Addis Ababa, January 20, 2017 (FBC) – Ethiopia officially bids to host the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held discussion with Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.
The Premier on the occasion said that Ethiopia would continue to strengthen its strategic partnership with WEF.
He also submitted a request to the Swiss nonprofit foundation to host the 2018 annual meeting.
Ethiopia hosted the forum in 2012.
During his meeting, the Premier briefed Professor Klaus Schwab about the fast economic growth registered in Ethiopia in the past two decades.
Professor Klaus Schwab on his part said World Economic Forum is following closely Ethiopia’s ongoing rapid economic growth.
He added Ethiopia’s economic growth could be a model for other developing countries.
Ethiopia’s request will get answer at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, scheduled to take place this year in South Africa.
Similarly, Prime Minister Hailemariam conferred with Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
During their discussions, the Premier invited Microsoft Company to participate as well as support Ethiopia’s IT Park development activities.
Bill Gates on his part accepted Ethiopia’s request and pledged to provide the necessary support, according to Negash Kibret, Ethiopian Ambassador to Switzerland.
Translated and posted by Amare Asrat