ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian diplomats gathered in the capital to review their 2018/19 fiscal year performance, says ministry of foreign affairs.
The week-long annual meeting of ambassadors, consuls and director generals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is being held at Hilton Addis Abeba under the theme: ‘Institutional Reform for Enhanced Diplomacy’.
Officials at the ministry have already dubbed the year “a very excellent”.
“It has been a very effective and excellent diplomatic year,” Hirut Zemene, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, told the participants in her opening remark on Monday.
The year has been crucial with regard to securing finical support to the huge national projects in the country, building strong foreign relations and national security, she said.
The Ethiopian government also repatriated many undocumented Ethiopians abroad and secured the release of prisoners in foreign jail cells.
The ministry brought back over 27, 700 Ethiopians, who were detained in several countries, together with 112,615 Ethiopians who wanted to come home after immigrating to other countries without proper documents.
At least 4000 Ethiopian nationals are still languishing in several detention centers across the world, the Ministry recently reported.
The state minister also told the meeting that the visit made by senior government officials to Europe and America, and the ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as positive stories in the year.
Hirut said the meeting will outline the direction for the future after a detailed discussion on the main activities carried out by the Ministry.
The meeting will also evaluate various regional and continental directorates and consulate’s performance reports. The current status of the great Ethiopian renaissance dam, the politics of red Sea, Middle East nations and the issue of Sudan and South Sudan will also be subjects of the annual meeting.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is expected to provide guidelines and directives for further action at the final stage of the meeting.
By Sisay Sahlu