International Agro-Industry Investment Forum in Addis Ababa

From 5 to 7 October 2016, His Excellency Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, hosted the first International Agro-Industry Investment Forum in Addis Ababa.The event was co-organized by the Government of Ethiopia and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and was centred on the integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs), introduced by the Ethiopian Government in an effort to offset regional infrastructure deficiencies and spur rural industrialization and agricultural commercialization. The development of IAIPs is a priority of Ethiopia’s national development strategy and are expected to boost private sector engagement, of both foreign and domestic companies, and address constraints related to land access, infrastructure, trade logistics, customs regulation and skills. The high-level investment forum featured participants from the public and private sector, including representatives of the Ethiopian Government, international investors, international financial institutions, domestic enterprises, international organizations and industry associations. Our Francesca Secondari and Daniele Gambirasio were there. For the occasion BonelliErede has published the “Doing business in Ethiopia’s Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks”, developed in cooperation with our Ethiopian partner law firms Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan and also Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law offices. The document was officially shared with all participants to the event: it is a must-read for all companies who are looking to invest in Ethiopian Integrated Agro Industrial Parks and describes the investment from a corporate and legal perspective, how to carry out the investment in an Integrated Agro Industrial Parks, incentives and regulations on how to deal with a plant that is up and running, and Ethiopia’s legal framework. To receive a copy of the report, just email