Hong-Kong textile chain to take over eight sheds in Bahir Dar industrial Park
Expected to employ 4,000 fresh graduates
The Bahir Dar Industrial Park is set to integrate new and upcoming textile graduates from the Bahir Dar University in its manufacturing chains as textile and garment companies’ edges closer to commence operations inside the park’s eight factory sheds.
The newly revealed plan mainly envisaged creating linkage among Bahir Dar University Fashion and Design school graduates with Hop Lun, a Hong Kong-based textile and garment company which is expected start production in less than one month period inside the park, according to the park’s management team.
Deputy Director of the Bahir Dar Industrial Park, Amare Asgedom, told The Reporter that the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) and Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) recently signed an agreement with the Hong Kong-based company to handover eight factory sheds to the transnational textile and garment manufacturing firm.
According to Amare, Hop Lun, which is set to produce and export its textile products to the international market will take over the existing eight shades soon and start training programs for it’ssoon to be employees in the coming weeks and many of whom are said to be graduates of the school.
Contracted by the Chinese firm, China Construction Engineering Company (CCEC), the new park is currently said to be on its final stage with onlythe installation of telecom cables and other software appliances remain work to be done.
The first phase of the park project has been constructed on 75 hectares of land with a construction cost of close to 60 million USD.
The Bahir Dar city administration had also recently expressed its plan to provide additional 75 hectares of land for the expansion of the park.
The Hong Kong-based company, which is set to start its imminent manufacturing operations on day-shift work hours inside the park as early as next month, is expected to create in excess of 4,000 job opportunities.
According to Amare, additional 4,000 job opportunities will also be added when the planned dormitory and full warehouse services start.
Amare, noting that the remaining installation of electric power and telephone-cables will be conducted in less than one month, stressed that “there will not be that much challenge in-terms of infrastructure like the other industrial parks.”
The Ethiopian government is currently discussing with the Hong Kong-based company to directly integrate Bahir Dar University Fashion Department, which would enable new and upcoming graduates from the university to get employment opportunities alongside few foreign experts, it was indicated.
According to the park’s deputy director, Ethiopian professionals will mainly obtain technical, managerial and related supervisory roles as part of the integration initiative between the Bahir Dar University and the Bahir Dar Industrial Park.
Meanwhile, the Bahir Dar industrial park in partnership with IPDC and the CCECC also last week donated school kits to more than 250students in area, whose families were relocated due to the industrial park’s construction project, worth 300,000 birr inside the park’s compound in time for the start of the school year.