Ethiopia and Japan—Forming people-to-people bilateral relationships


H. E. Mr. CHAM Ugala Uriat
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Japan
I would like to extend my greetings to their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, as well as to the entire Imperial family, the government, and people of Japan.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Ethiopia and Japan have maintained cordial relations that have been both bilateral at the government level and people-to-people. This relationship between our two countries has been strengthened by various exchanges and higher officials’ visits. During my tenure here in Japan, it’s my mission to further increase these cordial relations as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It is my intention to put forth more efforts to broaden economic ties, though commercial ties have been expanding over time.

Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, annually experiencing an over 10% growth rate for the last twelve years. This economic growth is expected to continue over the next few years according to the African Development Bank and Global Financial Institutions.

With the ambition to attain middle-class income status by 2025, we have started executing the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), which aims to transform the economy from agriculture to industry. To achieve this goal, my government is investing heavily in infrastructural, large scale social, and energy projects. Having key pulls factors for investment, such as relatively inexpensive, competitive labor and lower energy cost, as well as large consumer markets, my government is targeting the export-oriented light manufacturing industries as well as small and medium manufacturers to become the African manufacturing hub by 2025. To fulfill this vision, the development of industrial zones is our central target to build manufacturing bases. It also gives great emphasis on attracting Japanese firms in priority sectors, such as textile and garment, agro-processing, leather and leather products, chemical and pharmaceutical, metal and engineering industries.

For this reason, I am pleased to closely work with all of the people of Japan and businesses, including readers of this magazine.

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