UAE pledges to shore up Ethiopia’s economic growth

Addis Ababa, January 10, 2018 (FBC) - The United Arab Emirates has pledged to support Ethiopia’s economic growth during the meeting held on Wednesday between Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan noted UAE is keen to prop up Ethiopia’s remarkable economic trajectory, giving particular weight to the infrastructure sector in the country.

He also noted his Government's commitment to speed up the finalization of Gedi-Lemlem road construction in Oromia Regional State.

Sheik Saif has also noted that the UAE understands and respects Ethiopia’s national security concerns.

Dr. Workneh praised UAE’s concern to buttress the economic growth in his country while noting that his government is committed to further heighten the bilateral ties by mapping out new areas of cooperation.

The Ethiopian Foreign Minister also met with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

During the meeting, the two ministers agreed to boost the relations between the two countries in the areas of trade, investment and tourism.

The two sides also agreed to further elevate the bilateral ties between the two nations.

Dr Workneh said Ethiopia would attach prime attention to its relations with UAE.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his part underscored the importance of continuing communications and engagements on common opportunities and challenges to eye a more robust tie.

The minister, extending his invitation to Ethiopia to partake at the Dubai Expo 2020, said the Expo would offer unique opportunity to engage with the private sector and broader business community.

The organizers of the Expo have noted that Duba Expo 2020 will be a festival of human ingenuity.

The two ministers also discussed on issues related to Ethiopians living in UAE without legal residence and work permit.

Dr Workneh also yesterday held discussions with Nasser bin Thani Al Hameli, UAE’s Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation as well as visited the Ethiopian embassy there.

In a separate development, Dr Workneh held talks with CEO of an Abu Dhabi-based private real estate investment and development company, Eagle Hills.

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During the discussion, the CEO expressed her company’s interest to invest in real estate and other sectors in Ethiopia.

After briefing her on Ethiopia’s favorable investment climate, Dr Workneh said the government would provide the necessary support for investors.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat