A Luncheon event was organized by Dubai Chamber International Office – Ethiopia on November 15, 2018 at Marriot Hotel Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The luncheon that was hosted by the Dubai Chamber International, focused on Women investors in Ethiopia, on how best they can get connected with the Women investors in Dubai.
The roundtable luncheon started with an opening remark made by the new Head of Office of the Dubai Chamber International Office in Ethiopia, Mrs. Tewabech (Teba) H. Molla. Where she thanked the guests for coming and remarked that having the first roundtable luncheon with Ethiopian women investors in Dubai chamber was a huge step towards addressing the needs of both the Ethiopian and Dubai Women investors.
She further underlined that this luncheon is mainly aimed on the following three points:
Present as the guest of honor was also Mr. Ahmed Al Badawi, Head of Political, Economic and Media Affairs Section from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, where he delivered a remark on how this kind of event helps, both Ethiopia and Dubai, to get connected and facilitate business linkages, where he mentioned that, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates is ready to offer any kind of assistance and help to facilitate the market linkages of both countries.
After the introduction made by each of the participants, the roundtable discussion was opened by a brief remark made by Mrs. Nigest Haile, the Executive Director of the Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) and also the Founder and Board Member of Enat Bank. The Director, who also moderated the meeting, congratulating Mrs. Tewabech in becoming the first woman heading an office of the Dubai Chamber International, the Ethiopia Country Office, suggested brief points expected to be discussed at the first roundtable.
The discussion focused on the following three major areas:
The discussion was participatory, where all the invited guests, women investors, were able to contribute their views, ask questions and further discuss on what needs to be done next. In this respect, the following summary is drawn from the discussion.
During the discussion it was noted that, every sector here in Ethiopia can get connected with the Dubai market, as Dubai is a business hub and also Ethiopia being a gateway to Africa. The current peace and security of the country is also mentioned as an opportunity to attract buyers.
The following were mentioned relevant as priority sectors to the Dubai market:
Areas that Need Focus to Facilitate the Business Relationships:
As a summary, the following issue areas were noted as concern that need focus to facilitate the business relationships among the two countries:
In concluding the roundtable, the following issues were mentioned for the way forward:
Discussing one many more points and great ideas raised a closing remark was made by Mrs.Tewabch leading the guests to lunch and allowing them to connect through. At the end of the luncheon the invited guests were given the opportunity to express how they felt about the event, and they said these was a great opportunity to discusses on such matters and also suggested the Dubai chamber to organize this kind of events quarterly and should not be a onetime thing if we all want progress to be visible on the market linkage and Business opportunities to grow.