ISID Timeline

14-15 November 2016
Fifth ISID Forum
30 November 2015
Fourth ISID Forum
14 July 2015
Third ISID Forum
20 April 2015
Official launch of PCP Senegal
February 2015
Government of Senegal officially approves PCP document
December 2014
Government of Ethiopia officially approves PCP document
4-5 November 2014
Second ISID Forum
23-24 June 2014
First ISID Forum
20 December 2013
Lima Declaration

First International Agro-Industry Investment Forum Ethiopia

5-7 October 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Business-to-business meetings

Around 160 business-to-business meetings (B2Bs) were organized between Ethiopian and foreign companies on the sidelines of the forum.

The B2B segment linked up potential investors with domestic companies operating in food processing, textiles and garments, and leather and leather products. 58 Ethiopian companies were profiled for joint venture opportunities and featured in an Investment Opportunities Directory PDF.

Business-to-government meetings

Over the course of this forum, around 20 business-to-government (B2G) meetings occurred between foreign companies and the Ministry of Industry, the European Investment Commission and other government representatives. These B2G meetings allowed government representatives to answer specific investor queries and promote various investment incentives, frameworks and support services for domestic and foreign direct investment. Guide to doing Business in Ethiopia PDF.

Field Visit

Over 200 participants took part in a field visit to the privately-owned Eastern Industrial Zone in Dukem, Ethiopia. The industrial park covers an area of 5 square kilometers and houses shoe and textile factories, among others.

Partner Working Lunch 1

UNIDO DG LI Yong with representatives from IFC, KfWDEG, IFAD, AfDB, EIB, EC, GIZ, UNOPS, ILO, FAO, UNDP and AFD, among others.

The UNIDO working lunch with development finance institutions offered an opportunity for a focused discussion with representatives from several financial institutions and development aid agencies. Partners discussed ongoing and potential investment plans within the framework of the Programme for Country Partnership for Ethiopia.

The meeting highlighted the “win-win” aspects of the partnership approach in Ethiopia, and identified criteria needed for facilitating investment in the agro-industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Partner Working Lunch 2

Working lunch hosted by UNIDO DG LI Yong and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Laura Frigenti.

At a working lunch hosted by the UNIDO Director General, Mr. LI Yong, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Ms. Laura Frigenti, partners discussed collaboration for the establishment of integrated agro-industrial parks. The meeting brought together representatives of European Union and African Union delegations to Ethiopia, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization, among others.

Project Launch

From left to right, UNIDO project manager Mr. Matteo Landi, UNIDO DG Mr. LI Yong, Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Ms. Laura Frigenti, Ambassador of Austria to Ethiopia Dr. Andreas Melán and Ethiopia’s State Minister of Industry H.E. Dr. Mebrahtu Meles, at launch of youth and women entrepreneurship promotion project in Addis Ababa.

A new UNIDO project on youth and women entrepreneurship promotion officially launched on the sidelines of the Forum. Funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Austrian Development Cooperation, the three-year project will be implemented within the framework of UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership for Ethiopia.

The project aims to increase job opportunities for women and youth by promoting entrepreneurship, in particular in the agro-processing, leather and textile sectors. Click here to read the full press release.