EDRI organized a one day workshop that aims at disseminating the results of the baseline survey on MSEs (Micro and Small Manufacturing Enterprises) conducted in ten major cities in Ethiopia on the 24th of October 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As disclosed in the workshop the baseline survey was conducted on 8174 MSEs that are found in such major cities in Ethiopia as: Adama, Bahir Dar, Dessie, Dire Dawa, Gondar, Jigjiga, Jimma, Hawassa, Mekelle, and the capital, Addis Ababa. The survey was carried out with the aim of filling the critical gap pinpointed in evidence-based knowledge relating to entrepreneurship and small business development, a sector given prominence in the country’s GTPs (Growth and Transformation Plans).
The workshop started with the opening remarks delivered by Dr. Gebrehiwot Ageba, Director of Programs at EDRI; Dr. Paul O. Okwi, Senior Program Officer for the Think Tank Initiative based at IDRC’s Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, Nairobi; Dr. Hailesilassie Medhin, Director of the Environment and Climate Research Center at EDRI; and H.E. Dr. Mebrahtu Meles, State Minster, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry, who officially declared the opening of the workshop.
In the workshop seven papers were presented. While the first presentation, by Dr. Mulu Gebreyesus, Coordinator of the Research Program on Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in Ethiopia and Senior Research Fellow at EDRI, provided the audience with an overview of the research program, the second presentation, by Dr. Girum Abebe, member of the Research Program and Director of the Micro and Sectoral Development Research Centre at EDRI, focused on sharing with the participants the potentials and limits of the existing micro and small enterprise data set as well the methodological departure in the entrepreneurship and small business development in the current survey. Given by Mr. Abebe Ambatchew, Associate Researcher at EDRI, the third presentation emphasized on disclosing the main features of the MSEs baseline survey.
The presentations that succeeded shared the participants of the workshop with valuable findings and insights on the topics: ‘Who are growth-oriented entrepreneurs?’; ‘Innovation, Productivity and Growth performance of MSEs’; ‘The Role of Small Business Sector on Creating Productive Employment’; ‘Determinants of Micro and Small enterprises Use of Energy Efficient Technologies in Ethiopia’, which were treated respectively by Dr. Girum Abebe, Dr. Tigabu Getahun, Dr. Berihu Assefa, and Dr. Seid Hassen, research fellows at EDRI.
Apart from the space provided for discussions following each presentation, a session was organized to entertain the reflections of each region’s experiences and insights on MSEs development.
The workshop gathered multiple stakeholders, such as, policy makers and practitioners in the federal and regional governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs, researchers and academia.