Prime Minster Hailemariam Dessalegn has urged a Canadian delegation to strengthen engagements in trade and investment in Ethiopia, alongside other prioritized areas.
The premier held talks with a Canadian delegation led by Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to Global Affairs of Canada.
According Canada’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Philip Baker, who attended the discussion, Canada and Ethiopia have both expressed their desire to enhance their trade relation alongside strengthening the existing “broad and deep” relationship on development programs.
He noted that poverty reduction, women empowerment and the engagement of Ethiopian young people in their own businesses are areas of achievement that Canada’s development programs have been involved in.
Food security and agriculture are also among Canada’s large engagements in the Ethiopia, according to Baker.
“We have strong development programs but we really hope to grow our trade relationship between the two countries and the aviation sector”, the ambassador stated.
The ambassador also expressed his hope that the two countries will collaborate in Ethiopia’s mining sector, mainly to benefit the community.
Ethiopia is beneficiary of Canada’s largest global development program that on average allocates over 100 million US dollars annually.