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16.01.19 | Africa: Continent of Tomorrow Series Destination: Ethiopia – Exploring Business Partnerships

16 January 2019

Ethiopia: One of the world’s oldest countries. Almost twice the size of Texas and with a population of over 100 million, the second most populous country in Africa. Ethiopia has retained much of its cultural identity and its story is one of Africa’s most fascinating.
With two daily direct flights to Addis Ababa, historical ties and legends involving King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant, the fastest-growing economy in Africa over the last decade, with sustained economic growth at levels predicted by the IMF, let’s explore why there is not more business between our countries. What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? Come join participants from the Ethiopian Diaspora in Israel for business-to-business opportunities and then join us at night for the Global Impact Awards hosted by Walla News and SID – the Society for International Development.
Make connections happen!

About the Series
Seeking to advance the dialogue between public and private initiatives in Israel and opportunities in countries in Africa with the participation of government agencies, NGO’s, academics, start ups and specialists in development.

Africa: Continent of Tomorrow Series is a meeting point between professionals doing business in Africa and an informal platform to share lessons, foster collaboration and develop new initiatives, exploring opportunities, potential and challenges of commercializing innovative Israeli technologies across Africa in fields like agriculture, healthcare, and energy.  Together Israeli and African partners can impact the lives of millions.

09:00-09:30 Registration and Networking
Janet Pahima | Partner & Head of International Corporate Transactions, Herzog, Fox & Neeman
Rahamim Elazar | Journalist, Israel Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
Opening Remarks on Ethiopia-Israel Engagement in Israel
H.E. Mr. Tsegay Berhe | Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Israel
MK. Eli Cohen | Minister of Economy
MK. Avraham Neguise | Chair, Israel-Ethiopia Parliamentary Friendship Group
Keynote Speakers – Business Values in Ethiopia
– Boots on the ground in Ethiopia: A TED-Style Showcase
– Ethiopian Government perspective – Senior Official, Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office
Coffee and Networking
Doing Business in Ethiopia – Challenges & Opportunities
Impact for Good
Alon Beer | Director General, SID Israel
Why Now?  Trade & Investment in Ethiopia
Moderator: Alona Bar-On | Chairperson and CEO, Israeli business daily “Globes”
Ambassador Belaynesh Zevedia | Former Israel ambassador to Ethiopia
Rahamim Elazar | Journalist
Natan Shata | Entrepreneur & Businessman
Tesema Samuel | Investment Banker
Amir Sabhat | CPA
Access Code – Ethiopian Diaspora
Avi Yalou | Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum in Israel
Closing Remarks: Bringing Business Values to Reality



*The programme will be held both in English and Hebrew
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