Ethiopia: Dubai Wants More Ethiopian Produce

Dubai — Business people in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) commercial capital, have shown interest in buying more Ethiopian foodstuffs and flowers.

Non-oil trade between Dubai and Ethiopia in 2014 was valued at just over $470 million which is an increase of 6% over the previous year.

Over 30 business representatives, led by Shisema Gebresilassie, Head of the Addis Ababa City Government Trade and Industry Development Bureau and Getachew Regasa, Secretary General, Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, recently met with representatives of the private sector in Dubai. They were hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (DCCI).

Atiq Juma Nasib, the DCCI Senior Vice President, Commercial Services Sector, said, “Dubai is a gateway for African entrepreneurs to international markets, including those across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.”

He said, “On its part, Dubai Chamber is actively seeking ways to develop mutually beneficial business relations with key global partners. The markets of Eastern and Southern Africa are important to us. They have strong potential across a number of industry sectors, particularly trade and tourism.

“This is why we opened our second international office in Addis Ababa in 2013, to bring our business communities closer together and to increase two-way business and investment between our two destinations.”