This is the right time for partners to be present in Ethiopia to see amazing transformation taking place: President Sahle-Work
Addis Ababa, January 29, 2019 (FBC) -President Sahle-Work Zewde yesterday hosted a state dinner at the National Palace in honour of the visiting German President Frank -Walter Steinmeier.
The President on the occasion said that “this is the right time for partners to be present in Ethiopia, to see and appreciate for themselves the amazing transformation taking place.”
“All relationship with our partners can’t be business as usual. Things are with sense of urgency, whatever is done should be in a position to contribute to this effort. It is also at the right time to be here because the support we need will be better aligned with our priorities, making it effective and meaningful.”
President Frank -Walter Steinmeier said “Ethiopia and Germany are united by a long standing friendship. That is why we are following with particular interest the reforms your country has begun. These reforms make me hopeful that social participation and democracy can continue to advance.”
“We Germans have the utmost respect for the courage with which your country has set off on a new path. I wish your patience and determination in pursuing this path.”
The German President arrived in Addis Ababa last Sunday for a four-day official visit to Ethiopia.
The President has so far held talks with President Sahle-Work Zewde and Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed on bilateral issues.
He also witnessed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) and Volkswagen Group that enables the latter to set up an automotive industry in Ethiopia.
The President will today meet 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.