Ethiopia hopes to host World Chamber Congress in 2021


Ethiopia is trying to prove that it has the capacity to organize and host the 2021 World Chamber Congress; according to a statement on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. To assess the country’s ability to host the big event, officials of the International Chamber of Commerce (CCE) visited Addis Ababa and met with several high government officials.
President Mulatu Teshome held talks with CCE Director Anthony Parkes on the preparations and commitments of Ethiopia to organize the congress. The country is currently competing with Kenya, Dubai and Iran to host the event that would attract over 2,000 participants.
“I am here today to hear how the president is supporting the strength of the bid from Addis Ababa for the congress, including the wonderful facilities you have here, the infrastructure and the ease of access to the country which is important as we have delegates from chambers of commerce from over 130 nations,” said Parkes.
Parkes also met with Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and the pair discussed Ethiopia’s bid to host the international event. The Foreign Minister underlined that Ethiopia is a host to the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and other international organizations which goes to show the great business environment here.
“Ethiopia has a rich experience in hosting international events in the areas of business and investment, with the requisite expertise, the knowledge and the hospitality of the people of Ethiopia, the country is more than ready to host the Congress,” the minister said.
He further underlined the fact that, the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) as a chief representative of the business community in Ethiopia with more than 300,000 active members and its close partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has the immense potential to host the Congress.
If granted the opportunity the event is expected to help Ethiopia get experience, share technology and show business opportunities for investors.