Preparation for World Economic Forum on Africa well in progress: Committee
Addis Ababa, March 2 (WIC) – Organizing committee of the 22nd World Economic Forum on Africa has announced yesterday that preparation is taking place as per the schedule.
The committee has met the business community and the delegation of the World Economic Forum here at Hilton Hotel. It delivered a report on the preparation processes of the conference and discussed the role of the business community at the event.
Tewodros Ashenafi, Chairman and Chief Executive of SouthWest Energy said the business community should grab the opportunity to create partnership with participants of the conference.
“Forum has many powerful, decision makers and influential people especially in terms of deploying capital and investment. The fact that the forum came to Ethiopia is a very big opportunity. We expect the business community to use it for its advantage,” he said.
Tewodros also said the conference would change the perception of the rest of the world about Ethiopia’s economy. “I think we will see a difference on Ethiopia before the conference and after the conference,” he added.
Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner of Earnest & and Young East Africa and on his part said the meeting held with the business community was successful.
“We had a mutual understanding on the idea of promoting the conference for the business community in Ethiopia. The community will have an opportunity to meet some of the movers and shakers of the world economy face to face and make partnerships. For that, it is important to create awareness about the conference and on what it will do for the business community and the countries’ economy in general. Today we agreed that we should work intensively for such an end,” he said.
In the coming May, Ethiopia will host the World Economic Forum on Africa, an event considered as a unique opportunity for the business community and the country’s economy in general.