South African companies keen to invest in Ethiopia
South African investors and representatives of companies have expressed their readiness to invest in Ethiopia and do business with.
A South African business delegation comprising 22 investors and representatives of companies are currently in Ethiopia to explore investment potentials and opportunities in the country, particularly in manufacturing, agro-processing, energy and construction sectors.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael met with the South African Business Delegation on Monday (March 6, 2017) and briefed them on investment prospects in Ethiopia.
Dr. Aklilu underscored that the delegation's current move will promote Ethiopia's aspiration to boost the intra Africa trade and enhance south-south cooperation.
He said, "Ethiopia attracts investors from China and Turkey as well as the US and Europe; nevertheless we would like to also promote south-south economic cooperation between African countries."
Touching upon the huge investment potentials in Ethiopia, the State Minister said, "Ethiopia's geographic location, its active membership in regional and bilateral trade agreements, including various other platforms with the U.S, EU and COMESA region, and the favorable investment policies make it an attractive investment destination."
Ethiopia's young and productive work force which accounts for 60 percent of the population also offers significant comparative advantages to investors, he added.
Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia celebrates the 12th Nations and Nationalities day with members of the Ethiopian community. During the ceremony H.E Ambassador Aster Mamo, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ethiopia to Canada has make a welcoming speech to the attendees of the program and right after her speech representatives from Afar, Amhara, Somali, Harari, Oromo and Tigray community made a speech regarding the Nations and Nationalities day.
The celebration of the Nations and Nationalities day concluded by having a dinner program with the community members, dancing with Nations and Nationalities song and Music.
The newly appointed Ethiopian Ambassador H.E. Aster Mamo presented her credential to the Governor General and Commander -in-chief of Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette on January 29, 2018 at her residence at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
On the occasion, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette said she proudly welcomes the Ambassador from a country where all human species originate as Ethiopia is the cradle of humanity and the country that is so rich in its culture heritage, past and present. The Right Honourable Julie Payette also stated that Canada attaches significant importance to its partnership with Ethiopia as the second most populous country in Africa and praised the incredible economic progress that it has registered over the past years and for dramatically changing the quality and well-being of its own people. She reiterated Canada's continues support to realize the country’s development and democratic goals. On her part, H.E. Ambassador Aster Mamo expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to her and emphasized that she will work to further cement and broaden the two countries bilateral relation as the top priorities of her mission.
Ethiopia and Canada have long standing diplomatic relations that dates back to 1965 G.C and they enjoy excellent relations in the areas of development cooperation and growing investment and trade ties. They work together with the spirit of friendship and mutual respect in the areas of their common interest.
The newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Canada, H.E. Aster Mamo presented copy of her credential on January 16, 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada.
H.E. Ambassador submitted copies of her credentials to the chief of protocol Mr. Roy Norton (PhD.) and extended her gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to her. The chief of protocol and other Senior Officials at Global Affairs of Canada welcomed the Ambassador and expressed their readiness to work closely with the Embassy in order to cultivate the bilateral ties between the two countries.
Ethiopia and Qatar have signed agreements that would enable them to boost bilateral relations in the economic and diplomatic spheres.
Waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports and protection of investment are the agreements signed between the countries.
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman signed the agreement providing for waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
Finance and Economic Cooperation Minister Dr. Abraham Tekeste and Qatari Economy and Trade Minister Ahmed Bin Jassim signed the protection of investment agreement.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is in Doha on an official visit, and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani witnessed the signing of the agreements.
The signing of the agreements would enable to enhance the ties between the two countries.
According to Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, the visit of the Premier and his delegation is aimed at strengthening the ties with Qatar based on a win-win principle and to discuss the implementation of the various agreements signed between the countries during the Emir's visit to Ethiopia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said as Ethiopia encourages countries to resolve disputes through peaceful means, it supports the efforts of Kuwait to resolve the dispute between countries in the Gulf.
Regarding the meeting the Premier held with the Ethiopian Community in Qatar today, Dr. Workneh said the meeting was successful and the Ethiopian diaspora were briefed about the current situation in their country.
The community members raised ideas that would enable them to enhance their participation and the role they play in the economy of Ethiopia.
There are more than 20,000 Ethiopians living in Qatar.
Ethiopia, Mauritius and Spain received the 2017 United Nations Awards for Promoting Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at UNCTAD’s Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 November 2017.
Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) is the winning agency on the Ethiopian side, according to UNCTAD press release.
EIC won the awarded for its instrumental role in facilitating the development of Hawassa Industrial Park as an eco-friendly textile and apparel facility with efficient use of water and energy, waste treatment, and renewable energy.
The commission has also attracted high-quality investments to the park, which employs more than 12,000 people, over 80 percent of which are young women who can use onsite social facilities, including health care and education services.
UNCTAD Investment and Enterprise Director, James Zhan said during the awards ceremony “the award-winning agencies have demonstrated that leading inward and outward investment promotion agencies are acting proactively on the SDGs and achieving noteworthy results.”
COFIDES of Spain and Board of Investment of Mauritius were the other winners.
“Developing countries face an annual investment gap of 2.5 trillion USD in SDG-oriented investment, and foreign direct investment can play a critical role in filling this shortfall,” Zhan pointed out.
The award can help spur more efforts at the national and international levels to promote more quality investment in the SDGs, the Director added.
The awards for 2017, 2018 and 2019 have been dedicated to promoting investment that contributes towards the SDGs in order to mainstream the goals into investment policies and promotion, it was learned.
The investment promotion awards have been presented annually since 2002 as part of UNCTAD’s investment promotion and facilitation program to honor and disseminate best practices among investment promotion agencies and celebrate their achievements.