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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to open The Economist Events’ Ethiopia Summit

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Economist Events is pleased to announce that His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia has been confirmed to speak at the Ethiopia Summit (http://www.ethiopiasummit.economist.com) to be held on October 28th and 29th, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa.

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Having wrapped up its five year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) that saw agricultural exports grow by 9% in the first three quarters of 2013/2014 and the manufacturing sector grow by 11.4% in the same period, Ethiopia is now launching its second five year plan. The Ethiopia Summit will be taking place at the opportune time to explore what more can be done to help the country achieve its full potential in alignment with its solid economic growth.

Organised under the theme “Driving continued growth” the summit will bring together more than 150 of the country’s leading policy-makers and business leaders with international executives active or interested in expanding in Ethiopia to explore opportunities and tackle challenges including: 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?

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

• 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

• 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

• Tewodros Ashenafi, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SouthWest Energy

• Andualem Admassie, Chief Executive Officer, Ethio Telecom

• 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

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.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Economist Events.

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.

Press enquiries

For further information on event registration or to request interviews with any of the speakers at the Ethiopia Summit 2015, please contact 251 Communications, Official PR Agency for

The Economist Events’ Ethiopia Summit or The Economist Events’ contacts below:

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Our Event sponsors:

Ericsson—Silver sponsor

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/

Standard Bank—Silver sponsor

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets with a unique footprint across 20 African countries. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, the group has nearly 49 000 employees and over 1 200 branches, which enable it to deliver universal banking services.

For further information visit: http://corporateandinvestment.standardbank.com/

European Investment Bank—Exhibitor sponsor

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/

Ethiopian Airlines—Official airline

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/

251 Communications—Official PR agency

251 Communications aspires to be more than an advertising agency. With a philosophy driven by the importance of integrating cultural trends with contemporary branding and advertising strategies, we set ourselves distinct.

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