Conference Program

1st Day of Conference, 8 April 2019

09:30 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:30
Opening of Conference and Trade Fair

  • Welcome by Conference Moderator
  • Welcome by Organisers, Government Officials and Partner Institutions

Introduction by GIZ SIA Working Group:
Historical Development of EIPs/SIAs Worldwide and Their Role for Industrial Development and Sustainability

11:30 – 13:00
Walk through Trade Fair by Officials and Conference Participants 

13:00 – 14:30
Lunch and Networking

14:30 – 16:30
Introductory presentations:
Industrial Parks as Drivers for Economic Transformation and Sustainability

  • SIA - an instrument for sustainable industrial transformation
  • Employment creation - the major goal to secure economic growth, prosperity and stability in Africa
  • Meeting environmental targets in industrial development – highlighting the challenges of water, wastewater and waste management
  • Financing investment in sustainable industrial areas

16:30 – 17:00
Break and Networking

Fashion Show (Cat Walk) (on invitation)

Reception for international guests and officials 

2nd Day of Conference, 9 April 2019

09:00 – 09:15
Introduction to the Conference Structure

09:15 – 09:45
Short inputs in interview format:
Sustainable Industrial Areas - What is it All About?

09:45 – 11:00
Moderated panel discussion:
Worldwide Country Experiences on Transformation, Industrial Park and Cluster Development/Management, Best Practices

11:00 – 11:30
Break & Networking

11.30 – 13:00
Moderated round tables:
Part 1: EIPs/SIAs in the future - Integrating the “Right” Technologies
Part 2: Creating Sustainable Industrial Areas - Attracting Investors to Ethiopia and Africa

13:00 – 14:30
Lunch and Networking

14:30 – 15:00
Motivational speech:
A Successful IP or Economic Cluster in Terms of Employment

15:00 – 16.30
Moderated panel discussion:
Labour and Employment in Industrial Areas/Economic Clusters

  • Role of labour and social standards – decent work
  • Smart incentives for investors: promotion of skilled labour, payment schemes
  • The importance of soft skills development for employees and employers
  • Recruitment of qualified workers, match-making, employment services
  • Linkages to local economy/infrastructure/labour-intensity (aspects of site selection)

16:30 – 17:00
Wrap-up and Speakers Recognition

17:00 – 18:00
Break, Networking, Walk through Trade Fair

19:30 – 21.00
Conference Dinner (on invitation)

3rd Day of Conference, 10 April 2019

09:00 – 09:15
Welcome and Wrap-Up of 2nd Conference Day

09:15 – 10:15
Technical input:
Invest Africa Regional Study: Planning, Financing and Managing Industrial Parks in Sub-Saharan Africa 

10:15 – 11:00
Technical input:
Chinese Strategy Introducing Sustainability in African Investments - Example of a Chinese Investor in Ethiopia

11:00 – 12:30
Parallel working sessions in pavilions:
Environmental Challenges and Business Infrastructure
a) Waste/Wastewater Management
b) Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy
c) Attractive Business Environment

12:15 – 13:00
Speakers Recognition and Farewell

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and Networking

14:00 – 17:00
Exclusive Training on the Implementation of the International Eco-Industrial Park Framework 

4th Day Site Visit, 11 April 2019

Side visits:

  • Bole Lemi Park / Huajan Park
  • Adama Park / Modjo Dry Port

Download preliminary conference and site visits program as PDF 


Trade Fair

Next to the conference, WES AFRICA – the main African trade fair for the environment technology portfolio – will take place. WES AFRICA provides answers to crucial questions concerning the market and puts customers in contact with manufacturers and service providers. WES AFRICA is the meeting place for all sector-specific companies and provides an extensive insight into the entire environmental technology portfolio. Especially, the exhibition will focus on Environment, Renewable Energy, Water & Wastewater, and Waste & Recycling.


During the conference days as well as before and after the conference`s daily schedule and during breaks and lunchtime participants are given the opportunity to inform themselves and to participate in networking activities at the exhibition in the foyer of the conference hall.

Ethiopia and international companies, institutions and projects are addressed in advance to present their products, services and activities at the conference as part of the organising process. Participants will be given the opportunity to display their information material during the conference on short notice (if tables, stands or pin walls are needed please apply through the registration process).

Side Program

The registration for the side program is offered in the registration form.

WES AFRICA, 8 to 11 April

Throughout the conference the WES AFRICA exhibition will take place in the foyer of the conference hall that will inspire its visitors on technical innovations for environmental protection focussing on water, wastewater and waste management.


Fashion showFashion Show, 8 April

On the 8th of April, the conference participants are warmly invited to a Fashion Show that will present Designs from Ethiopia, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. Labels presented on the Cat Walk will be Precious (Nasra Mustofa), Kunjina (Kunjina Tesfaye), Menena (Nardos Fekadu), African Mosaique (Anna Getaneh), Lali (Lemlem), Yordi design (Yordanos Abera), Ye Fikir Design (Fikirte), Mafi (Mahlet Afework/ Mafi), Ayni’s (Aynalem Ayele), Sister of Africa (Helene Daba Diouf) as well as Samarra (Alpha Doumbia). A reception after this event will round off the evening.

The Collections are available at the African Design Pop-Up Shop located in the Intercontinental Hotel Addis Ababa from April, 8th until April, 9th 2019. 

Site Visits, 11 April

After the conference, on 11th of April, visits to Ethiopian Industrial Parks are offered that focus on textile and garment production. Interested participants are invited for a trip to Bole Lemi I / Kilinto IP and Huajan Industrial Park or to Adama Industrial Park and the Modjo Dry Port / Adama IP.

The registration for the side program is offered in the registration form.