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THE 8TH ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA BUSINESS FORUM & 3RD PIONEER DIASPORA AWARDS LUNCHEON

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Contacts: in the U.S. Yohannes Assefa
Phone: 202-999-7369
Email: yohannes@theethiopianamerican.com
in Ethiopia Omer Redi
+251-91-260-2178 (Ethiopia)
omer@theethiopianamerican.com

Annual Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum to be held on
July 27, in Washington DC 

The 8th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum will focus on “Investing in Agri-business: Opportunities and Challenges for Diaspora Investors”. Specifically, the Forum will discuss specific investment opportunities in agri-business, agro-processing and financing and value chain development opportunities in select subsectors.

The Forum this year is organizing an agri business concept competition and the winning teach will be rewarded with a round trip ticket to Ethiopia and technical support from the Forum and its sponsors as well as participate in a USAID-funded matching grant program to support investments in select agricultural value chains.

The 2013 Ethiopian Diaspora Pioneer Businessperson Selection Committee is currently accepting nominations from the public and will announce the awardee by July 19, 2013.  It may be recalled that the 2012 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person award was shared by Ato Tadiwos Getachew Belete, founder and CEO of Boston Partners PLC, and Ato Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Ethiopia & Head of Transaction Advisory Services (Corporate Finance) Eastern Africa Ernst & Young LLP.

The Forum and Awards Luncheon are expected to attract a large number of Ethiopians, and non-Ethiopians, interested in Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment opportunities in Ethiopian and the U.S. 

“The Forum and Awards Event will highlight the work of the Ethiopian Diaspora entrepreneurs and various business and investment opportunities available for Diaspora businessmen,” said Yohannes Assefa, Managing Director of The Ethiopian American and Founder and Executive Director of the Forum. 

This year’s Forum marks the 8th year since The Ethiopian American begun organizing this annual event. In the past six years, the Forum has grown tremendously.

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, Ernst & Young Ethiopia, Boston Partners PLC, Ethiopian Airlines and The George Washington University, Business School are this year’s Title Sponsors.

For more information, please visit our website, www.theethiopianamerican.com.

Note to Editors:
About The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum

The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum is organized by The Ethiopian American, a Virginia based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group with offices in New York. The Ethiopian American was first established as non-partisan, professional business publication in 2004 by a group of young Diaspora professionals to create a positive and non-political platform devoted to the issue of business and investment in the Ethiopian Diaspora community.

In June 2005, the magazine organized the first Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum (the “Forum”) with the generous financial support of USAID/VEGA Ethiopian AGOA + and several Diaspora businesses. Over the years, the Forum served as a key platform for Diaspora discussions on many important issues such as trade and investment in Ethiopia and the United States, the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), business environment and related regulatory affairs. Seven years later, the Forum has grown and continues to grow strong in every aspect by empowering the Diaspora business community with valuable information and enabling the community to participate in Ethiopia’s economy and development in a meaningful way.

This year, organizers are publishing the second annual full length event magazine covering many issues of interest for the Diaspora business community. The magazine will be distributed for free both in the U.S. and Ethiopia.
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2013 PIONEER DIASPORA
BUSINESS PERSONS

The 2013 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award be bestowed on Diaspora entrepreneurs who have exhibited unique leadership skills and have introduced pioneering business(es) in the Diapsora or Ethiopia.

It is to be recalled that the 2012 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person award was shared by two dynamic members of the Ethiopian Diaspora business community: Tadiwos G. Belete , founder and CEO of Boston Partners PLC, andAto Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Ethiopia & Head of Transaction Advisory Services (Corporate Finance) Eastern Africa Ernst & Young LLP. Both individuals embody the meaning of a pioneer. As pioneer business men, Ato Zemedeneh and Tadiwos introduced innovation in to their respective business areas and took risks in untested business at the time of entry in Ethiopia. Both have been good role models and have inspired other Diaspora businessmen to take risk and introduce innovation.

The 2013 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the award. Nominations can be submitted via e-mail to publisher@theethiopianamerican.com or abadefar1@gmail.com. The Committee is expected to finalize the selection process by July 19, 2013.

2013 AGENDA/PROGRAM
Date: July 27, 2013
Venue: The George Washington University (Jack Morton Auditorium)
Theme: “Investing in Agri-business: Opportunities and Challenges for Diaspora Investors”
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