Media Alert - Building a Dynamic and Internationally Competitive Private Sector in Ethiopia

Feb 19, 2013

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is jointly launching an Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Ethiopia  at a special ceremony presided by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

The Program was developed by Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MUDCo) and UNDP to unleash a transformational change through tapping into the creativity and drive of existing and aspiring Ethiopian entrepreneurs to accelerate country’s economic growth, create jobs, wealth and alleviate poverty.

Ethiopia’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme will provide training and comprehensive business advisory services to micro- and small-scale enterprises. The programme will develop enterprises of over 200,000.00 (two hundred thousand) entrepreneurs through provision of entrepreneurial skills training and business advisory services. In order to ensure the sustainability of the programme, twenty five thousand additional people will be trained as Trainers and a further 20,000 trained as Business Advisors to support the implementation of the program

The three year Programme, running from 2012-2015, will require USD 26.3 million, of which 6million USD has already been allocated by UNDP. 

Contact information

The Communication Unit on 0115444318/0115444386/0115444045 or email

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