Sessions Schedule

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Session # 1 - Peace Diplomacy and Regional Security
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session # 1 - Peace Diplomacy and Regional Security
Session Leads: Ambassador Arega Seifu, Ethiopia; Dr. Brook Seifu, Ohio, USA
Breakout Room #4

With the ongoing reform in Ethiopia, issues of peace, security, international relations, and development are at the forefront. Panel discussions in these breakout sessions will cover issues on educating the public, public awareness of the effects of polarizing views, maintaining law and order, effect of geo-political stability, regional partnerships, diplomacy, and public affairs.  Panel participants will exchange their views, experience, knowledge, lessons learned, best practices, and trends in their respective areas.

 

Topics of discussion include: 

•      Challenges of Diplomacy in the 21st Century

•      Peace, Economic and Security Integration among Regions

•      Geo-political stability, regional partnerships

Session Leads: Ambassador Arega Seifu, Ethiopia; Dr. Brook Seifu, Ohio, USA
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Workshop # 1 Challenges of Diplomacy in the 21st Century
Room 7

 

 

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August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Workshop # 2 Peace, Economic and Security Integration among Regions
Session Leads: Mr.xxx. USA, Mr. xxx Ethiopia
Room 6

 

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August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Workshop # 3 Geo-political stability, regional partnerships
Session Leads: Mr.xxx. USA, Mr. xxx Ethiopia
Room 6A

 

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Session 2: Legal Affairs
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session 2: Legal Affairs
This breakout session includes panel discussions with experienced panelists in the legal field. Topics of discussion include: 
• Constitutional Development
• Constitutional Court, Legislation, Executive Decisions, and Checks and Balances
• Criminal Justice
• Commercial Law Reform
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 1: Constitutional Development
Room 6
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 2: Constitutional Court, Legislation, Executive Decisions, and Checks and Balances
Room 6A
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 3:Criminal Justice
Room 6C
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 4:Commercial Law Reform
Session 3: Culture, Youth, Community Development, and Entrepreneurship
August 2 -3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session 3: Culture, Youth, Community Development, and Entrepreneurship
Room #7
The majority of the population being young, Ethiopia has to do a lot more to create a conducive environment and engage the youth in community development and entrepreneurship. This session discusses the opportunities and challenges to cultivate a positive culture in society, reduce unemployment, and empower the youth. Topics of discussion include:
• Community development
• Entrepreneurship
• Culture and Society
August 2 -3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 1 Community development
Room 455
August 2 -3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 2 Entrepreneurship
August 2 -3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout # 3 Culture and Society
Session 4: Public Affairs and Communication Strategies
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session #4: Public Affairs Communication Strategies
Allowing citizens to express their individual rights requires knowledge and understanding of the role of government in a society. Recognizing the need to inform the public of the workings of government and that a mature media plays an important role through following and monitoring the government’s actions goes a long way towards establishing transparency and public trust. This breakout session covers a range of issues including policies that can help the government reach out to its citizens. Topics of discussion include:
 
• The role of media in the society 
• Ethics in media and communication strategies
• Public Affairs – challenges and opportunities
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: The role of media in the society
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2: Ethics in media and communication strategies
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3: Public Affairs – challenges and opportunities
Session 5: Engineering
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session 5: Engineering
Every aspect or our life is supported by some form of engineering feat, whether it is the roads we ride on,  the bridges we cross, or the gadgets and utilities we use in our day to day lives including water, electricity , and communication.  The discipline of engineering encompasses a broad range of specialized fields affecting a wide range of sectors. This breakout session will engage engineering professionals from both sides to come together and share their specialized experiences.  Major areas of discussion will include: 
 
• Smart City - Smart transportation, housing, traffic, and integrated utility services
• Infrastructure design and supervision - geotechnical, construction, zoning, permit and inspection.
• Alternative power sources - hydro, wind, solar, thermal, nuclear
• Communication, mechanical and chemical engineering 
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: Smart City - Smart transportation, housing, traffic, and integrated utility services
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3: Infrastructure design and supervision - geotechnical, construction, zoning, permit and inspection.
Session Leads: Mr.xxx. USA, Mr. xxx Ethiopia
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #4:Alternative power sources - hydro, wind, solar, thermal, nuclear
Session 6: Transportation
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session 6: Science, Technology, and Education
As the core foundation of the national economy, the transportation sector plays a critical role in creating jobs and labor market access, connecting regions, and enhancing supply chain and logistic efficiencies.  With the increase in population and the increasing demand for faster access to goods and services, the country is challenged to address the basic needs of the economy, keep up with the advancement in technology, and adopt new tools and techniques.
 
This breakout session cover the following topics: 
• Efficiency in global logistics and supply chain management
• Accountability and compliance in global logistics
• Challenges in improving the efficiency of road, rail, air, and maritime transportation
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1:Efficiency in global logistics and supply chain management

August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2:Accountability and compliance in global logistics
Room 6A
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3:Challenges in improving the efficiency of road, rail, air, and maritime transportation
Room 6C
Session 7: Agriculture and Natural Resources
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Agriculture and Natural Resource
With over 90% of the population earning its livelihood from farming, agriculture plays a critical role. Transforming this sector to achieve food security and sustainability requires an integrated approach. Exploration, extraction, and prudent use of the country’s rich natural resources can also transform Ethiopia’s economic growth. This breakout session creates a platform for sharing lessons learned, best practices, trends, and opportunities in the two sectors. Topics covered in this session include
 
• Food security
• Sustainability 
• Agricultural economy and farming systems 
• Exploration of natural resources including fossil fuels, natural gas
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: Food security
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2:Sustainability
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3:Agricultural economy and farming systems
Room 6C
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #4:Exploration of natural resources including fossil fuels, natural gas, and coal.
Session 8: Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session 8: Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality
The Ethiopian hospitality industry has grown significantly over the past few years but, compared to the country’s tourism potential and expectations, their still remains a lot of untapped potential. Developing these opportunities with the help of new technologies and hospitality service providers is imperative. This session will provide an opportunity for dialog between government, industry, and other organization’s representatives, knowledge exchange, sharing of  perspectives and experiences, and review of opportunities and challenges in the industry. Topics covered in this session include:
• The role of service culture in the hospitality industry 
• Hospitality management systems
• Capacity building in the hospitality industry 
Socially responsible tourism 
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: The role of service culture in the hospitality industry
Room 6
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2:Hospitality management systems
Room 6A
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3:Capacity building in the hospitality industry
Room 6C
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #4 Socially responsible tourism
Session 9: Finance and Investment
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Finance and Investment
Fiscal and monetary policies, financial regulations, foreign direct investment and similar topics will be covered in this breakout session. Professionals from the Ethiopian government responsible for managing the financial sector will discuss issues, lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges with their counterpart professionals from the Diaspora. Topics included in this section are 
 
• Foreign direct investment vs. foreign loan
• Fiscal policy 
• Investment opportunities and challenges of specific markets 
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: Foreign direct investment vs. foreign loan
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2:Fiscal policy
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3: Investment opportunities and challenges of specific markets
Session 10:Education
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Education
Ethiopia faces a rising demand for quality education due to the state of the current educational system and the increase in the school-age population. There needs to be a transformation in the education policy and strategy to ensure a productive up-and-coming workforce. This session provides a platform to discuss the lessons-learned and best practices of local and Diaspora professionals from K-12 and higher education systems. Topics to be covered are:
• Challenges of producing competent teachers  
• Education delivery system 
• STEM 
• TASFA’s skill supply and demand platform
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1:Challenges of producing competent teachers
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2:Education delivery system
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3:STEM
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #4: TASFA’s skill supply and demand platform
Session 11:Capital Planning and Investment Control
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Capital Planning and Investment Control
For the government to meet its policy, budget, management, and regulatory objectives, it needs a comprehensive planning, management, and oversight program. The panel discussions in this breakout session will cover: 
• Insights and experiences around oversight of agency performance
• Human capital, procurement, financial management, and information technology at the federal level. 
• Program and project management
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: Insights and experiences around oversight of agency performance
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2: Human capital, procurement, financial management, and information technology at the federal level.
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3 Program and Project Management:
Session # 12: Health
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Health
Health is a critical aspect of every nation, and Ethiopia is not an exception. From healthcare policy to food and drug administration, from public health awareness initiatives to access to quality health care, and more, issues affecting this sector warrant a discussion among local and the Diaspora health professionals. Topics covered in this breakout session are:
• Leveraging developments in the pharmaceutical industry 
• Public Health
• Food and drug administration policies
• Health Informatics, electronic medical recording
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: Leveraging developments in the pharmaceutical industry
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2: Public Health
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3: Food and drug administration policies
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #4: Health Informatics, electronic medical recording
Session # 13 Information and Communication Technology
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is recognized as an important enabler in the day-to-day operation of the government. This breakout session will cover the following topics in addition to mini-workshops that will facilitate sharing hands-on experience and best practices to IT practitioners. Some of the topics are:
• eGovernance strategy and policy
• Infrastructure and enterprise architecture
• Cyber security and information assurance
• Business continuity and disaster recovery
• Cloud for Government - strategy and policy
• Data analytics and business process improvement
• Software development and government system automation
• Disaster recovery and business continuity
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #1: eGovernance strategy and policy
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #2: Infrastructure and enterprise architecture
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #3: Cyber security and information assurance
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #4: Business continuity and disaster recovery
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #5: Cloud for Government - strategy and policy
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #6: Data analytics and business process improvement
Breakout Lead: Denekew Jembere, Microsoft, USA
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #7: Software development and government system automation
Breakout Lead: Denekew Jembere, Microsoft, USA
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Breakout #8: Disaster recovery and business continuity
Session # 14: Special Session
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Special Session
In this breakout session topics of special interest will be covered. Some of these topics include:
• Women in the Workplace: Opportunities and Challenges
• Business Correspondence
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Women in the Workplace: Opportunities and Challenges
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Business Correspondence
Session # 15: Engineering Education and Engineering Pedagogy
August 2-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Engineering Education and Engineering Pedagogy

The 5th Engineering Education conference and hands-on workshop sessions will be held on the campus of AAiT. The 4th conference that was conducted in April 18-21 at Jimma University was a success. The 100+ engineering faculty members who participated from 29 different universities returned to their respective campuses after receiving hands-on training using the latest ECE portable laboratory instrumentation, and SCL pedagogy training that improves the way they teach engineering courses. 

Session # 16: African Conference on Information Systems and Technology
August 1-3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
African Conference on Information Systems and Technology

The 2019 (5th) proceedings of ACIST focuses on how African societies are leveraging and can leverage the smart capabilities in digital technologies to address organizational and societal challenges. Technology-enabled solutions offer solutions to many of these challenges. Digital technologies are increasingly becoming integral to and interdependent with the African society.