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Ethiopia to host 2019 World Export Development Forum

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.

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