Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, is set to speak at the The Economist Event’s Ethiopia Summit to be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on October 28th and 29th, 2015.

Having wrapped up its five year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) that saw agricultural exports grow by 9% in the first three quarters of 2013/2014 and the manufacturing sector grow by 11.4% in the same period, Ethiopia is now launching its next five year plan—GTP2. The Ethiopia Summit will be taking place at this opportune time to explore what more can be done to help the country achieve its full potential in alignment with its solid economic growth.

Organized under the theme “Driving continued growth” the summit will bring together more than 150 of the country’s leading policy-makers and business leaders with international executives active or interested in expanding in Ethiopia to explore opportunities and tackle challenges including: what are Ethiopia’s future growth prospects? Is the state-led development model sustainable?  What are the challenges currently faced by the private sector? What opportunities exist for private equity firms looking to enter the Ethiopian market?

Along with Prime Minister Desalegn, speakers and panelists at the summit will explore how Ethiopia’s abundant natural resources can be fully utilized in the banking, telecom, infrastructure and labor markets including:

  • Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary-General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Haddis Tadesse, Country Representative, Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Reg Hankey, Chief Executive Officer, Pittards
  • Brian Herlihy, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BlackRhino
  • Tewodros Ashenafi, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SouthWest Energy
  • Andualem Admassie, Chief Executive Officer, Ethio Telecom

Source: New Business Ethiopia


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