2020- 2025’ established to respond to one of the national priorities. These include creating jobs for millions of young Ethiopians entering the workforce each year and reducing the national unemployment rate.
Both agreements were also co-signed by the Head of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency’s (AICS) office in Addis Ababa, Isabella Lucaferri.
Featuered Image: Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, Arturo Luzzi [Photo Twitter/ItalyMFA]