Over 100 SMEs participating at Omo Kuraz sugar project

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Addis Ababa, 20 June 2014 (WIC) - Some 108 small and micros enterprises (SMEs) with a total of 1,100 members are taking part at the Omo Kuraz sugar development project, public mobilization office of the project said.

Omo Kuraz sugar development project is being implemented in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) Regional State by Sugar Corporation.

The project comprises the construction of five sugar factories, sugar cane plantations, housing units, and roads.

Some 108 small and micros enterprises consisting of 1,100 members are participating at the project, small and micro enterprises jobs creation team leader at the office, Tesfaye Jemu, told WIC.

Construction, manufacturing and service sectors are the areas where members of the enterprises are currently engaged in, he said.

As a result of the launch of the project, each enterprise managed to save up to 500,000 birr.

Sugar Corporation is working in partnership with the (SNNP) Regional State to build the capacity and increase the participation of the enterprise in the project.

According to Tesfaye, residents around the project site are getting safe drinking water, electricity and road facilities, which were not present in the past.