Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

The Second Phase of the Training Program Has Been Completed

EFFSAA has successfully completed the second phase of a training program on the operation of a free trade zone that was held in Dire Dawa city.

The program was delivered in collaboration with Trademark Africa Limited for two weeks.

On the final day of the program, trainees visited Dire Dawa Free Trade Zone, various factories found in the Industrial Park and the dry port. Ato Kamil Ibrahim, who is currently serving as the CEO of the free zone, gave a briefing to trainees regarding the status of the free zone and other related matters prior to the field visit.

The closing ceremony took place at the MM Hotel in Dire Dawa on Saturday, November 24, 2015 and Deputy Mayor and Head of Trade, Industry and Investment Office of Dire Dawa, Ato Harbi Bouh, President of the Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association, W/ro Elizabeth Getahun, member of the board of directors of the EFFSAA, Ato Dawit Tedla, Country Director of Trademark Africa Limited, Ato Ewnetu Taye, Program Officer (for the Horn of Africa) of Trademark Africa Limited, Ato Yetmgeta Girma, the representative of the European Union, Ato Abiy Tesfaye, CEO of Dire Dawa Free Trade Zone, Ato Kamil Ibrahim, trainees, invited guests and the media of the city were present.

The deputy mayor of Dire Dawa spoke on the program, which was opened by the welcoming speech of the president of EFFSAA, and stressed the significance of the inauguration of the free trade zone in Dire Dawa specifically and in Ethiopia generally. Additionally, Ato Harbi expressed his gratitude to the Association for hosting such an essential training program and as well as to Trademark for providing financial assistance for the initiative.

In addition to the experience of Turkey’s Free Trade Zone that was presented during the training program, the experience of China and the legal frameworks being implemented by the government in Ethiopia was shared by Ato Temesgen Yihunie who is the Capacity Building Program Manager of the Logistics Transformation Office under the Ethiopian Maritime Authority.

Trainees shared their opinion about the training and highlighted the importance of arranging such training programs for the industry.

Certificates were given to the trainees who successfully completed the program.

EFFSAA and Trademark also acknowledged the continuous support and cooperation of Dire Dawa city administration to making this training program a success and presented certificate of recognition to the administration through the deputy mayor of the city administration, Ato Harbi Bouh. Alike the city administration the organizers also awarded certificate of appreciation to Ato Temesgen Yihunie for sharing his invaluable experience to trainees.

In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association and Trademark Africa Limited, 28 professionals in Dire Dawa that came from several governmental and private institutions has participated under the second phase of this program.

It is well remembered that, 25 trainees from Addis Abeba did participate in this capacity-building project’s first phase.

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