Abiy holds Talks with Japan’s PM Abe in Tokyo

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation held a discussion with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Yokohama, the office of the prime minister of Ethiopia said.

The pair met on a sideline of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on International Development (TICAD), currently being held in Japan.

During the bilateral meeting, Abiy briefed Abe on the ongoing political and economic reforms in his country.

He also shared the vision of making Ethiopia “one of the top 5 leading economies in Africa through the homegrown economic reforms currently in the pipeline”, according to Abiy’s office.

The prime minister has called upon the Government of Japan’s support for this initiative as well as for Japanese business investments in agriculture, tourism, ICT and mining while requesting PM Abe to facilitate work opportunities for skilled youth in various sectors in Japan.

Following the PM’s brief, Abe expressed his support for Abiy and the domestic reforms being undertaken by the government.

He also acknowledged the role of Ethiopia in promoting peace with Eritrea; in South Sudan talks and PM Abiy’s role the Sudan agreements.

He affirmed continued support for PM Abiy and Ethiopia and shared particular assistance for the construction of the Jimma-Chida road.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abiy has invited Toshiba Corporation, a Japanese multinational conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo, to invest in Ethiopia.

Abiy held a discussion with the head of the company during his visit to Toshiba’s Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation on Thursday.

The Prime Minister noted that Toshiba will be advantageous if it invests in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia has plentiful investment opportunities in the energy sector, particularly in geothermal, the Prime Minister added.

PM Abiy Ahmed and his delegation are in Japan attending the 7th Tokyo International Conference on International Development with other African leaders and development partners.