ADDIS ABABA – France minister of economy and finance, Bruno Le Maire, will come to Ethiopia on Monday to follow up on agreements made during France President’s visit to east African in mid-March.
President Emmanuel Macron’s visit five months ago was aimed at nurturing relationships in a region where it has lagged in recent years.
His four-day visit to the Horn of Africa saw Ethiopia and France sign their first military cooperation accord that includes helping the landlocked nation build a navy. The accord also provides for air cooperation, joint operations and opportunities for training and equipment purchases.
The embassy of France in Addis Ababa says the finance minister will be in Ethiopia on Monday “for a follow-up” of President Macron’s visit.
Le Maire will hold talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide during his stay in Addis Abeba, according to the embassy.
It also says the minister will also visit Ethiopian Aviation Group, and its Flight Academy which was financed with the French Development Agency (AFD) funds.
The two countries are keen to increase their cooperation in the aviation sector with reports in March were saying European and French planemaker Airbus and Ethiopian Airlines are discussing a possible new contract as part of the airline’s fleet renovation.