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Ethiopians Discuss Draft Diaspora Policy in London

PRESS RELEASE - December 5, 2011, LONDON

Ethiopians in the UK deliberated on a new Draft Diaspora Policy at a meeting held on the 3rd December at the London Ethiopian Embassy in the presence of HE Ato Nega Tsegaye, State Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In his speech at the gathering, the State Minister underlined how central it is for the developmental state to enhance public participation as a major force behind the nation building scheme


Top UK companies sample prime Ethiopian coffees


LONDON, 22 November 2011 - Renowned coffee roaster, Wakefields, which imports high-value Ethiopian coffee, and the Oromia Coffee Producers’ Association led a presentation and coffee tasting at the Ethiopian Embassy today.


Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK raise 2 million Birr for Construction of
the Grand Renaissance Dam


On 29th October, Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin residing in the UK raised about 2 million birr, by way of bond purchases, pledges and gifts, on the first Bond Selling Day to be held in London.

According to the UK Renaissance Dam Diaspora Participation Coordination Council, members of the Ethiopian community had already pledged close to one million birr which brings the total to about 3 millions birr.

CLICK HERE for more pictures.


Ethiopians Form Great Renaissance Dam Diaspora
Participation Coordination Council

PRESS RELEASE - October 10, 2011, LONDON

Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin in the United Kingdom have set up a Diaspora Participation Coordination Council for the Great Renaissance Dam, now under construction with resources mobilized by Ethiopians both at home and abroad.

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Invitation for Diaspora Professionals

The Ministry of Civil Service of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is seeking the professional support of the Ethiopian Diaspora. The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London, kindly request the esteemed members of the Diaspora to extend their professional support for the mentioned institutions and send their CVs.


Letter of Condolences - ADA-UK

We members of ADA –UK express our grief and sorrow by untimely and unexpected death and accident of the Tigray police orchestra in Ethiopia. Our brothers were travelling holding the mission to share the indigenous and dazzling culture of the Ethiopian people...We hope others will follow their footsteps and do all the best for their objectives to come true.


Statement by H.E. Ato Meles Zenawi at the Pledging Conference for Countries of the Horn of Africa affected by Drought and Famine

Addis Ababa, 25 August 2011 – African Union (AU) leaders gathered at the first ever AU Pledging Conference and made pledges of more than US$350 million dollars toward the relief effort assisting the millions of people in crisis due to the extreme drought and famine conditions in the Horn of Africa.

The following is the statement by PM Meles Zenawi as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Current Chairperson of the Assembly of IGAD Head of State and Government.



Press Statement - August 5th, 2011, LONDON

Last night (4th August), BBC Newsnight broadcast a 17-minute film making allegations of human rights abuses against the Ethiopian government. The timing of this report is guaranteed to inflict maximum damage on those who are suffering from the worst drought for sixty years in our region. It was difficult to respond to allegations in the few minutes given to our Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador Abdirashid Dulane, after the film was aired, when we had not been permitted to see the film in advance. We are issuing this statement to put the record straight.


Embassy of Ethiopia receives award for its Leadership Role and Support for Diaspora Activities

African Leadership Magazine, a Nigerian-based business magazine, awarded the Embassy of Ethiopia an award for its leadership role and support for Diaspora activities on 31st July at the 2011 edition of the African Business Leadership Awards ceremony in London.


Ethiopian Investment, Trade and Tourism Forum in London
The Ethiopian Investment, Trade and Tourism Forum, the first of its kind in the UK, opened in London today in the presence of Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, His Excellency Hailemariam Dessalegn, and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Africa, His Excellency Henry Bellingham, MP, investors, entrepreneurs, invited guests and members of the Ethiopian community in the UK.


UK Ethiopian Diaspora celebrate the 20th anniversary of May 28 in London

Ethiopian Diaspora members residing in the UK celebrated the 20th anniversary of the demise of the Derg, pledging to mobilize funds for the Renaissance Dam, a symbol of a viable and prosperous Ethiopia, in the presence of a high level Ethiopian delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn


Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK pledge full support for the GTP

Ethiopians and UK citizens of Ethiopian origin have vowed to contribute their share to the Five-Year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) following discussions and consultations at the Ethiopian Embassy, London on 16th April.

The conference, which drew a cross-section of Diaspora community, successfully concluded its deliberation by issuing a final communiqué.

CLICK HERE for the "Growth and Transformation Plan (2011 - 2015)" presentation by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.


2nd April, 2011 - Speech delivered by H.E. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to mark the official commencement of the Millennium Dam project

An artist’s rendition of the location where the Millennium Dam is being built between Lebeyat (left) and Neqor (right) mountains on a one-kilometre stretch of land in Benishangul-gumuz Regional State. Of the total 15 turbines the completed hydropower project is to contain, two are to be operational in 44 months to generate 700MW of electricity.


Prime Minister Meles Zenawi opens Hydropower for Sustainable Development 2011
Press Release - 31st March 2011, Addis Ababa

His Excellency Prime Minister Meles Zenawi today opened Hydropower for Sustainable Development 2011 – a strategic conference to discuss the role of hydropower in Africa’s sustainable development, being held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa - 31st March to 1st April.

Hon. Alamayehu Tegenu, Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy, H.E. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, AUC, H.E. Abjoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the UN Commission for Africa, co-hosted the opening session sharing their views on sustainable hydropower.

  • Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's speech
  • Press Release - 1st April 2011 - Recommendations on Achieving Sustainable Hydropower Development in Africa Announced
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    Ethiopian Cultural Evening cements Ethio-British relations
    Press Release - March 9, 2011

    Guests gathered at the House of Commons yesterday evening for the 11th annual Ethiopian Cultural Evening, which Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Berhanu Kebede, described as “a hallmark of the fraternal relations between the people and Governments of Ethiopia and Britain”.

    Speech by H.E. Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador for Ethiopia in the UK at the Ethiopian Cultural Evening

    Guests gathered at the House of Commons on 8th March for the 11th annual Ethiopian Cultural Evening, hosted by Laurence Robertson MP in the Jubilee Room. In his welcoming speech, the Ambassador thanked the British government for the confidence it had displayed towards Ethiopia with its recent large rise in bilateral aid. He also outlined Ethiopian Government policies which fight poverty, empower people and expand education.

    For the Ambassador's full speech, please click here.


    Birmingham Peace and Development Conference

    Press Statement - February 22, 2011

    Ambassador Abdirashid Dulane, the Ethiopian Deputy Head of Mission to the United Kingdom held a large and well-attended peace and development conference in Birmingham on 20th February with the Ethiopian Somali Diaspora communities from, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, and Liverpool.

    Communiqué of Participants at the Birmingham Peace & Development Conference

    Birmingham, February 20, 2011 - We the members of the Ethiopian Somali Diaspora communities in the UK convened in Birmingham to converse on the importance of the peace and the developments that have taken root in our region and our determination to contribute to their full and successful implementation.


    Ethiopian Construction and Health Sector Roundtable held at the British Expertise

    Ambassador Berhanu Kebede addressed members of British Expertise on 10th February 2011 at a roundtable held on Ethiopia’s infrastructure and health sectors. The meeting was organized by Dominic James of British Expertise, in cooperation with the Embassy of Ethiopia.


    Somali Region President Urges Community to Enhance Engagement in Peace, Development

    London, 7 February 2011 - President of the Somali Regional State Abdi Mohammed Omer briefed and discussed on Sunday peace and development activities and progress made with Ethiopian Somali community in the UK.


    16th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly Opens With a Focus on Shared Values

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 31 January 2011- The 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union started in Addis Ababa today. Heads of State and Government or their accredited representatives are meeting under the theme of “Towards greater unity and integration through shared values”.


    Communique of the 17th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly Heads of State and Government on Sudan, Somalia and Kenya

    The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 17th Extra-Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, on 30 January 2011, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic of Ethiopia, and Chairperson of IGAD.


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