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EUBFE Signed MoU with the Ministry of Revenue on the Occasion of its General Assembly

The Ministry of Revenue, represented by State Minister Mr. Mohammed Abdi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EU Business Forum and its member national business associations on May 2, 2019. The MoU is aimed at forging constructive dialogue between the Ministry of Revenue (MoR), as well as the Customs Commission (which is under the MoR), and members of EUBFE.  In his key note address, H.E. Mr. Mohammed welcomed the initiative to construct meaningful dialogue with EU businesses and encouraged those involved to work towards its fruition.

In this connection, a joint steering committee has been established that would compile, review and address challenges of members of EUBFE in connection with tax and customs. The committee will be led by the Head of the Office of the Minister of Revenue and will be composed of directors of various directorates of MoR and board members of EUBFE. The steering committee will commence its task within two weeks’ time of the signing of MoU.

The General Assembly meeting that preceded the signing of MoU approved annual report for 2018, audit report of external auditor, plan for 2019 and extended the appointment of the existing board members by a further two years. The event was attended by various guests from government as well as EU diplomatic community.

The EU-Ethiopia Business Forum to take place from 13-15 May in Brussels

 

The EU-Ethiopia Business Forum 2019 will take place in Brussels on Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th2019.  The objective of this Forum is to promote and stimulate European private sector trade and investment in Ethiopia through the organization of a Business Forum aimed at advertising the potential opportunities in the country and at offering a networking platform for European and Ethiopian companies as well as Ethiopian government representatives.

During this high-level business Forum participants will gain practical information about doing business in Ethiopia and be able to interact with top-officials from the Ethiopian Investment Commission and with other high-ranking officials from Ethiopia. Mr. Jyrki Katainen, vice-president of the European Commission and Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will also take part in the event.

Please follow the link below to participate.

https://en.xing-events.com/eu_ethiopia_businessforum.html?page=1699742

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Members of EUBFE held breakfast meeting with delegates from Bavaria State

Led by Mr. Markus Soder, Minister-President of the German Free State of Bavaria, a high-level delegation visited Ethiopia, accompanied by representatives from sixty companies. As part of the visit, which also saw leaders of the delegation received by President Sahle-Work Zewde, a breakfast meeting was held with EUBFE member companies on April 17, 2019. In the opening  of  the meeting, representatives of EUBFE as well as the trade mission, highlighted the importance of engaging with EU businesses that are already in operation in the Ethiopian business environment to form comprehensive understanding. The executive director of EUBFE, Mr. Nahom Abraham, encouraged delegates of the Bavaria state to join the EUBFE to continue to access uptodate information on business in Ethiopia. Following a round of introduction, the breakfast meeting proceeded with informal networking. The meeting was co-organized in colse collaboration with the delegation of German Industry and Commerce for Eastern Africa (AHK-Kenya), which is also a member of the EUBFE. 

EUBFE Conferred with Investment Commissioner on bolstering dialogue with the government

EU Business Forum in Ethiopia together with the EU Delegation in Ethiopia held discussion on March 26, 2019 with the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) on improving the existing platform of dialogue with EU businesses in Ethiopia. EUBFE members were honored with the presence of HE Abebe Abebayehu, Commissioner of Ethiopian Investment Commission and HE Ambassador Johan Borgstam, Head of the EU Delegation to Ethiopia.

In the discussion that ensued, EU business leaders in attendance expressed their appreciation for the commitment shown by the EIC in facilitating dialogue with government agencies in previous instance through the Public-Private-Dialogue (PPD) platform. They further expressed their desire to continue in this vein and contribute in the reformulation of investment code as well as the second version of PPD. The guest of honor at the breakfast meeting, HE Abebe Abebayehu, highlighted previous successes close collaboration between businesses have brought and vowed to improve on disruptions on the regularity of such engagements. The delayed PPD-2, he also indicated, will go through at the earliest opportunity. HE Johan Borgstam, in his concluding remark indicated that it is important for businesses to closely work with regulators while also highlighting EU Delegation's contribution to improving the business environment in Ethiopia, including the automated customs system currently operational.

The meeting cocluded with a joint committment to continue to build on the on-going constructive dialogue.

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