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Ethiopia, athletes start negotiations for London Olympics

Ethiopian authorities will on Tuesday commence negotiations with 35 athletes Ethiopia banned from participating at the London Olympics.

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 AFRICA ENERGY FORUM
19-22 June 2018 | Mauritius - http://go.pardot.com/l/339321/2018-02-06/37v71
 eNET AEF2018 BANNERS 150x150The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. Twenty years in the running, AEF brings together senior-level representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, consultants, law firms and large energy consumers to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward. AEF has a loyal following of credible players working in the power space, and a track record of delivering a valuable networking experience. READ MORE & REGISTER: http://go.pardot.com/l/339321/2018-02-06/37v71
   
 AFRICA BUSINESS DAY 2018
22 June 2018 | hosted by Syngenta in Stein AG - http://www.sabc.ch/abd
 Logo ABD18The 2018 edition of the Africa Business Day will be organised by the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC) and hosted by Syngenta at their Research & Development facility in Stein AG on 22 June 2018.  

The Africa Business Day is the indispensable annual platform in Switzerland for doing business in and with Africa and every year it brings together more than 150 participants including CEOs, members of the Board, business development managers, export managers and investors. During the event, African Embassies/Missions present investment opportunities in their respective countries at country desks in the dedicated exhibition area.  

To see the photo gallery of the 2017 event click HERE. Download the full 2018 program HERE.
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 AFRICA CEO FORUM - WOMEN IN BUSINESS
2-3 July 2018 | Paris -  https://www.acfwomeninbusiness.com/en
  ACFwomen2018 EN 150x150As the foremost annual private sector meeting, the AFRICA CEO FORUM offers over 1,000 high-level decision-makers an exceptional platform for discussion and ideation on the continent’s economic and industrial issues. Our Women in Business initiative is one of the pillars of our programme and, for three years, has brought together over 250 of Africa’s most influential women leaders. Three dedicated sessions see them focus on the unwavering conviction that Africa’s women leaders are powerful levers for the continent’s transformation. In 2018, the AFRICA CEO FORUM takes its commitment to women’s empowerment and leadership further by hosting the first Women in Business Meeting in Paris on 2 and 3 July, with a two-fold objective:
Institute an exclusive annual event that addresses women: As business leaders, by facilitating business meetings and developing African and international networks; As women of influence, to advance women’s leadership issues in the business world and contribute to addressing the continent’s economic and social challenges; As women leaders, through high-level training and exposure to some of the world’s most inspiring role models.
Co-build the first African professional network of executive women. The women who participate in the 2018 inaugural edition of the Women in Business Meeting will become the first ambassadors of this network aimed at: developing high-level continental and regional women’s business communities supporting and promoting a pan-African vision of women’s leadership. READ MORE AND REGISTER

   
 AFRICA SINGAPORE BUSINESS FORUM
28-29 August 2018 | Singapore -  http://bit.ly/TAR-ASBF
 asbf logo lockup 150pxPromoting Business Exchange and Thought Leadership Beteween Africa and Asia.  The Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia.  Organised by Enterprise Singapore, the forum has brought together over 2,000 business and government leaders from 30 countries to explore partnerships and growth opportunities between these two dynamic regions. ASBF 2018 will address critical issues and identify opportunities in key sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing, digital technology, and oil and gas.

REGISTER NOW for an insightful session with numerous networking opportunities at http://bit.ly/TAR-ASBF.
   
 

Sports: After Jeilan’s surprise gold, Ethiopia expect more medals

Ibrahim Jeilan’s triumph in the 10 000 meters race has inspired Ethiopians to expect more medals from their athletes at the ongoing Athletics World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

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Athletics: Valuing Life in Addis Ababa

 

One of the toughest races in the world, the annual Great Ethiopian Run through Ethiopia’s capital attracts thousands of participants and spectators – a big event for athletes and civil society activists alike

 

Ask any of the 32,000 registered participants impatiently waiting for the start of the Great Ethiopian Run why they are there and the answers will be as diverse and varied as the people. “For my health,” says one. “To celebrate Ethiopia’s athletic success,” says another. “To have some fun together,” says a third.?

 

But time and again the runners return to the messages the race works to publicise. “I’m running to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS,” said Yared, and his friend Nabayou agreed: “All the people have a slogan about HIV. They are saying ‘Use a condom’.” Megdes was running “to support orphaned children” while Samson declared: “What I love most about the race is its message ‘Value your life’.” ?

Interview: Haile Gebrselassie
Ethiopian long-distance runner

 

For Addis residents the best thing about the run is its atmosphere – the joy and sheer exuberance of the participants and the enthusiasm of those watching and cheering on the sidelines. For the runners, it is a high-altitude slog through the heart of the city along a 10km circuit, and for the spectators it is an exhilarating melee of noise, heat and colour generated by the estimated 40,000 people taking part, who all wear the same red and yellow T-shirts and are boosted by unofficial hangers-on. At the latest event on 23 November 2008, an estimated extra 8,000 people joined in the throng.

 

?A top Kenyan athlete who took part said the race was a challenge even for experienced runners: “It’s a really tough race – it’s the toughest in the world,” he said. Mohamed Farah, the Somali-born athlete who runs for Britain, also felt the special atmosphere. “For me it was a very good experience, the crowd were just amazing. They were completely different. They were cheering ‘Anbessa, anbessa’ which means like a lion and ‘Ayzoh, ayzoh’ – be strong.”?

 

Last year’s was the eighth Great Ethiopian Run. It was launched in 2001 with the help of Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia’s best-known and best-loved long-distance runner, and former British Olympic athlete Richard Nerurkar.?

 

Gebrselassie played a critical part in securing the initial sponsorship and in smoothing out the tensions between the race organisers and the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, which was reluctant to support the first event. “A few days before the race some people at the Federation tried to stop it from happening,” said Nerurkar. “Had Haile not been there they would have closed it down, even though we had 10,000 people registered.”?

 

Impossible is nothing

 

?The event did go ahead and was a triumph. From the outset it was never planned to be just another mass-participation race. The organisers wanted to provide ordinary Ethiopians with an opportunity to participate in their country’s national sport, but they also had loftier aims. They hoped the race would help cultivate a more positive image of Ethiopia, something far removed from its habitual portrayal as just another war-torn, famine-blighted, poverty-stricken African state. And early on they saw its potential as a vehicle for public health messages. One of the original sponsors of the race was DKT International, a US-based NGO working to increase the distribution of condoms and promote family planning. ?

 

The Run is now the largest road race in Africa, and pictures of tens of thousands of Ethiopians running along the broad tree-lined streets of Addis are beamed to television sets across the world. Thanks to the high profile it enjoys within Ethiopia and the ever-growing international media attention it attracts, the Great Ethiopian Run’s public health messages have been reinforced. ?

 

Haile Gebrselassie explains: “There is nothing too impossible. Every year the race has had a message and we can pass on this message in different ways. We talked about HIV/AIDS first, and education and poverty and so on.”?

 

Central to the Run’s growing standing on the international athletics scene is the competition for elite men and women. In the first few years the list of participants read like a who’s who of Ethiopian track stars. Since 2004, invitations have been given out to the top 500 runners from the best athletics clubs in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian athletics has benefited hugely. “In the last eight years, because of the Great Ethiopian Run, running has just become a part of something we [Ethiopians] do,” says Gebreselassie. “I remember in 1993 when I ran in the world championship, we didn’t have many athletes qualified for the 10,000m – there were only three of us. But these days, how many? There are more than 30 athletes who have qualified for the 10,000m and 5,000m. It’s very difficult to choose and now we have to try to keep this tradition going.”?

 

High altitude draw

 

?The race organisers hope to attract more of the sport’s biggest names in the future, although the prize money is low in comparison with other similar races, and it is a big challenge for any athlete to compete against Ethiopians on their home terrain at high altitude. Even some of Ethiopia’s best athletes shy away, as Nerurkar explains: “From about 2005 onwards there were so many good young athletes who desperately wanted to run this race that it became fiercely, fiercely competitive and the world class guys didn’t want to get beaten.”

 

?For Addis residents the race has become much more than a Sunday fun run. It is a place where citizens feel able to air their grievances – whether with protests about road safety or calls for the release of the popular imprisoned Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro – and the organisers allow them to, as long as the demonstrations are safe and peaceful. ?

 

With the help of supporters, the organisers extended the run’s charitable remit in 2005 by introducing a fund-raising element – an integral part of any such event in the West, but a new and unusual concept here. Free places are given to local charities, granting some of society’s poorest and most vulnerable people a chance to take part in one of the highlights of the Addis social calendar. Last year, a special campaign, ‘I’m running for a child’ was also launched that raised 250,000 birr ($27,500) for organisations working with orphans and at-risk children living in the capital. ?

 

The Great Ethiopian Run is a celebration of Ethiopia, the people, its culture and its proud athletic tradition. People display their medals in shops and cafes and wear the official race T-shirts for weeks after the event. Wami Biratu, at 90 the oldest participant in the race, has committed himself to keep running until the day he dies. “It is the expression of love, unity and health,” he said. “The child and the old man can participate in this road race. It is not only for Ethiopia but for the world as well.”

 
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