Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopa
in the Republic of South Africa

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On its 34th session of 18th April 2019, House of Peoples Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia appointed Gedu Andargachew as Foreign Minister. Gedu previousely served as President of the Amhara National Regional Administration. Gedu succeeds Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu who was recently appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to lead the UN Nairobi office.

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Ethiopian Embassy celebrates the 27th National Day

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Pretoria, South Africa celebrated the 27th Ethiopian National Day on Monday, 28 May 2018 in Pretoria.

On the occasion, Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the Republic of South Africa said that May 28th, the day that marked the beginning of democratic dispensations in Ethiopia and twenty seven years back on May 28th in 1991, Ethiopia started the path of democratic Constitutional system in its history. The Ambassador underlined that as Ethiopia celebrates May 28th National Day, there is one thing that Ethiopians always remember. That is a democratic constitutional and Federal system that guaranteed, among others, the sovereignty of the people, rule of law, human and democratic rights, government responsibility and accountability, separation of state and religion, and the equality of nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia.Dr. Shiferaw pointed out that with new Constitutional framework, Ethiopia has charted a Democratic Developmental State model of economic development and as a consequence, Ethiopia has now become one of the fastest growing countries in the world and among the primary in Africa.He also mentioned that Ethiopia is contributing to Pan-African and global agendas of development, peace and security. In line with its unwavering commitment to multilateralism and collective security at the global level, Ethiopia has been contributing in international peacekeeping missions since the establishment of the United Nations. Ethiopia’s troops had served in Korea and Congo in the 1950s, Rwanda, Liberia and Burundi in the 1990s and Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and others at a recent stage. The Ambassador noted that the values of freedom, equality and prosperity that held Ethiopia and South Africa together during the heroic struggle to defeat apartheid have served as a strong foundation for the current excellent relationship. He pointed out that Ethiopia has rendered military training and travel documents as well as other necessary supports to Nelson Mandela to fight against apartheid regime in South-Africa.  The Ambassador mentioned about why Ethiopia named as “The Land of Origins?” he said that it is because Ethiopia is the origin of humankind; home of the earliest remains of human ancestors ever found - the first being which routinely walked on two feet named 'Lucy'. It is the birthplace of coffee. Ethiopia is the origin of the Blue Nile, the longest river of the planet and other endemic fauna and flora. Ethiopia is the only African country that was never colonized.

On the other hand, guest of honor His Excellency Advocate Sam Vukela, Director General at the Department of Public Works of the Republic South Africa, said that rapid, sustainable and massive economic growth registered in past 15 years in Ethiopia and the recent reform measures taken by the government are very remarkable. He forwarded congratulatory message to the people and government of Ethiopia.

The event was attended by Diplomatic Corps, Representatives of International Organizations and Private Sector, Members of the Media and Academia, Friends of Ethiopia and Ethiopians and Ethiopian origin citizens.

Addis Ababa, February 26, 2018 (FBC) –The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource said implementation of a program which would help cope with impact of refugees on host communities is underway at a cost of 100 million US dollars obtained from the World Bank.

DUBAI, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia will hold 19 percent stake of the Somali port of Berbera, following its signing of an agreement Thursday with Dubai Ports (DP) World and the Somaliland Port Authority.

As the biggest shareholder of the port of Berbera, DP World announced that it would hold 51 percent stake of the project, the Somalis, 30 percent, and Ethiopia, the remaining 19 percent.

Addis Ababa, February 27, 2018 (FBC) -The Ethio-Djibouti railway service, opened on January 1, is showing today a favorable performance and economic benefits seen by both nations.

“This means of transportation is making constant and effective face-to-face communication between Ethiopia and Djibuoti,” Tilahun Sarika, General Director of Ethio-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway Share Company, told Prensa Latina.

“The citizens from these two territories were a single society. Nations and nationalities, as well as the peoples of the two countries, have been for centuries living together; its chemistry is not created by this transport system, but the railway service will further increase those items in common,” he added.

The countries agreed that the passengers cross the border without any inspection when they seal passport approval.

The company expects that the train service will generate employment opportunities for the towns on the route, but to be effective, it asks the citizens from both countries to cooperate in everything necessary.

The former Ethio-Djibouti railway was built in 1894-1917 to connect Addis Ababa with the port city of Djibouti.