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Ethiopians in the UK celebrate NNP Day

December 8, 2013

Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora residing in the UK marked the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and People's Day (NNPD) in London, reflecting on the significant gains made in respect for the political, economic, social and civil rights of people which empowered them to be the masters of their own destiny.

The celebrations of the NNPD at the Ethiopian Embassy in London was organised by the Ethiopian Somali community in the UK, in collaboration with the various development associations.


Bradford Confers Honorary Doctorate on Ethiopia’s Deputy PM

December 6, 2013

Bradford University in the UK has conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Education on H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The Deputy PM earned his post-graduate degree in Peace Studies from Bradford where he read inter alia philosophy, history, sociology and politics, which informed his leadership career in various capacities and portfolios.

H.E. Demeke Mekonnen has delivered outstanding service in his current post and also in his previous posts as Minister for Education and, prior to that, as Deputy Head of the Amhara Regional State.


Ethiopia Celebrated at World Travel Market


Release: Immediate

November 7, 2013 - An Ethiopian cultural event in London, jointly organized by the Embassy and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, brought Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia together to celebrate and promote Ethiopia’s rich and diverse culture, as well as its exotic heritage, flora and fauna. Tourism Associations, tour operators, travel writers, prospective investors and representatives from the airline industry were among the guests.



**Latest Update as of November 5, 2013** More information on the following link.


UK Parliamentarians, Businesses Explore Ethiopia’s Initiative for Investment, Trade


Release: Immediate

Members of the Ethiopia All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and scores of businesses have agreed to boost relations with Ethiopia and promote investment and trade, exploiting to the full the enabling environment created by one of Africa’s emerging economies.

The announcement was made at an annual event where parliamentarians discussed and explored areas for engagement in Ethiopia’s multi-faceted development programme. The main focus was on agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, services and the development of social facilities.


Ashegoda Wind-Farm Project to launch


Embargoed until 11am (GMT) on Saturday 26 October 2013

The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has announced that the Ashegoda Wind-Farm, the largest wind-farm in Africa, will be inaugurated on Saturday 26th October 2013.

Ashegoda has a capacity of 120MW and will produce about 400 million KWh a year. The project was completed in 36 months and devised to be executed in phases. All units have now been constructed and are already providing energy to the National Grid. So far, Ashegoda has produced 90 Million KWh since its commissioning started, in stages, one year ago with the earlier commissioned units.



The registration of the 40/60 Housing Scheme will now start from November. More information on the following link.


ADA-UK urges members to support development endeavours

September 28, 2013 - The Amhara Development Association (ADA-UK) urged members and supporters to diversify and deepen engagement in all fields of endeavour for the successful implementation of Ethiopia’s sustainable development plan.

The London-based organisation was established in 2008 by Amhara nationals residing in Great Britain, to support the health and education programes in the region as well as to enhance the active participation of the Diaspora in the overall development of the region.


TDA-Europe Festival Kicks Off in London

August 24, 2013

The Tigray Development Association (TDA) Europe Festival kicked off in London on Saturday (24th August) as Chapters of the TDA in Europe launched their reports, in the presence of a high level delegation led by H.E. Abay Weldu, President of the Tigray Regional State.


Prime Minister Meles Remembered by Ethiopians in the UK

August 17, 2013

The first anniversary of the passing away of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was marked in a solemn memoriam held in London in the presence of over 500 Ethiopians paying tributes and celebrating the outstanding contributions of the Great Leader for his country and people.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the visionary Ethiopian leader and Pan-Africanist, was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa after he passed away on 20th August last year at the age of 57.


Memorial Event for the Late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Date: 17 August, 2013
Time:3.00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: Embassy of Ethiopia, LONDON SW7 1PZ

More information can be found on the following link. You can also contact the Embassy on info@ethioembassy.org.uk


The 6th Ethio-Chamber International Trade Fair

The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) is organizing the 6th edition of Ethio-Chamber International Trade Fair with a view to promoting Ethiopian products and services, Strengthening linkages between various business actors and facilitating technology transfer and Know how to enhance competitiveness of local industries.

Date: November 27 - December 03, 2013
Venue: Addis Ababa Exhibition Center and Market Development Enterprise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

More information, including registration, can be found on the following link.


Ethiopians Rededicate Support for Renaissance Dam at May 28 celebrations in London

June 1, 2013

Ethiopians in the UK rededicated themselves to supporting the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) at the 22nd anniversary of May 28 when the Dergue regime fell and new vistas for Ethiopia’s Renaissance opened up.

Members of the Diaspora pledged more rigorous support of the national economic transformation that is transforming living conditions through the implementation of pro-poor economic policies and strategies.


PM Hailmariam foresees bright future for Africa as Africans celebrate AU Golden Jubilee in London

May 17, 2013

Africa has struck gold this year with the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Organization of African Unity/AU being observed across the continent and beyond under the theme “The Year of Pan-Africanism, the African Renaissance.”

The 50th anniversary and Africa Day were colourfully celebrated on the 17th May, 2013 at the Langham Hotel here in London.

  • Message from H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the African Union on the Occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the OAU/AU

  • In commemoration of 50th Anniversary of the African Union this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian TV (ETV) will be streaming free live transmissions until 27th May. Satellite channels and frequency details can be accessed via this link.
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    Dr. Tedros Addresses Africa Jubilee Business Forum in London

    May 13, 2013

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union, Dr. Tedros Adhanom told participants at the Africa Jubilee Business Forum that Africa of today is not the Africa of yester years.

    The continent is “slowly but surely, shedding off the stereotype images of being a continent of famines, droughts, conflicts, utter poverty and dictatorships, that portray Africa to be a lost case in many peoples’ imagination,” he said.


    Dr. Tedros Meets with UK Minister for Africa

    May 13, 2013

    Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met and held talks with the UK Minister for Africa, Mr. Mark Simmonds MP.

    Dr. Tedros briefed the Minister on the situation in Somalia, Sudan and the sub-region as well as the outcomes of the recent IGAD summit and Ministerial meeting.


    Tedros: Africa, the new Eldorado

    May 13, 2013

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the African Union Executive Council, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, told a Chatham House platform that Africa, which was once the marginalised continent, has now emerged, as some put it, "the new Eldorado", at a time when much of the developing world is suffering from the economic slump, thus rekindling a great sense of hope and optimism.

    Africa’s profile on the world stage has been raised and it is no exaggeration to state that Africa has now become a force to be reckoned with.

  • Remarks by H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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    Minister Tedros Urges Ethiopians in the UK for More Engagement in Nation Building

    May 12, 2013 - LONDON

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met with members of the Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK where he discussed timely and relevant issues focusing on the GTP and highlighting gains made in investment, trade and infrastructure development that are paying dividends to Ethiopians at all levels.

    Dr. Tedros was in London for a two-day official visit.



    LONDON, 7 MAY 2013

    The Somalia Conference took place at Lancaster House on 7 May 2013, co-hosted by the UK and Somalia, and attended by fifty-four friends and partners of Somalia.

    The final communique can be found on the following link.


    Renowned Politicians and Leaders Pay Tribute to Meles and Remember his Legacy


    April 30, 2013 - LONDON

    Tributes were paid to Ethiopia’s exceptional leader, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, for his outstanding contribution to the renaissance of both Ethiopia and Africa during his tenure which spanned two decades.

    The late Premier died in August last year and his funeral took place at Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners including world leaders.



    Meles Zenawi Foundation Launched

    April, 2013

    The Meles Foundation, established in honour of Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, was inaugurated on 6th April at the African Union in the presence of high-level dignitaries including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and former First Lady Azeb Mesfin.

    The Meles Foundation will serve as a memorial centre to the late PM’s great contribution towards peace, socio-economic development and his lead role in climate change negotiations and environmental protection.

  • Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's Speech at the Launch.
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    TDA Members, Supporters Mark 38th Anniversary of TPLF in London

    February 18, 2013

    Members of TDA-UK and supporters of the Tigray People Liberation Front in the United Kingdom celebrated on Saturday (16th Feb) the 38th anniversary of the movement, which toppled the military Junta and replaced it with a democratic order, which tens of thousands of martyrs paid for with their lives.


    Deputy Prime Minister meets Gordon Brown, UK Parliamentarians

    January 31, 2013

    Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Ato Demeke Mekonnen, met and held talks with former British Prime Minister, The Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown, in his office at the House of Commons. Mr. Brown is also the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.

    The Deputy Premier, who is also Minister for Education, was in London as the head of a high-level delegation attending the Education World Forum, convened to dwell at length on policy making for quantity, quality and impact.


    Acceptance Statement by H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn at the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government

    January 27, 2013

    Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam was elected Chairman of the African Union in a ceremony held at the opening session of the 20th Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government held on Sunday, January 27, taking over from Dr. Boni Yayi, the President of the Republic of Benin.

    In his acceptance speech Prime Minister Hailmariam thanked the outgoing chairman for his outstanding leadership during his tenure of office and vowed to do his best as Chairman of the AU. He also thanked the August Assembly for paying tribute to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles, and NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) for endorsing the proposal made by the NEPAD Agency to establish the Meles Zenawi Centre for Sustainable Development in recognition of the late prime minister’s immense contributions to the African Union and to the cause of Africa.

    The Prime Minister’s full speech can be found on the following link.

  • Closing statement by H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn
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    Response to the Guardian’s article on DFID’s aid to Ethiopia

    January 16, 2013

    Dear Editor,

    Your article on DFID’s support for Ethiopia’s development is very misleading. (UK tenders to train Ethiopian paramilitaries accused of abuses, online on January 10, 2013, in the print edition on January 11, 2013)

    Blanket condemnation of the federal and regional government efforts to protect civilians of Ethiopia’s Somali region from atrocities committed by ONLF terrorists is unfair. The difficult job they do in a region which borders Somalia, where al-Shabaab and international groups were freely operating hand-in-glove until recently, should be given due recognition.


    Minister Tedros urges Ethiopians to stand united to promote national interest

    January 14, 2013

    Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom called on the Ethiopian Diaspora to stand in unison to promote national interest irrespective of political persuasions. While celebrating diversity that glorifies Ethiopia as a melting pot of cultures and history of nations and nationalities, he underlined the need for resilience and sense of unity in safeguarding and promoting Ethiopia’s national interest to bequeath a prosperous and viable Ethiopia to posterity.


    Very productive visit to the UK for Ethiopia’s new Foreign Minister


    January 10, 2013

    Ethiopia’s new Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met with UK officials earlier today on his first working visit to the UK in his new post. The Minister met with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon William Hague, the Secretary of State for International Development (DFID), the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening and UK Africa Minister, the Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds and other FCO officials for discussions on both bilateral and regional issues.


    Invitation to Prospective Business Partners for Expression of Interest: PPESA

    The Privatisation & Public Enterprises Supervising Agency (PPESA) invites capable domestic/foreign/private/public companies to express their interest to develop Ethiopian Mineral Development Share Company (EMDSC) by concluding joint venture contracts with the Agency.

    Deadline: January 30, 2013


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