Ethiopia is one of the countries with the largest livestock number in Africa. According to government figures at present, total livestock number of Ethiopia stands at 23 million goats, 25 million sheep and 41 million head of cattle. As the Ethiopian government has long taken an active interest in the leather industry, the livestock number is on the increase, as specific support to farmers is provided to help them secure enough supplies of feed and water to run large herds. In areas with plenty of rain, farmers are concentrating on food crops, but in drier areas, distribution of water and feed is improving and livestock farmers are taking advantage.
In 1997, Sheikh Mohammed H. Al Amoudi, a frontline private investor in the country and determined to improve the living standard of the people of Ethiopia, in his unfaltering commitment to invest in strategic projects, added Ethio-Leather Industry plc. (ELICO) to the list of his Group of Investment Companies in Ethiopia.
Ethio-Leather Industry plc. (ELICO) was established in August 1997 with a total registered capital of Birr 51,705,000 (USD 7,673,640). The Company's current total capital is Birr 239,082,417. It is the only leather industry to produce finished sheepskin and goat skin leather in Ethiopia and has provided about 1,300 employment opportunities, 40% of whom are women including 74 degree graduates and 272 semiprofessionals. The Company has a capacity of producing around 25 square feet of leather on average from each bovine hide manufacturing unit, 4.5 square-feet from sheepskins and about five square-feet from goat.
OUR EMPLOYEES Defined roles and responsibility, accountability, packages of training systems, and a clear picture of how the employees' roles could affect quality and the overall success of the company is made to be available, which all workers are satisfied and motivated to contribute their share for the issue. Awareness and training packages have been set as a standard practice and culture in our Company, so as to increase employees' competence level and skill is developed within this framework. An open and transparent internal communications tools are strengthening and promoting workers' involvement in various activities, including in decision making issues, like, the green park meeting.
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