Youth Entrepreneurship Training in the Oromia Region
The Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) Oromia Regional Office recently embarked on a series of training sessions for youth entrepreneurship in the region. The trainings took place from March until May, 2017 and served a total of 6,400 youth entrepreneurs with various types of entrepreneurship training programs delivered by EDC. The trainings took place in several towns in West Arsi, Sotuh West Shoa, East Hararge, Horo Gudur Wollega, East and West Wollega Zones.
The trainings were conducted in partnership with the Oromia Regional Urban Job Creation & Food Security and EDC through a cost sharing approach. The goal of the trainings was to equip the youth in the various zones in the region with entrepreneurial competencies that they can put into practice by starting the own business. EDC’s training programs are designed to helping promising entrepreneurs put their ideas into action and fledgling businesses to grow. The training contents provide interventions to allow improvement of operational efficiency and enhance the competitiveness and profitability of emerging Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSEs) in Ethiopia.
Since the trainings took place, it has been reported that an average of 50% of the participants have now started their own micro and small enterprise.
The EDC Oromia Regional Office was recognized for the outcomes that were achieved through the training programs at a high-level event attended by H.E. Ato Hailemariam Desalegn that took place on 11, June 2017 at Nekemte. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the graduation of micro and small enterprises to the next level. There were over 60,000 attendees at the event in Nekemte including the Minster of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the head, Government Communication Affairs as well as the Speaker of the House of Parliament. In addition, many other attendees from the regional government were also present including the Regional President. In addition, the Regional Office was also recognized for its achievements at an event that took place at West Arsi for the outcomes achieved during the trainings in that region. Attendees included regional and zonal officials.
EDC is delighted to have forged a strong partnership with the Oromia Regional Urban Job Creation & Food Security in order to capacitate the youth in the region with entrepreneurial thinking and mind set change. The Centre looks forward to tracking their progress and continue training other youth in the region and also forging similar partnerships with other regional governments.