Jemal Mohammed is the general manager of Blue Matrix Consultancy, and has been working in the field of drainage and sewerage management for the past 20 years. His company has been involved with many projects, like setting up the drainage master plan for Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) town in addition to the preparing sewerage master plans for Dire Dawa, Jimma, Gondar, Adigrat and Hawassa. Blue Matrix is known for designing sanitary landfills for Dila and Bishoftu towns. Four months ago, the company submitted a proposal to participate in the tender floated by the Addis Ababa City Roads Authority for the design of a drainage master plan for the capital. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale sat with Jemal to discuss how to resolve the drainage related problems in Addis Ababa, especially during the rainy season.

Friday, 10 August 2018 18:00
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Peter M. Sullivan has been the managing Director and head of the Public Sector Group for Africa at Citi Bank since 2007. The Public Sector Group is committed to facilitating global best practices and success transfers among its client base including central banks, multilateral development banks and sovereigns.  

Peter, who is responsible for developing business and structuring and delivering product solutions for sovereigns, state-owned enterprises and multilateral institutions in Sub-Sahara and North Africa, has 27 years’ experience in the banking industry with Citi including the coverage of Global Financial Institutions, Industrials and Sovereigns.  Peter has headed many innovative transactions, such as the first fuel import hedging by a Sub Saharan African Sovereign, the first local currency sovereign Sukuk, the first local debt exchange and a number of receivable-backed financings for Central Governments across Africa. He has also worked with the officials of central banks and executives of several commercial banks in Ethiopia, while he was also a member of the teams that arranged debut bond issuing for Ghana, Gabon, Senegal, Nigeria, Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire as well as the respective follow-on issues

He was a member of the delegation from the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), which visited Ethiopia for three days from June 24, 2018 with the purpose of exploring opportunities to increase trade and economic cooperation. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with Peter on the sidelines of the event held between the delegates and the Ethiopian government, to discuss the engagement of Citi Bank in the Sub-Saharan African market and his viewpoint about the Ethiopian financial industry.

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Elias Geneti has been the president of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) since 2014. Having received his masters of science in soil engineering in 1992 from the Ukrainian Agriculture University, he returned to Ethiopia in the 1990s. Elias took a job as a business development officer for ODA Share Company, ending up as deputy Chief Executive Officer, before setting up a trading company to export oil seeds and pulses in 2005.

Elias served as the president of Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds & Spices Processors-Exporters Associations for eight years. He sees better prospects for the private sector in the years ahead and believes the recent measures of the government to privatize key state-owned enterprises is a sign of radical change. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with him to discuss chambers, the benefits of privatization and challenges of the private sector.

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