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Outline of the Project

Project Title

The study on quality and productivity improvement (KAIZEN) in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Project background

The Study on Quality and Productivity Improvement (KAIZEN) in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a technical cooperation for development planning jointly undertaken by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Industry (MOI) of the Government of Ethiopia. The Study focused on the KAIZEN practice, an effective means of quality and productivity improvement, which had been verified not only in Japan but also in many countries, particularly in East Asian countries.

The Study that started in October 2009 made steady progress under strong ownership and leadership of the Government of Ethiopia during the past 18 months. With the pilot project activities completed, the Study is now drawing to a close with very positive results that create the basis of the adaptation of KAIZEN in Ethiopia and its nation-wide dissemination going forward.

Project Period

October 21, 2009 – June 30, 2011

Implementation Organization

Kaizen Unit, Ministry of Industry

Objectives of the Study

  1. Formulate a national plan to enhance activity on quality and productivity improvement (KAIZEN) for Ethiopian enterprises in the industrial sector;
  2. Formulate a manual which can be used for quality and productivity improvement activity (KAIZEN);
  3. Transfer relevant skills and techniques to the staff members of the KAIZEN Unit of the Ministry of Industry (MOI).


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