The 18th COMESA Summit at the level of Heads of State and Government opened today (March 30) at the AU Head Quarters in Addis Ababa under the theme: “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization”. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, who is taking over the Chair of the Common Market of East and Southern Africa, welcomed participants to the Summit, noting that it was taking place in the same spirit of Pan Africanism that was demonstrated and upheld at the 24th African Union Heads of State and Government Summit two months earlier. The Prime Minister emphasized the COMESA Summit was taking place at a time when the Continent of Africa is moving impressively forward on the basis of sound policies, strong institutions and a vibrant private sector. He noted that “inclusive and sustainable industrialization is a pillar for growth, ” adding that job creation, increased markets and improved products remained a priority for the citizens of Africa. Environmental sustainability, the Prime Minister said, was central to the industrialization programs. In this regard, he pointed out, Ethiopia had embarked on the promotion of a green economy based on the recognition of the deep needs of the climate and the country’s economic conditions. He also stressed Ethiopia’s commitment to regional integration through infrastructural development. The Prime Minister extended an open invitation to the participants at the Summit to visit Ethiopia’s impressive tourist attractions.