Eritrea and Ethiopia are at last at peace, and events are unfolding at an exceedingly rapid pace. Before war broke out in 1998, Eritrea had the fastest growing economy in Africa, but the conflict left it isolated. Despite isolation, Eritrea pushed forward, making advances in many development indicators. Today, Eritrea's top priority is economic development, particularly in mining, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and transport services. With an educated population and 1000 kilometers of coastline along the strategically essential Red Sea, it is a country to watch.
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Woldai Futur, Director of the Eritrean Investment Center. Dr. Woldai was the first Eritrean Minister of National Development, and had previously served as the economic advisor to the Eritrean President. Prior to returning to his country, Dr. Woldai was an economist at the World Bank and International Finance Corporation for nearly 20 years. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.