Ethiopia Ready To Host AU, U.S-Africa Business Summits


The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it has finalized preparations for the upcoming African Heads of State and Government and the 10th US-Africa Business Summits in January and February 2016 respectively.

State Minister Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie made this known while briefing diplomats at a consultative discussion forum, stressing that the Summits will help create business opportunities and strengthen the business ventures among participants.

“As the participants of the Summits are drawn from various sectors including gas, oil, manufacturing, energy and agriculture, the experience that would be gained in this regard for the local business people is immense,” Amb. Atskeselassie said.

He cautioned that participant of the Summits should not be discouraged by the sporadic violence that occurred in Oromia State which the government took under control with active public participation.

The State Minister also called upon members of the diplomatic community to make themselves ready for the success of the summits by facilitating the overall logistics adjustments.

The 26th AU Summit, which is expected to be attended by delegates representing various institutions, is slated for January 26-31, 2016 and the US-Africa Business Summit February 1 – 4, 2016 in Addis.

The 10th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit, Footprint to Africa gathered will bring together more than 1,000 private sector and government representatives from the all parts of Africa, the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Summit is a unique opportunity to network with the preeminent decision makers and leaders in African investment, all in one place, at one time.