Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Berhanena Selam Printing Enterprise yesterday marked its 90th anniversary with various activities on its premises in the presence of government officials, customers, workers and other stakeholders.
Enterprise Executive Board Chairperson Bisrat Gashawtena on the occasion said that after long years of service, the Enterprise has entered a new path of using technological development.
According to Bisrat, even though the organization has been facing various challenges during the 90 years of service, it has started to take off specially beginning last September. It has continued being profitable overcoming the challenges it faced over the years due to the various timely measures taken.
She also said that the Enterprise has been playing a leading role in the sector using state of the art machinery, introducing special printing service and will continue in modernizing its services applying new technologies in the years ahead.
Bisrat also indicated that the Enterprise has designed a project to realize its vision of maintaining leading role it plays in the sector.
Noting that the Enterprise had started printing with the then backward machinery known as pedal machine, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Director Million Teshome, said that it has now striving to import modern and state of the art equipment as of next year.
The Enterprise on the occasion also awarded its outstanding customers including the Ethiopian Press Agency.
A photographic exhibition depicting the Enterprise’s journey in the last 90 years was opened. The foundation for the current seven-storey building of the Enterprise was laid by Emperor Haile-Selassie in 1958 E.C.
Berhanena Selam Printing Enterprise, which is the first modern printing press in Ethiopia, was established in 1914 (during the reign of Zewditu) by the then Crown Prince Teferi Mekonnen (Emperor Haile-Selassie).
Source: Ethiopian Press Agency