Export Development Forum Opens in Ethiopia

Nov 23 , 2019

The World Export Development Forum opened in Addis Abeba today under the theme "Trade and Invest in One Africa." The International Trade Centre and the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade & Industry are jointly hosting the Forum. Present during the opening of the Forum were high ranking government officials such as Sahle-Work Zewde, president of Ethiopia. The forum attracted business leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, trade development officials, representatives of international organisations, trade and investment promotion agencies and business associations across the world. The Forum is timed to contribute to Africa Industrialization Week, which is intended to help businesses make the most of the newly ratified African Continental Free Trade Agreement with a special focus on the role of women and youth and to address international business competitiveness issues and profile international investment in Ethiopia and beyond. During the event, a business-to-business matchmaking platform that aims to create new business deals in agribusiness was also organised in partnership with the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations.



They say, "Where there is traffic, there is business." It reflects the colour of Addis Abeba roads and roundabouts. Around Bole, commonly known as the Ring Road, vendors serve tea and snacks underneath a bridge. Owing to these selling methods allow pedestrians and drivers to get the service they need while walking and driving. Despite that, such practice has become a frequent encounter in the heart of the city streets. The most common purpose of a ring road is to reduce traffic volumes in the ur...



Pedestrian walkways around Addis Abeba are growing smaller by the day, competing to gain a foothold in the public spaces. The city, which prides itself as Africa's political and diplomatic capital, becomes a showcase of contrast. Beauty and affluence wrestle destitution and poverty to claim space. Vendors have displayed their second-hand outfits, shoes and luggage for sale on a roundabout in front of the Ministry of Education, up at the Arat Kilo area...



Retired city buses were once converted to bakery outlets retailing bread supplied by ‘Sheger Bakery' during their twilight zone. The city administration had used Anbessa City buses as its retail shops before formal outlets replaced them. Sheger Bakery, touted as the largest bakery and flour factory with the potential of baking two million loaves of bread daily, was to cater for millions of people in Addis Abeba with a subsidized bread supply but failed to live up to expectations. The old city...