Photo Journal: 5th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Exhibition in DC

Above: The 2010 Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum in D.C. highlighted ventures such as Zemen Bank from Ethiopia (DJ)

Tadias Magazine
Events News
Photos by Derege Zewdie

Published: Sunday, July 11, 2010

New York (Tadias) – While Spain and the Netherlands battled for the 2010 World Cup final on Sunday afternoon, Tadias caught part of the 5th Annual Ethiopian American Business Forum & Exhibition, which took place in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

We are told a lot more people attended the opening day activities on Saturday where featured speakers included Karl Wycoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa; Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President of Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Ms. Rosa Whitaker, CEO of the Whitaker Group and the principal architect of AGOA; and Ato Ermias Amelga, CEO of Access Capital and Founder and Board Chairman of Zemen Bank S.C.

The conference was a collaborative event between U.S. government agencies and private companies and was developed to promote trade between the United States and Ethiopia by fostering new business relationships between Diaspora investors and entrepreneurs operating in the African nation.

The event was organized by The Ethiopian American in association with USAID’s “Africa Growth & Opportunities Act+” Program – VEGA AGOA Plus, a U.S. taxpayer-funded project, which offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets.

The exhibition showcased several ventures mostly from Ethiopia. It took place at Four Points by Sheraton in Washington, D.C.

Here are few photos:

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Click here to view photos from the Saturday event.

Past Video: Watch Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum – 2008

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8 Responses to “Photo Journal: 5th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Exhibition in DC”


  1. 1 Maro Jul 12th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Hello. Great job.

  2. 2 Munit Jul 13th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Love DJ photography! Tadias, love your events coverage. keep it coming.

  3. 3 Mame Jul 13th, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I attended both days. The crowed was not that big on Saturday either, from my personal perspective. I don’t know about others. I appreciate the efforts of the organizers.

  4. 4 EZ Jul 13th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    {For future events perhaps hiring a marketing company to reach the maximum number of people may help.}

  5. 5 Meron Jul 20th, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Great idea and great start!

  6. 6 Seble Mandefro Jul 21st, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I have an import and export business that I would like to introduce at this convention next year. How can I get in touch with the organizers?

  7. 7 ADREW Jul 22nd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    What do these Ethiopian businesses bring to U.S. market?

  8. 8 ρουλέτα Jul 22nd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This brings me to an idea:…

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