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PM Abiy Ahmed's official visit to Europe

Upon Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's invitation, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived for an official work visit in Italy on January 21, 2019, He later attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland held from January 22 - 25, 2019. In his speech at the World Economic Forum, PM Abiy addressed how the political and economic reforms in Ethiopia create a favorable opportunity for investments and invited investors to the country. After his meeting with Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF, office of the prime minister announced that Ethiopia will be hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2020. The Prime Minister and Professor Schwab discussed the importance of a collaborative approach among government, the private sector and civil societies in addressing key global challenges. PM Abiy Ahmed also met with Bill Gates, co-Chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and expressed his gratitude to Mr. Gates for the foundations work in health, agriculture and state capacity building. They further agreed to enhance cooperation in Agricultural irrigation and technology sector. He also met with Jack Ma, Chair of the Alibaba Group to discuss future technological advancements in society and international marketing. Jack Ma agreed to consider potential investment in tech hub in Ethiopia. It was also reported that PM Abiy Ahmed held a productive discussion on bilateral issues with Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel. The PM met interim President of the World Bank Group, Kristalina Georgieva to ask for sustainable technical and financial support from Ethiopia's long-time development partner. He also convened an investment strategy discussions with CEOs of multinational corporations to identify opportunities for private investment. George Soros, Founder of the Open Society Foundations and Mr. Mohammed Al Shaibani, CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) are also some of the influential people the prime minister has met. PM Abiy Ahmed returned to Ethiopia last night after completing his official work visit successfully.