January 9, 2023

"U.S.-Ethiopia High-Level Business Roundtable Dinner" on the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

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During the sidelines of the US Africa Leaders Summit, the Corporate Council on Africa hosted the Prime Minister of Ethiopia for a dinner roundtable. Before the meeting, there was a cocktail reception, and the members of Corporate Council on Africa interacted with the Ethiopian Government delegation. The Ethiopian delegation included several cabinet ministers and the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States. The roundtable session was attended by the members of the Corporate Council on Africa and the Ethiopian business community. Florie Liser, the President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa, kicked off the meeting and thanked the Prime Minister for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with the business community. The Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali spoke about his collective vision for Ethiopia and his fruitful engagements at the Leaders Summit. The Prime Minister also discussed Ethiopia’s growth rate, and even with the global tailwinds, the economy has grown at the rate of 6.25% and is on track to exceed that rate in 2022. His remarks included the importance of scaling investments locally to meet the local demand and women playing a stronger role in Ethiopia. The roundtable participants got to engage in an interactive session with the Prime Minister over various topics, particularly around the current investment climate. At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked the Corporate Council on Africa and looked forward to more roundtable sessions. He encouraged the private sector participants to visit Ethiopia.