Ethiopia, Japan desirous to further ties

(EBC; January 10, 2017) - Ethiopia and Japan have expressed their desire to deepen ties on bilateral, regional as well as international issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu and Foreign Affairs State Minister of Japan, Nobuo Kishi reaffirmed commitment to boost cooperation in New York, at the sideline of the High-Level UNSC Debate on Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace.

Underlining that Japan is Ethiopia's oldest friend, Dr. Workneh assured his country's keenness to work closely with the government of Japan on bilateral, regional as well as international issues of common interest.

Describing the Kaizen Philosophy as Japanese gift to Ethiopia, the Minister said the two countries would continue to further explore other emerging areas of cooperation.

As both countries are now non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, Dr Workneh said Ethiopia remains committed to work together with Japan.  

Referring to Ethiopia as "an island of stability in a troubled region", Dr Workneh expressed hope that both countries would work in tandem for the maintenance of peace and stability in the region.

Noting Ethiopia's double-digit economic growth for over a decade, the Japanese Minister, Nobuo Kishi said his government encourages Japanese companies to invest in and do business with Ethiopia.

As the Japan External Trade organization (JETRO) has already established in Addis Ababa, the Minister expressed hope that Japanese companies would be provided with significant opportunities.

Source: ENA