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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hailemariam Dessalegn visits Japan

From Thusday, December 1 to Monday, December 5, H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, visited Japan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

During his stay, Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn met Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Mr. Koichiro Gemba,  Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujieda, other government officials and individuals directly related to companies.

In the meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Koichiro Gemba, held on 1 December, an agreement between the Government of Japan and Ethiopia regarding technical cooperation was signed.

This Agreement comprehensively stipulates measures that the Ethiopian Government should take when experts, senior volunteers and research groups from Japan are dispatched to Ethiopia and when researchers of Ethiopia visit Japan. It is expected that this Agreement will smooth the technical cooperation between Japan and Ethiopia, and contribute more to the development of the Ethiopian economy and society.

Foreign Minister Gemba expressed deep gratitude to the Government and people of Ethiopia for their support regarding the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also said that the Japanese Government would like to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. In addition, he noted that Japanese Government will continue to support the development of Ethiopia in accordance with Ethiopia’s GTP, particularly by supporting agriculture and rural development, and assisting industrial development through “Kaizen” (“improvement” especially quality and productivity, involving all staff).

The Deputy Prime Minister responded to this saying that Japan is an important partner for Ethiopia, and highly appreciates Japan’s contribution to the development process in Ethiopia and Africa, in compliance with the TICAD process (the oldest forum between African countries and development partners dating back to 1993). He also stressed the importance of Kaizen in the implementation of development activities, and expected further support from Japan on Ethiopia’s development particularly in developing infrastructure.

Regarding the business relationship, Foreign Minister Gemba said that Japan would like to work on the promotion of trade and investment, through the joint efforts of the government and the private sectors. The two Ministers confirmed the cooperation to encourage Japanese companies’ investment in Ethiopia.

Last year marked the 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ethiopia, and the two countries have maintained amicable relations. It is hoped that Japan and Ethiopia’s amicable and cooperative relationship will be strengthened further by this visit.




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