Abiy Hold Talks with Business, Deve’t Partners in Tokyo

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has continued his visit to Japan today and held a series of meetings with officials of Toshiba and development partners over investment opportunities in Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the Toshiba Energy System Solutions plant and was given a briefing on operations and tour of the steam turbine manufacturing site.

“PM Abiy made a call to Toshiba to come and invest in Ethiopia, particularly in geothermal energy,” said his office in a Twitter Statement.

The Prime Minister and his delegation have also a series of meetings with development partners to discuss opportunities for investments and support to various initiatives today.

He first met with the Chairman of Japan External Trade Organization or JETRO – a state institution charged with consolidating Japan’s efforts in export and investment promotion.

During the meeting, Abiy underscored that JETRO can play a significant role in Ethiopia’s current economic reforms.

He encouraged them to also expand their investments and support to other Horn region countries.

Abiy, the, met with Yohei Sasakawa, philanthropist and Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, which leads agricultural support programs in Ethiopia through Sasakawa Africa.

The prime minister encouraged assistance on the Addis Ababa rivers cleaning project and development of urban agriculture.

This could be done based on the Japanese success of cleaning up river systems, according to Abiy.

He also met with the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA who commended Prime Minister Abiy for his peace endeavors.

“PM Abiy reiterated the economic reform priorities and called upon JICA to support in the focus areas as well as in human capital and industry development,” according to his Office.