From 5 to 7 October 2016, His Excellency, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, hosted the first International Agro-Industry Investment Forum in Addis Ababa. The event was co-organized by the Government of Ethiopia and UNIDO. The high-level investment forum featured participants from the public and private sector, including representatives of the Ethiopian Government, international investors, international financial institutions, domestic enterprises, international organizations and industry associations.
Government of Ethiopia officials conducted roadshows to select countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East in preparation for the first International Agro-Industry Investment Forum. Co-organized by UNIDO, the roadshows aimed to promote specific investment opportunities in Ethiopia’s agro-industries and allied sectors, including the Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks initiative, a key component of UNIDO's PCP for Ethiopia.
The roadshows were tailored to each country and feature workshops, roundtables or bilateral meetings depending on country-specific needs.
The Ethiopian delegation consisting of Ahmed Abtew, Minister of Industry, and Admassu Nebebe, Director-General of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, held a series of meetings with representatives from the Government of Germany, the German Engineering Federation, the Hannover Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the Chief Executive Officer of Hannover Messe, among others.
The Ethiopian stand, part of the UNIDO pavilion at the Hannover Messe, also attracted a large number of industrial associations and private companies interested in participating in the upcoming investment forum.
The Ethiopian delegation, led by Mebrahtu Meles, State Minister of Industry, met with industrial associations in the cities of Modena and Parma. The event gathered many agro-industry related companies interested in investing in or relocating production to Ethiopia. The delegation also met with the heads of Assolombarda and Confesercenti, associations representing small and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing sector of northern Italy.
The Italian Trade Agency hosted a special event to promote investment opportunities in Ethiopia, which featured a presentation by the State Minister of Industry and interventions. It was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and UNIDO. Representatives of over 120 Italian companies also attended the event.
Titled “Green Industry for Sustainable Cities”, the fourth Green Industry Conference (GIC) took place in Ulsan, Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 June. The conference was jointly organized by Ulsan Metropolitan City and UNIDO, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, the Small and Medium Business Administration, the Korea Energy Agency, the National Research Council of Science and Technology and the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group.
On 8 September, UNIDO, together with the Ministry of Commerce and the Fujian Provincial Government of the People’s Republic of China, organized a high-level forum on investment in Africa, held on the sidelines of the China International Fair for Investment and Trade. The event brought together senior decision makers from China, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Senegal, as well as representatives from the private sector, academia and other international agencies, to look at the potential of multi-stakeholder partnerships for leveraging investment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Africa, with a focus on UNIDO’s PCPs in Ethiopia and in Senegal.
On 9 September, UNIDO co-organized a business matchmaking event to allow government representatives, UNIDO project managers and interested investors to engage in a direct dialogue on specific investment opportunities in Ethiopia, Senegal and Nigeria. Around 20 Chinese private sector companies/investors expressed interest in investing in Ethiopia, covering sectors such as textiles, leather, agriculture, construction, renewable energy, etc.
The United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC-AA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted the first International Agro-Industry Investment Forum.