SESSION 2: INTEGRATED AGRO-INDUSTRIAL PARKS AND RURAL INDUSTRIALIZATION
In an effort to offset regional infrastructure deficiencies and spur rural industrialization and agricultural commercialization, the Government is establishing four pilot integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs).
The session introduced the concept of IAIPs and provided an overview of the business plans and investment opportunities in such parks. The development of IAIPs is a priority of Ethiopia’s national development strategy and a core component of the GTP II. IAIPs are expected to boost private sector engagement, of both foreign and domestic companies, and address constraints related to land access, infrastructure, trade logistics, customs regulation and skills.
The discussion focused on how IAIPs can trigger rural industrialization and the commercialization of the agriculture and livestock sector through public and private investment.