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Driving continued growth: The Ethiopia Summit 2015

Over the past decade, Ethiopia has experienced solid economic growth–GDP growth has averaged 10% a year and foreign direct investment reached almost US$1bn in 2013/2014–but what more needs to be done for the country to achieve its full potential? Is Ethiopia on course to achieve its ambitious goals with its second Growth and Transformation Plan?

• What are Ethiopia’s future growth prospects? • Is the state-led development model sustainable? • What are the challenges currently faced by the private sector? • What opportunities exist for private equity firms looking to enter the Ethiopian market? • Will Ethiopia fully join COMESA’s Free Trade Area to achieve further growth through collaboration?

Organised under the theme “Driving continued growth” The Economist Events’ Ethiopia Summit (http://www.ethiopiasummit.economist.com) will bring together more than 150 of the country’s leading policymakers and business leaders with international executives active or interested in expanding in Ethiopia to explore opportunities and tackle challenges.

Along with His Excellency Prime Minister Desalegn, the summit will feature speakers and panellists from government and industry including:

• HE Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia • HE Dr Abraham Tekeste Meskel, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia • Fitsum Arega, Director General, Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) • Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary-General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) • Greg Dorey, British Ambassador to Ethiopia and British Permanent Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa • Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines • Haddis Tadesse, Country Representative, Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation • Andualem Admassie, Chief Executive Officer, Ethio Telecom • Tewodros Ashenafi, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SouthWest Energy • Khalid Bomba, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency • Reg Hankey, Chief Executive Officer, Pittards • Francis Agbonlahor, Managing Director, Meta Abo Brewery Share Company, Diageo • Rana Sengupta, Vice-president, Africa Emerging Markets and Customer Development, Africa Business and Managing Director, Ethiopia, Unilever • Brian Herlihy, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BlackRhino • Fitsum Arega, Director General, Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) • Munir Duri, Chief Executive Officer, Kifiya • Mayur Kothari, Founder and Chairman, Mohan Group of Companies • Sergei Stankovski, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs • Gabriel Negatu, Regional Director for Eastern Africa , African Development Bank • Sergei Stankovski, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Follow the Ethiopia Summit via @EconomistEvents #EthiopiaSummit on Twitter to get the latest updates, submit your questions, and join in with discussions on the day.

For general queries or further information about the event please call +44 (0) 207 576 8118 or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ethiopiasummit.economist.com.

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Event sponsors:

SILVER SPONSORS Ericsson Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society — a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfil their potential and create a more sustainable future. For further information visit: http://www.ericsson.com/

Microsoft In line with Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative seeks to help accelerate Africa’s economic development and to improve its global competitiveness through innovation, skills and affordable access. For more information please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/africa/4afrika/

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EXHIBITOR SPONSOR European Investment Bank The EIB is the European Union’s bank. We are the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. We work closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. For further information visit: http://www.eib.org/

OFFICIAL AIRLINE Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Air Lines was founded on 21 December 1945 and commenced operations on 8 April 1946, expanding to international flights in 1951. The firm became a share company in 1965, and changed its name from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian has been a member of the International Air Transport Association since 1959, and of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) since 1968. The airline is a Star Alliance member since December 2011. For further information visit: http://www.ethiopianairlines.com/

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