Friday April 27th 2018- EIC Graduates 15 in the Young Professionals Program (YPDP)

The Young Professionals Program YPDP is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals starting their career with the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Through the facilitation of Enterprise Partners, the YPDP was initiated as part of the Ethiopian Investment Commission’s strategic approach for capacity development. A one-year training and three-year work placement programme working to equip high-performing young graduates with the relevant skills, knowledge and applied work-experience.
In November 2016 sixteen Young Professionals were selected out of three hundred and fifteen applicants to undergo key features of the program. This includes quarterly rotations; coaching and mentoring; technical and soft-skill training as well as periodic assessments aimed at improving investment promotion and facilitation of the Commission. The YP Alumni are will make significant contributions toward respective roles in EIC while gaining a broader overview of institutional policies and operations. As per an assessment conducted by Enterprise Partners, the YPs have supported over 50 investors as of March – 2017, with a committed capital of ETB 84 billion.
During a graduation ceremony held on Friday, April 27th Ato Nebil Kellow, Enterprise Partners, Dr Belachew Mekuria, EIC and the guest of honor, Dr Arkebe Okubay presented YPDP graduates with certificates. In his keynote address, Dr Arkebe Okubay remarked “There is no bigger honor than working in the public sector. It is a great commitment”, urging the graduates to support each other in time of challenge to ensure the role of EIC as the leading investment agency. After graduating from a one-year long intensive on the job and classroom training, the Young Professionals have now been placed across seven Directorates as full-time Experts in the Commission.