Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London

Wednesday 5th OCT 2016

Ethio-Djibouti railway service launchedl

The Ethio-Djibouti railway service is officially launched today, setting a new standard for railway journeys in Africa.

Africa's first electric railway, it was constructed by the China Railway Group and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

The new railway line replaces the old Ethio-Djibouti railway line which was just 90cms wide. It will run both passenger and goods trains and will facilitate imports and exports from Djibouti to Addis and the rest of the country through a network of further railway developments, planned and in some cases already underway.

The new railway will contribute a great deal to Ethiopia’s growing economy, one of the fastest growing in Africa.

A journey that used to take 2 to 3 days by truck will now take about 12 hours. This will hugely reduce the cost of transportation and indeed the cost of goods.

The construction project was completed in very short period of time. Ethiopia fully appreciates the management and personnel of our partners, the China Railway Group and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and thanks them for their support and for their vision.


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Speaking on 71st UN General Assembly

September 24, 2016 - LONDON

To watch video footage of the statement delivered by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, click on the link below:


August 02, 2016

2nd National Ethiopian Diaspora Festival

The Second National Diaspora Festival (NEDF), was celebrated in Bahir Dar from 28th July to 2nd August. The annual event provides a platform for the Ethiopian Diaspora Community (EDC) to see and assess development, discuss with key officials and explore opportunities in Ethiopia.

Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this year’s Festival was celebrated with panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, presentations on investment opportunities and discussions on development issues like the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Foreign Ministry Diaspora Affairs Director General, Demeke Atnafu, said Ethiopia had secured $4 billion from diaspora members living in various countries in the last year and they “are also contributing a lot to the development of the nation through remittances to support their families and various organisations.” But he added that their engagement is low compared to other countries, though their participation in trade, investment and other sectors is growing and “they are contributing their share in increasing the foreign currency reserves through opening accounts.”

Demeke strongly urged the diaspora to actively take part in the development of the country, putting aside ideological differences. Diaspora member Dr Yohannes Gebresilassie, who engages in various development activities in the Somali State, said diaspora participation is low just now, though there is an enabling investment climate. He noted that Ethiopia is growing “amazingly” and “it is good if the diaspora community becomes part of this success story.

“There are over two million Ethiopian diaspora living in North America and Canada and I do believe this large number could make a miracle [happen] by engaging in industries, electronics and ICT sectors, sharing their technological skill and expertise to bring about change in the country,” he said.

Chiropractor Selam Aklilu, who used to live in California and is now working in Ethiopia, said the government is doing an encouraging job. "I think many diaspora want to return and contribute to the development of the country. Investing in Ethiopia has an immense socio-economic benefit and having exposure to advanced knowledge and technologies, the diaspora will make a difference in national development.” "I am happy with the progress that we are making. I returned home following an invitation at the palace. After all, home is home. We need to favour Ethiopia for it is the only home we have." The The Festival wrapped up on 2nd August, in the presence of Prime Minister Hailemariam (pictured), a range of other ministers, high-level government officials and members of the Ethiopian Diaspora Community. The PM answered questions from festival participants on a wide range of issues. He thanked them for having participated in the Festival, sacrificing their valuable time. He stated that “Ethiopia is a country that has started to emerge out of poverty [as a result of] the policies and strategies of the government. In the last 25 years, Ethiopia has registered rapid and sustainable economic development.”

He added that Ethiopia faces global challenges “which is why the government is paying special attention to human resources development.” He said “If we cannot commonly fight against rent-seeking and chauvinism, we might not be able to relish our developmental achievements or else realize our aspirations for prosperity.” He called upon the EDC to invest in the Information and Technology (ICT) sector in Ethiopia. Speaking of the problem of human trafficking, PM Hailemariam stated that, “even if we have worked very hard to minimize the phenomenon, people who don’t have jobs will still be tempted to move out of the country under illegal circumstances.” To curb the problem, he remarked, “we should work towards the creation of more jobs if we are to stop human trafficking on a long-lasting basis.” The PM reiterated that, “It’s with the active participation of the people – citizen activism – that rent-seeking and corruption could effectively be abated. The government should create a platform in which citizens could participate freely.” “We’ve a moral as well as spiritual obligation to invest in and develop Ethiopia. I appeal to you to continue your support to Ethiopia”, the Premier added.

The City of Hawassa, the capital of the Southern Nations’, Nationalities’ and Peoples’ Regional State, will host the 3rd NEDF next year.

July 14, 2016

Africa’s largest eco-Industrial Park Launched

The Ethiopian government has launched Africa's largest eco-industrial park, dedicated solely to the textile and garment sector on Jul7 13, 2016. The 1.3-million-square-metre facility, designed and built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, will have thirty-seven factory sheds and its own renewable electricity source.

Built in less than one year at an estimated cost of $250 million, and located in Hawassa city, 275 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, the Park will create jobs for the country's young population - up to 60,000 workers at full capacity - and is expected to generate annual export revenues of up to $1 billion. It has so far attracted 15 major manufacturing firms from countries including China, Indonesia, India and the US, as well as six local manufacturers. The Park is set to employ 80,000 when an expansion project is completed in November.

Briefing NEPAD two days later (15th July), Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn emphasised that without such infrastructure “it is difficult, if not impossible, to realise the expansion in investment that we plan to achieve, So, to attract investment, we have intensified construction of industrial parks, complete with some of the basic infrastructure services such as industrial sheds, power, telecommunication links and roads. The industrial parks also enable us to provide one-stop services to cover visas, customs, logistics and transport.

The PM described the Hawassa Industrial Park as “an archetype that we will emulate in constructing 16 similar industrial parks throughout the country, a number of these will be sited in Adama, Dire Dawa, Mekele and Kombolcha.

“Manufacturing’s share of GDP for many years stood at only 5%”, showing the need for structural change if the country is to meet its economic promise. The eco-friendly industrial park will show that environmental protection and development can go hand in hand.”

The Park employs Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) that facilitates the recycling of 85% of sewerage disposal water. It has an additional area with shared facilities and will operate a double shift system.

Africa’s largest eco-Industrial Park Launched

The Ethiopian government has launched Africa's largest eco-industrial park, dedicated solely to the textile and garment sector on Jul7 13, 2016. The 1.3-million-square-metre facility, designed and built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, will have thirty-seven factory sheds and its own renewable electricity source.

Built in less than one year at an estimated cost of $250 million, and located in Hawassa city, 275 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, the Park will create jobs for the country's young population - up to 60,000 workers at full capacity - and is expected to generate annual export revenues of up to $1 billion. It has so far attracted 15 major manufacturing firms from countries including China, Indonesia, India and the US, as well as six local manufacturers. The Park is set to employ 80,000 when an expansion project is completed in November.

Briefing NEPAD two days later (15th July), Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn emphasised that without such infrastructure “it is difficult, if not impossible, to realise the expansion in investment that we plan to achieve, So, to attract investment, we have intensified construction of industrial parks, complete with some of the basic infrastructure services such as industrial sheds, power, telecommunication links and roads. The industrial parks also enable us to provide one-stop services to cover visas, customs, logistics and transport.

The PM described the Hawassa Industrial Park as “an archetype that we will emulate in constructing 16 similar industrial parks throughout the country, a number of these will be sited in Adama, Dire Dawa, Mekele and Kombolcha.

“Manufacturing’s share of GDP for many years stood at only 5%”, showing the need for structural change if the country is to meet its economic promise. The eco-friendly industrial park will show that environmental protection and development can go hand in hand.”

The Park employs Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) that facilitates the recycling of 85% of sewerage disposal water. It has an additional area with shared facilities and will operate a double shift system.

Ethiopia ’s new tourism brand :"Land of origins " Launched

On 14th July, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, launched the country’s new tourism brand - Ethiopia: Land of Origins - urging the Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council (ETTC) to work in partnership with the private sector to “maximize the country’s resources” and "make the nation one of the best tourist destinations in the world”.

Ethiopia’s tourism strategy has produced some encouraging results, but the sector should become more competitive in the global market, the PM said. Priorities should be national parks, ancient historical sites and Ethiopia’s very diverse cultural heritage.

Ethiopian Tourism Organisation (ETO) Chief Executive, Solomon Tadesse, said it had prioritized marketing, capacity building and development of new and old tourist destinations, in cooperation with stakeholders during the first 5-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP I). “We strived to realise our vision of maximising tourism revenues, to make Ethiopia one of the top five tourist destinations in Africa by 2025. This requires achieving ambitious market growth targets, which include an increase in tourism arrivals at an average annual rate of 20% a year, a rise to 5 million tourists, [while] increasing receipts per visitor at an average annual rate of 1.6%, to $1,100 and increasing total tourism receipts at an average annual rate of 20% a year to $12.5 billion,” he said. He listed lack of infrastructure, human resources, accessibility and top class hotels among the challenges the tourism sector faced under GTPI.

The PM said the government, the private sector and other stakeholders should work together to solve the problems during the current (second) 5-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II).”.

July 07, 2016

Ethio-Israel Business Summit Open

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attended an economic forum this afternoon in Addis Ababa with approximately 300 Israeli and Ethiopian businesspeople and senior company representatives, Ethiopian ministers and senior ministry officials.

Prime Minister Netanyahu on the occassion noted that:

"I have really come here to suggest to you a simple thing, actually to ask you to do one thing: invest in Ethiopia, invest in Africa. And I say to our Ethiopian friends: invest in Israeli know-how, invest in Israeli companies. This is a partnership made in heaven. It has a long history, but more importantly, it has a brilliant future. Invest in each other.

Ethiopia, Israel agree to elevate ties to higher level

Ethiopia and Israel have today signed agreements that enable to elevate their bilateral ties to a higher level.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed on bilateral and regional issues. Hailemariam on the occasion said, Ethiopia wants to acquire Israel’s experience in fields of agriculture, irrigation and water use.

Netanyahu on his part said that his visit to Ethiopia is aimed at further elevating the over 3,000-year old bilateral relations to a higher level. After the discussion the two sides signed agreements to cooperate in science, technology and tourism.

Based on the agreements, Israel will share its rich experiences in space science, bioscience and nanotechnology to Ethiopia.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech at the House of People’s Representative (HPR) of Ethiopia this afternoon.

Read More Joint Press Conference

June 14, 2016


June 09, 2016

HE Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework presents his credentials to Her Majesty The Queen

Yesterday, 8th March, the new Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK, HE Dr Hailemichael Afework Aberra, presented his credentials to Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The Ambassador took a horse-drawn carriage with his wife, Abebetch Zeleke Aweke, and the Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr Alistair Harrison CMG CVO. Four diplomats from the Embassy followed in a second horse-drawn carriage: Ato Fekadu Beyene (Minister Counsellor Diaspora Affairs), Ato Terefe Dida (Minister Counsellor Trade and Investment), Ato Abdullahi Yousef Sherif (Minister Counsellor Political Affairs) and Ato Abiy Berhane (Minister Counsellor Public Diplomacy).

At the Palace, the Ambassador, his wife and all four diplomats spoke to the Queen about her visit to Axum in 1965 and the work the Ethiopian Embassy is doing in London.

Upon their return, celebrations were held at the Embassy in Knightsbridge, which were enjoyed by all who attended. A variety of friends of the Embassy were at the event to hear a speech by the Ambassador and the Marshall, heralding and long and fruitful term for His Excellency in London.


June 06, 2016

Ginbot 20 celebrated at Embassy

Staff and Ethiopian Diaspora alike celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ginbot 20 on Saturday 4th June with lots of music, colour and dancing at the Ethiopian Embassy in London.

The event was attended by over 450 people including Dan Kira entertainment.


June 03, 2016

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June 03, 2016

UK Foreign Secretary announces support for Ethiopia and Somalia

As part of Philip Hammond's three-day security trip to East Africa, the UK Foreign Secretary visited both Ethiopia and Somalia. During the visit Mr Hammond expressed his sympathies for the families of those that died in the recent Al-Shabab attack.

The Foreign Secretary said: 'A secure and stable Somalia is the UK’s top priority in East Africa and is in our own national security interests. Britain is providing security support to Somalia and to the African Union to tackle Al Shabaab, a terrorist organisation that cannot be allowed to take hold.'

While in Addis Ababa, he also encouraged the Ethiopian government to continue its support for the Somali Federal Government in order to cement the gains that have already been made. 'The whole region must work together to combat the scourge of Al Shabaab and the religious extremism that has such a damaging effect on the lives of ordinary people.', he said.

Mr Hammond went on to say: 'Britain will continue to work with Ethiopia to protect our national security interests and to help Ethiopia manage refugees in the country, and prevent their onward migration.'

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-arrives-in-somalia-on-security-visit


June 01, 2016

UK Foreign Secretary arrives in Addis Ababa

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, Philip Hammond, who is due for a two-day official visit to Ethiopia has arrived in Addis Ababa today (June 01, 2016). Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Hammond was welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom, He is expected to meet with senior Ethiopian officials. Hammond is expected to meet with Ethiopian High-Level officials, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.


Important Notice


April 18, 2016

Tana Forum takes place in Bahir Dar

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April the Tana Forum on “Africa in the Global Security Agenda” took place in Bahir Dar. Attended by over 230 people including high-profile participants such as former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan, former Nigerian President Olusegan Obasanjo and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desselegn, the Forum addressed Africa’s role in the international security arena.

Opening the Forum PM Dessalegn said that African solutions needed to be found to African problems by collecting and analysing information and upgrading local institutions. Kofi Anan suggested that a strong national security force was important for Africa to assert itself and that Africa, as a continent, needed to have a strong and consistent voice at the UN Security Council. In this respect, the Munich Security Council Chairperson, Wolfgang Ischinger said that Africa had a legitimate right to expect minimum one permanent seat at the UN Security Council. He also called for greater involvement of women in matters of peace, security and conflict resolution.


April 15, 2016

Peace, Prosperity and Global Health Security

Below are quotations taken from a piece in the Huffington Post by Dr Tedros Adhanom

'Today [14 April 2016] and tomorrow, the African Union and my country of Ethiopia are proudly hosting the first Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference held on the African continent. Senior leaders from Africa, Europe and the U.S. have gathered in Addis Ababa to exchange ideas on how we can work together to fight against violent extremism and address the dangers posed by epidemics, health emergencies and climate change. The issues on the table are many, but the core challenge is the same: How can we advance peace and prosperity in the face of both new and familiar crises?'

'Like other conflict affected regions, Africa continues to see religious, ethnic and politically motivated conflicts. Extremist violence is now entrenched in several parts of the world. Armed conflicts are leading to protracted refugee crises to the scale that has not been seen since World War II. The specter of climate change threatens worsening natural disasters, rapid urbanization, forced migration, and economic hardship for the most vulnerable. Despite significant global advances, inability to effectively address epidemics and health emergencies still prevail and continuously threaten global health security and economic development. The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a case in point. We are in an era where we cannot separate the intricate link of peace, prosperity and health security.'

'Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I was the Minister of Health of Ethiopia for seven years. Health is both the foundation of my academic and professional careers and a personal passion. I know first-hand the important role health security plays in protecting lives and preventing the spread of disease. Health is an end in itself. Stabilizing economies and reducing political and civil strife are means to development, and, as such, are part of the approach for promoting healthy populations...'

To read the rest of the article click here.

April 15, 2016

Ethiopia in 60 seconds...

Wild Frontiers, a travel company, have released a 60 second video highlighting some of the things that make Ethiopia so beautiful.


April 15, 2016

Buried Treasures

Excavation work taking place in Maryam Anza on the Gheralta Plateau has pointed towards a wealthy and cosmopolitan early Axumite centre that traded with the Roman Empire.

So far an ancient cemetery has been excavated, discovered by farmers digging irrigation tunnels into the countryside. Seven graves have so far been excavated, most of which had multiple burials, but one, dubbed “Sleeping Beauty” was the location of a single woman, buried with luxurious items including a beaded necklace and belt, a lump of kohl and various pottery pieces.

Her discovery shows that the region traded with the Roman Empire and was home to people with high social status. This discovery could redefine how we view this region.

To read the full article from NADFAS Spring Review, click here and go to pages 36 & 37.


April 13, 2016

Omani Products Exhibition takes place in Addis

On Monday 11th April the Omani Products Exhibition 2016 (Opex) opened in Addis Ababa with over 100 companies in attendance, representing industries from food to furniture and manufacturing to medicine.

Ethiopia is the first country outside of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries to host Opex. Speaking at the Exhibition, Fahmy Al Hinai, honourary consul of Ethiopia in Oman and Vice-Chairman of the Opex Organisation Committee, said: “The event is vital due to the fact that it stimulates the marketing of the Omani products and expands their markets.”

On the sidelines of the event three agreements were signed with the aim of helping to facilitate further trade between Ethiopia and Oman who have enjoyed a healthy relationship over the last two years.

For more information click here.


April 13, 2016

China moves forward in US$4billion investment in Ogaden gas

Poly-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings, a joint venture between state-owned China Poly Group and Hong Kong-based Golden Concord Holdings, has announced that it is moving ahead with its investment in natural gas in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region.

Taken from Poly-GCL website

Research into the $4billion project drilling in Hilala and Calub fields recently yielded better than expected results, with Linag Jin, Gas Manager at commodities consultancy JYD telling Interfax Energy that “three sets of oil and gas shows had been detected.”

Poly-GCL signed five production sharing contracts with the Ethiopia Ministry of Mines in November 2013 for two development blocks and eight exploration blocks spanning 12 million hectares. It is thought that the blocks have technically recoverable reserves of 10billion+ cubic metres of gas.

The foundation stone of the project was laid in early March and construction is hoped to be completed by August. Poly-GLC will be using this year to find financial backers. Poly-GCL envisage the initial capacity of its terminals being 3mtpa each, rising to 10mpta.

To read more click here.


April 13, 2016

Ethiopia secures financing for Koysho Dam

In last month’s newsletter it was reported that Ethiopia was planning a new 2,000MW hydropower dam. Ethiopia has now secured the financing for this dam from an Italian export credit agency, Servizi Assicuative del Commerce Estero (SACE).

The dam will be situated on the lower banks of the Omo river in southern Ethiopia and is estimated to cost around US$1.7billion.

For more information click here.


April 08, 2016

Simien Lodge wins Silver prize in the African Responsible Tourism Awards

'Simien Lodge, the highest hotel in Africa at 3260 meters altitude in the Simien Mountain National Park, has just been awarded the Silver prize in the African Responsible Tourism Awards.'

'These awards are presented annually at World Travel Market in Cape Town, South Africa to the tourism enterprises that show good practices in their various fields. The competition was tough and there were originally 60 companies long-listed. This was reduced to 24 on a short-list just before the opening of the event on the 6th April.'

'Simien Lodge received the award for their work supporting the community in the Simien Mountains. Over the years this has varied from the donation of a brand new bus to the local woreda for transport in the mountains to the manufacture of hundreds of desks for local schools. The lodge has encouraged the donation medical equipment supplied by generous tourists including an ophthalmic microscope for cataract surgery to Gonder hospital.'

Quotes taken from the Simien Lodge press release. Click here to read the rest.

Photos taken from the Simien Lodge website.


April 01, 2016

‘Long Live [the] Cote d’Ivoire-Ethiopia relationship. Long live [the] Cote d’Ivoire-Ethiopia friendship.’

Dr Tedros has finished a visit to Cote d’Ivoire marking 50 years of bilateral relations. During his trip he made visits to Grand Bassam to express solidarity with the Ivorian people after the terror attack of March 13th; to the National Centre for Agronomic Research where he agreed for Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire to increase co-operation on agricultural research; and to the Mimosa Football Academy whose model he seeks to replicate in Ethiopia hopefully within the next 10 years.

During his trip he met with members of the Ethiopian diaspora community in Abidjan where he commended them for their contributions towards the GERD. Discussions also took place between Ethiopian Airlines and Air Cote d’Ivoire, the latter of whom is seeking to build capacity through Ethiopian especially with respect to the aviation academy in Ethiopia.

Dr Tedros signed several agreements on co-operation with Cote d’Ivoire which he described as ‘game-changers’, hoping to invigorate the relationship. A smiling Dr Tedros finished his trip with a speech praising the hospitality of Cote d’Ivoire, which he felt rivalled Ethiopia, and by saying ‘Long Live [the] Cote d’Ivoire-Ethiopia relationship. Long live [the] Cote d’Ivoire-Ethiopia friendship.’

To listen to Dr Tedros's closing speech click here.


April 01, 2016

Meet the Dibabas: The Fastest Family on the Planet

Chloe Malle from Vogue Magazine has caught up with the Dibaba family in Entoto and Addis Ababa to see, in such a running-mad country, what on earth makes the Dibabas this special!

Here is a selection of quotes from the article:

‘The Dibabas’ dominance in the field of distance running has captivated the track-and-field community. “There are a few running families, but not like the Dibabas,” says the Ethiopian track legend Haile Gebrselassie. These are the only siblings in recorded history to hold concurrent world records, and they are as charmingly unassuming in person as they are fearsome on the track.’

‘In fact there are seven Dibaba siblings, and all of them run. “What the Dibabas have is what Serena and Venus have, except there are more of them,” says Ato Boldon, NBC’s track analyst. “It’s not a stretch to say they are the world’s fastest family.” Tirunesh is the most decorated, with three Olympic gold medals; Genzebe is tipped to win her first in Rio. Their older sister, Ejegayehu, 34, is an Olympian, too, with a silver from Athens, and their cousin Derartu Tulu was the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold, in the 1992 games. “World records, Olympic medals, world championships—the Dibabas’ accomplishments are unprecedented in this sport,” says Boldon.’


March 23, 2016

Last night, Ethio Telecom Chief Executive Officer, Ato Andualem Admassie Abate, attended the European Business Assembly forum, an interactive platform for international collaboration which was attended by businessmen, financiers, diplomats, leaders of chambers of commerce, business associations and business and professional unions from more than 60 countries.

Ato Andualem Admassie Abate was honoured with two awards at the event. He first received the 'United Europe Award' in recognition of the company's contribution to the development of international integration.

The main award criteria include:

International relations development

Support of region promotion and social projects

Presence in different international and regional organisations and networks

Effective international economic activities

The second award he received was the 'International Socrates Award' in recognition of the intellectual development of today's society.

The main award criteria include:

Professional experience and achievements

Global influence on social and economic progress


Enchanting Ethiopia: Hiking alongside rare wildlife in a country steeped in history

March 18, 2016

Africa Geographic have published a piece today entitled 'Enchanting ‪‎Ethiopia‬'.

Sarah Kingdom, the writer, describes Ethiopia as 'an experience like no other'. She was completely 'blown away' by her trip and says that 'stunning scenery, incredibly rare wildlife, amazing people, and history and culture combine to make it a must-visit destination.'

She finishes the article by saying: 'One thing's for certain- whatever you choose to do or however you choose to do it, a trip to this magical country in the Horn of Africa will be sure to leave you mesmerised.'

Source: Africa Geographic

Photocredit clockwise from top: Ken Haley, Simien Lodge, Luca Zanon.


James Carver MEP: Ethiopia's role in providing security in the Horn of Africa must not be overlooked'

On March 9 2016, James Carver MEP for UKIP gave a speech at the European Parliament praising Ethiopia's role in the Horn of Africa, especially regarding Eritrea.

Click the picture below to listen.

Source: UKIP MEPs


First Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 has rolled out the paint shop


BBC World Service clip on EthioJazz and Mulatu Astatke

'Mulatu Astatke is still going after all these years. The Ethiopian musician is popularly known as the father of Ethio-Jazz and at 72 years old he's been around long enough to have played with the likes of Duke Ellington and to be sampled by the likes of Kanye West and the rapper Nas.

BBC Africa's Hewete Haileselassie interviewed him recently, and Manuel Toledo is a big fan of Mulatu.

So if you're not familiar with his music, are you missing something?' (Source BBC World Service)


Ethiopia Insight: What's ahead for the economy?

March 17, 2016

Arkebe Oqubay, special adviser to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, discusses Ethiopia's economy the challenges the country faces and his outlook for the nation.

He speaks to Bloomberg's Yvonne Man and Rishaad Salamat on "Asia Edge." (Source: Bloomberg)

Click on the picture or title to listen


Statement by the Ethiopian Embassy in London on an incident in Leeds

The Ethiopian Embassy in London wishes to express its indignation at the outrageous and unlawful incident that took place in Leeds, UK over the weekend.

The Embassy is currently exploring legal options in order to address the issue and prevent similar occurrences from happening in the future. The Embassy also wishes to make it clear that it will continue to reach out to Ethiopian communities and hold peaceful meetings including the postponed meeting in Leeds, with appropriate security arrangements in place.

To read the full statement, please click here


Last week Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn received a delegation led by Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly.

March 14, 2016

The two men discussed the number of refugees being hosted by Ethiopia, and regional peace and security.

The Prime Minister noted that Ethiopia had had to cover a deficit of as much as 25% when it came to covering the cost of hosting refugees, a deficit supposed to be shouldered by the UN.

Lykketoft praised Ethiopia's role in hosting so many refugees and its efforts in regional peace and security, stating that Ethiopia was a 'spearhead of development and peacekeeping in Africa.'

Information for stakeholders interested in participating in Ethiopia's power sector

The Ethiopian government is engaged in the development of energy infrastructure to ensure electricity provision across the country.

In order to achieve this provision it is seeking foreign investment and engagment with the private sector.

To read more about this, please click here


The Guardian prints interview with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn

'Ethiopia is an island of stability within the Horn of Africa, which is a troubled region.'

March 09, 2016

Excerpt:'We are expending much of our energy and time securing the country. Ethiopia is an island of stability within the Horn of Africa, which is a troubled region. The government is very active in trying to keep security at the highest possible level – not only for foreign companies here, but for our own people. Security starts from home. You have to secure your own people so that those who are coming from outside also will be secured. Our people are very much engaged in fighting anti-peace elements and terrorism. There is tolerance within our community, Muslims and Christians living together in harmony. These traditional values we have should be enhanced. We put people at the centre of securing the country. You can’t secure your country with only a security apparatus and missiles.We believe that poverty is the worst enemy that brings insecurity. We have to fight poverty tooth and nail. It’s essential. The more you reduce the poverty rate, the more secure the country will be. It’s an internal problem – in-out, not out-in.'


February newsletter now available

March 09, 2016

News stories this month include:

-Egypt hosts Africa 2016 Business Forum

-Ethiopia establishes migration taskforce

-US-Africa Business Summit

-Coffee comes home

-Ethiopia launches national app store

-Ethiopia’s flower success


Ethiopian Airlines Profit Rises 12 Percent in 2014-15

March 08, 2016

Despite declining air traffic on the continent Ethiopian Airlines increased its profit by 12% in the year 2014/15, managing to hit US$165.4 million.

Despite the year's challenges, which included the ebola outbreak, the falling price of oil and instability in Africa and the Middle East, Africa's largest airline carrier managed to continue growing by managing its spending and selling its services to other airlines.

For more information click here


Ethiopia outperforms other sub-Saharan countries in World Bank Index

March 07, 2016

A new World Bank report has said that Ethiopia has a better regulatory environment that promotes the ease of doing business than other sub-Saharan African countries. Ethiopia performed particularly well on construction permits and enforcing contracts.

Indeed 12 years ago it took 47 days for a local businessman to set up a business, but now it takes 19 days.

To read more information about this, click here


Ethiopian Airlines providing Air Frame MRO to other African countries

March 07, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has been providing support to African state airlines in the form of Air Frame Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO).

Aman Siraj, Ethiopian Airlines MRO Market and Development Manager, said in an interview with ENA that 50 MRO professionals from Ethiopian have been giving support to the state airlines of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Malawi, Togo and Rwanda.

Other professional Ethiopian Airlines employees are also providing assistance in quality fleet services and technical support to other airlines.


Djibouti announces mega gas project

March 04, 2016

Djibouti's President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh has laid the foundation stone for a brand new gas project in collaboration with Ethiopia and China. The project will see a new pipeline, a liquefaction plant and an export terminal at Damerjog, Djibouti.

The pipeline will allow Ethiopia to export natural gas to China and support the socio-economic development of the whole region.

For more information click here


Rwand Air and Ethiopian Airlines sign agreement to share skies

March 04, 2016

Rwanda and Ethiopia have signed an agreement allowing their airline carriers (RwandAir and Ethiopian) to operate without restrictions in each other's air space. Now the airlines can operate an unlimited number of flights through each other's airspace for both passengers and cargo services.

For more information click here


Gov't Comes up with Plan to Engage Drought Victims in Development Activities

March 03, 2016

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced that preparations are being made to engage citizens living in drought affected parts of the country in development activities.

To read more information about the meeting please click here

Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond to visit Ethiopia

February 25, 2016

On February 24, Permanent Secretary to the UK Home Office, Oliver Robbins, met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom. The two discussed a variety of issues regarding the growing and important relationship between the UK and Ethiopia as well as the upcoming official visit of David Cameron and Phillip Hammond to the country.

To read more information please click here.


Amhara region at a glance Part 2

February 25, 2016 - LONDON

The Ethiopian Embassy in London has produced a video looking at the Amhara region of Ethiopia and the opportunities it offers.


Statement by the Ethiopian Embassy in London on the latest report by Human Rights Watch

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Release: Immediate

Human Rights Watch has once again come out with a report on Ethiopia with particular emphasis on the disturbances which took place in some parts of Oromia region. As usual, the report was neither a result of thorough research nor does it make a convincing effort to substantiate the allegations it contains. Instead, for the most part, it turns out to be a validation of the propaganda statements of disgruntled opposition groups. The Ethiopian Embassy in London has therefore found it necessary to set the record straight by highlighting the facts surrounding the steps taken by the government to resolve the problem.


Great Celebration in London at the Ethiopian Embassy

December 12, 2015 - LONDON

On Saturday 12 December, around 250 members of the Ethiopian diaspora community joined Embassy staff to celebrate Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day at the Embassy in London.

Check out the celebrations below!



El Nino Update

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Release: Immediate

It is evident that a particularly pronounced global El Nino phenomenon has impacted on many countries around the world this year, including Ethiopia.

Up to now, the country has mobilised 2 billion Birr [£62 million] and has positioned food from the national reserve in places that are affected, or could be affected, by the drought.

There are food surpluses in country and food has been transported, and continues to be transported, to areas in need. But the stocks will need to be replenished, which is why Ethiopia is asking for assistance from the international community.

Arsenal breaks new ground in Ethiopia

'Arsenal Football Club has become the first Premier League side to secure a regional partnership in Ethiopia after announcing Dashen Brewery as its Official Beer Partner. The three-year-partnership will help Arsenal get closer to its fans in Ethiopia and will focus on supporting Dashen Brewery’s community based initiatives with coaches from the club taking part in grassroots football development projects in Ethiopia.

Dashen Brewery will also directly engage with supporters in Ethiopia through the club’s digital platforms, promotional activities and marketing initiatives featuring Arsenal first-team players and club legends.

Arsenal chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham said: “Arsenal has a huge fanbase across Africa, and our support in Ethiopia stands out as particularly strong. We are delighted to be partnering with Dashen Brewery, together creating the first regional partnership for a Premier League club, in this rapidly growing and developing territory.”

The partnership follows backing from overseas shareholders of Dashen Brewery (Duet and Vasari).

Dashen Brewery chief executive officer Devlin Hainsworth added: “We are truly excited about this partnership. Dashen & Arsenal share common values with community being at the heart of both brands. This partnership will see Dashen invest both in grassroots football while at the same time supporting our commitment to creating meaningful consumer experiences."'

Source: Arsenal breaks new ground in Ethiopia

Ethiopian ID Card Renewal

September 22, 2015

Indefinite extension of the deadline to renew Ethiopian Origin ID Cards.

Click for more information in English and Amharic



The applicable Libor rate for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Bond for the period between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015 can be found via the following link.


Event Highlighting Fistula Victims Held at the Ethiopian Embassy in London

On Friday 26th June 2015, a successful event which was held at the Ethiopian Embassy in London to mobilise support for alleviating the plight of fistula victims. Around a hundred people attended the event.

Obstetric fistula is said to affect more than 2 million people in Africa. In Ethiopia, it used to be a nightmare for many young women in the rural areas of the country until Dr. Reginald Hamlin and his wife, the now world famous, Dr. Catherine Hamlin, arrived from Australia 57 years ago.


Ethiopian ID Card Renewal

June 29, 2015

It is to be recalled that a penalty has been levied on those who failed to renew ID cards given to persons of Ethiopian origin. In view of the feedback received from members of the Diaspora, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has waived the penalty fee until 6th August 2015 (Hamle 30, 2007).

The Embassy therefore calls on all members of the Diaspora to renew their ID cards on time before the expiry of this new deadline.

More information via the the following link.


12 June 2015

Flight and Tour Discounts with Ethiopian Airlines

In view of the upcoming 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa from 13th – 16th July 2015, Ethiopian Airlines has the pleasure to announce a special offer to those attending - Save 12% on Business Class and 10% on Economy.

Those wishing to take advantage of this offer should contact the Ethiopian Airlines London Office on: 020 8987 7000 Option 2

Conference participants can also take advantage of the specially priced ALL INCLUSIVE tour packages to some of the best destinations Ethiopia has to offer. More information via the following link.

Fly Ethiopian...the New Spirit of Africa


Ginbot 20 Colourfully Celebrated at the Ethiopian Embassy in London

June 05, 2015 - LONDON

The 24th anniversary of Ginbot 20 (May 28) marking the victory over the military dictatorship of the Derg regime was colourfully celebrated at the Ethiopian Embassy in London.

A large number of Members of the Ethiopian community in the UK turned out in large numbers to attend the event.

Read our Press Release here


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The Countdown to the Fifth National Elections in Ethiopia has begun

May 19, 2015 - LONDON

On Sunday 24th May, 36.8 million Ethiopians will march towards the country’s 45,202 polling stations to cast their votes. This will mark a major milestone in the history of building democracy in Ethiopia.

the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has done its best to ensure that the 5th National Election will be free, fair, peaceful and credible. The lively election campaign will continue until two days before Election Day.

Read our briefing here


Information on the Diaspora Housing Programme

Ethiopians and foreigners of Ethiopian origin in the UK are entitled to own a house through a government Diaspora housing scheme either individually or by becoming members of a housing association.

Further information on the criteria for registration and house prices can be found in the following links:

  • English
  • Amharic
  • NOTE: Registration of the Diaspora Housing Programme will commence on 18 May 2015.



    Ethiopia Appoints Honorary Consul in Scotland

    Wednesday, 13 May 2015

    Ethiopia has appointed an Honorary Consul for Scotland for the very first time.

    Professor John Struthers of the University of West of Scotland’s School of Business and Enterprise was appointed in March and officially accepted his exequatur, duly signed by H.E. Dr Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, at a lunch in his honour at the Ethiopian Embassy in London on Tuesday 28th April.

    As Honorary Consul, Professor Struthers will assist Ethiopia in its efforts to increase its trade and investment links with Scotland, encourage educational and cultural exchanges, and assist the London based Ethiopian Embassy to interact with the Scottish Government, civic society, and the business community.


    Meeting to Enhance Diaspora Participation held at the Embassy

    24th April 2015

    A meeting organised by the Ethiopian Embassy in London was held on 23 April 2015 to discuss the participation of the Ethiopian Diaspora in the country’s development endeavours. H. E Ato Eshetu Dessie, Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office and H.E. Dr. Yinager Dessie, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, were on hand to brief the participants who represented various sectors of the Ethiopian community in the United Kingdom. H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede was also present on the occasion.


    Government of Ethiopia condemns killing of its nationals

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    Release: Immediate

    The people and government of Ethiopia are greatly saddened by the barbarous killing of innocent Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

    The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia strongly condemns the killings, even more so when they were supposedly committed in the name of religion.

    Atrocities of this kind have nothing to do with religion: they merely illustrate the psychotic nature of terrorism and violent extremism. There is no excuse for such deliberate crimes against humanity.



    New business visa regulations became effective as of 19th January 2015. Applicants are advised to allow at least 2 weeks before the date of travel.

    Applicants seeking to apply for a business visa to Ethiopia will now require approval from the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa.

    Applicants are encouraged to submit a formal application letter to the Immigration Office requesting visas, with details of their trip and once approved (normally within a few days), the Embassy will be able to issue a visa straight away.

    For enquiries, please call the Consular & Visa Section on 020 7838 3897/98


    Response to the Guardian’s article on land grabs

    15 April 2015

    Response to the Guardian article titled, Ethiopians talk of violent intimidation as their land is earmarked for foreign investors, published on 14th April 2015.

    With the country poised to surpass almost all the Millennium Development Goals, Ethiopia’s development efforts have been widely endorsed.

    This has not prevented one or two international advocacy organizations and individuals, trying to question these results, claiming these developments are non-existent and, when the evidence has become impossible to deny, claiming they were driven by abuse and violence. Organizations such as the Oakland Institute continue to propagate an image based on flawed methodology, built up from unverified and unverifiable information, with inaccurate and exaggerated accounts drawn from externally-based politically-motivated sources and seldom, if ever, checked on the ground.


    Ethiopians in the UK buy bonds worth over £40,000

    23rd March 2015 – LONDON

    More than 300 members of the Ethiopian Diaspora attended a successful bond selling event held at the Embassy on 21st March 2015, aimed at raising funds for the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD).

    In his opening speech, H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede thanked the guests for, once again, turning up to demonstrate their continued support for the construction of the GERD. The construction of the dam is crucial to consolidating the double-digit economic growth Ethiopia has been experiencing for over a decade, the Ambassador said, noting that the project had so far reached the 41% completion stage.

  • VIDEO: UK Diaspora show commitment to GERD
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    Ethiopia showcases its preparations to host the World Coffee Conference in Addis Ababa

    Tuesday, 10th March 2015 – LONDON

    During the 114th Session of the International Coffee Council held in London from 2nd – 6th March, a delegation led by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede presented Ethiopia’s preparations to host the fourth World Coffee Conference and actively participated in the deliberation of the conference.

    It is to be recalled that during the 112th Session of the International Coffee Council held in London last year, Ethiopia won the bid to host the World Coffee Conference together with the 116th Session of the International Coffee Council in Addis Ababa in March 2016 – the first time the conference will be held in Africa.


    Ethiopians in London celebrate Women’s Day

    March 9, 2015 - The Embassy of Ethiopia in London, in partnership with the Tigray Women’s Association and the Ethiopian Somali Women’s Association as well as members of the Ethiopian community in the UK colourfully marked the International Women Day‬ on Sunday 8th March at the Embassy under the theme “Make it Happen”.‬

    VIDEO: Women's Day Colourfully Celebrated in London



    The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) has launched 11 new channels and recommends using ROKU, a streaming device which can be purchased for around $50 (£33), in order to receive these channels. Please click on the links below for more details.

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    Response to the Independent on the Andargachew Tsege case

    6 February, 2015

    Response to the Independent article titled, Ethiopia refuses to allow access to imprisoned British citizen, published on 9th February 2015.

    The Ambassador explained in detail the position of the Ethiopian government on the issue and further underlined that the matter should be left to the bilateral consultation mechanism.

    The Ambassador also advised the honourable parliamentarians that there was no need for them to go to Ethiopia as the case is being properly handled by the judiciary in accordance with the national law of Ethiopia and applicable international law to which Ethiopia is a party.


    Ethiopian Education Minister in UK for Education World Forum and Partnership Discussions

    27 January 2015 - A delegation led by H.E. Mr Shiferaw Shugute, Ethiopia’s Minister of Education, participated at the Education World Forum in London from 19th to 21st January. The Minister was accompanied by his Deputy, H.E. Mr Wondwossen Kiflu, State Minister for Education.


    Response to HRW report on press freedom in Ethiopia

    Press Statement

    Friday, 23rd January 2015 - On 21 January 2015, Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched yet another attack against the Ethiopian Government. It is a well-known fact that HRW has been waging a campaign of vilification against Ethiopia under the guise of a range of issues. This time, the chosen theme was media freedom and the upcoming general elections. In its latest report entitled “Journalism is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia”, HRW makes unfounded allegations of systematic repression of the independent media.

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    UPDATED: January 8, 2015

    December 12, 2014 - The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia would like to bring to your attention a new directive, the Immigration Service Payment Tariff No. 1/2014, indicating the change of fees for visas and other services to Ethiopia.

    The new directive shall enter into force here at the Embassy as of 12th December 2014 as detailed in the following link.


    Response to the Report Entitled “Engineering Ethnic Conflict: The Toll of Ethiopia's Plantation Development on the Suri People”

    November 14, 2014, LONDON - The Ethiopian Embassy in London has noted with dismay that a report containing wild allegations against Ethiopia, has once again been published by the Oakland Institute (OI). As usual, OI's report is characterized by outright lies, distortions and exaggerations.

    Oakland Institute's previous reports have been repeatedly refuted by independent investigations undertaken by development partners and NGO'S operating in Ethiopia that have the full grasp of the reality on the ground.


    Ethiopia celebrated in World Travel Market week

    November 7, 2014, LONDON - Ethiopia participated in the World Travel Market (WTM) exhibition in London from 3rd – 6th November, 2014. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Ethiopian stand and was jointly officiated by H.E Mr. Berhanu Kebede, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Solomon Tadesse, Director General of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization and Mr. Michael Yared, UK Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines.


    Join us in Celebration of Ethiopian Culture


    October 29, 2014 - LONDON

    Ethiopia will celebrate World Travel Market week with an event on the ancient Aksumite civilisation at the Royal Geographical Society (IBG) on Wednesday 5th November at 6.30pm (doors open at 6).

    Professor David Phillipson, who was the first professor of African archaeology at Cambridge University, will give an illustrated talk on The Rise and Fall of the Aksumite Kingdom, revealing little known details concerning the role and significance of the main Aksum obelisks.

    In addition to the talk, there will be an exhibition of contemporary photos of Ethiopia by Chris Roche, whose photographic book, The Priests and Pilgrims of Ethiopia, will be published in December. His exhibition will display Ethiopia’s spectacular landscapes and will include deep, ethereal images which capture the utter devotion of Ethiopian pilgrims.


    Ethiopian Support for Ebola Response in West Africa

    October 24, 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Despite all the efforts made to combat and control it,the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak continues to ravage the affected countries in West Africa and the transmission remains persistent and widespread especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. At this very moment there is unfortunately no end in sight to the end of this epidemic in spite of current efforts;and is expected to furiously worsen for the foreseeable future...In order to help fill the critical gaps in the responsein the highly affected countries, the Government of Ethiopia is ready to deploy a volunteer health professionals mission of 200 to West Africaalong with a financial support of ETB 10 million (USD 500,000). The professionalMission comprises of medical doctors, nurses, field epidemiologists,environmental health professionals and public health specialists.They will engage in case management/treatment, surveillance, contact tracing, social mobilization, and community engagement, and will also assist the local national health system to continue its essential and basic health, food and WASH services.


    Annual Parliamentary Dinner a Great Success

    October 16, 2014 - On 14th October, the annual All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ethiopia dinner was hosted at the Embassy by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede and Chair of the Group, Mr Laurence Robertson MP, and was attended by MPs, peers of all parties, members of the business community from a range of sectors such as green energy, agro-processing, mining and consultancy services, representatives of the civil society and friends of Ethiopia.


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