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Kick-Off Events Entrepreneurs for Development in Ghana & Ethiopia
Many people attended the kick-off events of the Entrepreneurship by Diaspora for Development (ED4D) project held recently at Humanity House in The Hague. The ED4D project encourages the Ethiopian and Ghanaian diaspora residing in the Netherlands, or Dutch entrepreneurs in partnership with the diaspora, to engage themselves as entrepreneurs for the development of the private sector in Ghana and Ethiopia. The project is implemented by IOM in collaboration with PUM Netherlands senior experts.
As a retired accountant, Mr. Stephen van Kempen is volunteering for PUM. He shared valuable insights into running a successful business during the events. In his role as a PUM volunteer, he has helped entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets to further expand their business.
For the first event, which focused on Ghana, Mr. Edward Benjamin Ashong Lartey, Director Investment Services Division of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), came over especially from Ghana. Lartey gave an overview of the business climate and opportunities in Ghana and the services GIPC can offer to starting entrepreneurs or to entrepreneurs wanting to expand their business. The Ambassador of Ghana, Her Excellency Ms. Sophia Horner-Sam, also attended the event.
In a short video, entrepreneur Bennet Agyekum shared some inspiring yet realistic thoughts about his journey of setting up a lounge bar in Accra.
Mr. Alain Nkurikiye is an entrepreneur currently developing Wajenzi, a crowdfunding platform promoting migrant investments in SMEs in emerging nations. He recently won the The Hague Innovators Challenge 2019 for his start-up. Nkurikiye explained what his platform does in view of crowdfunding and how it could be useful to support starting entrepreneurs.
Two Government representatives from Ethiopia joined the second event (focused on Ethiopia): Ms. Kamale Selamawit Dawit, Director General of the Ethiopian Diaspora Agency, and Mr. Woldetsadik Temesgen Tilahun, Deputy Commissioner of the Industrial Parks Division of the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Selamawit Dewit presented the overall role and mission of the Diaspora Agency. The Agency was established recently and seeks to work more closely with the worldwide-established Ethiopian diaspora.Temesgen Tilahun gave an overview of the business climate and opportunities in Ethiopia and how the Ethiopian Investment Commission can support start-ups.