Opening the forum, Kebede Chane, Ethiopia’s Minister of Trade noted that Ethiopia was deeply committed to make business cooperation as a driving force for the mutual advancement of the two countries and peoples overall relations. He also emphasized on the centuries-old historical, political, commercial and religious ties that defined Egypt’s and Ethiopia’s long-standing bilateral relations.
Egypt’s Minister of Industry, Trade and SMEs, H.E. Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, on his wonderful and unifying speech also stressed out Egypt’s determination to revive the political, commercial, religious and historical relations of the two friendly countries. He also noted that the Economic Forum was the first step to opening a new page of economic partnership between the two people.
Solomon Afework, President of Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association and Chairperson of the Ethiopian Side of the Business Council, pledged his full support to the forum stating that Ethiopia had made strides in making phenomenal economic success which is a result of right economic policies as well as favorable investment environment. He also urged the business communities of the two countries to be the drivers for the continued growth of this bilateral relation.
This very first Ethio-Egypt Economic Forum was also attended by Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sami Shoukri, Ethiopia’s state Minister of Industry, Taddesse Haile, and Director-General of Ethiopia’s Investment Agency, Fitsum Arega.
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