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Mission, Vision and Policy Goal of EKI

Ensuring the competitiveness capability of manufacturing and service industries by implementing problem and research based Kaizen training and consultancy.
Becoming the preferred center of capacity building for quality, productivity and business capability in Africa by 2030.
The policy goal of EKI is to contribute in realizing national prosperity plan through sustainable development and competitiveness enhancement of manufacturing and service industries by application of Kaizen -continual improvement of quality, productivity and working culture.
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Our Services

Training And Consultancy

Ethiopian Kaizen Institute is providing trainings and consultancy service to industries; SMEs service providers, local governments and other stake holders

Research And Best Practices

Conducting research and disseminating best practice in the area of quality and productivity improvement are also the core activities EKI

Award and Accreditation

 Audit, Reward, and Certification are also among the major services of Ethiopian Kaizen Institute.

Ethiopia’s years Journey of Kaizen

“Kaizen” landed in Ethiopia.  The term “Kaizen” became common to Ethiopian people, and Kaizen philosophy and technology have been implementing in many places of various sectors, private enterprises, public offices, schools and hospitals. This wide-range dissemination of Kaizen was made by different stakeholders, Ethiopian Kaizen Institutes (EKIs), City and Regional Kaizen Institutes (C/RKIs), Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes/schools, together with high interest of policy makers and with the commitments of governmental leaders at different levels.

  • JICA Project Phase I The Study on Quality and Productivity Improvement (Kaizen) in Ethiopia (2009-2011)

  • JICA Project Phase II Project for Capacity Building for Dissemination of Quality and Productivity Improvement (Kaizen)

  • JICA Project Phase III Project on Capacity Development for Kaizen Implementation for Quality and Productivity Improvement and Competitiveness Enhancement in Ethiopia

The first contact of Ethiopia with the concept of “Kaizen” was made during High-level policy dialogue between the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Japanese academics.

Kaizen Dissemination Phases

Then, the first phase of the Kaizen Project was launched in October 2009. The object of the project is to verify the effectiveness of Kaizen in Ethiopia, whether Kaizen could take root in Ethiopia.  The Kaizen Unit (KU) was established under Ministry of Industry (MoI) and Kaizen concepts and methods were introduced in 28 manufacturing companies.  Quantitative and qualitative assessment on these pilot companies clearly showed that the Kaizen improved quality, productivity, safety, reducing costs and lead time.  At the final stage of the project, the project developed Kaizen manual as well as National Plan, which consists of objectives and strategies for Kaizen dissemination.  The dissemination plan was taken into consideration in developing National Development Plan (GTP I) in order to formulate the modalities for supporting enterprises of various sizes.

  • Verification of Kaizen Transferability 2008 – 2011 (2000EC – 2003EC)

  • Establishment of Basic Kaizen 2011 – 2014 (2003EC – 2006EC)

  • Kaizen Expansion in Industry field, Region and Technology 2015 – 2020 (2007EC – 2012EC)

With the successful verification of Kaizen transferability, the Kaizen Unit was upgraded to EKI in October 2011; and the second phase Kaizen Project started in November 2011 for four years under MoI.

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Meet Our Team

The Ethiopian Kaizen is composed of one general director and five deputy general director.

Mekonnen Yaie
Mekonnen YaieGeneral Director
Lebeza Alemu
Lebeza AlemuCapacity Building & Regional Kaizen Transfer D/GM
Mulugeta Damitew
Mulugeta DamitewCorporate and Operation D/GMnager

Latest News

Based on EKI’s new approach Ethio-Engineering Group (EEG, former METEC) is the first customer to introduce ‘Problem-Led Kaizen Implementation’ project. The project commenced in July 2020 and will hold for a year. Since EEG has passed through organizational change, Kaizen will foster the effort to enhance the company’s competitiveness and sustainability

EKI has put Kaizen Management Information system (KMIS) in effect.

January 14th, 2021|

Ethiopia Kaizen Institute has put Kaizen Management Information system (KMIS) in effect. Kaizen Management Information System has been design and developed internally by the Institute Information Technology directorate’s IT consultants together with its [...]

Kaizen and COVID-19 Mitigation and Safe Work Environment

October 15th, 2020|

SUSTAINING COMPETITIVE AND RESPONSIBLE ENTERPRISE'S THROUGH KAIZEN TOOLS, SCORE METHODOLOGIES, and COVID-19 MITIGATION AND SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT EKI is working in collaboration with various stakeholders to scale-up the dissemination of kaizen throughout the [...]

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