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  • Africa Business Forum Holds in Addis Ababa

     

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    The fifth edition of the Africa Business Forum will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 1, 2017. This will be the second time the event would hold in Ethiopia, under the Patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, one of the largest investors in Africa, Forbes ranked billionaire and Ethiopia’s biggest employer.

    Prior to the conference, the Africa Business Forum’s B2B Investment Meeting will be held on the 25th January 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center Tower, to welcome potential investors to Africa.
    Since its creation in 2014, the forum has become one of the most important bi-annual gatherings in Africa and the Middle East.

    A statement from the organisers stressed that the Africa Business Forum presents an invaluable opportunity for investors to connect with clients from across industries and from around the world

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    An opportunity to maximise market share by building connections with African customers and partners. The conference will host distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs,” it added.

    Keynote speakers and conference panelists include: Fitsum Arega – Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government; Belachew Fikre – Deputy Commissioner – Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government; Yohannes Tilahun – Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission; Zemedeneh Negatu Country Managing Partner for EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia, and among “The Top 15 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015ˮ by the London-based African Business magazine.

    Others include Johnny Muteba – CEO, Pan African Chamber of Commerce; Craig Bridgman – Former Global Head of Investment Banking for Clarkson Capital Markets, currently Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy and who sits on a number of advisory boards; Seyoum Bereded – CEO Consopia Consulting Services and President of the ICT Association of Ethiopia, among others.

    “We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference,” the founder and Chairman of Africa Business Forum, Rashed Ahmed said.

    “We look forward to bringing together the many business leaders and offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The 5th Africa Business Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is an incredible convening center for global stakeholders and an opportunity to share perspectives on the issues facing global business and beyond,” Ahmed added.

     
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  • Sir Mo Farah given 'wake-up call' with rare defeat at Edinburgh Cross Country

     

    Sir Mo Farah (centre) was competing for the first time since his knighthood  CREDIT: PA

    Sir Mo Farah has urged his supporters not to worry about a first competitive defeat by a fellow Briton in seven years, insisting it has given him a “wake-up call” following a poor training stint.

    A severely undercooked Farah struggled home in seventh place atSaturday’s Edinburgh Cross Country as British team-mate Callum Hawkins came within a whisker of victory, missing out by just one second to American Leonard Korir.

    Competing for the first time since he was knighted in the New Year Honours list, the defeat was Farah’s first against another British athlete since the same event in 2010, although he also finished behind boxer Anthony Joshua over 100 metres in the BBC television show Superstars after the London 2012 Olympics.

     Understandably downbeat after Saturday’s race, Farah revealed he was only “65 to 70 per cent” fit and was adamant he would use the poor performance as motivation.

    “It definitely fires me up,” he said. “It gives me a little wake-up call. “It shows me, no matter what, if you are Olympic champion, world champion, that if you haven’t done the work, you will get beat.

     

    “It’s as easy as that and the last couple of weeks haven’t gone as well as I wanted.

    Don’t worry. Mo knows.” MORE... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2017/01/08/sir-mo-farah-given-wake-up-call-rare-defeat-edinburgh-cross/

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  • Yegna Continues Its Mandate to Spark Conversations About Girlhood in Ethiopia

     

    Tuesday January 10, 2017 (Addis Ababa) -Yegna is Ethiopia’s first teen brand and is, first and foremost, Ethiopian. It is rooted in Ethiopian culture, developed and delivered by and for Ethiopians. Yegna is provoking conversations about the positive role girls can play in Ethiopian society, challenging how girls are thought of and how they think about themselves.

    Yegna is much more than a music band. Yegna’s radio shows have reached overeightmillion listeners, and the TV movie put theirmessages in front of millions more Ethiopians, across the country. Additionally Yegna’s clubs and Safe Space programs expand the dialogue about girls in their communities and schools. Yegna’s storylines are developed with girls, their families and in communities across Ethiopia to ensure that our content is accurately reflecting the stories, voices and realities of Ethiopian girls.

     Yegna is helping to change the lives of Ethiopian girls: 76% of girls who listen to Yegna say that it has inspired them to continue their education, and 95% of boy listeners say that they would speak out against a girl being forced to marry.

    “As was announced last Friday, Yegna is parting ways with one of our partners, the UK Department for International Development (DFID). DFID was our pivotal partner in launching the success of Yegna in Ethiopia,” explains Yegna’s managing director SelomeTadessa. “We’ve been working with DFID for four years and have benefitted from their research, monitoring and support.

    Now we are evolving our work to become more sustainable on our own.” This decision by DFID in no way reflects the successes and impact of Yegna here in Ethiopia - over the past three years, Yegna has received an A rating in DFID Annual Reports. Yegna’s team in Ethiopia will continue to pioneer Yegna’s new and complementary approach to traditional development. We have seen how much Yegna is supporting girls and is contributing to the rise of Ethiopia. However, new, pioneering ideas such as Yegna are often resisted, and sometimes willfully misrepresented. Yegna has seen a lot of success over the past four years.

     Irreversible change has begun within Ethiopian society, but there is much more to be done, and Yegna will continue without interruption. Yegna will continue to operate and impact the lives of girls across Ethiopia with funding from like-minded local and international partners who believe in our innovative approach. Yegna has big plans going forward into 2017 including to take Yegna national so that it will reach even more adolescent girls, their peers and families across Ethiopia.

     “I have always believed that Yegna is an Ethiopian phenomenon, which belongs to the people of Ethiopia,” comments SelomeTadessa. “I am confident that the people and the Government of Ethiopia will remainsupportive of Yegna as it continues to grow.”

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