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Ethio-Netherlands Business Event – 5 November

"A Growing Investment Opportunity"

Together with the Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels and the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, NABC will be organizing the first Ethio-Netherlands business event in the Netherlands on 5 and 6 November 2015. Are you interested in investing in Ethiopia and looking for the right information and people to discuss the opportunities? This is the right place to get informed on investing in Ethiopia. data-cke-saved-src= src= data-cke-saved-src= src=, as a country with a population of approximately 95 million, double-digit growth, availability of land and an attractive and diverse climate, has become a main destination for investments. The Dutch private sector is already involved extensively in Ethiopia (via horticulture, agriculture). Despite the increasing number of investments by Dutch companies, opportunities available in Ethiopia are not fully optimised.  In view of this, both countries have agreed to stimulate the Dutch private sector investment in Ethiopia and trade opportunities between Ethiopia and the Netherlands. 

During the Ethio-Netherlands business event, officials from Ethiopia and experts from the field will advise on the business opportunities and steps to take when investing. Specific focus will be on the investment potential in seven sectors, following from the Dutch development cooperation program and being in line with Ethiopian priorities: seeds (tomatoes, potatoes), oilseeds, poultry, dairy, spices, textiles and logistics/construction. Based on business opportunity reports and business cases for each sector, we will provide you with the right know-how and the introduction to a network to get started.

The event consists of two days, of which the first day will compose of the following elements:

Day 1:

A) General plenary session on investing in Ethiopia with testimonies from the Dutch private sector in Ethiopia;
B) Seven separate workshops on the specific sectors based on the business opportunities reports and business cases;
C) Matchmaking session between Dutch companies and Ethiopian and Dutch authorities (B2G); between Ethiopian and Dutch potential business partners (B2B) and between Dutch companies to establish cooperation (B2B).
D) A working dinner.

Day 2

The second day will consist of company visits by separate groups within the sevens sectors. Another registration page will be opened to register for the company visits. 

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Day 1: Ethio-Netherlands Business Event (Nov 5)

09.30 - 12.00 General plenary Session

The plenary session of the Ethio-Netherlands Business Event will start at 9.30 and end at 12.00. The speakers have a vast amount of knowledge on the latest insights, and opportunities in Ethiopia and those that have extensive practical experience with investing in Ethiopia. You will get the opportunity to truly dive into depth on the practicalities on the ground. 

  • 09.30-09.45 Opening by Christiaan Rebergen: Director-General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 09.45-10.00 Speech by Mr. Ahmed Shide: State Minister of Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation
  • 10.00-10.10 Signing Memorandum Of Understanding
  • 10.10-10.20 Intermezzo - Heineken by Paul Stanger: Local Sourcing Director
  • 10.20-10.30 Q&A
  • 10.30-10.55 Coffee break
  • 10.55-10.15 Presentation Ethiopian Investment Commission – Mr. Aklilu Woldemariam
  • 11.15-11.25 Q&A
  • 11.25-11.35 Intermezzo – Solgarow PLC by Jan van de Haar: Director
  • 11.35-11.45 Q&A
  • 11.45-11.55 Intermezzo – Florensis by Ronald Vijverberg: General Manager
  • 11.55-12.05 Q&A
  • 12.05-12.10 Closing 

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

Lunch will be provided between 12.00 and 13.00.

13.00 - 15.30 Sectorial workshops data-cke-saved-src= src= the lunch break, seven separate thematic sessions on specific sectors are being organised by experts. The experts will present their findings in the specific business opportunities report.

There are seven sub-rooms where the workshops will be held from 13.00 until 15.30. During your online registration of the participants, you are requested to select one of the workshops of their interest. You can choose between one of the following workshops: oilseeds, vegetable seeds, dairy, poultry, spices, textiles and construction.


16.00 - 17.30 Matchmaking

The formal matchmaking is between 16.00- 17.30. Matchmaking will be possible for Dutch companies to meet Ethiopian and Dutch authorities and potential business partners.

18.00 - 20.00 Walking dinner

The Ethio-Netherlands Business Event ends with a walking dinner. 

Day 2: Company visits (Nov 6)

The second day will consist of company visits by separate groups within the sevens sectors. A separate registration page will be opened to register for the company visits in due time.

Practical information

Practical Information data-cke-saved-src= src= Thursday November 5

Time: 09.00

Location: De Broodfabriek

Address: Volmerlaan 12, 2288 GD Rijswijk

Parking: At location

Language: English

Dress code: Formal

Registration period: 31 October

Participation fee:: € 75,- (ex VAT)

Hotel arrangement:

We have made a special arrangement with the Worldhotel Grand Winston in Rijswijk, which is located on a five minute walk from de Broodfabriek where the Ethio-Netherlands Business Event will take place on the 5th of November. On the 6th of November, buses will depart from the Worldhotel Grand Winston to all company visits. We recommend therefore all delegation members, Ethiopian companies, Dutch companies and organisational staff to book their accommodation at this hotel.

The following rooms are available at a fixed and lower rate, since the the prices include breakfast (excluding tourist taxes) and remain the same irrespective of the remaining available number of rooms.

1) Comfort Room: €124,00 per room per night

2) Business Room: €141,50 per room per night

3) Junior Suite: €200,00 per room per night

4) Apartment Suite:€270,00 per room per night

For more information, please visit the hotel's website.

For reservations, please send an email to and mention that you make a reservation for the Ethio-Netherlands Business Event. The abovementioned prices will apply.


Please find here the list of participants:

Please find below all the Business Opportunites Reports:




















Event details

Ethio-Netherlands Business Event
From November 05, 2015
Till November 05, 2015
NABC events
Rijswijk, Netherlands