DDU Hosts the Fourth Eastern Regional Conference

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Posted on: Jan 23,2016

DDU hosts a one day conference on the Economic Development of Eastern Ethiopia for the fourth round on 28 November, 2015 at Dire Dawa University Red Hall. The conference was organized by The Ethiopian Economics Association/EEA/ in collaboration with EEA Dire Dawa, Haramaya and Jigjiga chapters.

According to the organizers, the conference was held to strengthen the Eastern region economic development by further inspiring the researchers and disseminate the research outputs to the people and/or regional policy makers.

It also aimed at providing an opportunity for researchers and participants to share their experiences and enhance their linkage. Dr. Girma Goro, president of Dire Dawa University and EEA Representative made welcoming speech followed by official opening of H.E. Mr. Abduljebar Abdusemed, Deputy Mayor and Head of Trade, Industry & Investment Bureau of Dire Dawa Administration.

During the conference, nine papers were presented by various researchers from EEA, Universities of Jigjiga, Dire Dawa, Addis Ababa and Arsi.

The papers focus on Prospect and Challenges of Structural Transformation in Ethiopia: The Macroeconomic and Sectoral Perspective, Economic Performance of Dire Dawa Administration, Urban Informal Sector in Dire Dawa City, Eastern Ethiopia, Cattle and Camel Production and Marketing in Fafen Zone of Somali Regional State, An Inquire into the nature, causes and effects of contraband (Case of Ethio-Somali land Boarder Corridor, The Khat-Coffee Paradox, Critical Analysis on Skills of Micro and Small Enterprises in Dire Dawa Administration, Determinants of Urban Poverty in Dire Dawa City Administration: Household Level Analysis, and The Economic Value of Controlling Off-Site Effects of Soil Erosion: An Application of a Contingent Valuation Method in the Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia.

It was known that 130 participants have attended the conference.