Ethiopian Diaspora Group to Stage 5th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum & Exhibition on July 10-11 in Washington, DC Businesses.

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Forum and exhibition designed to building and expand a lasting business and trade links between indigenous Ethiopian and Diaspora businesses.

Borany Penh, Senior USAID Economist addressing the 4th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum on USAID's African Diaspora Marketplace business plan competition, which eventually resulted in three Ethiopian Americans wining $100,000 each.

"The Ethiopian Diaspora Forums equips investors with knowledge and resources and this year, will help build lasting connections to businesses in Ethiopia," said Yohannes Assefa, principal organizer of the event.

The Ethiopian American in association with USAID VEGA AGOA Plus announced today the 5th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Exhibition, which will be held on July 10 and 11 at the Four Points by Sheraton (1201 K Street NW) in Washington DC.

The Honorable Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, will give the opening remarks to kick off the Forum and the Honorable Adrian Fenty, Mayor of DC, has been invited to open the exhibition/trade show and give the keynote speech at Forum’s luncheon on June 10.

Continuing its work over the past four years, the Forum will spur useful dialogue amongst the Ethiopian Diaspora and representatives of the Ethiopian businesses on business and investment in Ethiopia and the United States and on how best to build a lasting and durable business and trade links between Diaspora businesses and their Ethiopian counterparts in Ethiopia.

This year’s Forum marks the fifth year since The Ethiopian American begun organizing this Forum. In the past five years, the Forum has grown tremendously. Last year alone, the Forum attracted hundreds of serious and committed Diaspora businesses both in our Washington DC and Los Angeles meetings.

This year’s Forum will be open to the public and will include a business exhibition and trade show. Over 20 Ethiopian (from Ethiopia) and Diaspora businesses representing a diverse segment of the Ethiopian and Diaspora business communities will participate in the exhibition/trade show. Thousands of Ethiopians from the 250,000 strong Ethiopian Diaspora community are also expected to attend the conference and exhibition/trade show.

The Forum will address business and investment opportunities in Ethiopia as well as discuss business conditions in Ethiopia. The panels include: The African Diaspora Marketplace, Investing in Ethiopia 101, the Ethiopian Financial Sector and the Annual Business Condition Roundtable.

The Forum’s panel discussions will be held only on July 10 (9:00AM to 5:00PM); the exhibition/trade show will be on July 10 and 11 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

USAID VEGA AGOA Plus, Precise Consult International PLC and Zemen Bank S.C. are the major sponsors of this Forum. The cocktail hour on the evening of June 10 is sponsored by ModernETH PLC, a technology outsourcing company based in Ethiopia.

Other confirmed participants in the exhibition/trade show include: eVentive LLC, Zebra Jobs, Etteff Injera Flour Factory, Kibbutz Farm Ethiopia PLC, Elkadosh Exporter PLC, Rehobot Exporter PLC, YONAD Business Promotion& Consultancy PLC, Bole Ambassador Hotel, Unique Car Rental (Wedding Services), Adore Ethiopia Tour & Travel PLC, Orange Switch PLC and Fasiledes Traditional Clothing PLC.

Beleco Business PLC, The Ethiopian American’s sister company in Ethiopia, will handle all trade show related matters in Ethiopia.

If you would like to attend, participate in the exhibition/trade show, sponsor the event or want general information, please feel free to contact us at yohannes(at)theethiopianamerican(dot)com or abadefar1(at)gmail(dot)com.

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