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EDRI and AACCSA held the 6th seminar on The Current Trade Practices in Ethiopia

The sixth bimonthly seminar organized by the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) was held at Intercontinental Addis Hotel on October 3, 2014 from 9:30-11:30. The seminar focused on “The Current Trade Practices in Ethiopia” and was chaired by the Executive director of EDRI. Two presentations were delivered at the seminar: “Trade Competition and Consumer Protection” by Ato Merkebu Zeleke, Director General of Trade Practice and Consumer Protection, and a second on “Trade Practices and Regulatory Affairs” by Ato Nuredin Mohammed, Advisor to the State Minister of Trade.

In the presentations, it was emphasized that the government is working towards ensuring acceptable trade practices that satisfy the major three actors of the sector, producers, sellers, and consumers. The presenters told participants that existing laws and subsequent reforms are in place to support the private sector by promoting fair trade and protect consumers from unfair trade practices.

In response to a question raised by participants, Ato Merkebu said that the trade policy adopted by the government is not anti-free trade but is one that is responsive to the needs of consumers. Ato Nuredin also told participants that in an effort to protect consumers from misleading advertisements on media, the Ministry of Trade has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

Forum: Agricultural Price Policy in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Strategy Support Program, ESSP/IFPRI and USAID/ AGP AMDe in collaboration with EDRI have organized a follow-up forum on “Agricultural Price Policy in the Context of Rapid Growth in Ethiopia” held on Tuesday September 9, 2014 at Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The forum was aimed at discussing with lead panelists the issues raised during the June 17, 2014 forum and making recommendations on the way forward. The panelists were Prof. John Mellor, Director General of EGRE, the adviser to the Minister of Trade, and the Director of the Trade Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (TCCPA).

Workshop on Climate Resilient Strategy for Key Agricultural Export Commodities in Ethiopia

EDRI organized a half-day workshop on Climate resilient strategy for key agricultural export commodities in Ethiopia on September 3, 2014 at the EDRI conference hall. Three papers were presented during the workshop: Climate Modelling by Dr. Geremew Sahilu and Dr. Agizew Nigussie, Agronomy of Cotton and Sugarcane by Dr. Kidane Giorgis and Dereje Getu, and Economic Analysis: Climate Risk, Vulnerability and Adaptation by two associate researchers from EDRI Dr. Alebel Bayrau and Dr. Firew Bekele.

The purpose of the workshop was to create a discussion forum and get feedback for the preliminary results from the field survey of the research to generate inputs for formulating a Climate Resilient Strategy for Major Agricultural

Export Commodities in Ethiopia, such as, Sugarcane and Cotton. The workshop was a follow-up on the inception workshop held in February, 2014.


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