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.
She was received by Ms. Mary Anne Dehler, Deputy Chief of Protocol at the Global Affairs #Canada upon arrival.
The staff of the Embassy also welcomed Her Excellency Nasise Chali and wished her a successful time during her appointment
Following the appointment of H.E. Gedu Andargachew as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the foreign ministers of several countries are sending congratulatory messages, including the Foreign Minister of the Republic of #Djibouti, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of #Eritrea, H.E. Osman Saleh H.E. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of #China, H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the #RussianFederation, H.E. Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Italy, H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of #Turkey, H.E. Phạm Bình Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of #Vietnam, and H.E. Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of #Kuwait.
Similarly, the Diplomatic community in #AddisAbaba, and Heads of regional and International organizations including #IGAD Executive Secretary H.E. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, #AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Smail Chergui, and #Australian Ambassador to #Ethiopia, H.E. Peter Doyle, also wished H.E. Gedu Andargachew all the successes during his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu has left for Djibouti on February 26/2019 to attend the 46th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers.
In the Session from 27-28, 2019 the Foreign Ministers of the IGAD Member States will deliberate on reforming the organizational structure of IGAD as well as redefining its stature.
Currently, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu is the Chair of the IGAD Council of Ministers.
The newly established Ethiopian Diaspora Agency will be officially inaugurated on March 1, 2019 in Addis Ababa.
At a press briefing she held this morning, Agency Director-General Selamawit Dawit said the diaspora are assets with potentials in technology, knowledge and skill that help the country through its journey of reform.
The agency is established to create better enabling environment for the diaspora as well as increase their engagement in nation building process, she added.
Selamawit said “all the Ethiopian diaspora will be served equally and their rights and benefits protected by working in collaboration with various stakeholders.”
The agency is preparing a database system in order to identify the number of Ethiopian Diaspora and where they reside, she stated.
It will also provide quality tools and clear information about the country by using enabling strategies to enhance the participation of the diaspora in various areas such as trade and investment.
Ethiopian Diaspora Agency will have regional branches and presence in about 60 missions. It is accountable to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A reform set to improve public credit supply system which has been hampering citizens from starting business quickly is well underway, Prime Minister Abiy said on February 26/2019.
He added that various measures are being taken to ease the process of getting into business.
A national steering committee drawn from 10 institutions and headed by the premier was established several months back to solve the problem. The committee reported about the activities it carried out in a month.
Prime Minister Abiy said on the occasion the desire of the government to increase revenue and the time required to bring the able-bodied to work is paradoxical.
The red tape and lack of access to finance have been identified as major hurdles in this regard, he added.
Abiy stated that reforms on service delivery systems and legal frameworks that inhibit ease of business will be carried out.
Necessary measures will be taken to correct problems not identified by the government but discovered by the steering committee.
Collateral is required to get credit in Ethiopia, the prime minister said, adding that this practice has prevented creative persons with innovations and knowledge from accessing loans.
Thus, reform is underway to improve access to supply of public finance and loan, he revealed. This will enable young farmers and pastoralists to access loan easily, Abiy noted.
The prime minister stressed that public institutions should not limit themselves to identifying problems but bring about concrete change.