Ethiopia and Romania celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Romania and Ethiopia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations on Wednesday (December 7) at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa. On the occasion, enhanced with Romanian and Ethiopian cultural and musical displays, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Hirut Zemene, extended her sincere congratulations to the people and the government of the two countries on the historic day. She underlined that Ethiopia and Romania had enjoyed historic relations dating back well beyond the establishment of diplomatic links, to   the last decades of the 19th century. She also recalled the unforgettable support of the former Romanian Foreign Minister, Nicolae Titulescu to Ethiopia at the League of Nations. State Minister Hirut also mentioned the historic visit of Emperor Haile Selassie to Romania in 1964 as a milestone in diplomatic history of the two countries. She also emphasized the substantial current commitment of both sides to further strengthen these historic ties through investment and trade. The State Minister said the signing of agreements for the avoidance double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital were useful instruments to create confidence among the businessmen of the two countries. She noted that after a lull of some years, the two countries had recently witnessed an extraordinary increase in bilateral trade exchanges which, in just ten months, exceeded US$180 million.

The State Minister also stressed there was real potential for expansion of Foreign Direct Investment and tourism. She said there are several opportunities and complementarities between the economies of the two countries. Ethiopia, she pointed out, is creating an enabling economic framework for foreign investors and is open for technology transfer and investment. In conclusion, Mrs. Hirut said she believed there was an urgent need for a leap forward to lift bilateral relations to a new level. She said: "Ethiopia will continue to hold its relations with Romania in the highest regard and will work for a more enhanced and exemplary relationship during the coming years."

Marius Nocolaescu, Charge d'affaires of the Romanian Embassy to Ethiopia, emphasized that that the celebration marked a socio-economic and political commitment between the two countries that had lasted for half a century. He said: "I take this opportunity to underline the excellent relationship between Ethiopia and Romania in the fields of technology, trade, higher education scholarships and vocational training." He noted that Romania, cognizant of the importance of establishing multifaceted relations with the African Union, had also appointed him as the country's first representative to the African Union. Mr. Nocolaescu praised Ethiopia's exemplary role in Pan-Africanism, its unwavering commitment in bringing about peace and stability in the region and commended government's socio-economic and political plans which he described as being in line with the continental Agenda 2063. He added that a productive 50 years of diplomatic ties was a signpost to a prolific future. The government of Romania has recently offered financial assistance to Ethiopia to support the museum to be built in Axum Tsion in Tigray Regional State.