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The NABC in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in the Netherlands invites you to the ‘Invest in Ethiopia Forum’ on the 11 October 2018 at the Malietoren in The Hague. The Forum seeks to inform the Dutch business community about the burgeoning opportunities in Ethiopia's Cloth and Textile & Agro-processing sectors. More specifically, it highlights concerete investment opportunities abound in the country’s Industrial Parks in relation to production within the mentioned sectors.

At the Forum, high-level representatives from Ethiopia's Industrial Parks Development Coperation  (IPDC) will expand upon the benefits of setting-up commercial production in such parks: i.e., tax holidays, affordable electricity, competitive labour costs and a one-stop shop for setting-up local production in the county as foreign company. The cloth manufacturing giant, PVH Corp, owner of  Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has already established production factories on one of such Industrial Parks. Similarly, the Dutch agro-processing company Moyee Coffee has set-up value-added processing operations in Ethiopia. 

NABC's Arne Doornebal recently visited the Hawassa Industrial Park, you can read everything about the rise of the country's clothing and apparel industry in this article.

Dutch investors and financial institutions—i.e. the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), ING and Rabobank—will be present to tackle the component of access to finance. Dutch and European businesses active in Ethiopia too will share their experiences with us.

The Africa Report publshed an in-depth article about Ethiopia in their October 2018 edition. You can read that article here. NABC members are entitled to a discount on The Africa Report. 


13:00 Walk-in and Registration

13:20  Word of Welcome

                      Peter de Ruiter, M.D.  NABC

                      H.E. Abay W. Hagos the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to the Netherlands

13:45  Investment opportunities in Ethiopia's Industrial Parks. By an Industrial Parks Development Corporation official. 

14:15 Value-added production: Dutch and European companies on manufacturing in Ethiopia

                     Guido van Dijk, Moyee Coffee

                     Thierry Viale, Ontex Global

14:45 Financing private ventures overseas: The Dutch financial market
                     Ron Hansen, ING Bank

                     Corné de Louw, Rabobank Group 

                     Corine Hofman-Wassenaar, Dutch Good Growth Fund

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 Q and A with the representative of the IPDC, about investement opportunities inthe Industrial Paks. Focus will be on agro-processing, as well as clothing and textiles. Entrepreneurs Guido van Dijk and Theirry Viale will also anwer questions from the audience. Moderated by NABC's Arne Doornebal. Sector-focus parallel roundtable discussions on investment opportunities and incentives regrading producing in Ethiopia’s Industrial Parks 

16:00 Matchmaking Session. Meet officials from Ethiopia or our speakers from the Financial Sector. 

17:00 Closing Remarks. H.E. Abay W. Hagos the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to the Netherlands.

17:10 Networking Reception



 H.E Mr. Abay Weldu Hagos, Ambassador of FDR Ethiopia

H.E. Ambassador heads the newly instituted Embassy of Ethiopia in The Netherlands. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Hagos was the President of Tigray Regional State, and was once the head of the State’s Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau. At the national level, Ambassador Hagos has held numerous executive positions within the ruling party (EPRDF).



 Peter de Ruiter, Managing Director, NABC

Peter is the Managing Director of NABC. He is a tax law expert with over  30 years of professional experience at PwC and EY. In the course of his professional practice, Peter has built an outstanding track-record in tax and legal services, and private-sector development in emerging markets within Western Africa and Eastern Europe.



European companies manufacturing in Ethiopia

Guido van Staveren van Dijk, Founder, Moyee Coffee

The quintessential entrepreneur, Guido founded Moyee Coffee in 2012. The idea for entering the coffee processing trade came after having observed the price of coffee on the worldmarket rise by 200% in the span of 10 years, whereas price farmers recieve had plummeted. The solution, as Guido saw it, was simple: engage in local value-addition at source rather than export green beans. Six years later, Moyee has evolved into the world’s first ‘fair chain’ coffee brand heavily invested in coffee roasteries and packaging in Ethiopia.


Thierry vialeThierry Viale, General Manager, Growth Market Divisions, Ontex Global

Thierry heads the Growth Markets Divisions and Strategic Development at Ontex Global, a leading provider of personal hygiene products based in Belgium. Since 2017, the company operates a production plant in Ethiopia's Hawassa Industrial Park.  

Prior to joining Ontex, Thierry held senior positions within Procter and Gamble, where he was responsible for managing teams in Greater China, Russia, Western Africa and Western Europe. His expertise include: portfolio management, emerging markets entry strategy, and business development.

Financial Institutions 

Ron Hansen, Managing Director, Structured Export Finance, ING Bank

Ron is Managing Director of ING’s Structured Export Finance, responsible for business development with geographical focus on Africa and Middle East. He has extensive experience in structuring single and multi-sourced transactions involving several Export Credit Agencies, project financing and framework agreements with sovereign entities, banks and corporates.

Ron is a member of Dutch Banker’s Bancaire de l’Union Europeenne in Brussels.



Corine Hoffman-Wassenaar, Dutch Good Growth Fund 

Corine is a Business Development Manager at Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) and Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF), tasked with assessing and monitoring of investment proposals and financing requests.

DGGF is an investment fund of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and is executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). DGGF unlocks private investments in developing markets by Dutch SME's. Whereas DTIF offers financing options like guarantees and co-financing arrangements with other banks for Dutch companies authorized countries.

Corine has over 15 years of experience with structuring investment deals and prepping businesses for investment. She specialises in SME financing. 


Corné de Louw, Rabobank Group

Corné is Senior Project Manager Agribusiness & Cooperative Development of Rabo Partnerships, a dedicated advisory unit within the Rabobank Group, focusing on agri finance development, supply chain development and cooperative development. Over 25 years, Rabo Partnerships has advised rural banks, F&A customers of Rabobank and producer cooperatives in developing and upcoming markets how to build efficient value chains and sustainable financing solutions.

Corné holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Nijmegen and is an experienced banker with a background in credit risk management and policies, management and coaching. He has a thorough understanding of Food & Agricultural Business and more specifically cooperative development. He has extensive experience in designing Food & Agribusiness Strategies and Value Chain Finance Solutions. Furthermore he is designing climate smart & Fin-Tech solutions and responsible for cooperative development programs. Recently he advised leading producer cooperatives in Brazil on governance, capitalization and member commitment.

Besides his consultancy role Corné is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Rabobank Rural Fund, a “social” trade finance fund focused on exporting cooperatives in developing markets.

The countries of experience of Corné are: the Netherlands, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Ghana. Focus sectors are cocoa, coffee and grains.

Event details

Invest in Ethiopia Forum
From October 11, 2018
Till October 11, 2018
NABC events
The Hague, Netherlands
+31 (0)70 304 3618