Addis Ababa July 18/2017 Italy and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed today a 2.5-million Euros project aimed at capacity building and job creation for youth and women in the textile sector in migration prone areas of Ethiopia.
The agreement was signed by Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Giuseppe Mistretta, and UNIDO Regional Office Representative, Gustavo Aishemberg.
The project, which runs for three years, will be implemented in Tigray and in Addis Ababa.
The project will seek to promote private-public partnership as well as building the capacities of entrepreneurs and workers of the textile sector and strengthen the Ministry of Industry, it was learned.
At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Mistretta said “creating job opportunities in migration prone areas is a fundamental step to tackle the root causes of irregular migration.”
The project indirectly helps the youth to engage in alternative activities by keeping them out of life-threatening and challenging situation which might derive from illegal migration, trafficking and smuggling, the Ambassador noted.
He stated that it will also create job opportunity for vulnerable youth and women in textile sector at their home.
UNIDO Representative Gustavo Aishemberg said on his part this project is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
He pointed out that his organization will support Ethiopia in the creation of decent and productive job opportunities for youth and women through the development of textile sector, which is key for economic growth.
This program initiative is the first initiative approved in the framework of the Fund for Africa (Fondo per l’Africa) created last February by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Eritrean refugee community out of camps in Ethiopia will be also a target of the project, it was learned.