UK-Ethiopia Trade & Investment Forum 2018

16th October, Central London


DMA is honoured to welcome a delegation from the Government of Ethiopia for a full-day forum on trade and investment which will provide delegates with a complete overview of the economic situation of the country as well as covering key sectors between the UK and Ethiopia. In the margins, delegates will have time to network with Ethiopian businesses representing these sectors as well as with senior government officials.



0800-0900: Registration and Refreshments

0900-0915: Opening Remarks

Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
HE Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UK

0915-0930: Welcoming Address

Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs

0930-1100: Session 1: Economic Overview and Business Diplomacy
Chair: The Lord Sheikh

Dr Aklilu Hailemichael, State Minister for Business Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr Yinager Dessie, Governor, Central Bank of Ethiopia
Mamo Mihretu, Advisor on Policy Reform and Chief Trade Negotiator, Office of the Prime Minister
Asefa Gebreselassie, Vice President, Ethiopia Chambers of Commerce and Sectoral Association
Private Sector Speaker

1100-1140: Spotlight on Trade & Investment

HE Melaku Alebel, Minister of Trade
Dr Belachew Mekuria, Commissioner, Ethiopia Investment Commission

1140-1210: Refreshments Break

1210- 1330: Session 2: Mining and Energy
Chair: Dr Margarita Dimova, 
Head of East Africa, Africa Matters Limited

HE Melese Alemu, Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas
HE Dr Sileshi Bekela, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity
Private Sector Speaker

1330-1430: Networking Lunch

1430-1500: Spotlight Session on Agriculture
Mirafe Gebriel Marcos, Chief of Staff and Senior Director, Agricultural Transformation Agency
Private Sector Speaker

1500-1600: Session 3: Investing in Industry and Manufacturing
Chair: Sir Henry Bellingham, Former UK Minister for Africa

HE Dr Ambachew Makonnen, Minister of Industry
Lelise Neme, CEO, Industrial Parks Development Corporation
Private Sector Speaker

1600-1620: Closing Remarks

Fantaye Gentaneh, General Manager, WAFA Marketing and Promotion
HE Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs

1620-1800: Gala Drinks Reception