● BelgoEthiopian ●

Friday, June 30th 2023

Panel focused on Ethiopia at the Annual Reception of the Brussels-Africa Hub.
The selected theme was 'EU-Africa Private Sector Engagement'.

- H.E Mrs. Hirut Zemene Kassa - Ambassador of Ethiopia to the BeNeLux & the EU
- Mr. Gemechis Tujuba - Area Manager BeNeLux Ethiopian Airlines

- Mr. Thewodros Berhanu - President BelgoEthiopian Business Club (Moderator)

Ethiopian Art Conservation Weekend 
Galerie De Zwarte Panter
Antwerp - Belgium
Sat June 17 & Sun 18, 2023

BelgoEthiopian Association & Business Club participated to a panel on Sunday June 18th 2023 during the Ethiopian Art Conservation Weekend at Galerie De Zwarte Panter in Antwerp.

The event was organized by the  the Ethiopian Art Conservation Program (EACP).
EACP created an art conservation platform in Addis Abeba  together with Bahir Dar University and University of Antwerp, they brought different communities together to discuss the future of Art Conservation in Ethiopia.

BelgoEthiopian Business Club is now a member of the European Union Business Forum in Ethiopia (EUBFE) - European Chamber in Ethiopia (Link to website).

"The EUBFE was established in 2012 in response to the need for a sustained dialogue with the Ethiopian authorities; and a platform for networking and information-sharing between EU businesses.
In February 2017, the EUBFE formally registered as a 'Foreign Investors Association' and can now operate as an independent legal entity to fulfil its mission."

#BuildingBridges #SustainableDevelopment 
#Trade #Investment #Belgium #Ethiopia #Europe #Africa


Thursday, October 6th PM
From 14:00 to 17:00

Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels
64, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan
1040 Etterbeek
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Insights on Doing Business with Ethiopia 
(Hybrid format: In-person & Online)


14:00  Registration

14:30  Welcome
         - Moderator: Thewodros Berhanu
            President BelgoEthiopian Association & Board Member Brussels-Africa Hub
14:35  Introduction
         - H.E. Hirut Zemene 
            Ambassador of Ethiopia to the BeNeLux countries & the EU institutions
         - H.E. Stefaan Thijs
            Ambassador of Belgium to Ethiopia, Djibouti, the AU, UNECA & IGAD
14:50  Presentation 1
          - Lelise Neme - Commissioner 
             Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC)

15:20  Presentation 2
          - Shibeshi Bettemariam - Secretary General
             Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (AACCSA)

15:45  Presentation 3
           - Zeco Kassim - General Manager Horn of Africa
              PURATOS - Food Innovation

16:00 Presentation 4
           - Guillaume Accarain - Private Equity Investment Officer
              BIO - Belgian Development Finance Institution

16:15   Q&A Session
            - Zemedeneh Negatu - Global Chairman Fairfax Africa Fund 
            - Gemechis Tujuba - Area Manager BeNeLux - Ethiopian Airlines

16:50  Closing remarks
            - Mouctar Bah

              President Brussels-Africa Hub & Member Management Committee Belgian Finance Club

Event Organizers

Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels 
BelgoEthiopian Association
Brussels-Africa Hub

Event Partners 
BECI - Brussels Entreprises Commerce & Industry
AWEX - Wallonia Export & Investment
FIT - Flanders Investment & Trade
CBL-ACP Chamber of Commerce             

GERD Support Group

GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Dear Friends,

Let us share with you some key facts and figures in order to clarify the context regarding the GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The 2 sub topics at hand are electricity access and the Nile waters sharing.

1) Electricity access

The GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is currently the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa, it has an installed production generation capacity of  5.150MW that will allow it to produce an average of 16.000 GWH/Year.
The use of water, a renewable resource, for the dam's turbines avoids more than 2.000.000 tons of CO2 emissions/Year.

The GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is built for electrification purpose and is self financed by Ethiopia.

GERD is a non water consumptive project.

The dam is located nearby the border with Sudan.

The 1st filling of the reservoir took place in 2020 during the rainy season (2nd and 3rd filling took place in 2021 and 2022), the full filling process will take 4 to 7 years (the initial Ethiopian plan was 3 years).
Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt signed the DoP - Declaration of Principles on the GERD in 2015. 

According to the World Bank, the electricity access rate in 2020 was 45% in Ethiopia, 60% in Sudan and 100% in Egypt.

The GERD will be a source of cheaper and cleaner electricity for Ethiopia and the neighboring countries, it will be a major contributor to the United Nations SDG 7 (Sustainable Development Goal 7) - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

2) Nile waters sharing

Egypt still refers to the 1959 bilateral agreement with Sudan (that Ethiopia has never recognized) which allocates 66% to Egypt, 22% to Sudan, 12% for evaporation and 0% to Ethiopia.

As reminder Ethiopia contributes to about 85% of the Nile flow during the rainy season with the Blue Nile (called ዓባይ Abay/Abbay in Ethiopia) and the White Nile is the other contributor.

According to the United Nations, in 2020, Ethiopia had a population of 115 million inhabitants, Sudan had a population of 43.9 million inhabitants and Egypt had a population of 102 million inhabitants.

Ethiopia refers to the NBI - Nile Basin Initiative that includes all the 10 Nile Basin countries.

The NBI has put forward the CFA - Cooperative Framework Agreement that outlines principles for cooperative management and development of the Nile Basin water resources.

For more insights on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the related topics, please refer to the GERD Support Group Facebook page and Twitter page.

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The Belgo Ethiopian Association supports the project 'Bike with Diabetes' lead by Arthur De Brouwer.
For more information on this extraordinary initiative:


Interview about the BelgoEthiopian Association with Philippe Meert & Thewodros Berhanu 

The Film LAMB (Festival de Cannes 2015)
Presence of the director Yared Zeleke
BOZAR Cinema Wednesday March 16th 2016
in partnership with ACP Cultures +

BelgoEthiopian Association 2015 Board Meeting

BelgoEthiopian Association 2015 Board Meeting 

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Going Home at the Théâtre National 

CREATION / Vincent Hennebicq
From 3 to 14 February 2015

Dear Friends,


In 2014, the BelgoEthiopian Association has resumed its efforts of "building bridges" between Belgium and Ethiopia.


We were happy to organize the event GUZO - Journey in Ethiopia - Samuel Yirga.


We would like to thank all those who helped in the organization and especially Samuel Yirga, Espace Senghor, Ethiopian Airlines, the Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels, Karel Kieckens, KoKob, Aksum Coffee House, Toukoul, Friends & Members of the BelgoEthiopian Association.


We invite you to like our Facebook page in order to be informed of our next activities. 


Kind regards,


BelgoEthiopian Association

Dear Friends,


BelgoEthiopian Association & Espace Senghor
will take you on a trip through your senses 


GUZO - Journey in Ethiopia - Samuel Yirga 

Date: Saturday, February 1st 2014
Venue: Espace Senghor
Chaussée de Wavre 366, 1040 Etterbeek
(Parking lot at Place Jourdan)



  • Online via Fnac
  • At Senghor 14€ (Presale 12€)
    Phone: 02 / 230.31.40 (Mon – Fri: 09:00 - 17:00) -





16:30 Welcome
17:00 Photo exhibition & reportage screening “Lanscapes of Ethiopia”
           by Françoise Pastor - Heber asbl
18:00 Documentary screening - Merkato by Sosena Solomon

           Merkato is one of the largest & oldest open- air markets in Africa

           (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

           The documentary depicts a journey through a fascinating place from the              

           perspective of five personal stories.  

18:30 Ethiopian Food (Injera) & Coffee ceremony
20:00 Samuel Yirga's Concert
           “Samuel Yirga's latest album GUZO (which means Journey in Amharic)

           is an original invitation to discover or rediscover Ethiopia.

           The artist is signed on Real World Records, the
           world music label founded by Peter Gabriel.
           His music brings together contemporary and classical jazz,
           celebrated songs from the golden era of Ethiopian music,
           traditional Ethiopian rhythms and deeply felt classical
           piano undertones. This young man from Addis has opened
           up a whole new door on a musical genre which has already
           grabbed the interest of many people around the world”
           The performance will be accompanied by beautiful images
           of Ethiopia taken by the photographer Karel Kieckens.

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Dear Friends,


Ethiopië ik wil leven in partnership with Viva Sara organize interesting activities about Ethiopia (From April 18 to April 24, 2013).


Dear Friends,

We hope you are all doing fine.
We would like to wish you Happy New Year and Melkam Gena! In 2012, the BelgoEthiopian Association has resumed its efforts of "building bridges" between Belgium and Ethiopia. We were happy to organize our yearly event, the screening of the film-documentary "Town of Runners" at Espace Delvaux. We would like to thank all those who helped organizing this and especially Members & Friends of the BelgoEthiopian Association, Espace Delvaux, Dan Demissie (Town of Runners), Aksum Coffee House and KoKoB.

We also take this opportunity to bring to your attention two great projects:

- Library Project in Bekoji 
- And vzw Ethiopïe ik wil leven 

We are looking forward to meeting you in 2013 for further initiatives.

We invite you to [Like] the BelgoEthiopian Association Facebook page in order to be aware of the latest updates. 

Kind Regards,

BelgoEthiopian Association 

Dear Friends,

Good News!

Mulatu Astatke is coming on Friday November 16 for a concert 
at AB - Ancienne Belgique
Boulevard Anspach 110, Brussels - Belgium.

Let us enjoy together the timeless Sound from the Father of EthioJazz.


Musically yours,


BelgoEthiopian Association



Dear Friends,

The Belgo Ethiopian Association has the pleasure to invite you
on Saturday, September 8 at 17:00
to the first screening in Belgium of the film
Town of Runners” at the Espace Delvaux,

Gratès Street, 3 1170 Brussels


More than 12 years: € 8
Between 6 and 12 years: € 4
Until 5 years: free


17:00 Welcome / Ethiopian Snacks
18:00 Screening/Activities for children
19:30 Ethiopian diner and coffee ceremony
21:00 Tombola awards


(A parking lot located just in front of the venue is available for the first guests)