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A half-day dissemination workshop was held on May 9, 2018, on Green Business Opportunities around Industrial Parks. The session held in the EP offices hosted participants that were drawn from entrepreneurs, government, organizations, international development cooperation agencies, financial institutions and environmental consulting firms.
The main objectives of the workshop were to share the business case study EP commissioned on eco-industrial parks (EIP) development as one way to trigger interest, collaboration and action towards green industrialization; as well as affording key actors in the green industrialization space a chance to network and to start collective action for proactive engagement in the green economy.
In the presentation by Girum Bahri (Green Growth Advisor, EP), internationally evolving frameworks relevant to EIPs that guided the study were introduced and the “Quick Impact” and “Strategic” projects identified by the study were presented. A one-page summary of these projects was also handed over to participants for future reference.
The open discussion session was facilitated by Rahel Kidane using a simple framework which sought to distil insights from four key actors in the green economy, namely government/policy makers; entrepreneurs/investors; financiers/donors/development cooperation; and consultants.

The Young Professionals Program YPDP is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals starting their career with the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Through the facilitation of Enterprise Partners, the YPDP was initiated as part of the Ethiopian Investment Commission’s strategic approach for capacity development. A one-year training and three-year work placement programme working to equip high-performing young graduates with the relevant skills, knowledge and applied work-experience.
In November 2016 sixteen Young Professionals were selected out of three hundred and fifteen applicants to undergo key features of the program. This includes quarterly rotations; coaching and mentoring; technical and soft-skill training as well as periodic assessments aimed at improving investment promotion and facilitation of the Commission. The YP Alumni are will make significant contributions toward respective roles in EIC while gaining a broader overview of institutional policies and operations. As per an assessment conducted by Enterprise Partners, the YPs have supported over 50 investors as of March – 2017, with a committed capital of ETB 84 billion.
During a graduation ceremony held on Friday, April 27th Ato Nebil Kellow, Enterprise Partners, Dr Belachew Mekuria, EIC and the guest of honor, Dr Arkebe Okubay presented YPDP graduates with certificates. In his keynote address, Dr Arkebe Okubay remarked “There is no bigger honor than working in the public sector. It is a great commitment”, urging the graduates to support each other in time of challenge to ensure the role of EIC as the leading investment agency. After graduating from a one-year long intensive on the job and classroom training, the Young Professionals have now been placed across seven Directorates as full-time Experts in the Commission.