Session 2 panellists from left to right, Mr. Sana Jatta, Mr. Gao Lei, H.E. Mr. Wondirad Mandefro, H.E. Dr. Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, Professor Tekalign Mamo, Dr. Shirish Shirsat and H.E. Dr. Mebrahtu Meles.

In an effort to offset regional infrastructure deficiencies and spur rural industrialization and agricultural commercialization, the Government is establishing four pilot integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs).

The session introduced the concept of IAIPs and provided an overview of the business plans and investment opportunities in such parks. The development of IAIPs is a priority of Ethiopia’s national development strategy and a core component of the GTP II. IAIPs are expected to boost private sector engagement, of both foreign and domestic companies, and address constraints related to land access, infrastructure, trade logistics, customs regulation and skills.

The discussion focused on how IAIPs can trigger rural industrialization and the commercialization of the agriculture and livestock sector through public and private investment.


Professor MAMO Tekalign

Senior Director of Agricultural Commercialization Clusters Initiative
Agricultural Transformation Agency, Ethiopia

Professor Tekalign Mamo is the Senior Director of the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters Initiative in Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). He is the former State Minister of Agriculture, and currently leads two flagship projects, namely the National Digital Soil Fertility Mapping and the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters... Read More



Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Mahindra Consulting Engineers Ltd., India

B. Suresh is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mahindra Consulting Engineers Ltd. (MACE) in India, which belongs to the US $17.8 billion Mahindra Group. He has over 29 years of experience in the engineering consultancy sector. He has held various leadership positions in engineering and infrastructure consultancy companies, being ... Read More



Dr. Mebrahtu Meles is a State Minister of Industry of Ethiopia. He has more than 20 years of experience in government offices at different capacities. Among others, Dr. Mebrahtu Meles served as Director of the Engineering Capacity-Building Programme at the Ministry of Capacity-Building from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this post, he worked as Deputy Bure... Read More

Wondirad Mandefro serves as State Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Ethiopia, a post he holds since 2010. He started his professional career in 1989 as a junior researcher in nematology at the Ambo Plant Protection Research Centre of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). For the following ten years,... Read More

Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes was appointed as State Minister for Livestock and Fishery in 2013. He has extensive experience in Ethiopia’s livestock sector and more than 25 years of research experience. He also served in different research and administrative positions at the Oromia and Tigray agricultural research institutes, most recently as Directo... Read More

Shirish Anant Shirsat has been the Chief Executive Officer of Allanasons Ltd. operations in Ethiopia since June 2016, and is responsible for running Akseker Ethiopia Casing Plc. and the upcoming Frigorifico Boran Foods Plc. He is actively involved in creating benchmarks in livestock procurement, transpiration and processing of ovines and bovines wi... Read More

Mr. GAO Lei

General Manager of CGCOC Ethiopia, Managing Director of CGCOC East Africa, Assistant President
CGC Overseas Construction Group Co., Ltd., China

Mr. Gao Lei, General Manager of CGCOC Ethiopia, Managing Director of CGCOC East Africa, Assistant President of CGCOC Group and President of the Ethiopia Chinese Chamber of Investment, Vice- President of the Ethiopia Chinese Chamber of Commerce Gao Lei first came to Ethiopia in 2006 as an Engineer and Project Manager. He was then appointed as the... Read More

Sanna Jatta is the Regional Director of East and Southern Africa at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since April 2015. Prior to his present appointment, he was IFAD’s Lead Portfolio Advisor for the Asia and Pacific region, in which he assisted the Regional Director in strategic planning, business expansion, and day-to-day ... Read More