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UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership for Ethiopia
Description/achievement of initiative

UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) is a multi-stakeholder partnership model that supports countries in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Aligned with the national development agenda and focused on sectors with growth potential, the PCP is helping Ethiopia advance its industrial development goals. It builds synergies with ongoing partner interventions, leverages funds and mobilizes investments. The PCP for Ethiopia is rooted in the national development strategy, the Growth and Transformation Plan II (2015-2020), whose overall objective is for Ethiopia to become a middle-income country by 2025. The PCP focuses on developing light manufacturing in three priority sectors: agro-food processing, leather and leather products, and textiles and apparel. The Programme also integrates cross-cutting interventions such as institutional capacity-building, trade facilitation, and environment and energy.

Implementation methodologies

UNIDO provides advisory services to the government on industry-related issues, leads Programme design, provides multidisciplinary technical assistance, and facilitates overall PCP coordination. The various technical projects and programmes are implemented by UNIDO and other development partners, and coordinated through national governing bodies. Evaluation: A mid-term evaluation of the PCP is being conducted in 2017. At the end of the fifth year, an in-depth independent evaluation will be carried out.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Strengthening institutional capacity is one of the most important cross-cutting issues as Ethiopia endeavours to capitalize on the large investment flows coming into the country, and to achieve its industrial development goals. Through the PCP, UNIDO is working to: (1) strengthen the analytical capacity of the Ministry of Industry in the generation of industrial intelligence and policy (primarily in agro-industries); (2) establish an “industrial observatory” to observe and benchmark industrial practices in other countries to help inform policy and industrial practices in Ethiopia; and, (3) leverage impact for inclusive and sustainable industrial development through South-South and triangular cooperation. Technology transfer is critical to industrial development and will be facilitated under the PCP primarily through the establishment of and operations in industrial zones and integrated agro-industrial parks, as well as technical interventions by UNIDO and other development partners.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

A national coordination mechanism was established under the leadership of the Government of Ethiopia. It brings together all relevant ministries and PCP partners, including United Nations agencies, financial institutions, the business sector and other development partners. It is composed of a Joint Steering Committee (JSC), chaired by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation and the Ministry of Industry, and several technical task forces. The JSC guides overall implementation, prioritizes programme and project activities, ensures coordination among partner interventions, mobilizes resources and monitors PCP progress. The JSC is supported by several national technical task forces that are responsible for specific areas/sectors of the Programme. A UNIDO Secretariat provides support to the national coordination bodies, and serves as a neutral broker. It is housed within UNIDO’s regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UNIDO also has a PCP Ethiopia Technical Team at its Vienna headquarters to support overall coordination and implementation of the Programme.


The Government of Ethiopia, regional Ethiopian governments, United Nations agencies, financial institutions, the business sector and other development partners.
Progress reports
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 5
Goal 8
Goal 9
Goal 10
Goal 12
Goal 17
December 2015
Effective partnerships ensure sustainable upscaling of investment in the selected priority sectors (agro-food; textiles and apparel; and leather and leather products) under the leadership of the Joint Steering Committee. (2015)
December 2020
Improved performance of textile industry and contributes to regional share of textiles in manufacturing value-added. (2020)
December 2020
The leather and leather products sector contributes to increased foreign exchange earnings. (2020)
December 2020
Four fully functional and environmentally sustainable integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs) and associated rural transformation centres are operational, sourcing raw materials locally. (2020)
Financing (in USD)
300,000,000 USD
Other, please specify
Development partners are providing financing for projects and programmes under the PCP.
Other, please specify
Multilateral development banks also provide public and private financing to support industrial development.
Other, please specify
The Government of Ethiopia has allocated USD 300 million for the development of industrial infrastructure
In-kind contribution
The Government of Ethiopia is providing in-kind resources through land allocation, expertise and staffing.
Staff / Technical expertise
UNIDO and other development partners are providing technical assistance.

Basic information
Time-frame: March 2015 - December 2020
The Government of Ethiopia, regional Ethiopian governments, United Nations agencies, financial institutions, the business sector and other development partners.
Contact information
Dejene Tezera, Chief, Division of Rural Entrepreneurship Development and Human Security, Department of Agribusiness Development , D.Tezera@unido.org
United Nations