Timely delivery is another challenge that industry confronts.
Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers' Association is a national sectoral association of the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Industry. Re-established in 2003, ETGAMA represents the interest of its members in different forms. Members' capacity building, market linkage formation, information supply and advocating policy-related affairs are the main areas of its engagement. In close cooperation with the Government and development partners, ETGAMA works on capacitating the individual member factories and networking them in view of improved bargaining power in the competitive market of the industry. Mr Kassaye Mekuria is the president of ETGAMA. He did his BSc in Electrical Engineering from HaileSelasse University in 1970. Mr Mekuria has worked as Transmission Engineer in Telecommunications, Technical Manager in Addis Tyre Manufacturing Plant and Power Engineering Sales Engineer for Siemens Ethiopia. Since 1984 Mr Mekuria joined the private sector and got self employed. He worked as electrical engineering sub contractor then. He established the first outsourcing company in Ethiopia in 1993, named Siltun Balemuya PLC that employs over two thousand employees. The company is into the service sector. At present there are over hundred such companies doing the job. In 2006 Mr Mekuria bought Nazareth Garment factory from the Government and is successfully running the business for the last five years. Manufacturing business is Mr Mekuria’s passion. He has also established other establishments in dairy farm and construction material production, all are operating successfully. Employment and creating job opportunities is his area of interest and something that he takes pleasure in. In total, he has helped over three thousand employees get their livelihood through these establishments. His profession has given him opportunities to visit several countries like USA, Europe, Asia and Africa including India. Mr Kassaye Mekuria in his candid expressions addressing the interview by Ms Madhu Soni, Sr Editor & Correspondent- Face2Face, highlights the current movements in Ethiopian textile and garment industry, and ETGAMA’s role in its well-faring.
Welcome to Face2Face Mr Mekuria. The textile industry is the largest in manufacturing segment in Ethiopia. As a torchbearer and voice of industry’s local players, how would you assign your association’s role in it?
Now, talking Cotton - the strength of the sector in Ethiopia; how is this market faring?
In last five-year plans, the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) had targeted textile sector to have yearly revenue of approximately USD 500 million by 2011 and to bring in 190 enterprises that can make the capital investment of around USD 1.6 billion. How far do you think these plans have been met?
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