AWiB on the Spotlight

Nahu S. Girma, Co-Founder and Director of AWiB participated on a panel discussion at the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in Maryland, USA on “Doing Business in Africa: Bridging the Gap Between Prince George’s County & International Markets”. This panel was joined by International Experts to discuss the opportunities and trends of doing business in Africa for those already doing business with Africa or those looking for an opportunity to expand their business into this fruitful market.

The panel helped AWiB fulfill its objective of going international. Every year for the past four years, Nahu with the help of the Diaspora community in the USA has been promoting AWiB to mobilize membership and to fundraise for AWiB’s internship program. This year’s panel discussion focused on promoting the women business leaders of the AWiB community highlighting the Female CEO Breakfast Club (FCBC) with membership of about 20 members of top women business leaders in Ethiopia.  This yearly promotional program has gained popularity and as result, a delegation from Washington DC is coming July 7 & 8 to talk to those who are interested in partnering with businesses from the USA.  For more information on the visit, please contact AWiB office at 011-663-1016; 0911-203772.

The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation provides business services that help attract, retain, and expand businesses, create high-quality jobs, and expand Prince George’s County’s commercial tax base.  EDC’s mission of business attraction and expansion is accomplished through our main business lines, including Business Development, Small Business Services, Prince George’s County Accelerator Program, International Business Development, Workforce Services, and Marketing/Communications.

To be invited to this panel was a step forward for AWiB and great recognition for our work on the development of strong female leaders in Ethiopia. The invitation was extended to AWiB by the major organizer of the event, F3 Global: the invitation below summarizes what we are trying to achieve on a yearly basis and acknowledges our efforts;

F3 Global is excited to spread the word and educate people about the excellent work that AWiB is

conducting in Addis Ababa and the opportunities to support that exist. Last year, we were able to host you to come speak at Diaspora Women Panel and host a happy hour with a variety of people and audiences. As a result, AWIB was able to partner with Diaspora RiseUp to support youth leaders and interview with Emerald Planet TV.

We would like to officially invite you again to attend and represent AWiB to speak on June 15th on a panel discussion at Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation focused on Women Entrepreneurs as a panelist and keynote speaker. As a woman entrepreneur, leader, activist, and change maker, we feel you bring a great deal of experience and information that the audience can benefit from as well as would like you to represent AWiB on the panel.

We are excited to provide you a platform to share the wonderful work of AWiB and its women. Thank you for the wonderful work that you are doing and we will continue to support the work of AWiB as best as possible.

 Thank you note from EDC: 

Dear Nahu,

On behalf of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, I want to thank you for being one of our panelists for last week’s “Doing Business in Africa” Panel. The event was great and it would not have been possible if it weren’t for you.

Our goal for the event was to provide our guests with information and resources available for companies who are interested in exporting to Africa, as well as a brief overview on the cultural norms and business customs prior to entering the African Market. Our guests spoke so highly of the event and I personally loved how it all came together. Your leadership on the panel was essential in our success.

The Prince George’s County EDC could not do what it does without the generous support of a caring and dedicated community. Thanks again for your participation in our panel and we hope that you will participate again next year!


Nichelle Holmes

Development Manager

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