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Ethiopia Coffee Seminar - ONLINE (4/25)

Ethiopia Coffee Seminar - ONLINE (4/25)

On Tuesday, April 25, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo will hold an online seminar on Ethiopian Coffee.

Ethiopia is Africa’s number one coffee-producing country and is said to be the birthplace of Arabica coffee. Ethiopian coffee is very popular in Japan and is the fourth largest coffee bean importer in Japan after Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia.
Coffee is also an important industry for Ethiopia, with more than 20% of the economically active population said to be employed in coffee-related industries. Half of the coffee produced is consumed domestically, and the other half is exported, providing a crucial source of foreign currency income in a country that is short of foreign currency.

The seminar will feature speakers from the Ethiopia Federal Coffee and Tea Authority (an institution formed to support, guide, protect, and empower the development of the coffee, tea, and spice industry) and leading Ethiopian companies, who will discuss not only green coffee bean refining and roasting, but also local production of high value-added products, specialty coffees, and coffee quality inspection.

Please register and join us.


Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Time: 16:00-17:30 (JST) / 10:00-11:30 (EAT)
Venue: Online (Zoom)   
Organizers: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Investment and Technology Promotion Office, Tokyo (ITPO Tokyo)
English – Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation)


16:00               Opening Remarks
                        Ms. Fumio Adachi, Head, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo

16:05               Keynote Address by Ethiopia Federal Coffee and Tea Authority
                        Dr. Adugna Debella, Director General
                        Mr. Kasahun Geleta, Chief Executive, Market Development and Promotion          

16:25               Business Opportunities
                        Mr. Minilik Habtu, General Manager, Typica Specialty Coffee Exporter (Typica Coffee)
Former president of Ethiopia Coffee Roasters Association)

                        Ms. Ansha Yassin Sulieman, Founder and Managing Director, Co Qua Trading PLC                      

16:45               Business Opportunities for Japanese Companies
                        Mr. Shigekazu Yamawaki, Heleph Coffee (Ethiopia) in Asia and Oceania, Heleph Coffee Exporter 
         Mr. Tsegab Ayele, General Manager, Heleph Coffee Exporter       

17:00              UNIDO’s Technical Cooperation Project
                       Improving the Sustainability and Inclusiveness of the Ethiopian Coffee Value Chain through                                             Private and Public Partnership
                        Mr. Fitsum Bekere Ligdi, National Technical Advisor, UNIDO

17:10               UNIDO ITPO Tokyo’s Support for Japanese Companies
                        Mr. Tadesse Segni, Advisor, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo

17:15               Q&A               

17:30               End


Pre-registration is required to attend the seminar. Please register by clicking on the registration button below. 

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We welcome your questions and comments to the speakers.
Please enter your questions in the “Questions and Comments” box when registering.

Contact Information

UNIDO Tokyo Office (PIC: Ms. Imazu)

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