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Promoting financial inclusion

Christophe Litt is the head of the European Investment Bank representative office to Ethiopia and the African Union. On the heels of announcing loans worth millions of euros in Ethiopia, Litt talked to The Reporter’s Samuel Getachew on the mission of the bank, its many activities in the nation, on its recent investment on M-Birr and why it decided to venture into private investment rather than the public investment it have focused on for the last two decades. Excerpt:

The 4th generation entrepreneur

Described by BBC as one of the people who “represent the part of Ethiopian life where dynamism, creativity and an adventurous spirit are allowed to thrive,” Harsh Kothari of Mohan Group of companies is a passionate entrepreneur and charity advocate.

Partnering with the AU

Inge Baumgarten (PhD) is the director of GIZ at the African Union office in the capital. Having arrived to the country late last year, the passionate advocate of education and health reflects with Samuel Getachew of The Reporter on her own career, on the many activities of GIZ in Ethiopia and across the continent and on the reasons why the new Pan African University and on areas of peace and security are worthy investment to make from the perspective of the Government of Germany. Exceprts:

Enterprising social agenda

ince 2015, Farah Ramza Golant has held the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position at Girl Effect, a creative social enterprise launched by Nike Foundation, United Nations Foundation and other multiple partners 12 years ago.

Watchdog role of the press

Kevin Z. Smith has more than two decades of newsroom and teaching experience in journalism when he assumed his new role as deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University.

Century-old ties

Ambassador Raphael Morav is a career diplomat who has served Israel for the past 30 years on the diplomatic front. He is now assigned to serve as the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi, and Rwanda residing in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is Morav’s second assignment in the African continent next to Liberia.

Incubating innovators

Markos Lemma is the founder of iceaddis, Ethiopia’s first innovation hub that works with young people to support them realize their entrepreneur dream. According to him, iceaddis is designed to foster innovation, the connection of great minds and help create collaboration. Here he reflects with The Reporter’s Samuel Getachew on his innovative enterprise, its challenges and highlights and reflects on his experience traveling the world and discovering why the world is becoming one big village.

Giant benefits of nanotech

Nanotechnology or Nano, as it is affectionately called among the researchers circle, is quite a new concept on the scientific arena. Though still too infant, the subject already has both opponents and proponents. Researchers in the Nano world hope that there will be a paradigm change from the field extending to the extent of ending death itself.

Narrowing the health care gap

Nick Krayacich (MD) was recently in Ethiopia leading a delegation of American and Canadian medical professionals and members of a Rotary Club to help build a hospital in Debre Birhan, Amhara Regional State. With a generous donation of an American who donated more than USD 500 thousand, the hospital is to be the first of its kind in the region.

Budding friendship

Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made an official and historic visit of Ethiopia last month. Highlighting the visit President Mulatu Teshome (PhD) underscored the “importance of the development relations between (Ethiopia and Azerbaijan) and underline the significance of increasing of efforts to bring bilateral cooperation to a higher level”.