Ethiopia, Japan keen to boost cooperation


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu met with State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Nobuo Kishi today (January 09, 2016) in New York, ahead of the High-Level UNSC Debate on Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace, wherein the two sides reaffirmed commitment to boost cooperation.

On the occasion, Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh underlined that Japan is Ethiopia's oldest friend, adding that his country is keen to work closely with the government of Japan in bilateral, regional as well as international issues of common interest. Ethiopia and Japan have enjoyed excellent bilateral relations, the Minister added.  Describing the Kaizen Philosophy as Japanese gift to Ethiopia, Minister Workneh said Ethiopia and japan would continue to further explore other emerging areas of cooperation.

As Ethiopia and japan are now non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the Minister underscored that Ethiopia remains committed to work together with Japan in the next two years.  Ethiopia, Dr. Workneh said is an island of stability in a trouble region, while also expressing his hope that both countries would work in tandem for the maintenance of peace and stability in countries like, South Sudan.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Nobuo Kishi congratulated Ethiopia for being a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Taking note of the fact that Ethiopia has achieved double –digit economic growth for over a decade, State Minister Kishi said his government encourages Japanese companies to invest in Ethiopia and do business with. Now that the Japan External Trade organization (JETRO) has already been established in Addis Ababa, the State Minister hoped this would further offer significant opportunities to Japanese companies. State Minister Kishi also mentioned the successful completion of the Six Tokyo International Conference (TICAD IV) which was held in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2016, for which he extended his gratitude to Africa in general and to Ethiopia in particular.