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Japan’s FM Visits Ethiopia, Pledges Support and Economic Cooperation

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received Japan’s Foreign Minister, Hayashi Yoshimasa, to discuss a range of issues.

The PM office says the discussion was particularly focused on the “potential for strengthening trade relations and investments in Ethiopia’s five key economic pillars”. Agriculture, Industry, technology, mining, and tourism are five sectors authorities are leen foreign businesses to invest in.

“Ethiopia attaches great importance to its relations with Japan and remains committed to cooperate on issues of mutual interest,” the PM said in a tweet after the meeting.

Earlier, Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi met his Ethiopian counterpart, Demeke Mekonnen.

The ministers agreed to work closely to elevate Ethio-Japanese cooperation in bilateral and multilateral venues. the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry says.

“In particular, they reaffirmed their commitment to boost trade, investment, innovation, capacity building, and development cooperation between the two countries,” the ministry noted.

Hayashi’s visit to Ethiopia is the first after he took over Japan’s top diplomat job.

The Minister said his “frank and fruitful exchange of views” with Demeke covered a range of issues including bilateral relations.

He mentioned Tokyo’s support for the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement signed between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF. “Japan would give serious consideration to further cooperation towards the implementation of the agreement,” Hayashi said.

“Also, I introduced Japan’s efforts through ‘investing in people’ and stated that Japan is willing to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the economic field,” he added.

Japan’s foreign minister Hayashi came to Addis Ababa on his final stop of a tour of Africa, including South Africa and Uganda.

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