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Ethiopian Airlines bags coveted African Champion of the year award 2019



– The Ethiopian was recognised for its intra-Africa partnerships

– The award comes about two weeks after the March 10, 2019 tragedy

– Other winners were Engie Africa, Kobo 360 and Access Bank

Africa’s air transport giant Ethiopian Airlines has been named the African Champion of the year 2019, beating its rivals South African Airways, Air Seychelles, Air Mauritius and Kenya Airways.

This comes as a great news for the Ethiopian which is still recuperating from the Sunday, March 10, tragedy which claimed lives of eight crew members and 149 passengers and also put the airline’s stellar reputation on the line.

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Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Tewolde Gebremariam receiving the African Champion of the year award during the Africa CEO Summit 2019 in Rwanda.Photo: Business Insider.
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The coveted trophy was received by the airline’s award-winning Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Tewolde Gebremariam during the seventh edition of the Africa CEO Forum 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

“I would like to thank everyone for support after the tragic accident that happened to us two weeks ago. As for this award, we promise to continue with the good work for the good of the African continent,” the GCEO said in his acceptance speech on March 26.

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According to the Africa CEO Forum organisers, the Ethiopian Airlines, currently the largest, fastest growing and most profitable flag carrier in Africa, scooped the prestigious award because of its intra-Africa partnerships.

The CEO of the year 2019 award, however, went to Mohamed el Kettani, the CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco’s top lender.

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Kettani was recognised for having invested over KSh 100 billion (US$1 billion) in seven years across the African continent.

The International Company of the year 2019 award went to Paris-headquartered Engie Africa, one of the biggest energy companies in world with strong presence in Africa.

Other winners were Nigeria’s Kobo 360, a tech-enabled digital logistics platform that aggregates end-to-end haulage operations, and Access Bank, a multinational commercial bank also based in Nigeria.

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