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Leather Initiative for Sustainable Employment Creation (LISEC) Ethiopia


UNIDO | United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Titre : Leather Initiative for Sustainable Employment Creation (LISEC) Ethiopia

Pays : Ethiopie

Date : Jun 1, 2018 // May 31, 2021

The present proposal is inserted within the EU Action Fiche “Leather Initiative for Sustainable Employment Creation (LISEC) in Ethiopia” . The overall objective of the action is to create greater economic and decent employment opportunities, especially for young men and women through the development of the Ethiopian leather industry and the Modjo leather industrial park. LISEC’s intervention logic is to contribute to the reduction of irregular migration from Ethiopia by creating greater economic and decent employment opportunities for young men and women through the development of Modjo leather city industrial park and Ethiopian leather industry value chain, one of the sectors identified in the Ethiopian’s Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) as having the potential to boost the growth of the economy. As such, this programme proposes a new vision towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development that protects the environment and supports social inclusion. In order to achieve the main programme goal, LISEC has been structured following a comprehensive approach with three main components aiming at : (1) Advancing economic competitiveness by strengthening the leather value chain ; (2) Protecting the environment by facilitating financial investments towards the establishment of an eco-friendly leather industrial park in Modjo ; and (3) Strengthening social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, especially for women and youth living in Modjo area ; and enhancing industrial and labor relations in the MLC. These 3 interlinked components will be coordinated and monitored closely by the EUD under a centralized management approach. UNIDO in close collaboration with the MoI and the Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) will implement component 1. UNIDO has been selected to implement this component due to its large experience in supporting the Ethiopian leather and leather products industry, its knowledge of national and regional leather institutions and its successful results on the sector.The specific objective of the project is to enhance the economic competitiveness by strengthening an inclusive and sustainable development of the Ethiopian leather value chain. In this context, concrete actions will be undertaken in order to : i) Improve quality and quantity of hides and skins (H&S - including grading system, training, awareness raising) by supporting the leather value chain from slaughter houses to tanneries ; ii) Support tanneries (processing and producing finished leather) towards integration into the leather global value chain through competitiveness gains/environmental compliance, including the creation of a LIDI Regional centre. Iii) Promote investments in/around Modjo Leather City (including MSMEs clusters) for both domestic and foreign companies.This project initiative is totally in line with the Ethiopian National Development Strategy and specifically with the GTP II supporting the transformation of the Ethiopian agriculture-based economy into an industrialized one, thus becoming a middle-income country by 2025. Furthermore, this project proposal has been articulated by in-taking some of the Valletta Action Plan (elaborated by EU in November 2015) priority areas, mainly:i) Launch projects to enhance employment opportunities and revenue-generating activities in regions of origin and transit of migrants in East, North and West Africa to enhance the professional skills and employability of young people, including the AU/NEPAD skills initiative, access to digital technologies, support to micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises in the formal and informal sectors and increased access to finance.ii) Facilitate responsible private investment in African agriculture, agri-business and agro-industries and boost intra-African trade and exports of agricultural products through agricultural finance initiatives and by working with like-minded organizations, with immediate effect, with a view to contributing to rural economic transformation, taking due note of the African Union’s Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods

Financement : Partnership Trust Fund - China European Union
Budget : $8,453,440


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