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Dr. Workneh meets Canada’s Deputy Minister of Global Affairs
(EBC; April 21, 2017)- Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu met with a Canadian delegation led by Ian Shugert, Deputy Minister of Global Affairs of Canada on Thursday.
Dr. Workneh underlined that Ethiopia and Canada have a long period of diplomatic relationship and a strong level of cooperation on development programs. He said the Government of Ethiopia is keen to further strengthen the engagements in the economic sector and other priority areas of interest for both countries.
He briefed the delegation on the challenges facing the Horn of Africa region. He said the current drought and ongoing conflicts in the region have caused a surge in the number of refugees coming to Ethiopia.
According to him, Ethiopia has an open-door policy for refugees and is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring countries.
He also noted Ethiopia's leading role in the maintenance of peace and security in the region, and the country's principled commitment to work more closely with neighboring countries through the sub regional organization, IGAD.
Canada's Deputy Minister of Global Affairs, Ian Shugert commended Ethiopia for its key role in the promotion of regional peace and stability; and as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
While noting that Ethiopia's economic development is far more visible, he said his government is ready to support Ethiopia's development endeavors, especially on areas of vocational training and education for the youth.
Dr. Workneh welcomed the Canadian initiative, and as Ethiopia has a large number of young population, he said, it remains imperative to educate the youth and ensure sustainable development in the country.
Dr. Workneh added, Ethiopia, with its major infrastructure development, offers tremendous opportunities for trade and investment, which he said is open for any potential investor from Canada.