The agreement will help sharing of business information and opportunities between the two sides, said Mesenbet Shenkute, President of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association, after signing the agreement. Many of the 8000 enterprises operating in the Guangzhou province, are willing to come and do business in Ethiopia, said Liu Zew Vice President of the Committee after signing the agreement.
By Yidnekachew Alemayehu
The newly elected Board of Directors of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations had talks with the Deputy Mayor of the Addis Ababa City Administration. Parties have exchanged views aimed to enhancing the existing partnership in areas related to unemployment curbing and promoting trade and investment. During the curtesy call visit, on 30, November, 2018 at the Mayor’s Office, both sides have come to terms to work jointly on ways of making the city more business friendly to the private sector.
By Yidnekachew Alemayehu
Argentina business tender would open up opportunities to Ethiopian businesspeople to explore more markets opportunities and experiences of the western hemisphere, Said Mesnbet Shenkut, president of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rosario Chamber of Commerce , 29 November 2018, Addis Ababa.
The MoU would further facilitate trade and investment in a sustainable manner. The series of political and economic reforms being undertaken by the Ethiopian government are favorable opportunities for doing business with Ethiopia vis-à-vis the rest of the world. Therefore , Argentine companies should take advantage of the same, said Mesnbet.
‘Now we can start business’ said Lic Guilermo Beccani, President the Rosario Chamber of Commerce after signing the document. The event marks a turning point in building confidence among private actors of the two sides, Beccani Added. Gustavo Teodoro Grippo, Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina to Ethiopia said on the occasion that Argentine companies will offer agricultural machineries, medicines, spare parts, plastic wares and wines to the Ethiopian markets. Commerce between the two countries has grown 10 folds over the five years. Argentina’s major cities including Rosario are favorable market spots for Ethiopian traditional food and beverage, Grippo noted. The 9-articled MoU, among other things including sharing and dissemination market information and promoting trade fairs between the two sides. Corn, Soybeans, Gold Wheat are Argentinian’s major commodities to the world markets, it was noted.
በመንግስትና በንግዱ ሕብረተሰብ መካከል ያለው ግንኙነት ይበልጥ ሊጠናከር ይገባል
ወ/ሮ መሠንበት ሸንቁጥ የአዲስ አበባ ንግድና የዘርፍ ማሕበራት ምክር ቤት ፕሬዚደንት
ጥቅምት 15 ቀን 2011 ዓ.ም በአዲስ አበባ ኢንተርኮንቲኔንታል ሆቴል በተጠራው የምክር ቤቱ 14ተኛ መደበኛ ጠቅላላ ጉባዔ ለዳይሬክተሮች ቦርድ በፕሬዝዳንትነት የተወዳደሩት ወ/ሮ መሠንበት ሸንቁጥ አሸናፊነታቸው ከታወቀ በኋላ ባደረጉት ንግግር መንግስት ለንግዱ ህብረተሰብ ያለውን ትኩረት እንዲያሳድግና በዘላቂነት በጋራ እንዲሠራ ጥሪ አቅርበዋል፡፡
የአዲሱ ቦርድ ዋና ዋና የትኩረት አቅጣጫዎችን አስመልክቶም ወ/ሮ መሠንበት ሸንቁጥ ሲያብራሩ፣ የንግዱን ሕበረተሰብ ጥያቄዎች እና ፍላጎቶችን በማንሳት ለመንግሥት ማቅረብ እና መንግሥትም ለጉዳዮቹ ትኩረት ሰጥቶ እና አስፈላጊውን ማሻሻያዎችን ተግባራዊ እዲያደርግ በትጋት እንሠራለን ብለዋል፡፡
ታክስ፤የፋይናንስ አቅርቦት እና የመሳሰሉት አንኳር የነጋዴው ጥያቄዎችን ቅድሚያ በመስጠት ምላሽ እንዲያገኙ ተከታታይ ውይይቶችን ከመንግስት ጋር ለማካሄድ ጥረት እናደርጋለን ያሉት አዲሷ ፕሬዚዳንት ፣ በሰለጠነው ዓለም ሸማቹ የሕብረተሰብ ክፍል ለንግድ ምክር ቤት አባላት ያለው ክብር እና ፍቅር በእኛም አገር ይኸው ባሕል እንዲፈጠር ከቦርድ አባላት እና ከመላው የንግዱ ሕብረተሰብ ጋር በጋራ ጥረት እናደርጋለን ብለዋል፡፡
የአዲሱ ተመራጭ ቦርድ አባላት በተለያዩ የንግድ ዘርፎች ላይ ሰፊ ልምድ እና ዕውቀት ያካበቱ ሲሁኑ ከቀድሞዎቹ ተጨማሪ ልምድን በመቅሰም የነጋዴውን ድምጽ በመንግሥት በኩል ትኩረት እንዲያገኝ የአጭር፤የመካከለኛ እና የረዥም ጊዜ እቅድ በጋራ አዘጋጅተን እንሰራለን ፤ ለዚህም መላው የንግድ ሕብረተሰብ ድጋፍ ሊያደርግ ይገባል ብለዋል፡፡
Pvt. Sector should Complement Gov’t efforts: City Gov’t
The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, popularly known as Addis Chamber held its annual General assembly meeting on 25 October 2018, Addis Ababa.
The Assembly heard and endorsed the 2010 E.C annual audit reports of the Chamber. The audit report was also presented to the audience by an independent audit firm and the same was endorsed by the Assembly.
The Assembly in its 14th Regular session has elected a career banker and company owner Mesenbet Shenkut defeating her challenger Saladin Kelifa by winning 419 ‘Yes’s out of 1050 votes cast. Out of the 11 newly elected members of the Board of Directors 3 are females including the president.
Earlier on the occasion, the guest of honor, Abdulfetah Yesuf, head of the Trade Bureau, said in his opening speech that the city government is ready to work with the private sector in compatible way. The government, so far could not afford to furnish all social, economical , infrastructural need of the public at once. Therefore, the private sector must fill the existing gap, Buearu Head said. The government believes that private sector can make a tangible difference in the economic development process of the country given the accumulated human, financial and knowledge resources the private sector has at hand, Abdulfetah added.
The City Government remains committed to work in partnership with Addis Chamber in its effort to promote business and investment , he said. The government is working creating more conducive play ground for the business community. In this regard, the proclamation for Chambers’ establishment is to go under revision, the Bureau Head added. According to Abdulfetah, the need for the revision is needed with the view to enabling the chamber achieve modern services to the rate of international standards, he added.
‘Having Public-Centered Investment Mentality leads to Economic collapse’ Snr. Policy Researcher
Gov’t to redefine the role of the Pvt. Sector. Planning Commissioner
The public sector alone cannot afford continuous economic development in the country said Telaye Kassahun,(PhD). The government rather should be limited to in regulatory and controlling activities, he added during the 2nd panel discussion organized by Addis Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association 16August, 2016 at Hilton hotel.
In Ethiopia, the government takes the largest share of investment. That gives rise to the control of development growth of the country , the Senior Researcher noted. Huge investments are always made by the government in the country, the researcher added. On the other hand, the private sector now we have, he said, is underdeveloped. Therefore, there is a great risk leading to a situation, where once the government losses interest to invest, the country’s economy may catastrophically collapse. The public investment currently heavily dependent on China, he noted. This again may cause a foreseeable collapse on investment, if China changes its mind. It is for these and others reasons, that the need for advancing the private investment mentality is important for sustained economic development, Telaye said. Continued corruption involving public offices is also posing challenge against the private sector
Eyob Tekalegn, National Planning Commissioner of the FDRE, who was also a panelist in reference to the private sector and the GTP, said that the government looking for strong culture of public-private cooperation. The government has separately designated the private sector as an engine to the national economy in an effort towards industrialization, the commissioner said. A series of consultations were made involving stakeholder over the performance of the GTP-2. The feedbacks show there are huge gaps in major economic performances such as export, macroeconomic instability and foreign debt. Gaps accounted in the major economic performances over the last years under GTP -2 are calling for serious action. The importance of the private sector is not only for economic performance but also shouldering the burden of unemployment, Eyob said.
As was the reform in the politics was made, now the government is working seriously on ways to redefine the role private sector in the economic development process, the Commissioner added.
The Commission is now drafting a 10 year development planning where all stakeholder would participate including the private sector. To that end a new economic advisory team reporting to the Prime Minister has been set up to speed up the process. Other thematic topics included ‘Private Sector and the Current Ethiopian Economy Challenges: Private Sector and the Tax System’ by: Amin Abdella ‘Challenges Against Export Performance’ by Million Bogale; “Tax System: Challenges on Privates Sector and Possible Solution” by Tesfaye Mergia. Several intervention were forwarded from the audience coming from different walks of life and to which explanations were given by panelist.
The Current Trade Relation between the two Countries is not to the Satisfactory Level
Ethio-Czech Business Forum kicked off in Addis Ababa. A delegation of Czech companies led by H.E. Mr. Vladimír Bärtl, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic visited Ethiopia for two days, aiming at establishing and/or enhancing bilateral ties between the private sectors of both countries in the respective field.
Czech businesspersons are interested to invest in various investment sectors in Ethiopia. This was disclosed by Mr. Ilja Mazanek, Chairman of foreign Section of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, at the Ethio-Czech Business forum that held at the Hilton Addis on May 15, 2018.
Representatives from the Czech and Ethiopian businesspersons took part in the business forum. The main objective of the forum jointly organized by the Addis Ababa Chamber of commerce and sectoral Association and the Czech Embassy in Ethiopia is to boost trade and investment ties between the two countries.
Speaking during the occasion, President of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, Mr. Elias Geneti said Ethiopia and the Czech Republic should strengthen trade and investment in order to exploit the huge potentials in their countries.
He said business communities of both sides need to refresh their potentials and resources to make use of the opportunities laid out in this business forum as part of enhancing the trade and investment partnership.
Trade volume between the two countries during the period, 2012-2017, is worth around USD 118 million. Although the trade balance significantly favors the Czech’s where its export to Ethiopia exceeds its import by USD of 100 million during the same periods, the trade relations still remains very low compared to the potential and our import and export trade experience with several other countries we have, He said.
According to Elias, the current trade and economic relations between the two countries are not to the satisfactory level.
Mr. Vladimír Bärtl, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic said on his part increasing trade and investment based on the mutual benefits is essential.
The governments of both countries should create a conducive environment for investors and the amount of trade and investment between countries should be further boosted, the Deputy Minister added.
The two countries have close to a century old political and economic relations. However, one cannot find it to the expected magnitude. However; it is a matter of fact that the two countries have been proceeding with cultural and social aspects for many years.
The relationship between Ethiopia and the Czech Republic is one of the oldest in the history. One of the most recognized and gratefully remembered by all Ethiopians is the support extended by the Czechs during the Fascist invasion of Ethiopia back in 1930’s.
Archives and documents reveal that a man from Czech arrived at the hinterland of Ethiopia, probably one of the earliest European to make his journey to Ethiopia. The Czech Missionary, Vaclav Remedius Prutky made a journey to Ethiopia during the first half of the eighteenth century to discover the source of the Blue Nile.
Following the formal diplomatic ties of the two countries in 1955, the then Czechoslovak government and its people did not hesitate to share their knowledge and expertise to their fellow Ethiopians.
The case in point was the construction of the first ammunition Factory in Addis Ababa, construction of Melka-Wakena dam, a textile factory in Kombolcha, brewery plants in Harar and Bedelle as well as the development of vineyards among others.
Addis Ababa University and Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations are on the verge to establish a collaborative engagement to contribute to private sector development in Ethiopia.
Chamber distinguishes some modalities of engagement with the university at the initial phase. Organizing joint workshops (national and international) on thematic issues such as on trade policy, economic forums, etc, training, panel discussions, and seminars are some of the focuses of the partnership said Getachew Regassa, Secretary General of AACCSA.
According to the Secretary General Conducting surveys on selected research topics (as mutually agreed) as well as creating opportunities in linking researchers results of the University with the business companies and the private sector at large for effective implementation also the interventions included in the modality.
Ato Shibeshi Bettemariam on his part said AACCSA and AAU will work for hand in hand to assist prospective graduates on ways and means of getting access to companies’ data for their thesis and graduation papers. Engaging in the capacity building of the chamber and sharing experiences on specific areas such as on value additive certification of the Addis Chamber Training Institute is also one area of cooperation, he added.
The two parties will sign MOU momentarily and prepare annual operation plans/implementation plans on the basis of the MOU.
Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations is going to commence its TV program called “Addis Chamber Television” on Addis Television. After reaching an agreement involving officials of the Chamber and Addis Television, the Chamber is said to start its program this month every Sunday from 10:00 AM -10:30 AM in the morning.
The Chamber’s TV program aims at advocating in favor of improved business and investment climate, building capacities of companies through providing information vital for building the sustainable business and enhancing their competitiveness, promoting the principles and practices of good corporate governance, promoting small businesses, and women and youth entrepreneurship, among others.
The chamber’s TV program will be on air for once in a week for 30 minutes. Addis Chamber TV contains four program formats; namely, the Ethiopia Business Report, CEO’s Forum, current Business affairs and Voice of the Private Sector.
Preparation has already been underway with the view to successfully accomplishing international fairs of Tourism and Travel as well as Agriculture and Food.
The couple International fairs in addition to serving to promote goods and services of participating companies will give way for networking, cross-sharing of experiences and good practices. Accordingly, local and foreign companies are already signing up, According to Abraham H/Mariam who is the Director of Trade and Investment Promotion Department said.
Abraham called on the local food processors, to take advantage of the 11th International Agriculture and Food Trade Fair, in order to introduce their products to the international markets and establish foreign buyers and partners.
In relation to the 6th Tourism and Travel International Trade Fair, as part of advancing national tourist business, Regional Tourism Bureaus are invited to promote their tourist attraction and potentials, the manager said. The twin events will be open 10-14 may, 2018, it was learned.