Ethiopia, Germany embraces a new chapter of bilateral cooperation

Freundschaftspins-Aethiopien-DeutschlandGerman Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, who is on an official visit to Addis Abeba met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this morning (October 10, 2016) at the National Palace. The two Heads of State discussed on a range of issues including; peace and security in the region; migration and refugees; natural resource conservation and development ; democracy and good governance and trade and investment as well as current situations in Ethiopia.

During a joint statement to the press, Prime Minister Hailemariam said the Chancellor’s visit to Ethiopia marks the beginning of a new chapter in the longstanding bilateral relation and development cooperation between Ethiopia and Germany.

He said the visit reaffirms the two sides’ commitment to lift the bilateral cooperation into a new high, adding that Ethiopia and Germany have had excellent cooperation in human resources development, particularly in areas of water, engineering and education, which has significantly assisted farmers in Ethiopia.

Asked about current situations in Ethiopia, the Premier said the government is now undertaking series of relevant reforms with the full measure of addressing public demands. One of such reforms he said was the government’s commitment to reform the country’s electoral laws, which will be implemented following dialogues with opposition parties. He added various democratic platforms will also be in place to maximize the full participation of all stakeholders and guarantee accountability and transparency.

Responding to whether security forces have used excessive force in a bid to contain the current protest and violence, Prime Minister Hailemariam said an investigation is underway by the Ethiopian Human rights commission. In this connection, he said, “We launched this investigation not to please the international community; but we are responsible to our citizens.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that Ethiopia and Germany have achieved tremendous results in human resource capacity building, agriculture and rural development endeavours.

She said Ethiopia was able to improve the living standards of its citizens much due to the activities of the country’s poverty reduction efforts, which she said managed to lift several people out of poverty and offer educational opportunities for numerous youth in the past.

The Chancellor however stressed on the need to work hard to meet the growing demand of the youth, while also expressing her country’s readiness to extend support to Ethiopia’s efforts of responding to the demands of the youth. Touching upon the recent protests and violence in some parts of Ethiopia, Merkel while welcoming the government’s reform agenda, emphasized the need for dialogues among stakeholders. “The government has correctly identified the problems and has set ways to address them,” she added.
On the need to intensify cooperation with Africa on migration and refugees, Merkel said the EU was ready to work together with the continent. She said, “Africa’s economic development means a lot to European stability.” She further pledged to reinforce the financing of endeavours dedicated to dealing with migration and refugees.hailemariam-merkel

Ethiopia-Africa’s new Business Destination Forum

Thursday l2th May 2016, IHK Akademie Munchen

Freundschaftspins-Aethiopien-DeutschlandA one day international business forum under the theme “Ethiopia-Afiica’s New Business Destination” which aims to disseminate information on opportunities Ethiopia has to offer for German investors will be held on May 12, 2016 in Munchen. The forum which will bring together High Level Ethiopian Governmcnt officials and business leaders with German entrepreneurs is a collaborative effort between the General Consulate Office of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Frankfurt, Germany und IHK für Munchen und oberbavern.

The economic relations between Ethiopia and Germany are well known. For most part of recent history, Germany has been the number one importer of Coffee from Ethiopia, the main export product of the Country. For years, the trade volume between Ethiopia and Germany has been developing in a very encouraging way. In 2014. German exports to Ethiopia jumped by 38 percent to 2f,8.8 million Euro, largely due to the interest of Ethiopian and foreign investors in German Machineray and vehicles. Ethiopia with an annual averge growth rate of 10 % for the last decade, vast internal market, huge and hard working labour force, sustainable peace and security, good economic policies and strategies, set the scene for promising investment conditions which ar e not yet fully recognized by German investors.

Against this background, the forum will be held to present an ambitious plan that Ethiopia pursues to change the Country into a manufacturing hub for Africa by 2025 and the opportunities to be created as a large potential market for German machinery and equipment manufacturers.

The Forum will start officially at O8:30 hrs.

Ethiopian Consulate General Office
Frankfurt, Germany.
April 14, 2016