Session 3 panellists from left to right, Dr. Worku Zewdie, Mr. Yusuf Aydeniz, Mr. Fasil Tadesse, H.E. Mr. Taddese Haile, Ms. Erica van Schaik and Mr. Ashish Agrawal.

An abundance of raw materials, low wages and low energy costs give the Ethiopian textile and garment sector a comparative advantage over other countries and regions. This includes processes from the spinning, weaving and finishing of textile fabrics to the manufacturing of knitted and crocheted fabrics, carpets and sportswear.

The Government initiated several reforms aimed at improving the policy environment, from cotton production to garment exports. In this session, government officials and private sector representatives discussed opportunities and challenges within the sector.

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Zemedeneh Negatu is the Global Chairman of the Fairfax Africa Fund. He previously served as the Managing Partner for Ernst & Young (E&Y) in Ethiopia and the Head of the Transaction Advisory Services for Eastern Africa, which included Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several other countries. Before that he served on the firm’s Africa board and as a membe... Read More


Tadesse Haile is the State Minister for the Minister of Industry of Ethiopia. Prior to his current role, he served as the State Minister of the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2010, as General Manager of the Ethiopian Investment Agency from 1995 to 2001, and as Head of the Tigray Regional Planning and Economic Development Bureau from 19... Read More

Fasil Tadesse is President of the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association as well as Chief Executive Officer of Kebire Enterprises. Mr. Tadesse was previously Executive Officer of Operations with MBMS and held roles with MIDROC Ethiopia and Coca-Cola. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Tadesse was Head of the Operation Bureau for Public Enterpr... Read More

Yusuf Aydeniz is the Chief Executive Officer of AYKA Textiles Istanbul and the AYKA Addis Textile and Investment Group. He currently serves as the President of the Turkish-Ethiopia Works Council in the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board. An entrepreneur since high school, Mr. Aydeniz co-founded AYKA Textiles with his business partner, Mr. Gur... Read More

Worku Zewde is an Ethiopian American physician licensed by the state of California, owner and manager of Knit to Finish Garment Factory, the first exporter to the United States through the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Prior this role, he served as Chairman of the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers’ Association and member of the boar... Read More

Erica van Schaik is the General Manager and Executive Assistant to the founder of Vogue and Velocity group of companies. Velocity’s latest garment factory is a state-of-the-art environmentally-friendly and socially-oriented facility established in Mekele, which produces denim and knit garments and related accessories. Velocity initially invested US... Read More

Mr. AGRAWAL Ashish

General Manager and Group Chief Executive Officer
Kanoria Africa Textile Plc., Ethiopia

Ashish Agrawal is Group Chief Executive Officer for Kanoria Africa Textile Plc./Kanoria Chemicals and Industries Ltd. Previously, he served as Business Head for the Terry Towel Division of Sel Manufacturing Ltd. (2011-2015) and as General Manager for a denim plant at Ginni International Ltd. (2006-2001), after acquiring 10 years of international ex... Read More