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The Ethio-Japan Business Seminar is taking place in Yokohama, Japan with the presence of over 230 local and Japanese companies.

The seminary is taking place as a side event of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which is expected to be concluded today. About 193 Japanese and 42 local companies are attending the event.



Although Japan trails regional competitors like China and India in terms of trade with Africa, at 10 billion dollars last year Japanese trade with the continent grew by nine percent, the highest in a decade.

Gift Real State, Waryt Mulutila International, Technostyle Plc, Yohannes Abbay Consulting Architects & Engineers and Mullege Plc are among the local companies that are attending the three-day summit. Toyota, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Marubeni Corporation, YKK and Hitachi are some of the Japanese companies that are attending the business seminar, which is organised by Wafa Marketing & Promotion Plc and the Ethiopian Embassy in Japan.





Gedu Andargachew, minister of Foreign Affairs, Sileshi Bekele (PhD), minister of Water & Irrigation, Eyob Tekalign (PhD), state minister for Finance, Beyene G. Mesqel, director-general of the Public Enterprises Holding & Administration Agency, and Kassa Tekleberhan, Ethiopia's ambassador to Japan, are also among the government officials attending the session.

The session features presentations, panel discussions and business to business talks between companies from both sides.



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