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Addis Ababa, Africa’s Diplomatic Capital

20 June 2018

Ethiopia has made tremendous progress across economic, social and human development over the past 15 years, said His Excellency Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, Ambassador of Ethiopia to South Africa. He was addressing a press briefing at the embassy in Pretoria.

The 100 million populace of Ethiopia occupy approximately 1.15 million km squared of land, the combined size of Spain and France. Referring to it as the centre of the world situated in the horn of Africa Ambassador Teklemariam presented the country’s vision 2025 of becoming a middle income country through agriculture led industrialisation transformation path.

The government has been investing in infrastructure and logistics projects as well as industrial zones and a wide range of incentive packages to attract investment. The Ethiopian Investment Board is being chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and this is a clear indication of the commitment to realising vision 2025. With rising GDP per capita and a consistent growth rate of an average of 11%, present favourable market conditions for trade.  

Ethiopia has an ancient history which has remained largely intact as the country was never colonized.  Amharic is the national working language; it is the country where coffee originated from and is home to the earliest remains of the human ancestor ever found.  The African Union (AU) is headquartered in Addis Ababa giving it the status as Africa’s Diplomatic Capital.

Establishing peace and stability in the region is a key foreign policy mandate for the government as it positions itself as a travel and tourism hub as the ‘Land of Origins’.



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