Best entrepreneurs of the 2017 recognized at GEW cocktail reception in Ethiopia

22As part of the efforts to promote a more entrepreneurial culture by celebrating the successes of entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation of behind them, Ethiopia recognized entrepreneurs who have registered remarkable entrepreneurial careers at GEW 2017 celebration cocktail reception held at Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel. The recognition was made in three categories: Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year; Young Male Entrepreneur of the Year; and Seasoned Entrepreneur of the Year. Meron Seid, the founder and owner of Meron Leather Exotica based in Addis Ababa, was recognized as the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year while Alebachew Mihirete from Bahir Dar (the capital of Amhara National Regional State), the Founder and Managing Director of Alebachew and Mastewal Garment was recognized as Young Male Entrepreneur of the Year. Belete Beyene, the Owner and Managing Director of Hilina Enriched Foods, Bless Food Laboratory and other companies was recognized as the seasoned Entrepreneur of the Year. All the three entrepreneurs were provided with a crystal plague with their names engraved in along with the GEW Ethiopia logo. The recognition was made in the presence of senior government officials, development partners including Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative, and UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, and Ms Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Ethiopia Country Director; members of the private sector; entrepreneurs, representatives from media and communication organizations; and GEW – Ethiopia celebration partners committee.