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Ethiopia eyes strengthened ties with China

ADDIS ABABA – As the Ethiopia-China Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation Forum is currently underway in Hangzhou, China, the Ethiopian government envisaged the forum to provide a new impetus to the comprehensive partnership among the two countries.

The forum kicked off on Wednesday in Hangzhou city in east China.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the forum is one major result of the long-standing relations that the two countries have enjoyed for many years.

“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have steadily strengthened a relationship based on their common interests. The two countries have also been and are working closely together in regional and international matters,” the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday.

Aklilu Hailemichael, Ethiopian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, who noted the long-standing and strong brotherly relations between the two countries and their common aspirations on various areas of cooperation, praised the government and people of China for playing a prominent role in his country’s economic boom.

“The Ethiopia-China Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation Forum will further enhance the multifaceted ties between the two countries,” the statement quoted Hailemichael as saying.

Hailemichael has also briefed participants of the forum regarding Ethiopia’s untapped human and natural resources together with the Ethiopian government’s commitment towards promoting investment schemes in the east African country.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice Mayor of Hangzhou, Chen Xinhua, also stressed the need to further map out fields of cooperation in different arrays.

China, Ethiopia’s largest trading partner, is a major player in Ethiopia’s investment, trade and diplomatic landscape.

In just the past two decades alone, Chinese companies have invested close to 4 billion U.S. dollars in Ethiopia. According to the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), the bilateral trade volume among the two countries has also reached 6.37 billion U.S. dollars in 2015.

The recently published McKinsey report also indicated that Ethiopia, together with South Africa, have developed a “robust partnership” with China, along with a high degree of economic engagement in the form of investment, trade, loans, and aid.

 

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1 comment

rezen Dec 23, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Subject: “Ethiopia eyes strengthened ties with China”, Xinhua, Dec 23, 2017

Commentary, 23 Dec 2017
Ethiopia is one of the ancient courtiers in the world. Once upon a time, it used to claim the name of “Empire”. No more; it may even be fragmented into four pieces due to its own internal ‘bickering’ ! Alas! That is what happens to ‘Great Empires’.

Anyway, fast Forward: Ethiopia has accelerated in the amelioration of its Capital City, Addis Ababa, true to its meaning >>>New Flower, booming with high skyscraper buildings, super hotels for foreign guests, super highways and bridges, super railway system, and, above all, up to-date modern airline system with the latest aircraft, competitive to any airline in the world. That says a volume about the progress of modern Ethiopia.

Now, let us be fair and balance the ‘picture’ by asking questions – and to ask is not a crime:
a) FOOD: How about the Agriculture system of the Country? – after all Ethiopia is known (notoriously) around the Globe for its FAMINE, to this date: 23 Dec 2017 The population of Ethiopia is reaching about 100million!!!!!
b) HEALTH: How about the Health System of the Country? Do poor people get the necessary medical services? How come people with money go abroad for medical services?
c) EDUCATION: WE see multitude of universities mushrooming in (almost to be in ‘the villages’) of the Country. Is there really a TRUE education in the country to develop the analytical mind of the future generation of the African Child? Honesty is crying for the TRUTH!!!

Unless the above fundamental areas of development are taken care of on TOP PRIORITY basis, no country worth of its name can be considered to be advanced country – and be worthy to its people.

Going to the topic of the news item, will the cooperation with the NEW powerful nation CHINA help to advance the essential field of endeavour [a), b), c) ] above? This question must be answered in honesty.

Needless to say, CHINA is undertaking aggressive projects in the entire Black Africa for its own benefit – NOT for humanitarian purposes.China is doing business and looking for ‘space’ for its ever expanding population. Ethiopia, and Africa in totality, must concentrate on the benefit for the PEOPLE of Africa.

Let me end this humble commentary with a remark that a friend of mine said to me in our conversation, a long time ago. QUOTE “CHINA will soon engulf Africa; and ‘you’ wouldn’t even know it” UNQUOTE. THE END

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