– Empowering Africa through Trade
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Nov. 13, 2014 / PRNewswire — On 10 November 2014, the 2nd Session of the Africa Chinese Commodities, Technology and Services Exhibition (“the Exhibition”), sponsored by the Trade Development Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce, P.R. China, was brilliantly launched. A reception and conference for CMEC’s brand promotion was also held on the same day during the opening ceremony of the Exhibition, regarded as the most important activity for the China-Ethiopia Industry & Commerce Cooperation Forum.
Vice President of CMEC, Mr. Zhang Jianguo, made a keynote speech entitled, “CMEC, Your Partner for Success – Empowering Africa through Trade.” H.E. Mr. Xie Xiaoyan, the Ambassador of the Embassy of China to Ethiopia participated in the occasion. Mr. Han Shengjian, Deputy Director General of Trade Development Bureau of Ministry of Commerce gave his welcome speech for the conference. Other speakers at the event included:
- H.E. Mr. Tadesse Haile, State Minister of the Ministry of Industry of Ethiopia
- Mr. Zhang Lin, Economic & Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia
- Mr. Hussein Hassan, Head of the Industry Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union
- Mr. Gashaw Debebe, Secretary General of Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations
- Mr. Getachew Regassa, Secretary General of Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Association
Ambassadors, Deputy Ambassadors or Ambassador Representatives from 18 countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Burundi, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Liberia, Central Africa Republic, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Zambia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Tanzania, Chad and Lesotho were also present. More than 300 guests, businessmen and entrepreneurs from many African countries took part in the reception and conference.
The successful convening of the conference is a dynamic thrust for further strengthening cooperation with African countries, as well as a realization of the consensus on a China-Ethiopia Partnership made by the top leaders of both countries during a state visit in May 2014, and a way to assure the stable development of bilateral economic cooperation.
CMEC will strive to become a permanent partner for Ethiopia and is committed to providing quality service, high added-value and high returns. It will achieve mutual benefits with all Ethiopians, promote Ethiopian economic development, improve the people’s standard of living and write a new chapter in the friendship between China and Ethiopia!
CMEC, your partner for success!