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Ethiopia determined to enhance partnership with Germany: President Sahle-Work

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Addis Ababa, January 26, 2019 (FBC) –President Sahle-Work Zewde this morning received and held talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who arrived in Addis Ababa last night for a four day officially visit to Ethiopia.

In a joint press conference issued after the meeting President Sahle said that “This is the right time to be in Ethiopia as we are in a multifaceted transformation in all fronts.”

“Germany is an important partner in our development endeavors. We are determined to enhance the partnership with Germany. We wish to further strengthen the longstanding historical relations,” she said.

President Steinmeier for his part stated “we really admire the courage of the government of Ethiopia to continue on the reforms. Germany loves to support the reform process.”

Significant changes have already been achieved and Germany is ready to assist in areas where its support is useful, he added.

“We are in Ethiopia to identify where we can support more. For now we focus on two areas. One is vocational training and the other is investment,” he said.

“As there is a huge accumulation of knowledge and resource in Germany, we want to see more German Companies to invest in Ethiopia. I believe many companies from Europe including Germany would be interested on investing in Ethiopia.”

In his four-day visit, the President Steinmeier will hold talks with Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.

He will also attend of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Volkswagen AG and the Ethiopian Investment Commission as well as a roundtable discussion with the economic adviser to the PM and members of the German and Ethiopian business communities.

The President will be meeting with civil society representatives and prominent Ethiopians advocating political change, from whom he will be hearing about current developments in the country, which is undergoing reforms and a social opening.

He will also visit a vocational training institute and meet with members of the business community. In the north of the country, he will visit the rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, which are a UNESCO world heritage site.

The last day of the visit will be devoted to the African Union. The President Steinmeier will meet with, among others, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat.