Andrew McLachlan is Senior Vice President, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group. Andrew is a 48-year-old South African national based in Cape Town with 28 years’ experience in the hotel industry.
Ambassador Fumio Shimizu is the head of the Japanese Mission to the African Union (AU). A lawyer by profession, Shimizu is a seasoned Japanese diplomate and official at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On December 2014, a newly found trading company called Ziway Share company shocked Ethiopia with a whopping offer 350,000 birr (USD 12,000 at current exchange rate) for one square meter of land in the heart of Merkato, the busiest commercial district in Ethiopia.
Ephrem Haile is a familiar name and face in Tokyo and Japan as a whole. Featured on a number of television shows and documentary programs in Japan, Ephrem has really been the face of Ethiopian community in Japan for over a decade.
Started off as a government agency established to support Small and Micro Enterprises (SME) and startups within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) is set to expand its support to SMEs, entrepreneurs and startups in Ethiopia allocating USD 100 million to be used as revolving fund by the program which the organization will implement in partnership with the Ministry of Technology and Innovation (MoTI), The Reporter has learnt.
A thriving city in central Japan, Kobe, has taken a daring move to offer what is called a startup visa program, a one-year visa package, for enterprising young business leaders wanting to setup shop in Japan, as the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tries to manage the fallout from another (national) program which offered a five-year Japanese visa for semi-skilled workers around world to curb the crippling labor shortage in the country.
With less than two months left until the upcoming Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which is scheduled to be held in the Tourist-marvel city of Yokohama, the Japanese foreign assistance apparatus is still pondering over the level of envelope Official Development Assistance (ODA) package for African economies, to be announced for the coming three years.