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Industry Development Policy Study Center of FDRE Policy Study Institute (PSI) organized a half-day workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology and Innovation on November 7, 2019 at Friendship International Hotel here in Addis Ababa. The joint research reports of the two organizations focused on the title “Development of Technology Transfer in Manufacturing Industry and its Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Options”. 

The workshop was opened by a welcoming address of Ato Teferi Tiyaru, Vice Director General of PSI and Head of Economic Sector Policy Study Center of the institute. 

It was learned from the workshop that a team of researchers drawn from the two agencies has been undertaking a deep and rigorous research on drawbacks of the existing policy strategy on technology transfer, and the impacts of technology transfer in manufacturing industries of developing countries like Ethiopia. 

The findings of their research project were presented in two sessions: In the first session, Ato Mulugeta Wube, a senior expert at MTI, presented his paper on “Development of Technology Transfer in Manufacturing Industry and its Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Options”. In the second session of the workshop, Dr. Amare Matebu, a lead researcher at PSI, presented his paper on “Recommendations on Development of Technology Transfer in Manufacturing Industry.”  

According to the research findings of the two presenters, Ethiopia’s policy on Technology transfer and its strategy of implementation has many drawbacks to achieve its intended purpose. As a result, the team of the policy researchers has framed a comprehensive policy guideline on this agenda as an input for the policy makers of the country.

Deep discussions were held through views and questions of the workshop participants drawn from various government agencies located in Addis Ababa.

 

The Macroeconomic and Finance Policy Study sector of PSI conducted a brief meeting with AidData  on Nov. 4, 2019 at the meeting hall of the center. AidData is a research and innovation lab located at the College of William & Mary (USA) that seeks to make development finance more transparent, accountable, and effective.

The meeting was commenced by a welcoming address by Ato Yirgalem Niguse, Research Coordinator of the Macroeconomic policy study sector, followed by the presentation of Ato Jemal Mohammed on the general overview of Policy Studies Institute (PSI). In his brief presentation, Ato Jemal reflected on historical background and main purposes, mission, objectives, functions, activities and tasks of the research institute.  Ato Jemal also explained to the research delegates of AidData about major accomplishments of the institute in backing and impacting the Ethiopian government to adopt and revise policies in various sectors. Furthermore, he has raised the main research projects and project partners with which PSI is collaborating.

On the part of AidData, Mr. Alex, Research Director of the institute, stated the purpose, mission and functions of AidData. He stated that AidData is an academic research institute collaborating with many universities across America. According to Mr. Alex, AidData was established for the main purpose of undertaking rigorous research project on areas of policy formulation and analysis.

The participants of the meeting raised and discussed on different and important issues as part of information exchange and research experience sharing process. Some of the views and questions of the participants are related to PSI legal frameworks; kind and sources of data, data collection and data analysis methodology; the contribution of AidData in capacity building endeavor of PSI, the identification of research cooperation areas, and the particular research centers of PSI which AidData is intending to cooperate with. 

The meeting was concluded by the agreement of both parties to meet again in December 2019.

 

A team of delegates of DRC, Development Research Center of the state council of the people’s republic of China, has visited and held bilateral discussions with Policy Studies Institute (PSI) on October 30, 2019. The team which consists of 6 members was welcomed by H.E. Ato Alebel Dessie, Vice Director General of PSI. The discussion was held in a meeting hall of the Director General office of the institute.

In his welcoming address to the team of delegates, Ato Alebel has introduced Ethiopia as the land of human origin, cradle of history and civilization. As a part of introduction to the discussion, Ato Alebel briefed the team on historical background of PSI, its purpose, mission and functions; organizational structures of the institute, clusters and centers of the institute as well as the research agendas that the institute is focusing on. 

On the part of DRC, Mr. Tao Pingshen, Director General of the center, expressed his appreciation of Ethiopia’s long history of civilization and independence. Mr Tao stated the mission and objectives of his center that DRC is a policy research and consultancy institute established to support the central government of China in the matters of policy and development issues. According to Mr. Tao, the main task and objectives of DRC is cooperating with global policy think tanks (such as FDRE Policy Studies Institute) to undertake a joint research project on development issues, especially on One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative.  

Ato Alebel has expressed the interest, willingness and happiness of PSI to be a member of the OBOR international network to conduct a joint research project on the initiatives. 

The discussion was enriched by views and questions from PSI research staff members on challenges, threats and opportunities (benefits) related to OBOR initiatives, capacity building and governance issues of the policy research. Mr. Tao responded to all questions and concluded the session by inviting PSI research and management members to visit his center, DRC.

Finally, Ato Alebel concluded the meeting session by giving direction for the next action. Accordingly, Ato Yilikal Tariku was assigned as a responsible body to facilitate the process for the next action of the application for the membership for DRC global research network. 

 

Delegates of DRC with some of PSI leadership and research staff, PSI, Addis Ababa.

 

The Environment and Climate Research Centre (ECRC) at Policy Studies Institute (PSI) conducted a validation workshop on Generating Baseline Data for the CRGE Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System on August 30, 2019 at Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

With the launch of the CRGE strategy in 2011, Ethiopia has embarked on a uniquely ambitious green development path. The CRGE strategy has been mainstreamed into the GTP II and thus become a central element of the country’s development plan. By mainstreaming the goals and objectives of a CRGE into Ethiopia’s five year planning process, the country is aiming to achieve something that has not really been done before: a rapid, inclusive, and green economic transformation. One of the components of the bigger project on Supporting CRGE Implementation with Knowledge Management and Research   is generating baseline data for CRGE monitoring and evaluation system. This project started in June 2017 funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It involves: development of baseline data that goes back as 2011 to selected CRGE indicators; preparation of performance indicator sheet; capacity building to CRGE M&E personnel of sector ministries; and setting up dynamic infrastructure to support.

Dr. Yohannes Ayalew

This workshop commenced with welcoming remarks of Dr. Yohannes Ayalew, Deputy Director General, PSI and Head, Macroeconomic and Finance Policy Division at PSI. In his welcoming address, Dr. Yohannes highlighted the significance of the baseline data generated for CRGE monitoring and evaluation system and called for all stakeholders to utilize the data in their future practices relating to CRGE. He also thanked researchers involved in the project for the successful work done and Sida for funding the project. 

H.E. Professor Fekadu Beyene

In this event, an opening speech was delivered by H.E. Professor Fekadu Beyene, Commissioner, EFCCC. Professor Fekadu too stressed the importance of developing an efficient and enhanced monitoring and evaluation tool with defined indicators to support the CRGE M&E system and building the necessary infrastructure and capacity is paramount to achieve the national agenda and evaluating the status of the country’s efforts in meeting the CRGE targets. 

He also acknowledged PSI and Sida’s contribution in making the project a success. 

The workshop involved presentations and parallel session discussions. In the presentation session, background to and description of CRGE Monitoring and evaluation system was presented and the database was demonstrated. The parallel sessions were organized in such a way that workshop participants discuss on indicators and the data for the sectors included (Agriculture, Water, Energy, Industry, Transport, Urban and Health) in the data base.

Participants of this workshop included stakeholders gathered from government and non-government organizations, research institutions, and academia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSI co-organized a one day workshop that aimed at disseminating the results of researches on the theme ‘sustainable forest management for a green economy in Ethiopia’ on the 27th of August 2019 at Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

 As disclosed in the workshop the researches were conducted by the team of researchers from the Environment and Climate Research Centre of PSI, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC), Ethiopian Forest Research Institute (EEFRI), and Wondo-genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources (WCFNRs).  The studies were undertaken with the aim of filling the critical gap pinpointed in evidence-based knowledge relating to forest management and thereby contributing to Ethiopia’s effort of mitigating the adverse effect of climate change.

        

Pictures of Mr. Ahmed Abitew                                                                         Pictures of H.E. Mr. Kebede Yimam

 The workshop started with the welcoming remarks delivered by Mr. Ahmed Abitew, Director General of PSI and opening Speeches by H.E. Mr. Kebede Yimam, Deputy Commissioner of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission and by representative of Sida, Ethiopia office. All the speakers emphasized the importance of research in informing policy decisions and acknowledged the contribution of the participating institutions to make the project a success.

 

Picture of Dr. Habtemariam K

The opening session also contained key note speech by Dr. Habtemariam K. from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). In his key note address, Dr. Habtemariam stressed the need to have shared understanding of sustainable forest management for a green economy.  Following the key note address, Dr. Abebe Damtew, Research Fellow at ECRC/ PSI gave a brief description of the project.

In the workshop ten papers were presented. While the first presentation, by Dr. Yemiru T. from WCFNRs presented findings of a research titled ‘The economic benefits of forest use to rural households around forests under participatory forest management’, the second presentation, by Dr. Abebe Damtew, ECRC/PSI, shared the participants his study’s observations relating to the interaction between agriculture and forest sector focusing on the impact of adoption of improved agricultural practices on the forest sector.  Given by Dr. Teferra M., researcher at EFCCC, and Dr. Alemayehu N., researcher at EEFRI, the third and fourth presentations focused on reporting the findings of the studies ‘The viability and potential f establishing tree growers’ cooperatives in Ethiopia’ and ‘Analysis of legal and policy framework governing sustainable forest management in Ethiopia’ respectively. 

 

Dr. Abebe D.

The presentations that succeed shared the participants of the workshop with valuable findings and insights on the topics: ‘Dynamics in land cover and carbon stock of forests in national parks’; ‘Challenges and opportunities of private sector’s investment in Ethiopia’s forest sector’; ‘Farmers land use decisions and implications of land use shifting into tree-based landscapes’; Participatory forest management and its role in mitigation and adaptation of climate change’;  ‘Assessment of the value chain of selected NTFPs and policy implications’; and ‘Status and challenges of value chain of protected areas (PAs) in Ethiopia’ respectively by Mr. Negash H., WCFNRs; Dr. Alemayehu N., EEFRI; Dr. Abebe D., ECRC/PSI; Dr. Yemiru T., WCFNRs; Dr. Yoseph M., WCFNRs; and Ms. Alemtsehay E., EEFRI. 

Apart from the space provided for discussions following each presentation, a session was organized to entertain reflections of the participants and highlight the way forward. 

   

Group picture

This event aimed to create an effective forum for policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the latest knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of forest management for a green economy in Ethiopia. In addition to creating opportunities for better access to the latest research for policy makers and practitioners, the event will also be an opportunity for the research community to identify gaps in knowledge and channel future research efforts accordingly. Participants of the workshop include: policy makers and practitioners in the federal and regional governments, NGOs, researchers and academia.

 

The FDRE Policy Studies Institute (PSI) organized a validation workshop on ‘Ethiopia Productivity’ on the 8th of August, 2019 at Eliliy International Hotel.

The workshop began with welcoming remarks by Dr. Yohannes Ayalew, Deputy Director General, PSI and Head of Macroeconomic and Financial Policy Studies Center at PSI. Dr. Yohannes warmly welcomed the participants to the very relevant joint validation workshop and recalled that this workshop is organized as a follow up to the one that shared the stakeholders an interim report on Ethiopia productivity, on the 22nd of February 2019. 

He briefed the participants that the report is jointly initiated by the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) and the  National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) to share and discuss the findings of the report with a wider audience as it is in final stage.  

Picture of Dr. Yohannes Ayalew, Deputy Director General, PSI

In his welcoming speech, Dr. Yohannes mentioned some of the projects that indicate the strong partnership between Ethiopia and Japan. He then paid tribute to the research team with special thanks the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) for financing and technically supporting the report development. 

Picture of His Excellency H.E. Mr. Getachew Adem, Deputy Commissioner, Planning and Development Commission.

In this event opening speech was delivered by His Excellency H.E. Mr. Getachew Adem, Deputy Commissioner, Planning and Development Commission. His Excellency H.E. Mr. Getachew Adem on his part underlined that the study will have a potential input to the effort of the government for policy formulation in terms of examining and analyzing labor productivity challenges in the emerging garment sector in Ethiopia. He further mentioned that productivity does have a very important implication to the real national economy, social progress and standard of living. H.E. Mr. Getachew said that the pursuit of productivity has become Ethiopia’s key policy direction in the Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II), particularly in enhancing the productivity of the manufacturing sectors. He added that addressing multiple aspects of productivity gaps through similar studies would help Ethiopia’s manufacturing sector to be competent in the international market and help policy makers to have a better and informed policy making opportunity. Besides, H.E. Mr. Getachew told participants that the final version of the study is supposed to be used as an input for GTP 3 preparation which is underway at his office. Recognizing the benefit of such project, H.E. Mr. Getachew praised PSI, GRIPS and JICA for taking the initiative to produce the Ethiopia Productivity Report. 

Following this, the facilitator of the workshop invited JICA’s Director General Mr. Hironobu Murakami to make a remark of his part. Mr. Hironobu Murakami recalled the participants on the previous workshop held on 22nd of February 2019 to organize to consult key stakeholders over the interim report of Ethiopian Productivity Report. According to Mr. Hironobu Murakami, this workshop forum was organized with active involvement of his colleague Professor Kenichi Ohno from GRIPS and being supported by other researchers and development partners. This joint stakeholder’s workshop focusing on the Ethiopian Productivity Report is going to contribute to the Ethiopian Garment Industry development, being a tool of policy dialogue platform. He also evoked participants that JICA was involved in consulting the Ethiopian government during the development the comprehensive plans, GTP 1 and GTP 2; different aspects of lessons to be drawn from these two Grand National development strategies would also be used as inputs for the development of GTP 3.

 

Picture of Mr. Hironobu                                                             

This event involved three presentations. The first presentation was made by Dr Kidanemariam Berhe, Lead Researcher at PSI. This presentation mainly focused on outlining the overall growth achievement across the three development strategies PASDEP, GTP1 and GTP2 and trends of productivity; objectives of the report and the major focus of the report analysis which is divided into two main parts: Economy-wide productivity and Manufacturing sector productivity. The second presentation was made by Dr. Mulu Gebreeyesus, Lead Researcher at PSI. He presented summary of the field survey on the apparel industry conducted. He did his presentation focusing on sampling, basic characteristics of firms in the sample, labor mindset and quality, management practices, Policy and external conditions.   

 Picture of presenters

The third presentation in the workshop was given by Professor Kenichi Ohno from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). His presentation mainly focused on outlining policy measures that need to be considered to enhance productivity. 

The presentation session was followed up with reflections and discussions. This event was attended by high level policy makers, government bureaucrats, and key experts from think tanks, the academia and the private sector, such as industry associations.

 

The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (PSI) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ethiopia Office, held their second High Level Forum of the Phase III Policy Dialogue on Industrial Development on the 7th of November 2017 at the Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia.

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