Addis Ababa will host the 2019 World Export Development Forum (WEDF), scheduled to take place from 18-22 November, Ethiopia’s ministry of trade announced in a statement on Wednesday.The forum will bring together over 1000 business leaders, policymakers and trade development officials to address international business competitiveness issues and profile international investment in Ethiopia.
WEDF will take place during Africa Industrialization Week, with sessions designed to help business make the most of the newly-ratified African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Topics will include investing in value addition, addressing the skills mismatch, sustainable packaging and more, according to the International Trade Center (ITC).
Co-hosted by ITC and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Ethiopia, this year’s World Export Development Forum will take place at the African Union headquarters in conjunction with the Africa Industrialization Week.
This year’s forum will put the accent on women and youth through a SheTrades Global event and a YES! Forum – a unique platform for youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.
A business-to-business matchmaking platform will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to forge new business deals in agribusiness.