GRIPS 政策研究センター Policy Research Center


Nov 4, 2011 Report No:11-13

Global Value Chains and Market Formation Process in Emerging Export Activity: Evidence from Ethiopian Flower Industry

  • Mulu GebreeyesusUnited Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology, the Netherlands
  • Tetsushi SonobeGRIPS
Field Economics
Language English

This paper provides a case study of the Ethiopian flower export industry which successfully emerged at time when the EU market (main destination) was already characterized by increasingly stringent standards and delivery requirements. Entering this market required a multitude of capabilities at firm, sector and national levels. Several of these capabilities were absent or weak in the domestic market when the new activity kicked off.  The paper analyzes how the capabilities of individual firms and the industry at large co-evolved and the role of various actors in the ‘market formation’ process.

Keywords Africa, Ethiopia, global value chain, market formation, cut-flower industry
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