Ethiopia is yet to realize its potential in the digital space and leverage technology to build a more prosperous society. Urgent, bold, and coordinated action is needed so we can make this transformation successful.
Leveraging these digital opportunities demands a new mindset and leadership style from the Government. Enabling innovation means embracing the unknown. The Government commits to investing in the Research and Development of future and emerging technologies as well as creating an enabling environment for courageous, innovative, and committed people to develop new businesses, services, and jobs.
Abiy Ahmed Ali (PhD),
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Mr. Teshome Sahlemariam (Eng.) is the deputy Director-General of the Technology and Innovation Institute and earlier he had served a similar position at Science and Technology Information Center (STIC) since January 2017 when it was part of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).
He has considerable years of experience in various administrative and professional capacities including head of Industry Department and director of Technology Transfer Directorate at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (formerly known as MoST), and Patent Examiner at Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
He has served as a board member of Adey Ababa Textile Factory, Meta Brewery Company and National Alcohol Factory as well as for Conformity Assessment body.
He was a lecturer in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Addis Ababa University.
He has got his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany.
Engineer Teshome Sahlemariam
Director General, Technology and Innovation inistitute
Technology and Innovation Institute (TECHIN) has been endowed with the mission to fill the gaps and create linkages between education (training), research and enterprise development in Ethiopia to realize sustainable economic development in the country.
The missing links among these major areas of national endeavors have proved to present daunting challenges to national development efforts that are reflected in the quality of services and the overall wellbeing of citizens.
Hence, TECHIN imagined as an Oasis of Innovation caters to the unmet needs and local demands in terms of facilitating technological adoption and transfer as well as the promotion of domestic innovations and entrepreneurship that are intended to support the successful implementations of the Digital Ethiopia 2025 national strategy.
When we conceive Oasis of Innovation as our official emblem to describe the role of TECHIN in Ethiopia, it is with the best intention to capture both our vision and commitment that would begin from a conception of innovative ideas similar to a gathering of clouds over the sky to form droplets of rain (our actions) that would eventually fall down in torrents (collaborative efforts with our partners) to quench the thirst of the dry land.
Innovative ideas so conceived would eventually bring down to earth through our committed actions and collaborative efforts with our partners to recharge the ground and form an oasis of innovation. It is in this pool of innovations that the creative thinking would come to take shape in the forms of various technological amenities that would be available to meet the needs of the local people and improve the quality of their lives.
However, we do not consider TECHIN as the only Oasis of Innovation in the country but one among several others that are simultaneously working in various areas of interventions and yet in the spirit of collaboration and partnership with other stakeholders to create synergies (in line with the principle of Medemer) to transform the entire desert marked by lack of innovation and entrepreneurship into a network of innovative platforms and digital spaces for creativity and connectivity.
I hope all our stakeholders and partners will join our efforts and engage in shared initiatives of productive partnerships to realize our common goals in areas of mutual interest.
Hence, I would invite interested organizations and individuals to explore our website to learn more about our Institute, and the various projects and initiatives we are engaged in together with our esteemed partners.
Mr. Muluken Kere
Technology and Innovation InistitiuteRead Less
This strategy took into consideration the current economic drivers (Agriculture, Manufacturing and Services), the priority sectors, and the national objectives of jobs creation, forex earnings and inclusive prosperity as a means of identifying the most relevant digital enabled pathways for Ethiopia. These are:
Two specific opportunities identified for Ethiopia to succeed on this pathway are; building a Digital Agriculture platform; an integrated system that offers new insights that enhance the ability to make decisions and subsequently implement them, and supporting and incentivizing Ag-tech entrepreneurship as these will ensure innovations, jobs, export in agriculture and related sectors, and inclusivity within the thriving Ag-tech entrepreneurship sector in Ethiopia.
Currently, apparel factories in Ethiopia are not technologically behind as investors in the latest Ethiopian industrial parks arrived with new technologies. Two specific opportunities identified for Ethiopia to succeed on this pathway are; enabling the adoption and creation of new communication technologies in industrial parks to expand access to global markets and enhancing digitally-enabled logistics management approaches to boost export.
Two specific opportunities identified for Ethiopia to succeed on this pathway are; providing infrastructure to high potential talent centres and reframing and operationalizing the IT Park to attract leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), specifically Impact Sourcing Service Providers (ISSPs) which are often non-profit, or semi-for-profit organizations with particular social business angles of targeting workers from underprivileged communities.
Three specific opportunities identified for Ethiopia to succeed on this pathway are; driving digitalization across the tourism industry by setting up a tourism digitalization taskforce, improving tourist inflow and increasing tourist activity through targeted digital marketing strategies, and building capacity of tourism SMEs to adopt digital technologies (including improving online presence and accepting digital payments).