Over two dozen Ethiopian business delegates to participate on EIMA exhibition

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Twenty-five Ethiopian business delegates, who are working on agri-technologies and related businesses, will participate in the upcoming International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibition (EIMA), the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) disclosed on Monday.

The international exhibition, which is slated for November 9 to 13, will be held in Bologna, Italy, organized by FederUnacoma — the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation.

“ITA has sponsored almost 400 foreign delegates coming from 70 countries, 25 of them are selected from Ethiopia,” Riccardo Zucconi, Director of the Italian Trade Office in Addis Abeba – Trade Promotion Section of the Italian Embassy in Ethiopia, said in a press conference on Monday at Hyatt Regency Hotel.

“Since 2017, except the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic (2019 and 2020), our office in Ethiopia has sponsored a participation of 400 Ethiopian companies to various international trade shows in Italy in agri-business, machineries, automotive, mining and stone sectors,” he added.

The exhibition that will take place in November 2022 is organized for the 45th time, and close to 1364 international exhibitors will be part of the exhibition—1023 will be from Italy and 341 from different countries.

A potential of 270, 700 visitors are expected to pay a visit to the exhibition, from which 76 thousand are international visitors while 78 visitors will be from Africa.

Irrigation systems, technologies producing energies from renewable sources, agro-forestry technologies and other components’ providers and agri-tech businesses will take part on the exhibition.

 “The main objective of EIMA is to gather businesses and enthusiast people from universities, research centers and farmers from Italy and abroad to raise the awareness of latest technologies applied in agricultural mechanization,” Fabio Ricci, Deputy General Manager of Federunacoma told Origins Business.

Ethiopia has been working intensively to develop a modern and efficient agro-industrial sector with notable efforts, particularly those aimed at favoring a self-sufficient wheat national production, Andrea Pascali, First Secretary of the Italian Embassy for his part said.

“Italy is always ready to accompany Ethiopia, with an aim to promote mutual benefits in its path towards agro industrial progress,” he assured.

In this regard, I wish to record the recent visit of Luigi Di Maio, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation visited Addis Abeba in Mid- June last year, who explored with Ethiopian authorities and the highest level ways to the economic and commercial ties between Rome and Addis Abeba, Mr. Pascali explained.

“Proof of such commitment could be seen in the signing of the bilateral agreement worth €22 million for the development of agro-industrial parks throughout the country,” he said.

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