Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC, participated at the “5th Africa CEO Forum” in Geneva, Switzerland, held on March 20 and 21, 2017. During the Forum, our Chairman, Zemedeneh Negatu, was a panelist and speaker on the “Doing Business in Ethiopia” session which was attended by a large and diverse group of participants from various countries and institutions. The opening remarks of the Session were given by the Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, followed by panel presentations which included the Minister of Planning, the Head of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), the State Minister of Industry, the CEO of Ethiopian Power Utility (EEU) and three private investors. The panel discussions as well as the questions and answers from other participants focused on manufacturing, infrastructure, agro-processing, power, FDI, investment incentives, etc.
The Africa CEO Forum is one of the largest annual gatherings of CEOs of African and international companies and political decision makers from around the world. The Forum is a unique platform for discussion and debate around the economic and industrial challenges facing the African continent. Organized by the Group Jeune Afrique and rainbow unlimited, in partnership with the African Development Bank, the forum has become the foremost international event dedicated to the development of the private sector in Africa.
Fairfax’s sponsorship highlighted in the Africa CEO Forum’s program book
Fairfax Africa Fund also sponsored a full page in the CEO Forum’s main program book highlighting our investments and businesses.
Fairfax Africa Fund's Chairman gave a Keynote speech at the 5th Africa Business Forum on March 1, 2017.
Our Chairman, Zemedeneh Negatu, was honored to be the Keynote speaker at the "5th Africa Business Forum" held under the patronage of Saudi billionaire, Sheikh Mohamed Hussien al-Amoudi. Zemedeneh spoke about Mega global events that occurred in the past twelve months including Brexit, the U.S. elections especially the re-thinking of globalization and trade by the new U.S. administration and by certain European governments. He also discussed Africa's economic landscape focusing on the major economies such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia. Possible changes to AGOA and its impact on U.S.-Africa trade and investment was also a key part of Zemedeneh's speech. More details about the Forum can be found at: AfricaBusinessForum.com