The Addis Ababa project site of the Office of the First Lady of Ethiopia that focused on the project“Connecting 1,500 Women and Young Girls to the Export Market” was visited by H. E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations on Wednesday, July 16, 2015. H. E. Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Nigest Haile, the Executive Director of the Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE), which is the project’s executing organization, received the SG at Shiromeda.

The Secretary General was also accompanied by Mr. Eugene Owusu, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Center (ITC).

Nigest Haile providing general overview about the project & details on the training site at Shiromeda to the UN Secretary General in the presence of the First Lady of Ethiopia

Following the briefing, the Secretary General accompanied by the First Lady of Ethiopia and other dignitaries visited the mini-exhibition on gemstones and jewellery and hand woven products produced, mixing cotton and cashmere.


The 1st Lady with the Secretary General looking at the semi-processed gemstones produced by young women trainees in Baherdar, Amhara Region (left) and the company flyers prepared (right)


The Secretary General together with the First Lady visiting the stand of Entoto Bête Artisan


The Secretary General at Entoto Bete Artisan Stand wearing one of the jewelry from gemstones


The Secretary General together with the First Lady visiting the stand of Little Gabies

The Secretary General accompanied by the First Lady of Ethiopia, Nigest Haile and other dignitaries visiting the production site at Shiromeda.


The Secretary General visiting women spinners


E. Ban Ki-moon and the First Lady visiting the spinning section and H. E. Secretary General trying to spin


 E. Ban Ki-moon and the First Lady visiting the hand knitting section


E. Ban Ki-moon and the First Lady visiting the hand weaving section

Completing the visits to the three different production sites (hand spinning, hand weaving and hand knitting), H. E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, provided his reflections on his visit, where he congratulated the Office of the First Lady and CAWEE for the amazing work that they are doing. The Secretary General underlined that, such kinds of interventions are major tools for poverty eradication and development of a nation.


E. Ban Ki-moon delivering his reflections after visiting the mini-exhibition stands and the production sites

Following the reflections of H. E. Ban Ki-moon, H. E. Roman Tesfaye delivered her closing remarks by sincerely thanking the Secretary General for visiting the mini-exhibition and the production sites of her project. She thanked the UNDP Ethiopia Country Office for its generous financial support to realize this part of the project that was visited by the UN Secretary General. She further appreciated the involvement of CAWEE in the implementation of the project. The First Lady also recognized the active involvement of EDC (Entrepreneurship Development Center) in the provision of business development services to the trainees.


E. Roman Tesfaye delivering her closing remarks