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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 Energy Council - Mozambique Assembly
12-13 March 2018 | Maputo, Mozambique - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/event/mozambique-assembly
 Mozambique Assembly
The upcoming Mozambique Assembly, 12 and 13 March 2018, will focus on investment and national skills development in association with ENH and INP. To be officially opened by H.E. President Filipe Nyusi, the Mozambique Assembly is the region's premier national event gathering the most influential players from across the finance, investment, oil & gas, training, education and infrastructure sectors for two days of networking, corporate development and knowledge gain through focused and interactive discussions.
 The Africa CEO Forum
26-27 March 2018 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - http://http://www.theafricaceoforum.com
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The AFRICA CEO FORUM, held alternately in Africa and Geneva, its international headquarters, is the largest annual meeting of the African private sector and brings together over 1,200 business leaders, investors, policy makers and journalists from more than 70 countries, to put Africapitalism at the forefront of the global agenda and advance the issues critical to the future of the continent and its companies. Following the 5th edition, which recorded a significant increase in attendance, the continent’s leading decision-makers will once again be gathering in the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan for the AFRICA CEO FORUM in 2018.

 AIM, Annual Investment Meeting
9-11 April 2018 | Dubai World Trade Center, UAE - http://aimcongress.com
 AIM logoThe Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is the World’s Leading Platform for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. AIM is the largest global investment gathering of corporate leaders, policy makers, businessmen, regional and international investors, entrepreneurs, leading academics and experts showcasing up-to-date information, strategies and knowledge on attracting FDI. It aims to connect businesses and countries willing to engage in sustainable partnerships with investors. The eighth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting will be held on April 9 - 11, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The theme is ‘Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through FDI: Partnerships for Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Development’. It will explore the best practices to create inclusive growth for all economic participants and analyze policy mixes that governments should adopt to encourage the investor community to protect the well-being of nations that join to form a greater ecosystem.

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 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
27-29 April 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda - http://http://mo.ibrahim.foundation/fr/annual-event
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
The Ibrahim Governance Weekend is the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, held every year in a different African country. This three-day event convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. The weekend begins with a Leadership Ceremony, which celebrates the Ibrahim Laureates and, if the Prize has been awarded that year, gives the opportunity to honour the new Laureate. A whole day is then dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum, a high-level discussion forum which tackles the challenges facing Africa and sets out priorities for action. The weekend concludes with a public concert highlighting some of the best performers of the continent and a football match showcasing outstanding African football.

 The Africa Report Debates 2018
27 April 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda - http://www.theafricareport.com/TAR-Debates/the-africa-report-debates-2018-kigali.html
 TARDebates lofoUnder the umbrella of the 2018 Ibrahim Governance Weekend, over the weekend of the 27-29th April 2018, The Africa Report Debates offers a unique platform for thought-provoking discussion, giving you an excellent opportunity to be part of the debate with a wide range of VIP guests. Rwanda is a country that ranks amongst the top 10 African countries in terms of good governance in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) .

2-4 May 2018 | Park Plaza, Riverbank, London - https://www.afsic.net
 AFSICAFSIC is one of the most important African investment events held globally. It has a very strong investment focus and is attended by many of the most important global investors investing into Africa and by investors interested in learning more about African investment opportunities. Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector, and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing Companies, as well as a wide array of Fintech companies and other Financial Services companies developed around a “new economy” model. The structure of AFSIC is specifically designed to provide African companies seeking investment with multiple opportunities to present their company to, and meet with, a very large variety of both debt and equity investors and also dealmakers focused on Africa with a view to attracting inward investment and developing strong and sustainable business relationships with investors.

15-16 May 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya - https://www.globalsmefinanceforum.org/Africa-2018
 SMEFF-LOGO 150X150Join leaders from banks, fintech companies, development finance institutions, and regulators at the Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 on May 15-16 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference will focus on how Africa is harnessing innovation to transform traditional banking industry.
Key topics to be covered include supply chain finance, leapfrogging development through innovation, banking on women, innovation in agri-finance, non-financial services, and youth entrepreneurship finance.
The action-packed event will include interactive sessions, study visits to high performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, fintech expos, and ample networking opportunities. Learn more and register before March 15 for $200 early bird discount goo.gl/SFZpKp #SMEFFAfrica18

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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