Dr Abiy Nation BrandingThe Ethiopian Investment Commission would like to forward its warmest congratulations for PM Abiy Ahmed on wining the Nobel Prize.

Nation branding is one of the major investment promotion tools that Ethiopia utilizes in an effort to attract foreign direct investment (FDI).

Ethiopia, being represented on world stage by our PM, creates a positive impact in attracting foreign direct investment and tourism.

You make us proud!

Thank you, your excellency.

UK Companies Exploring BusinessDelegates of Invest Africa drawn from different sectors including energy resources, hotels, trade, and banking are discussing with Ethiopian ministers in Addis Ababa.

The visiting companies will have a field stopover in the industrial zone sites tomorrow besides the roundtable discussions with National Bank Governor and other officials about the economic reforms that the country is undertaking.

Prominence Companies from a range of strategic sectors including agriculture, telecoms, logistics, tourism, mining and power are included in the visiting delegation, it was indicated.

Invest Africa, with a global paw marks of more than 400 member companies, is a principal pan-African business platform that promotes trade and investment in Africa.
Over 20 United Kingdom companies of the Invest Africa are exploring investment opportunities here in Ethiopia.

Delegates of Invest Africa drawn from different sectors including energy resources, hotels, trade, and banking are discussing with Ethiopian ministers in Addis Ababa.

The visiting companies will have a field stopover in the industrial zone sites tomorrow besides the roundtable discussions with National Bank Governor and other officials about the economic reforms that the country is undertaking.

Prominence Companies from a range of strategic sectors including agriculture, telecoms, logistics, tourism, mining and power are included in the visiting delegation, it was indicated.

According to ENA, Invest Africa, with a global paw marks of more than 400 member companies, is a principal pan-African business platform that promotes trade and investment in Africa.

Source : https://www.ena.et/en/?p=11077

Ethio Saudi BusinessThe Ethio-Saudi Business Forum has been held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today.

The Forum which aims to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and promote business networking was attended by high level Ethiopian and Saudi officials as well as more than 150 business persons,

The Saudi Arabian Government and business delegation led by Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

In his opening remarks, Dr Aklilu Hailemichael, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, said such kinds of events are necessary to further cement the age-long and historical ties between the peoples of the two countries.

Stating that Ethiopia has attached great attention to FDI, he said, close to 229 Saudi investors are currently engaged in investment in the nation, adding more works need to be done to increase the trade balance between the two countries, which currently stands in favor of Saudi.

The State Minister further invited more Saudi investors to investment in sectors which the Government has given priority, such as agriculture, agro-processing, tourism, mineral exploration and ICT.

Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan said Saudi Arabia is now ready more than ever before to further strengthen its historical, cultural and social relations with Ethiopia.

The reform being undertaken by Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed would help attract more investors from Saudi Arabia, he added.

During the forum, the delegation was briefed about Ethiopia’s immense business and investment opportunities.

Source : https://fanabc.com/english/2019/12/ethio-saudi-business-forum-held-in-addis-ababa/

Africa Middle East TechConsumer spending on technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is forecast to total $130.8 billion this year, a year-on-year increase of 4.1%.

According to the latest Worldwide Semiannual Connected Consumer Spending Guide  from International Data Corporation (IDC), consumer purchases of traditional and emerging technologies will remain strong over the 2019–2023 forecast period, increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% to reach $149.4 billion in 2023.

86.3% of all consumer technology spending in 2019 will be on traditional technologies such as mobile phones, personal computing devices, and mobile telecom services. Mobile telecom services (voice and data) will account for 68.7% of this amount, followed by mobile phones which will account for 26.6%. Spending growth for traditional technologies will be relatively slow, with a CAGR of 2.4% for the 2019–2023 forecast period.

“Faster connectivity, combined with declining data service costs from telecom service providers and the need for end users to use telecom services for an increasing number of devices, will ensure that consumer spending on traditional technologies will continue to grow,” says Fouad Charakla, IDC’s senior research manager for client devices in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

Emerging technologies, including AR/VR headsets, drones, on-demand services, robotic systems, smart home devices, and wearables, will deliver strong growth with a five-year CAGR of 10.2%. This growth will see emerging technologies account for 17.1% of overall consumer spending in 2023, up from 13.7% in 2019. Smart home devices and on-demand services will account for around 93% of consumer spending on emerging technologies by the end of the forecast period.

Read more at : https://africabusinessnetworking.com/africa-middle-east-annual-spending-on-tech-to-reach-149-billion-by-2023-idc/

Africa China PartnershipChina remains one of the strategic development partners for structural transformation in Africa, the African Union Commission (AUC) said.

A two-day conference on China and Africa is underway in Addis Ababa to enhance the development cooperation between the two sides.

In his opening speech, Special Adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Arkebe Oqubay said China is a ‘pragmatic and strategic development friend’ for African countries.

Noting that China is among the economies that grow fast, Arkebe said the country’s development experience is exemplary for Africa’s aspiration towards economic transformation.

Africa has been registering a 4.6 percent development over the last few years; however, Arkebe said the economy is suffering from lack of diversification. “It is the major bottleneck for having structural economic transformation in our continent.”

Arkebe urged the need for African countries to work on diversifying products to realize economic transformation.

Speaking to ENA Albert M. Muchanga, Commissioner for Trade and Industry at AUC said “great lesson can be learned from China that can lead into economic transformation in Africa.”

Read more at : https://africabusinessnetworking.com/china-remains-devt-partner-of-africa-auc/