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Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development in collaboration with different local and international partners conducted a forum to boost the EBDN (Ethiopia Business and Disability Network) members.

Mr. Bob Ransom, ECDD’s senior advisor, opened the forum with the speech stating that it’s the time to Ethiopian companies to adjust their policies and practices to reflect international trends and to give attention to diversity in the work force.

In the event, panel discussion was held among different stakeholders, Mr Michael Shiferaw, HR Business Partner for Oxfam, Berhanu Teferra, Bekdes Group CFO and ILO’s representative Mr. Fantahun Melese were the panelist. The panel discussion highlighted the workforce situation in Ethiopia, regarding the diversity in companies and employment opportunities of persons with disabilities.

During the forum disability and inclusive employment, GBDN (Global Business and Disability Network) issued videos were run to the participants. On top of that, one of the most inclusive company of the year, Hela indochine apparel’s honorary video were presented.

The event was concluded with the award ceremony, naming Hela Indochine Apparel, Inclusive Company of the Year, 2019 and 25 new companies signed a pledge to join EBDN.