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

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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.