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Ethiopia: State Minister Dewano Meets a Canadian Trade MissionMonday, March 02, 2015 > 11:09:24
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dewano Kedir, met on Tuesday (February 24) with a Canadian Trade Mission led by Senator Don Meredith. The meeting followed the successful two-day Ethio-Canada Business Forum held (February 23-24) in Addis Ababa. The bilateral discussions covered the overall importance of the business forum, the Trade Mission's plans for investment in Ethiopia, the political will for stronger and more business cooperation and the potential and possible opportunities the Government of Ethiopia could offer Canadian companies.
Senator Merdith described the two-days of business meetings as the foundation for further cooperation. He said cooperation in trade and investment between the two countries would help Ethiopia create much needed jobs for its youth and for Canadian companies to benefit from the opportunities available. The representatives of the Canadian Trade Mission, he said, had been very satisfied with the discussions held with high-level government officials and were enthusiastic about the prospect of investing in Ethiopia. The Senator also appreciated Ethiopia's political commitment and its vision to reduce poverty and improve the welfare of the people. Ato Dewano Kedir on his part noted that Ethio-Canadian ties in the sphere of business had been minimal and stressed the need to tighten this bond of economic cooperation.
State Minister Dewano, who detailed the opportunities and potentials available, noted that Ethiopia was a staunch promoter of peace in order to set the stage for economic development, for the country and indeed the region. He added that the country was moving ahead with clear policy directions and determined to wipe out poverty and backwardness. The Canadian Trade Mission came to explore the business opportunities offered by Ethiopia at the two-day Ethio-Canada Business Forum as part of the events marking the 50th Anniversary of Ethio-Canada Friendship. Twenty seven representatives of Canadian companies as well as high-level Government officials and leaders of business organizations in Ethiopia attended the forum, exchanging views on how to expand and carry forward business cooperation between the two countries.