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NABC in cooperation with the Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels invite you to the ‘Invest in Ethiopia Forum’ on Wednesday, April 4th at the Malietoren in The Hague. The Forum seeks to inform and inspire the Dutch business community about opportunities in Ethiopia, Africa's fastest growing economy. It focuses specifically on investment opportunities abound in the country's Industrial Parks and integrated Agro-Industrial parks. 

Representatives from the Industrial Parks will explain the benefits of setting up a business in the park, which include tax holidays, affordable electricity, competitive labour costs and a one-stop shop for everything foreign companies need. International fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have already set up production factories on such Industrial Parks. Equally, Dutch agro-processing company Moyee Coffee has set-up manufacturing operations in the country.  

Dutch investors and financial institutions, such as FMO, ING and Rabobank, will be present to tackle the component of access to finance, with European businesses active in Ethiopia sharing their experiences with us.

Priority sectors of this event are: 

  • Textile and Garments
  • Agro-processing (Dairy, Poultry, Horticulture, food) 

Mid/High-level companies, interesested in setting up a business in an Industrial Park are warmly welcomed. NABC’s Arne Doornebal visited the Hawassa Industrial Park in 2017 and wrote this article about it in NABC Magazine. 


13:00 Walk-in and registration

13:30 Word of welcome. By HE Teshome Toga, the Ambassador of Ethiopia and NABC

13:50 Doing Business in Ethiopia. By officials from Ethiopia

14:15 European entrepreneurs about doing business in Ethiopia:

- Thierry Viale, General Manager, Growth Market Divisions, Ontex Global  

- Guido van Staveren van Dijk, Founder, Moyee Coffee

15:00 Introduction of investors an financial institutions:FMO, ING, & Rabobank

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 Round tables 

Roundtable 1. General information on Ethiopian Investment Opportunities and incentives, priority sectors, Industrial Parks and Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks and specific information to Hawassa, Bole Lemi, Kilinto and Areti Industrial Parks  

Roundtable 2. General information on Ethiopian Investment Opportunities and incentives, priority sectors, Industrial Parks and Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks and specific information on Kombolcha, Makele, Adama, Dire Dawa and Debrebirhan Industrial Parks

16:30 Follow-up one on one meetings between financial institutions, eterpreneurs, the Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation and officials of the Ethiopian embassy.   

17:15 Closing remarks

17:30 Networking opportunity


Ethiopian Government & Industrial Parks Representatives

Thierry vialeH.E. Teshome Toga, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the Benelux and Baltic Countries 

H.E. Toga is a veteran diplomat and policy maker serving in different top decision making Institutions of Ethiopia with over 30 years of experience. Presently, serving as Ethiopia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Benelux and Baltic Countries and Permanent Mission to EU.Previously, he served in the same capacity to Ghana, Egypt, Kenya and France.  Amb. Teshome also served in number of advisory and leadership positions at Federal and Regional levels including Ministerial Positions and Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia.


European Businesses Active in Ethiopia

Thierry vialeThierry Viale, General Manager, Growth Market Divisions, Ontex Global

Thierry heads the Growth Markets Divisions and Strategic Development at Ontex Global a leading provider personal hygiene products based in Belgium with manufacturing operations in Ethiopia. They are active in the Hawassa Industrial Park.  

Prior to joining Ontex, Thierry held senior positions in Procter and Gamble managing teams in Western Europe, Russia, Western Africa, and Greater China. His specialisations include: portfolio management, emerging markets entry strategy, and business development.

Guido van Staveren van Dijk, Founder, Moyee Coffee

The quintessential entrepreneur, Guido founded Moyee Coffee in 2012. The initial idea for entering the coffee processing trade came after having observed the price of coffee risen by 200% in the span of 10 years, whereas farmers’ had plummeted. The solution, as Guido saw it was simple: engage in local value-addition at source rather than export green beans.

Six years later Moyee has evolved into the world’s first ‘fair chain’ coffee brand heavily invested in coffee roasteries and packaging in Ethiopia.

Dutch Institutional Financiers and Investors Interested in Ethiopia

Jaap Reinking, Director Private Equity, FMO

Jaap is currently Director of Private Equity at FMO, a position he has held since 2015. He has worked for the FMO for close to 15 years holding various positions in the Bank’s Financial Institutions, Agribusiness, Latin America, and Asia Regions departments.

Jaap’s specialties include credit risk assessment, structuring and execution of corporate finance and project finance transactions.


Peter Niekus, Manager International Desk Africa, Rabobank

Peter is Manager of Rabobank Africa Desk, with the responsibility of supporting companies entering African markets. In his 30-year career at Rabobank, Peter has managed several Food and Agricultural projects in the capacity as Business Manager. In 2013, he was lead-trainer for Rabobank at Ethiopian Development Bank tasked with training bankers on structuring horticulture finance.

Peter is Chairman of Dutch Trade and Investment board working group, and has on several occasions advised the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on matters regarding international trade.


Ron Hansen, Manging Director, Structured Export Finance, ING Bank

Ron is Managing Director of ING’s Structured Export Finance, responsible for business development with geographical focus on Africa and Middle East. He has extensive experience in structuring single and multi-sourced transactions involving several Export Credit Agencies, project financing and framework agreements with sovereign entities, banks and corporates.

Ron is member of the  Dutch Banker’s Association, VNO-NCW , and Bancaire de l’Union Europeenne in Brussels.



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Invest in Ethiopia Forum
From April 04, 2018
Till April 04, 2018
NABC events
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The Hague, Netherlands