The Monthly Newsletter of the Ethiopian Embassy in London
December 2016 Issue
December 5, 2016, LONDON - Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) revised its website travel advisory on Ethiopia, as of December 2.
The FCO no longer advises against “all but essential travel to the Amhara and Oromia regions”, with the exception of the woredas (districts) of Tsegede, Mirab Armacho and Tach Armacho in North Gonder.
What Tourists are Saying About Ethiopia
November 11, 2016
Tourists from the U.K., Israel, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Belgium and Canada speak about their experience in Ethiopia.
November 8, 2016
The Government of Ethiopia announced today (November 8, 2016) that it has lifted the state of emergency directive which requested that diplomats alert the control post if they planned to travel beyond a 40km (25 mile) radius of Addis Ababa.
Siraj Fegessa, Defence Minister and Secretariat of the Command Post, which oversees the implementation of the state of emergency, said the decision to change the advice was ascribed to the relative peace and security currently evident in the country.
Wednesday 5th October 2016
Ethio-Djibouti railway service launched
The Ethio-Djibouti railway service is officially launched today, setting a new standard for railway journeys in Africa.
Africa's first electric railway, it was constructed by the China Railway Group and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.
The new railway line replaces the old Ethio-Djibouti railway line which was just 90cms wide. It will run both passenger and goods trains and will facilitate imports and exports from Djibouti to Addis and the rest of the country through a network of further railway developments, planned and in some cases already underway.
The new railway will contribute a great deal to Ethiopia’s growing economy, one of the fastest growing in Africa.
A journey that used to take 2 to 3 days by truck will now take about 12 hours. This will hugely reduce the cost of transportation and indeed the cost of goods.
The construction project was completed in very short period of time. Ethiopia fully appreciates the management and personnel of our partners, the China Railway Group and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and thanks them for their support and for their vision.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Speaking at the 71st UN General Assembly
September 24, 2016 - LONDON
August 02, 2016
The Second National Diaspora Festival (NEDF), was celebrated in Bahir Dar from 28th July to 2nd August. The annual event provides a platform for the Ethiopian Diaspora Community (EDC) to see and assess development, discuss with key officials and explore opportunities in Ethiopia.
Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this year’s Festival was celebrated with panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, presentations on investment opportunities and discussions on development issues like the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Foreign Ministry Diaspora Affairs Director General, Demeke Atnafu, said Ethiopia had secured $4 billion from diaspora members living in various countries in the last year and they “are also contributing a lot to the development of the nation through remittances to support their families and various organisations.” But he added that their engagement is low compared to other countries, though their participation in trade, investment and other sectors is growing and “they are contributing their share in increasing the foreign currency reserves through opening accounts.”
July 14, 2016
The Ethiopian government has launched Africa's largest eco-industrial park, dedicated solely to the textile and garment sector on Jul7 13, 2016. The 1.3-million-square-metre facility, designed and built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, will have thirty-seven factory sheds and its own renewable electricity source.
Built in less than one year at an estimated cost of $250 million, and located in Hawassa city, 275 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, the Park will create jobs for the country's young population - up to 60,000 workers at full capacity - and is expected to generate annual export revenues of up to $1 billion. It has so far attracted 15 major manufacturing firms from countries including China, Indonesia, India and the US, as well as six local manufacturers. The Park is set to employ 80,000 when an expansion project is completed in November.
On July 14, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, launched the country’s new tourism brand - Ethiopia: Land of Origins - urging the Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council (ETTC) to work in partnership with the private sector to “maximize the country’s resources” and "make the nation one of the best tourist destinations in the world”.
Ethiopia’s tourism strategy has produced some encouraging results, but the sector should become more competitive in the global market, the PM said. Priorities should be national parks, ancient historical sites and Ethiopia’s very diverse cultural heritage.
July 7, 2016
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attended an economic forum this afternoon in Addis Ababa with approximately 300 Israeli and Ethiopian businesspeople and senior company representatives, Ethiopian ministers and senior ministry officials.
Ethiopia Defence Forces Take Retaliatory Measures
June 14, 2016
The Ethiopian Defence Forces have taken retaliatory measures after repulsing an attempted attack by the Eritrean army on Sunday June 12, 2016 at the Tsorona Front.
H.E. Dr. Hailemichael Aberra Afework presents his credentials to Her Majesty The Queen
On June 8, the new Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Dr. Hailemichael Afework Aberra, presented his credentials to Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The Ambassador took a horse-drawn carriage with his wife, Abebetch Zeleke Aweke, and the Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr Alistair Harrison CMG CVO. Four diplomats from the Embassy followed in a second horse-drawn carriage: Ato Fekadu Beyene (Minister Counsellor Diaspora Affairs), Ato Terefe Dida (Minister Counsellor Trade and Investment), Ato Abdullahi Yousef Sherif (Minister Counsellor Political Affairs) and Ato Abiy Berhane (Minister Counsellor Public Diplomacy).
At the Palace, the Ambassador, his wife and all four diplomats spoke to the Queen about her visit to Axum in 1965 and the work the Ethiopian Embassy is doing in London.
Upon their return, celebrations were held at the Embassy in Knightsbridge, which were enjoyed by all who attended. A variety of friends of the Embassy were at the event to hear a speech by the Ambassador and the Marshall, heralding and long and fruitful term for His Excellency in London.
UK Foreign Secretary announces support for Ethiopia and Somalia
June 03, 2016
As part of Philip Hammond's three-day security trip to East Africa, the UK Foreign Secretary visited both Ethiopia and Somalia. During the visit Mr Hammond expressed his sympathies for the families of those that died in the recent Al-Shabab attack.
The Foreign Secretary said: 'A secure and stable Somalia is the UK’s top priority in East Africa and is in our own national security interests. Britain is providing security support to Somalia and to the African Union to tackle Al Shabaab, a terrorist organisation that cannot be allowed to take hold.'
While in Addis Ababa, he also encouraged the Ethiopian government to continue its support for the Somali Federal Government in order to cement the gains that have already been made. 'The whole region must work together to combat the scourge of Al Shabaab and the religious extremism that has such a damaging effect on the lives of ordinary people.', he said.
Mr Hammond went on to say: 'Britain will continue to work with Ethiopia to protect our national security interests and to help Ethiopia manage refugees in the country, and prevent their onward migration.'