The board of the Ethiopian Horticultural Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) had been handling complaints regarding the packaging quality both from exporters and from its buyers in Europe, Asia and Far East.
A while ago, the Association requested the Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) to sponsor a study to resolve the packaging problem. CBI accepted the request and brought along the International Trade Centre (ITC), an institution which offers technical assistance to develop exports from developing and transitional economies.
CBI and ITC are using their own consultants and spending 50,000 to 70,000 Euros for this study which is expected to improve the packaging of the flowers. The study initiated by the two institutions is now in its second phase. The first was completed in July 2009. The new phase of the study, which will be completed in October 2009, is involved in the practical aspects of packaging.
For more information see the article on allAfrica.com