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Former Ethiopian PM Hailemariam to receive 2019 Spring Imperial Decoration

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Addis Ababa, May 21, 2019 (FBC) – Today, the Government of Japan announced foreign recipients of the 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations.

Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia is among this year’s foreign recipients, according to a statement the Embassy of Japan in Ethiopia sent to FBC today.

The decoration was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Ethiopia as well as collaborating with Japan on TICAD and promoting Japan’s friendship with Africa.

He will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

The statement noted that the former Prime Minister collaborated with Japan on a number of multilateral issues.

As the IGAD chair and a UN Security Council member, Ethiopia built and strengthened its cooperation with Japan’s efforts toward South Sudan’s stabilization.

The former Prime Minister also chaired successive Japan-Ethiopia Industrial Policy Dialogues and introduced the Kaizen philosophy into Ethiopia.

He also promoted Japan’s private sector investment into the country.

He co-chaired TICAD V (2013) with PM Shinzo Abe and contributed to the adoption of the Yokohama Declaration as well as the Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017.

In TICAD V, he contributed to Africa’s ownership-enhancement, the alignment between development plans in Africa and the TICAD process, and the promotion of the dialogue between the African and Japanese private sectors.

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, then Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister expressed his sympathies with the disaster victims and handed over donations from the Ethiopian people.

Later in the same year, he visited Japan and held dialogue with the Japanese private sector to encourage their investment.