Finland – Ethiopia Cooperation Seminar and B2B Meetings with Ethiopian companies

TEAM FINLAND – Finpro, Finland Chamber of Commerce and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland are organizing a Finland – Ethiopia Cooperation Seminar and B2B Meetings with Ethiopian companies on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 14:00 – 17:00 hrs in Finpro, Porkkalankatu 1 Helsinki. The business seminar is focusing on cooperation between Ethiopian and Finnish companies on several industry sectors.
Ajankohta: ma 15.06.2015

This event is organized on the occasion of the visit to Finland by H.E. Mr. Gebrehiwot Gebreegziabher, President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Sectoral Associations, Owner and General Manager of Gelilla Industrial Engineering Co. and an over 60-member Ethiopian business delegation.

Ethiopian business delegates are looking for cooperation partners in Finland from the following industry sectors:

Construction

Agriculture

Automotive

IT

Consumer Goods

Food & Beverage

Pharmaceuticals

Engineering

Come and hear more about the Ethiopian industries and cooperation possibilities. Participation in the business seminar is free of charge and requires a pre-registration. The seminar language is English. Seminar is meant for business representatives only.

Registration

Please register via this link by Thursday, June 11, 2015

Program

14:00 – 15:00 Opening Session
• Opening Words, Mr. Esa Rantanen, Head of Finpro Trade Center, East Africa
• Welcoming Words, Mr. Jukka Salo, Executive Vice President, Finpro
• Address, Mr. Matti Anttonen, Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
• Keynote Address, H.E. Mr. Gebrehiwot Gebreegziabher, President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Sectoral Associations, Owner and General Manager of Gelilla Industrial Engineering Co.
• Ethiopia as an Investment Destination, Speaker tbc
• Introduction of the Ethiopian Business Delegation by Sectors: Construction, Agriculture & Food, Manufacturing / Automotive & Consumer Goods

15:00 – 17:00 B2B Meetings (list of Ethiopian business delegation attached)
A few works about Ethiopia:
Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and has the second largest population in sub-Saharan Africa with over 96 million people. Ethiopia's economy is based on agriculture but the government is pushing to diversify into manufacturing, textiles, and energy generation. Ethiopia has a strong range of natural resources with excellent climate for agricultural activity, coffee being the major export crop. Ethiopian universities turn out over 10,000 graduates a year and there is over 150 technical and vocational training schools at various levels.

Ethiopia has a large and fast growing domestic market and it offers prospects for Finnish companies providing infrastructure expertise e.g. roads, rural electricity, telecom, water; manufacturing, mining technology, consumer goods; and social services such as education, healthcare and infrastructure. Read more about Ethiopia in the attachment: Why Ethiopia.

For more information

Ms. Kirsti Tarvainen, Manager, Finpro, Phone: +358 40 34 33 434
Mr. Esa Rantanen, Head of Finpro Trade Center East Africa, +254 716 546 168 or +358 400 428 936
Ms. Outi Varis, Marketing Coordinator, Phone: +358 40 34 33 439
E-mail: firstname.lastname@finpro.fi
Ms. Anne Hatanpää, Deputy Director, Finland Chamber of Commerce, +358 50 320 9539, anne.hatanpaa@chamber.fi