Panel Discussion on the mid-term Economic Future of Ethiopia Held

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Panel Discussion on middle-to-short-term economic was held on December 6, 2018. The panel discussion was co-organized in collaboration with the EU Delegation in Ethiopia. H.E. Johan Borgstam, head of EU Delegation in Ethiopia made an opening remark at the opening of the event. It featured three prominent speakers; Mr. Tamrat G. Giorgis (managing editor of Fortune Business Newspaper, one of the largest in circulation), Mr. Helaway Tadesse (formerly with IMF and currently manager of Cepheus Capital managing a capital close to 100 mln USD) and Mr. Henock Assefa (Manager of Precise Consult-one of the largest consulting firms in Ethiopia).

The panel deliberated on a theme entitled “charting uncertain economic future of Ethiopia; challenges and prospects”. The reflection of the panelists was rooted in the government’s new plan of action called “new horizon of hope”. Panelists shared their reflections on the latest economic reforms of the government on the private sector, renewed dialogue and collaboration with international financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, as well as other relevant concerns as raised by participants during Q&A. The major takeaway from the discussion was that political instability, poor/inefficient bureaucratic system as well as persistent economic structural failure remain a challenge despite the move for more privatization and allowing for partial opening of some sector for FDI (eg. logistics) resulting in temporary relief of chronic forex shortage, owing to financial injections from global financial institutions, particularly the World Bank.

 

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