It imports 90 percent of the food and beverage it serves on board for passengers, costing the Airline 10 million USD annually, Akililu Habtamu, Supply Chain Manager said.
The Airline has set plan to engage in local purchases of food and beverage products in lieu of importing, he said.
The plan is to purchase 80 percent of the food and beverages from local suppliers, while to import 20 percent from abroad, he added.
State Minister of Industry, Dr. Mebrahatu Melese said that concerted efforts will be made to improve capabilities of local industries to produce quality products.
The planned development of integrated agro industrial parks across the country could help to improve local capability in this regard.
Food and beverage industries that engage in the consultations have vowed to provide quality products to meet the planned needs of the Airline.
They requested the government to support their efforts by addressing challenges regarding inputs and power requirements the industries need.