Ethiopian Investment Commission
17 May, 2018
It is with great sadness and dismay that I have learned of the tragic death of Deep Kamara, the General Manager of Dangote Cement Ethiopia, and two other Ethiopian employees of the Company, Beakal and Tsegaye, as a result of an attack by unidentified gunmen on May 16, 2018. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of all the three victims of this heinous crime.
I would also like to express the Ethiopian Investment Commission’s unyielding support to Dangote Cement Ethiopia in this difficult time. Dangote Cement has been one of the biggest and notable investment ventures in Ethiopia. It has been an exemplary enterprise in discharging its social responsibility and its effort to maintain a strong and harmonious relationship with the community in the area where the enterprise is located.
This tragic incident is unprecedented and is not in keeping with the track record of Ethiopia as a nation of peace, stability and a society very hospitable to foreigners. We understand that this may create some sense of uneasiness among the foreign investment community in Ethiopia, as it does with all of us. This unprecedented attack is an isolated incident and the relevant agencies and authorities are working hard to identify those responsible for this crime and would take all the necessary measures to prevent such incidents in the future. I would, therefore, like to reaffirm the government’s assurances to provide the level of support and protection required by investors.
We are confident that the perpetrators of this despicable attack will be apprehended and brought to justice. The Ethiopian Investment Commission will work closely with relevant federal and regional authorities with a view to enhance the security and safety of investors in all parts of the country. We will also work closely and cooperate with the Dangote Group to help the enterprise cope up with this tragedy and continue to realize its vision of “powering Africa’s growth as the largest indigenous industrial conglomerate in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Dr. Belachew Mekuria
Commissioner, Ethiopian Investment Commission