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Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) has elected a new president

03 November 2017

Melaku Ezezew (Eng.), elected as the president of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA).

On October 27, 2017, (ECCSA) has elected Melaku Ezezew (Eng.)  who came from the historical town of  Gonder and has got the major vote to serve the chamber for the coming two years. Melaku won the election by securing 87 votes to become the successor of Mr.Solomon Afework who refused to compete for another term, while he has a right to serve the chamber for one more term.

Other candidates include Feysa Ararsa, the outgoing board member of ECCSA and founder of Harambe University College, Fasil Tadesse, President of Textile and Garment Manufacturing Association who managed to secure only 75 and 8 votes respectively from the total 174 voters that come from regional chamber and some other sectoral associations.

 “I have a plan to boost the private sector activity since I have experience in the business in the city and regional level,” he said during his lobby to the chamber representatives to give their vote for him. Melaku, 39, graduated from Addis Ababa University on Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration in Project Management. For the last 17 years he engaged on several businesses like computer maintenance, training and sales, printing press, merchandise business and construction machinery renting. “Currently I am working on real estate development, driving training center and transport business at Gonder,” he said. The newly elected president also said that he has targeted to work on regional and city chambers to come up with the standard of the national chamber. The industry sector is also the other priority area that the chamber has to focus in the future since the government targets the sector as a potential for the growth of the country, he added. For the vice president position Assefa Gebresilase, who represent the Tigrai Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, was elected. Assefa was the only nominee of the post.

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