Last December, the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) held its annual general assembly. The meeting was greatly anticipated because members would elect a new board of directors, a vice president and president to lead the Chamber for the next two years. 

Elias Geneti, managing director of Agro Prom International PLC, who had served for two years on the Chamber’s board, was elected president with an overwhelming majority of the vote. The soft spoken technocrat got his MSc in Agronomy and Soil Science from a university in Ukraine. Elias, who was winner of the Lenin Award for his outstanding academic achievement, has served as a board member in a number of organizations including AACCSA. He is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Oromia Insurance Company. In this interview with Amanyehun R. Sisay, executive editor of Ethiopian Business Review, the new Chamber President talks about the problems of the private sector, his plan for the Chamber the controversy over the quorum issue and the size of the general assembly that over shadowed the chamber’s meeting:  

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Established in 2009 with 35 founding national chambers to be the main business advocacy organization in Africa, the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), is the most representative business organization in the continent. The Chamber held its annual general assembly meeting in Addis Ababa on November 28 and 29 2013 to discuss about the establishment of a continental free trade area in 2017. In this interview, Amanyehun R. Sisay, executive editor and Mikias Merhatsidk, editor-in-chief of Ethiopian Business Review, discuss,  with Seth Adjei Baah, President of Ghana’s National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and President of PACCI, discusses issues about the state of affairs of the chamber, challenges of doing business in Africa, and Labour Mobility in the continent, among others. Excerpt:

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Following Ethiopia’s drive for continued economic growth and development, the need for investment financing has significantly increased. The state-owned Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE), one of the main project financiers in the country has also significantly increased its capacity to respond to the country’s strong drive for development. 

In this exclusive interview, Amanyehun R. Sisay, executive editor and Mikias Merhatsidk, editor-in-chief of Ethiopian Business Review, discuss, with Esayas Bahre, president of the century-old bank, issues concerning the financing of the manufacturing sector, corruption in the institute and the opening up of the financial sector for foreign banks, among others. Excerpts:

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