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Journal of Globalization and Development

Ed. by Emran, M. Shahe / Jayadev, Arjun / Ocampo, José Antonio / Rodrik, Dani / Stiglitz, Joseph

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Discovery of Flower Industry in Ethiopia: Experimentation and Coordination

Mulu Gebreeyesus1 / Michiko Iizuka2

1United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)

2United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)

Citation Information: Journal of Globalization and Development. Volume 2, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1948-1837, DOI: 10.1515/1948-1837.1103, January 2012

Publication History

Published Online:
2012-01-25

This paper examines the discovery process of a recent and extremely successful non-traditional export activity, namely, the Ethiopian flower industry. This industry emerged as a result of entrepreneurial experimentation, whereby private entrepreneurs formed an 'advocacy coalition' to address uncertainties and coordination problems during the start-up phases. As a result of their lobbying, the Ethiopian government launched a strategic coordination with the industry, identifying key areas for intervention and setting a five-year target for the sector's development. This study highlights the importance of a shared vision and good relations between the government and private sector for development of this new industry.

Keywords: non-traditional exports; developing countries; flower industry; Ethiopia; entrepreneurial experimentation

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