Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Tight race for chamber presidency

Once again staging a fierce rivalry to claim the helm, the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association (ECCSA) 4th annual general assembly, on Saturday, is expected to name a president for the association.
Mulu Solomon of Almeta Impex Plc and Zafu Eyesuswork Zafu, were expected to go neck to neck in soliciting votes from delegates tasked to elect the association’s president. Getachew Ayenew from Amhara Chamber of Commerce also announced that he will contend for the position.  The election results were not yet announced by the time we went to print on Saturday. 
The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association (AACCSA) held its 7th General Assembly at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center on Thursday and nominated Mulu Solomon to run for the presidency of the ECCSA. Mulu told Capital that she accepted the offer even though it was a short notice.
Zafu Eyesuswork who was speculated by many to be a presidential contender for both the presidency of AACCSA and the national chamber later settled on running for the latter after he was elected by AACCSA as a delegate.
According to the association’s regulations, board members of ECCSA can be reelected if they are nominated by the assembly, which consists of 187 delegates nominated from all the national chambers of commerce around the country. Prior to the election, a two year performance and audit report of the National Chamber was presented and endorsed by the general assembly.
Zafu has been serving as president of the AACCSA for two consecutive terms starting from 2005 till 2009.
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 341/2003, all Chambers of Commerce and Sectoral Associations are supposed to hold regular meetings once a year and conduct elections every two years.
In a related development, AACCSA elected Ayalew Zegeye as its president for the second time to serve the chamber and the business community for the coming two years on Thursday December 15. Abebabaw Mekonnen has also been reelected as the vice president of AACSA.
Recently the two chambers of commerce AACCSA and ECCSA have been disputing the ownership of a seven-storey building located around Mexico Square.