Ethiopia, athletes start negotiations for London Olympics

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 24thAfrica Oil Week
23-27 October 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa - http://www.africa-oilweek.com
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 Africa Com - 20th anniversary
7-9 November 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa - https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom
 altThe largest African Telecoms, Media and Technology event in the World: 13,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors & 400 visionary speakers from across the entire digital ecosystem.
 CAIF: China-Africa Investment Forum
27-28 November 2017 | Marrakesh, Moroccol - http://www.chinaafricainvestmentforum.com
 altEvery year, the China-Africa Investment Forum brings together the main stakeholders of trade and investment between China and Africa for two days of conferences and business meetings.
An exceptional networking platform, the China-Africa Investment Forum has been designed to strengthen relations between Chinese and African businesses and promote the forging of high value business partnerships, particularly in the industrial sector. 

Two days to discuss: • China-Africa cooperation: stakes and prospects for companies • African strategies to improve industrial competitiveness • Partnerships and investments to strengthen Africa’s production capacity • Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan – is this model exportable?
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 Oil & Gas Council - MSGBC Bassin Summit and Exhibition
27-29 November 2017 | Dakar, Senegal - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/msgbc
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 Africa 2017 - Business for Africa and the World
7-9 December 2017 | Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - https://www.businessforafricaforum.com
 Africa2017 logo150150Africa 2017 Forum is held under the high patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on 7th to 9th December 2017 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and is organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA). 

The 2017 edition builds on the success of the inaugural Africa 2016, which saw participation of 6 Heads of State and more than 1,000 delegates from 45 countries. This year the programme has been enhanced with exclusive Presidential Roundtables with Africa leaders and CEOs as well as a Young Entrepreneurs Day. 

Africa 2017 remains the premier business platform to nurture new partnerships; meet investors and fast track your business objectives in Africa. Take your place and belong in the conversation that will drive new projects, transactions and policy throughout the continent with global business leaders who will lead both dialogue and progress on some of the most important projects in Africa.

 Energy Council - West Africa Energy Assembly
January 2018 | Lagos, Nigeria - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/west-africa
 altA Major International Energy Investment Forum for West Africa. In January 2018 we look forward to returning to Lagos, for the third annual West Africa Energy Assembly. Once again we will be welcoming senior executives working in West Africa's Energy sector for pragmatic discussions on how those in the industry can work together to overcome challenges within the market. The West Africa Energy Assembly remains a must-attend energy event for thought leadership, market insight and high-end C-level networking. Whether you are looking for farm in partners, farm out partners, capital investment, financing, advisory work, business partners, or simply want to learn about the opportunities in the sector and expand your business network, this West Africa Energy conference is designed to deliver it all.


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

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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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