The mission marked the first  Dutch Business Day, a large exhibition organized the Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA) and powered by the Embassy.

(Netherlands Embassy)―From 17 to 20 May, a delegation of companies and knowledge institutions from the Netherlands visited Ethiopia. The delegation consisted of 24 representatives from Dutch companies and knowledge institutions active in agriculture and the agro-food sector, as well as other sectors. The mission was organized by the Embassy, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), in close cooperation with the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels, Wageningen University and EP-Nuffic.

The relations between The Netherlands and Ethiopia have intensified in recent years, especially in economic cooperation. Many Dutch companies have already discovered Ethiopia’s potentials. With around 130 companies, the Dutch private sector is already involved extensively in Ethiopia being the largest investor from the EU accounting for 180.000 direct and indirect jobs.

The Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa is committed to promote sustainable investments that contribute to inclusive economic growth, with job creation, knowledge transfer and capacity building. In light of this, the mission to Ethiopia from 17 to 20 May was organized to further deepen and broaden the Ethio-Dutch relations.

The aim of the mission was for companies to get acquainted with Ethiopia and its business opportunities and knowledge needs, to gain insight into the possibilities for future investments, and to start laying the foundation for partnerships. The main focus of the mission was on agriculture and agro-food, with a dedicated program for the dairy companies and knowledge institutes. Special attention was paid to Corporate Social Responsibility in discussions with government officials and company visits.

During the week the delegation had meetings with Ethiopian Government officials in the agricultural and educational sector, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Arkebe Oqubay and the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Business to Business opportunities were enabled through matchmaking sessions and around 20 company visits. The announcement of the first MBA agribusiness with Jimma University was done by EP-Nuffic on this occasion. The mission marked the first  Dutch Business Day, a large exhibition organized the Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA) and powered by the Embassy. The strengthened Ethio-Dutch relations were underlined in the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Ethiopian Investment Commission for the registration of the ENLBA.

Find the mission booklet here for more information on the mission and the delegation.

Source: Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa
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