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Message from the Ambassador on National Flag Day


Statement by H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn,
Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly

September 25, 2014 - NEW YORK

Mr. President, It is indeed a great pleasure seeing you in the Chair presiding over the 69th session of the General Assembly. I would like to express my warmest congratulations to you on your election to this high office. I know you are aware, as we are, you are assuming this responsibility at one of the most critical periods in the history of this organization, and that of multilateralism in general. Those of us in the Eastern Africa region know you very well as a friend and distinguished diplomat. We are confident that you will use your wisdom and experience to build consensus on a range of issues on the agenda of this historic session of the United Nations General Assembly and effectively guide its work.


Ethiopian New Year Message from the Ambassador


Millions commemorate the passing of visionary leader Meles

August 21, 2014


Millions of Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia congregated around the world yesterday to commemorate the untimely passing of Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and to celebrate his remarkable life.

Commemorations began with a memorial service held at Gulele Botanic Centre, Addis Ababa where a memorial park is being laid out to honour the late Prime Minister and where tree seedlings were planted in commemoration of the second anniversary of his death.


Remembering the Late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

August 20, 2014

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the visionary Ethiopian leader and Pan-Africanist, was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa after he passed away on August 20, 2012 at the age of 57.

VIDEO: Tributes to an Unforgettable Leader


Ebola Outbreak: Ethiopian Airlines takes precautions; Ebola committee established

August 8, 2014


Ethiopian Airlines, which operates an extensive flight network connecting West African countries to other parts of the world, announced that it has put in place precautions to combat Ebola, which is currently spreading in West Africa.

Similarly, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute announced that it has set up a national committee to put in place a plan to prevent and contain any possible outbreak of the deadly virus. The Committee members will include officials from the Ministry of Health, health professionals, Ethiopian Airlines and other stakeholders, and will draw up guidelines to prevent and contain the disease, of which will be made official soon.


Ethiopia to end FGM and child marriage by 2025;
budget to achieve this target increased

July 22, LONDON, - This morning a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen and the Women's, Children and Youth Affairs Minister, Zenebu Tadesse, took part in the first ever Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation.


Response to The Guardian’s article on Ethiopia’s resettlement programme

July 9, 2014

Ethiopia’s resettlement programme is working!

The Guardian has published a highly misleading article on Ethiopia’s resettlement programme.('Britain is supporting a dictatorship in Ethiopia', online on 6th July 2014, and in the print edition on 7th July 2014)

The programme has lifted hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian farmers out of poverty. This was not made clear in the article.

Some of the facts were missing from the article.


Over 1 Million Birr Raised in Second Round Bond Sale


LONDON, 21st June 2014

Diaspora Ethiopians residing in the UK have raised £33,200 (1,095,600 Birr) in Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) bonds in the second bond-selling event organized at the Ethiopian Embassy in London.

The Tigray Women’s Association in the UK pledged £10,900.


Ginbot-20 (May 28) commemorated in London

June 5, 2014

Ethiopians, development partners and friends of Ethiopia converged at the Ethiopian Embassy in London in a colourful celebration of the 23rd anniversary of Ginbot-20 (May 28), which led to the emergence of a new democratic order.


Business roundtable at the Ethiopian Embassy in London

May 16, 2014

The Ethiopian Embassy in collaboration with Pace Group hosted a business roundtable on investment opportunities in Ethiopia. The event brought together UK companies working in Ethiopia and potential investors to discuss the enabling investment environment in Ethiopia, which has become one of the emerging investment destinations in Africa.


Ethiopian Diaspora Portal launched

In order to bring the knowledge, experience, skills and financial resources of Ethiopians in the Diaspora into the country’s national growth plans, the Government of Ethiopia has launched the Ethiopian Diaspora Web Portal.

The portal contains a range of information about the Diaspora Engagement Affairs Directorate General, Investment Procedures in Ethiopia, Investment Incentives in Ethiopia, Customs Duty, Ethiopian Tariffs and Taxes, Tax Regulations in Ethiopia, Customs Procedures in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Origin ID card (Yellow Card), Opening a Diaspora Account, the Grand Renaissance Dam Bond, Formal Remittance Services in Ethiopia, Tax ID Number and Finger Print Requirements and Addresses for Regional and Federal Offices.

Web: www.ethdiaspora.org.et


Invitation to Bid
for the Total Acquisition of Government-Owned Public Enterprises

Bid Notice No. 005/2014

Deadline: July 22, 2014


Leading surgeons on mission to Ethiopia

April 27, 2014

MA team of leading spinal surgeons from Nottingham University Hospital - Queen's Medical Centre went to Ethiopia this weekend to collaborate with local surgical teams and perform much needed spinal surgical procedures at three hospitals.


Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK mark 3rd GERD Anniversary

April 12, 2014

Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora residing in the UK marked the third anniversary of the launch of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), pledging to mobilize more resources to see through the mega project that would feed energy to one of the fast growing economies in the world.

Ethiopians from all walks of life have bought bonds worth billions of birr keeping the momentum of the construction of the dam, which eventually would generate 6,000MW of electricity paving the way for Ethiopia to be the power hub of Africa.


Diplomats, Staff at London Embassy Raise over 2 million Birr for GERD

April 4, 2014

Diplomats and staff at the Ethiopian Embassy in London today pledged their monthly salary to buy bonds amounting to £68,250 (around 2,120,000 Birr), in connection with the 3rd anniversary of the launching of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).


The Ethiopian Embassy in London in partnership with Ethiopian Community Organisations in the UK cordially invite you to an event commemorating the third anniversary of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on April 12, 2014 from 3pm. Please click here for more information.


The Nile is a Symbol of Cooperation and Collaboration: Dr. Tedros Adhanom

The Nile River is one of Ethiopia’s main natural resources, and one of the most important. In the past we have been unable to use this considerable natural resource effectively. Now, following a decade of impressive growth, we are finally in a position to do so. The Nile, of course, links a total of 10 countries in the Nile Basin, and we recognise the vital role that shared interests and development can play in benefitting us all.


2 April, 2014 - Ethiopians around the world are today celebrating the third anniversary of the launch of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is under construction in Western Ethiopia near the Sudan border. Celebrations are taking place from Europe to the USA to Dubai.

Celebrations took place today on the site of the Dam in the presence of high government officials, and in towns and villages across Ethiopia with music, art exhibitions and film festivals.

The $4.7bn project is currently 33% completed and, once finished, will eventually produce 6,000MW of power for Ethiopia and its neighbours. The first phase of power production will actually commence next year (2015).

The Dam is mostly funded by Ethiopians at home and abroad. Neighbouring countries that stand to benefit from cheap electricity from the Dam are also investing.


Ethiopia’s Deputy PM at Global Partnership for Education Event
Ethiopia Joins the Global Champions Group for Education

27 March 2014, LONDON

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, says Ethiopia’s impressive performance in education is the result of building on sustained economic growth along with a strong commitment to alleviating poverty and substantial investment in the country's education system.

He was addressing an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Education for All entitled “Fund the Future: Tackling the crisis in financing education for all", here in London during his official visit to Great Britain.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a working partnership of governments, civil society, international organizations, teachers and the private sector.


Invitation to Bid for Total Acquisition of Government Owned Public Enterprises

Bid Notice No. 004/2014

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia currently owns 100% equity of eleven businesses, which it intends to sell 100% ownership to an investor or a group of investors ready and capable of operating and developing them.

More information can be found on the following link.

Closing date for bids is April 22, 2014 at 3.00pm local time


Ethiopians mark Women’s Day

March 10, 2014, LONDON - Ethiopians residing in the UK marked the International Women’s Day on Saturday 8th March in London under the theme “Equality for Women is Progress for All”.

The event was organized by the Ethiopian National Consensus Forum in partnership with the Women’s Association of Tigray (UK), the Ethiopian Somali Women’s Association and members of the Ethiopian community.

Ethiopia has been taking steps to empower women, encouraging their active participation in the nation-building endeavour which envisages beating poverty and improving livelihoods of the people about half of which are women.




Friday, March 7, 2014 - LONDON

Ethiopia will host the 4th World Coffee Conference together with the 116th Session of the International Coffee Council in Addis Ababa in March 2016.

Ethiopia entered the bidding process, hoping to bring the Conference to the African continent for the first time.

Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H.E. Berhanu Kebede, said “the ICO has reached a very historic decision - the 4th World Coffee Conference is going to be held in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia - where coffee originated - on the African continent.”


Invitation to Participate in the First Industry for Development Specialized International Trade Fair & Forum
24 - 28 May 2014, Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian Chamber of Sectoral Associations (ECSAS) is organizing the First Industry for Development Specialized International Trade Fair & Forum from 24 - 28 May at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa. The objectives of the fair among others is promoting Ethiopian products and services, strengthening linkages between various business actors and facilitating technology transfer and know-how to enhance competitiveness of local industries.

To register your participation, please fill in the registration form which can be found on the following link.

Further information can be found on the ECSAS website www.ethiocsa.com

Contact Information:

  • Email: industrialdev2014@gmail.com; ethiopiancsa@ethionet.et
  • Tel: +251 11 552 01 34/+251 11 850 50 25
  • Mob: +251 919 91 30 49/+251 919 91 30 48
  • Fax: +251 11 552 00 46
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    39th Anniversary of TPLF Marked in London

    February 24, 2014

    Members and of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) celebrated the 39th anniversary of the founding of the organization on Saturday 22nd February, with a great sense of accomplishment remembering the long and arduous journey that led to the birth of a new democratic Ethiopia.

    Fighting shoulder to shoulder with other democratic forces, TPLF paved the way for the establishment of a federal democratic Ethiopia on the basis of the constitution, which guarantees the equality and sovereignty of all of Ethiopia’s nations, nationalities and peoples.

    Video report can be found on the following link.


    Response to BBC Allegations of Security Lapses at Addis Ababa Airport

    February 18, 2014

    We wish to bring to your attention the response by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede, to the unwarranted remarks made by BBC correspondent, Mr Frank Gardner, following the 17th February incident, where an Ethiopian passenger plane was redirected from its scheduled destination by its own co-pilot.

    The letter can be found on the following link.


    Arise TV Interview with H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede

    February 17, 2014

    Ethiopia's Ambassador to the U.K., H.E. Berhanu Kebede, on Arise Global Business Report with Michael Wilson, speaks of the major investment in renewable energy currently ongoing in Ethiopia.


    Dr Tedros at Illegal Wildlife Trade conference; meets Ethiopian Community Leaders

    February 14, 2014

    Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr Tedros Adhanom was in London this week to participate in the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, hosted by the UK government on 13th February. The conference brought together global leaders from over forty nations who vowed to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The conference heard first-hand from the Presidents of Botswana, Chad, Gabon and Tanzania.

    The aim of the conference was to agree high-level political commitment to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The focus was on elephants, rhinos and tigers, and the Conference aimed to tackle three interlinked aspects of illegal wildlife trade: strengthening law enforcement and the criminal justice system; reducing demand for illegal wildlife products; and supporting the development of sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade.



    Developing Markets Associates, with the support of the Ethiopian Embassy, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UKTI, will be hosting a high-level business mission to Ethiopia, enabling UK companies to gain comprehensive access to key decision-makers at a business and government level. Mark Simmonds, UK Minister for Africa, will join the mission to outline the growing cooperation between the governments.

    Mission delegates will learn at first hand from government officials, led by HE Prime Minister Desalegn, and businesses about new and extended trade & investment opportunities across a range of commercial sectors in both countries. The UK companies present will themselves have the opportunity to raise their own profiles with government and the private sector at a time when Ethiopia is indicating a strong wish to engage more closely with UK.

    More information can be found on the following link or contact:

  • Frazer Lang, Mission Manager at Developing Markets Associates; frazer.lang@developingmarkets.com; Tel: 0203 117 2500

  • Angela Kolongo, Press Assistant at Embassy of Ethiopia; angela@ethioembassy.org.uk; Tel: 0207 838 3883
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    Position Announcement: Program Officer for the African Rift Valley

    The Program Officer for the African Rift Valley (ARV) is an existing position that will open up at The Christensen Fund on June 30 2014. For further information, please visit the The Christensen Fund website on the following link.


    Ethiopians in the UK celebrate NNP Day

    December 8, 2013

    Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora residing in the UK marked the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and People's Day (NNPD) in London, reflecting on the significant gains made in respect for the political, economic, social and civil rights of people which empowered them to be the masters of their own destiny.

    The celebrations of the NNPD at the Ethiopian Embassy in London was organised by the Ethiopian Somali community in the UK, in collaboration with the various development associations.


    Bradford Confers Honorary Doctorate on Ethiopia’s Deputy PM

    December 6, 2013

    Bradford University in the UK has conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Education on H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

    The Deputy PM earned his post-graduate degree in Peace Studies from Bradford where he read inter alia philosophy, history, sociology and politics, which informed his leadership career in various capacities and portfolios.

    H.E. Demeke Mekonnen has delivered outstanding service in his current post and also in his previous posts as Minister for Education and, prior to that, as Deputy Head of the Amhara Regional State.


    Ethiopia Celebrated at World Travel Market


    Release: Immediate

    November 7, 2013 - An Ethiopian cultural event in London, jointly organized by the Embassy and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, brought Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia together to celebrate and promote Ethiopia’s rich and diverse culture, as well as its exotic heritage, flora and fauna. Tourism Associations, tour operators, travel writers, prospective investors and representatives from the airline industry were among the guests.



    **Latest Update as of November 5, 2013** More information on the following link.


    UK Parliamentarians, Businesses Explore Ethiopia’s Initiative for Investment, Trade


    Release: Immediate

    Members of the Ethiopia All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and scores of businesses have agreed to boost relations with Ethiopia and promote investment and trade, exploiting to the full the enabling environment created by one of Africa’s emerging economies.

    The announcement was made at an annual event where parliamentarians discussed and explored areas for engagement in Ethiopia’s multi-faceted development programme. The main focus was on agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, services and the development of social facilities.


    Ashegoda Wind-Farm Project to launch


    Embargoed until 11am (GMT) on Saturday 26 October 2013

    The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has announced that the Ashegoda Wind-Farm, the largest wind-farm in Africa, will be inaugurated on Saturday 26th October 2013.

    Ashegoda has a capacity of 120MW and will produce about 400 million KWh a year. The project was completed in 36 months and devised to be executed in phases. All units have now been constructed and are already providing energy to the National Grid. So far, Ashegoda has produced 90 Million KWh since its commissioning started, in stages, one year ago with the earlier commissioned units.



    The registration of the 40/60 Housing Scheme will now start from November. More information on the following link.


    ADA-UK urges members to support development endeavours

    September 28, 2013 - The Amhara Development Association (ADA-UK) urged members and supporters to diversify and deepen engagement in all fields of endeavour for the successful implementation of Ethiopia’s sustainable development plan.

    The London-based organisation was established in 2008 by Amhara nationals residing in Great Britain, to support the health and education programes in the region as well as to enhance the active participation of the Diaspora in the overall development of the region.


    TDA-Europe Festival Kicks Off in London

    August 24, 2013

    The Tigray Development Association (TDA) Europe Festival kicked off in London on Saturday (24th August) as Chapters of the TDA in Europe launched their reports, in the presence of a high level delegation led by H.E. Abay Weldu, President of the Tigray Regional State.


    Prime Minister Meles Remembered by Ethiopians in the UK

    August 17, 2013

    The first anniversary of the passing away of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was marked in a solemn memoriam held in London in the presence of over 500 Ethiopians paying tributes and celebrating the outstanding contributions of the Great Leader for his country and people.

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the visionary Ethiopian leader and Pan-Africanist, was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa after he passed away on 20th August last year at the age of 57.


    Memorial Event for the Late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

    Date: 17 August, 2013
    Time:3.00pm - 6:00pm
    Venue: Embassy of Ethiopia, LONDON SW7 1PZ

    More information can be found on the following link. You can also contact the Embassy on info@ethioembassy.org.uk


    The 6th Ethio-Chamber International Trade Fair

    The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) is organizing the 6th edition of Ethio-Chamber International Trade Fair with a view to promoting Ethiopian products and services, Strengthening linkages between various business actors and facilitating technology transfer and Know how to enhance competitiveness of local industries.

    Date: November 27 - December 03, 2013
    Venue: Addis Ababa Exhibition Center and Market Development Enterprise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    More information, including registration, can be found on the following link.


    Ethiopians Rededicate Support for Renaissance Dam at May 28 celebrations in London

    June 1, 2013

    Ethiopians in the UK rededicated themselves to supporting the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) at the 22nd anniversary of May 28 when the Dergue regime fell and new vistas for Ethiopia’s Renaissance opened up.

    Members of the Diaspora pledged more rigorous support of the national economic transformation that is transforming living conditions through the implementation of pro-poor economic policies and strategies.


    PM Hailmariam foresees bright future for Africa as Africans celebrate AU Golden Jubilee in London

    May 17, 2013

    Africa has struck gold this year with the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Organization of African Unity/AU being observed across the continent and beyond under the theme “The Year of Pan-Africanism, the African Renaissance.”

    The 50th anniversary and Africa Day were colourfully celebrated on the 17th May, 2013 at the Langham Hotel here in London.

  • Message from H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the African Union on the Occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the OAU/AU

  • In commemoration of 50th Anniversary of the African Union this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian TV (ETV) will be streaming free live transmissions until 27th May. Satellite channels and frequency details can be accessed via this link.
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    Dr. Tedros Addresses Africa Jubilee Business Forum in London

    May 13, 2013

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union, Dr. Tedros Adhanom told participants at the Africa Jubilee Business Forum that Africa of today is not the Africa of yester years.

    The continent is “slowly but surely, shedding off the stereotype images of being a continent of famines, droughts, conflicts, utter poverty and dictatorships, that portray Africa to be a lost case in many peoples’ imagination,” he said.


    Dr. Tedros Meets with UK Minister for Africa

    May 13, 2013

    Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met and held talks with the UK Minister for Africa, Mr. Mark Simmonds MP.

    Dr. Tedros briefed the Minister on the situation in Somalia, Sudan and the sub-region as well as the outcomes of the recent IGAD summit and Ministerial meeting.


    Tedros: Africa, the new Eldorado

    May 13, 2013

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the African Union Executive Council, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, told a Chatham House platform that Africa, which was once the marginalised continent, has now emerged, as some put it, "the new Eldorado", at a time when much of the developing world is suffering from the economic slump, thus rekindling a great sense of hope and optimism.

    Africa’s profile on the world stage has been raised and it is no exaggeration to state that Africa has now become a force to be reckoned with.

  • Remarks by H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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    Minister Tedros Urges Ethiopians in the UK for More Engagement in Nation Building

    May 12, 2013 - LONDON

    Ethiopian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met with members of the Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK where he discussed timely and relevant issues focusing on the GTP and highlighting gains made in investment, trade and infrastructure development that are paying dividends to Ethiopians at all levels.

    Dr. Tedros was in London for a two-day official visit.



    LONDON, 7 MAY 2013

    The Somalia Conference took place at Lancaster House on 7 May 2013, co-hosted by the UK and Somalia, and attended by fifty-four friends and partners of Somalia.

    The final communique can be found on the following link.


    Renowned Politicians and Leaders Pay Tribute to Meles and Remember his Legacy


    April 30, 2013 - LONDON

    Tributes were paid to Ethiopia’s exceptional leader, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, for his outstanding contribution to the renaissance of both Ethiopia and Africa during his tenure which spanned two decades.

    The late Premier died in August last year and his funeral took place at Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners including world leaders.



    Meles Zenawi Foundation Launched

    April, 2013

    The Meles Foundation, established in honour of Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, was inaugurated on 6th April at the African Union in the presence of high-level dignitaries including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and former First Lady Azeb Mesfin.

    The Meles Foundation will serve as a memorial centre to the late PM’s great contribution towards peace, socio-economic development and his lead role in climate change negotiations and environmental protection.

  • Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's Speech at the Launch.
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    TDA Members, Supporters Mark 38th Anniversary of TPLF in London

    February 18, 2013

    Members of TDA-UK and supporters of the Tigray People Liberation Front in the United Kingdom celebrated on Saturday (16th Feb) the 38th anniversary of the movement, which toppled the military Junta and replaced it with a democratic order, which tens of thousands of martyrs paid for with their lives.


    Deputy Prime Minister meets Gordon Brown, UK Parliamentarians

    January 31, 2013

    Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Ato Demeke Mekonnen, met and held talks with former British Prime Minister, The Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown, in his office at the House of Commons. Mr. Brown is also the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.

    The Deputy Premier, who is also Minister for Education, was in London as the head of a high-level delegation attending the Education World Forum, convened to dwell at length on policy making for quantity, quality and impact.


    Acceptance Statement by H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn at the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government

    January 27, 2013

    Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam was elected Chairman of the African Union in a ceremony held at the opening session of the 20th Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government held on Sunday, January 27, taking over from Dr. Boni Yayi, the President of the Republic of Benin.

    In his acceptance speech Prime Minister Hailmariam thanked the outgoing chairman for his outstanding leadership during his tenure of office and vowed to do his best as Chairman of the AU. He also thanked the August Assembly for paying tribute to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles, and NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) for endorsing the proposal made by the NEPAD Agency to establish the Meles Zenawi Centre for Sustainable Development in recognition of the late prime minister’s immense contributions to the African Union and to the cause of Africa.

    The Prime Minister’s full speech can be found on the following link.

  • Closing statement by H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn
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    Response to the Guardian’s article on DFID’s aid to Ethiopia

    January 16, 2013

    Dear Editor,

    Your article on DFID’s support for Ethiopia’s development is very misleading. (UK tenders to train Ethiopian paramilitaries accused of abuses, online on January 10, 2013, in the print edition on January 11, 2013)

    Blanket condemnation of the federal and regional government efforts to protect civilians of Ethiopia’s Somali region from atrocities committed by ONLF terrorists is unfair. The difficult job they do in a region which borders Somalia, where al-Shabaab and international groups were freely operating hand-in-glove until recently, should be given due recognition.


    Minister Tedros urges Ethiopians to stand united to promote national interest

    January 14, 2013

    Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom called on the Ethiopian Diaspora to stand in unison to promote national interest irrespective of political persuasions. While celebrating diversity that glorifies Ethiopia as a melting pot of cultures and history of nations and nationalities, he underlined the need for resilience and sense of unity in safeguarding and promoting Ethiopia’s national interest to bequeath a prosperous and viable Ethiopia to posterity.


    Very productive visit to the UK for Ethiopia’s new Foreign Minister


    January 10, 2013

    Ethiopia’s new Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met with UK officials earlier today on his first working visit to the UK in his new post. The Minister met with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon William Hague, the Secretary of State for International Development (DFID), the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening and UK Africa Minister, the Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds and other FCO officials for discussions on both bilateral and regional issues.


    Invitation to Prospective Business Partners for Expression of Interest: PPESA

    The Privatisation & Public Enterprises Supervising Agency (PPESA) invites capable domestic/foreign/private/public companies to express their interest to develop Ethiopian Mineral Development Share Company (EMDSC) by concluding joint venture contracts with the Agency.

    Deadline: January 30, 2013


    Dr. Tedros holds talks with Norway’s Foreign Minister

    December 17, 2012 - ADDIS ABABA

    H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, held discussions with Espen Barth Eide, Norway’s Foreign Minister, where the two sides discussed on various regional and domestic matters.

    The Norwegian Minister reaffirmed Norway’s readiness to continue with its holistic support to Ethiopia. He expressed his government’s appreciation of the rapid and equitable economic development of Ethiopia over the past decade, noting that “Ethiopia is one among few countries receiving significant Norwegian development assistance”.


    Foreign Minister holds talks with UN Under Secretary-General

    December 17, 2012 - ADDIS ABABA

    Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, welcomed a delegation from the United Nations led by Mr. Michel Sidibé, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

    Mr. Sidibé, congratulated the Minister on his new position before offering condolences on the untimely passing of the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. He also took the opportunity to highlight the tremendous progress Ethiopia has made in reducing HIV/AIDS infection rates by 90%, compared to a continental average of 50%.


    Ethiopians Celebrate Nations and Nationalities Day in London

    December 3, 2012

    Ethiopians from all walks of life celebrated the 7th Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day in London on 2nd December 2012 in the presence of H.E. Shiferaw Shigute, President of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s State (SNNPS).

    Organized in collaboration with the London-based Ethiopian National Consensus Forum, the event brought together Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin, irrespective of creed and political orientation, with a single focus on economic growth and Ethiopia’s Renaissance.


    BEN TV confers the Order of Kilimanjaro Award on the late PM Meles

    November 24, 2012

    Bright Entertainment Network Television (BEN TV) conferred the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi with a posthumuos award of THE ORDER OF KILIMANJARO - the highest honour to be bestowed on anyone by indigenous Africans resident in the UK – at a grand event held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Bloomsbury on 23rd November.

    The award, a tribute to the outstanding and life-long commitment of the great leader to the development of his nation and that of the African continent, praises Meles as “The True Son of Africa”.


    Ethiopia’s Foremost Jazz Musician gives Illustrated Talk

    November 8, 2012

    Jazz musician, Mulatu Astatke, a leading Ethiopian composer since the 1960s, gave a presentation to an audience of 500 at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London, on “Ethiopia’s Contribution to World Music”.


    Ethiopia’s Treasure Revealed at Natural History Museum

    November 5, 2012

    Invited guests and scholars were thrilled to learn more about the unique record of human evolution in Ethiopia at a presentation on Monday 5th November at the Natural History Museum in London.

    Visiting Palaeontologist Dr Berhane Asfaw gave a lecture on a record of human ancestry spanning the last six million years.


    Meet the Ancestors: Ethiopia's Treasures Revealed

    5 November 2012, 14:30 - 15:00

    Africa's Great Rift Valley has entombed a record of human ancestry spanning the last six million years. We are joined by visiting Ethiopian palaeontologist Berhane Asfaw as he discusses this unique record of human evolution and recent discoveries from the region. Dr Asfaw will bring along a cast of Ardi, the most complete skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus one of the earliest known species on the human family tree. Ardi lived in the Great Rift Valley 4.4 million years ago and has only been on display in the UK once before.


    Discussions on Investment Opportunities at APPG Business Dinner

    November 1, 2012

    His Excellency Ambassador Berhanu Kebede welcomed MPs, Peers and Ethiopian community leaders and business people from both the UK and Ethiopia to a dinner at the Ethiopian Embassy last night [31st October]. The dinner was jointly hosted by the Ambassador and Laurence Robertson MP, the chairman of the Ethiopia All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).


    Embassy Hosts Royal Society Pfizer African Academies

    October 31, 2012

    On 30th October, participants at the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies workshop - which is taking place from 30th October until 1st November - were hosted at the Ethiopian Embassy in a reception organized by the Royal Society.

  • Speech by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede at the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Reception
  • Speech by Prof. Martyn Poliakoff, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society
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    TDA-UK Members and Supporters Buy Bonds Worth £46,110; Hold 40th Day Memorial Service for PM Meles

    October 1, 2012

    Forty days after the demise of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, members and supporters of Tigray Development Association (TDA) in Greater London seized the opportunity at the Premier’s “40th Day Requiem Mass” (Ye Arba Ken Metasebia) to purchase bonds worth £46,110 and made pledges for an additional £22,650 for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This is following national mourning where millions of Ethiopians vowed to realise the late PM’s vision.


    PM Hailemariam's addresses the 67th session of the UN General Assembly

    September 28, 2012

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addressed the 67th UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York where he gave his maiden speech as Ethiopia's newly elected Prime Minister.


    Speech delivered by H.E Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
    at his inauguration as
    the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    September 21, 2012

    H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, elected as chairperson the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on September 21st at an extraordinary parliamentary session.

    Mr Hailemariam has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2010 and has also held various positions in federal and regional government.

    Former Education Minister, Mr Demeke Mekonen, elected as deputy chairperson of the EPRDF, is now the Deputy Prime Minister, taking over the post from Ato Hailemariam.

    His full speech is available on the following link.


    Speech delivered by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, on the Inauguration of Somalia's New President

    September 16, 2012

    H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia’s new president, was inaugurated on September 16th in Mogadishu, following elections held a week earlier.

    He was inaugurated in the presence of regional leaders, including Ethiopia’s Acting Prime Minister, H.E. Hailemariam Desaglegn, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and representatives of other countries, including Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister.

    Click Here for H.E. Hailemariam’s speech.


    Ethiopians Bid Farewell to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at London Gathering

    September 3, 2012

    Over a thousand Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia honoured and paid their last respects to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in London as his funeral was taking place in Addis Ababa on 2nd September, in the presence of Heads of State and Government, delegations of various countries and grief stricken Ethiopians across the country.

  • Special Edition of the Embassy's Newsletter dedicated to the Late PM

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    Ethiopians in the UK mourn their Great Leader

    August 25, 2012

    Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community residing in the UK paid tribute to the paramount Leader Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at a condolence book signing ceremony at the Ethiopian Embassy in London.

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who has led Ethiopia for the last 21 years with great wisdom and far sightedness passed away on August 20 at the hospital where he was under medical treatment.


    H.E. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

    1955 – 2012

    The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London, with deep sorrow, regrets to inform the Ethiopian Diaspora of the tragic death of H.E. Ato Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on Monday 20th August 2012.

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was a visionary leader who dedicated his entire life to the people of Ethiopia. As the head of the executive for the past 21 years, Prime Minister Meles was not only a leader who led his country into a new chapter of development, peace, and democracy but a person who will always be remembered as a champion of the cause of Africa in international fora.

    The Embassy of Ethiopia offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Prime Minister Meles and to the Peoples of Ethiopia.

    Please send your message of condolence via email to info@ethioembassy.org.uk.


    Statement from the Council of Ministers of
    the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    August 21, 2012

    Honorable Peoples and Friends of Ethiopia;

    The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with deep sorrow and grief, regrets to inform the Peoples of Ethiopia that, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has led our country for the last 21 years with great wisdom and far-sightedness, passed away on August 20th at 11:40 pm at the hospital where he was under medical treatment.


    August 17,2012

    It is with the deepest of regrets that the Embassy of Ethiopia has learnt of the untimely death of Ethiopia’s fifth Patriarch, His Holiness Abune Paulos I.

    He indeed was a man of peace and reconciliation who played an active part in the social and economic development of Ethiopia.

    We therefore express our deepest condolences to his family and friends and to the fellowship of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewedho Church.

    May He rest in Eternal Peace.


    Gala Hosted in Honour of Olympic Heroes

    August 15, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopian Olympic medallists and other athletes were given a hero’s welcome at a gala hosted in their honour at Porchester Hall in London’s Bayswater.

    Accompanied by the award-winning musical troupe, Dankira, upon arrival, they were presented by HE Ambassador Berhanu Kebede with bouquets of flower and led to their seats waving to standing dignitaries and invited guests in the hall which was packed to capacity.

    More photos can be found on the following link.


    Ethiopians Stage Colourful Musical Extravaganza in London

    August 13, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopians from different walks of life celebrated a Cultural Day in the wake of brilliant wins for the Ethiopian team in the London 2012 Olympics.

    Families started to converge at the London Ethiopian Embassy in what came to be a huge wave of support for Team Ethiopia, with the national tricolour flying high to the delight of the over one thousand spectators.

    Click here for more photos.


    Ethiopian Lady wins first-ever Grand Chef Competition

    August 6, 2012 - LONDON - An Ethiopian Culinary Competition came to a climax with style on Friday 3rd August as celebrity chef, Levi Roots and Ethiopian chefs from London’s five star hotels, Alemayehu Seyoum and Kahsaye Yehdego, declared Mrs Genet Gebre Mariam winner of the Grand Ethiopian Traditional Cuisine Contest 2012, in the presence of invited guests that included members of Ethiopia’s Olympic Delegation to London 2012. Mrs Rahel Negasi and her assistant Mrs Yalem Bayu came second while Mrs Mulu Tesfaye clinched third place.


  • Finals
  • Qualifying Round
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    A Warm Welcome for Team Ethiopia at Heathrow

    July 31, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopians in London and its environs accorded a warm welcome on Wednesday (30th July) to the majority of Team Ethiopia upon its arrival at Heathrow on board the National Carrier, ETHIOPIAN.

  • ***The Ethiopians are coming!***

    Release: Immediate

    July 30, 2012 - LONDON - The majority of Ethiopia’s London 2012 team will be arriving at Heathrow terminal 3 today at 6pm on national carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

    The delegation will include the current Olympic gold medal winner in the 5,000m and 10,000m Tirunesh Dibaba, who won the medals in Beijing.


    Ethiopia’s Health Minister to speak at London Family Planning Summit

    Release: Immediate

    July 10, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopia’s Health Minister, Dr Tewodros Adhanom, will speak at the London Summit on Family Planning that will take place on Wednesday, 11th July.

    The Minister will outline Ethiopia’s health strategy and ambitious health programme which is much admired by the international community.

  • Remarks by Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, at the Family Planning Summit, London, July 11, 2012
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    School Children Celebrate “Ethiopia Day” at Ethiopian Embassy London


    July 9, 2012 - LONDON - Close to one hundred primary school children from various primary schools in Britain today converged at the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to express their support to Team Ethiopia at London 2012.


    Ethiopian Embassy launches Cultural Olympics

    Release: Immediate

    July 5, 2012 - LONDON - The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London has today launched a six-week promotion of Ethiopia for the London Olympic Games by presenting vast displays of freshly-cut Ethiopian roses* to the Queen in her Jubilee year, to high-ranking British politicians and to heads of international organisations headquartered in London.


    Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance

    May 10, 2012

    A Sponsored Section from the May/June 2012 Issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine

    "Good news from the Horn of Africa is a rare commodity. In recent years, however, Ethiopia seems to be harvesting a healthy crop. In 2007, Africa’s oldest independent nation had the fastest-growing, non-oil driven economy among African countries, and its GDP growth has averaged around 10 percent since then. Ethiopia’s five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) is nevertheless addressing macroeconomic challenges, with intentions to double agricultural production, further develop the industry and manufacturing sector, and diversify its export basket. New infrastructure projects are under way to bring Millennium Development Goals (MDG) within reach, reduce foreign donor aid, and ameliorate the investment climate. Ethiopia knows its strengths lie in a marathon, not a sprint, and the government’s long-term development policies reflect this. Does this progress signal the beginning of Ethiopia’s revival?"

    Click here to download the full report


    Moves to twin Bath with Ethiopian city

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    A proposal to twin Bath with a city in Ethiopia has been discussed by councillors.

    The Ethiopian ambassador Berhanu Kebede visited the city this week to meet the Mayor of Bath and discuss the possibility of a twinning arrangement with the city of Hawassa.

    He was taken to Fairfield House, in Newbridge, which was the home of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie during an exile in the UK between 1936 and 1941. It is this historic link which is the driving force behind the proposal to secure a formal bond between Bath and the African city.


    It is with a great sense of sorrow that the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has learnt of the death of Ethiopia’s leading artist, the Most Honourable Maitre Artiste World Laureate, Afewerk Tekle. He died at the age of 80 on Tuesday April 10, 2012.

    May He Rest in Eternal Peace.


    Urban Development and Construction Minister Briefs Ethiopians on Urban Land Lease Holding Act

    April 4, 2012 – LONDON - A cross-section of Ethiopians from all over United Kingdom converged at the Ethiopian Embassy in London to hear H.E. Ato Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development and Construction, explain the salient features and provisions of the new Urban Land Lease Holding Act.


    Ethio-UK partnership based on democratic values, mutual trust and respect

    March 21, 2012 - LONDON - Over 200 guests enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Ethiopian Embassy at a reception hosted by the Rt. Hon. Laurence Robertson MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethiopia at the House of Commons on Tuesday, 20th March 2012.


    Italy’s Biased and Ill-informed Statement


    March 21, 2012 - Addis Ababa - Eritrea’s destabilization activities throughout the Horn of Africa sub-Region have long been condemned by the international community. Accordingly, the United Nations Security Council has already passed a series of Resolutions imposing sanctions on the regime. However, the regime has so far refused to heed the call of the international community to desist from supporting extremist elements in the region. Instead, the regime has made it a habit to portray itself as a victim when, in fact, it is the arch-culprit in this dangerous game of destabilization.


    University of Nottingham strengthens links with Ethiopia

    The University of Nottingham’s links with Ethiopia have been strengthened by a high-level visit from the African country.

    His Excellency Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, led a delegation to the University to sign two new agreements on teaching and research.


    The Ethiopian Defense Forces Strike at Terrorist Camps
    near Ethio-Eritrean Border


    March 15, 2012 - Addis Ababa - Early this morning the Ethiopian Defense forces attacked military targets 18kms inside Eritrea where the Eritrean government trained, armed and deployed hit and run terrorist and subversive groups, including one which recently attacked, killed and abducted European tourists in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Our military units have safely returned to camp after successfully carrying out this proportional military measure intended to safeguard Ethiopia's security along its border with Eritrea.


    Members of the Ethiopian-Somali Community in the UK
    buy bonds worth 7.18 million Birr


    March 14, 2012 - LONDON - Members of the Ethiopian Somali Community in the UK have raised £183,850 (5.1million birr) in cash by buying Renaissance Dam bonds and have pledged a further £75,000 (2.08 million birr) bringing the total to 7.18 million birr. They did so at a meeting on 4th March, held in the presence of a high-level Government delegation led by H.E. Abdi Mohammud Omer, President of the Somali Regional State.


    Ethiopian Minister of Health honoured by his former university

    Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health has been honoured by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as one of its most distinguished former students.

    Dr. Tedros was awarded an Honorary Fellowship – the School’s most prestigious honour - during the annual graduation ceremony on 10th March 2012. He was praised for his outstanding career including important contributions as a malariologist and public health leader.


    Responsibility stills falls squarely on the shoulders of the government of Eritrea


    ADDIS ABABA - 8 March 2012

    The government of Ethiopia is delighted that the efforts of the Afar elders to negotiate the release of the two German tourists kidnapped by an Eritrea organized terrorist group on January 16th have been successful. The two were kidnapped when a group of 27 tourists travelling in the Afar Regional State were attacked by gunmen. It was an act of open terrorism resulting in the death of five people with others injured and kidnapped. Those killed were two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian. The injured tourists included people from Italy, Belgium and the UK. Two Germans and two Ethiopians were kidnapped.


    Gibbons Stamp Monthly celebration
    at the Ethiopian Embassy


    LONDON, 28 February 2012

    The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London was the scene for the celebration of the March 2012 issue of Gibbon’s Stamp Monthly, published by the oldest and renowned stamp firm Stanley Gibbons, which carried a 6-page fully illustrated article on Ethiopia’s postal service and postage stamps, the first of two articles.




    The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 20th Extra-Ordinary Summit Meeting in Addis Ababa on 27th January 2012 under the Chairmanship of H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly.


    Press statement on Eritrean-backed tourist killings in the Afar Regional State

    ADDIS ABABA, 17 January 2012

    On Monday, 16 January 2012, a group of 27 tourists travelling in the Afar Regional State were attacked by gunmen. It was an act of open terrorism resulting in the death of five people with others injured and kidnapped. Those killed were two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian. The injured included one Hungarian, one Belgian and one British. Two Germans and two Ethiopians were also kidnapped.


    Ethiopian Airlines Refutes ET 409 Crash Report


    ADDIS ABABA, 17 January 2012 - Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the final investigation report released today by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport on the accident of ET 409 / 25 January 2010.

    The Airline maintained that the Lebanese Government had been speculating the cause of the accident as pilot error right from the day of the accident contrary to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13.

    Comments by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority on the Accident Investigation of Ethiopian Flight 409, Boeing 737-800, ET-ANB, January 25, 2010


    Ethiopians Discuss Draft Diaspora Policy in London

    PRESS RELEASE - December 5, 2011, LONDON

    Ethiopians in the UK deliberated on a new Draft Diaspora Policy at a meeting held on the 3rd December at the London Ethiopian Embassy in the presence of HE Ato Nega Tsegaye, State Minister for Foreign Affairs.

    In his speech at the gathering, the State Minister underlined how central it is for the developmental state to enhance public participation as a major force behind the nation building scheme


    Top UK companies sample prime Ethiopian coffees


    LONDON, 22 November 2011 - Renowned coffee roaster, Wakefields, which imports high-value Ethiopian coffee, and the Oromia Coffee Producers’ Association led a presentation and coffee tasting at the Ethiopian Embassy today.


    Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK raise 2 million Birr for Construction of
    the Grand Renaissance Dam


    On 29th October, Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin residing in the UK raised about 2 million birr, by way of bond purchases, pledges and gifts, on the first Bond Selling Day to be held in London.

    According to the UK Renaissance Dam Diaspora Participation Coordination Council, members of the Ethiopian community had already pledged close to one million birr which brings the total to about 3 millions birr.

    CLICK HERE for more pictures.


    Ethiopians Form Great Renaissance Dam Diaspora
    Participation Coordination Council

    PRESS RELEASE - October 10, 2011, LONDON

    Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin in the United Kingdom have set up a Diaspora Participation Coordination Council for the Great Renaissance Dam, now under construction with resources mobilized by Ethiopians both at home and abroad.

    CLICK HERE for more pictures.


    Invitation for Diaspora Professionals

    The Ministry of Civil Service of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is seeking the professional support of the Ethiopian Diaspora. The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London, kindly request the esteemed members of the Diaspora to extend their professional support for the mentioned institutions and send their CVs.


    Letter of Condolences - ADA-UK

    We members of ADA –UK express our grief and sorrow by untimely and unexpected death and accident of the Tigray police orchestra in Ethiopia. Our brothers were travelling holding the mission to share the indigenous and dazzling culture of the Ethiopian people...We hope others will follow their footsteps and do all the best for their objectives to come true.


    Statement by H.E. Ato Meles Zenawi at the Pledging Conference for Countries of the Horn of Africa affected by Drought and Famine

    Addis Ababa, 25 August 2011 – African Union (AU) leaders gathered at the first ever AU Pledging Conference and made pledges of more than US$350 million dollars toward the relief effort assisting the millions of people in crisis due to the extreme drought and famine conditions in the Horn of Africa.

    The following is the statement by PM Meles Zenawi as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Current Chairperson of the Assembly of IGAD Head of State and Government.



    Press Statement - August 5th, 2011, LONDON

    Last night (4th August), BBC Newsnight broadcast a 17-minute film making allegations of human rights abuses against the Ethiopian government. The timing of this report is guaranteed to inflict maximum damage on those who are suffering from the worst drought for sixty years in our region. It was difficult to respond to allegations in the few minutes given to our Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador Abdirashid Dulane, after the film was aired, when we had not been permitted to see the film in advance. We are issuing this statement to put the record straight.


    Embassy of Ethiopia receives award for its Leadership Role and Support for Diaspora Activities

    African Leadership Magazine, a Nigerian-based business magazine, awarded the Embassy of Ethiopia an award for its leadership role and support for Diaspora activities on 31st July at the 2011 edition of the African Business Leadership Awards ceremony in London.


    Ethiopian Investment, Trade and Tourism Forum in London
    PRESS RELEASE: 9th June 2011, LONDON
    The Ethiopian Investment, Trade and Tourism Forum, the first of its kind in the UK, opened in London today in the presence of Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, His Excellency Hailemariam Dessalegn, and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Africa, His Excellency Henry Bellingham, MP, investors, entrepreneurs, invited guests and members of the Ethiopian community in the UK.


    UK Ethiopian Diaspora celebrate the 20th anniversary of May 28 in London

    Ethiopian Diaspora members residing in the UK celebrated the 20th anniversary of the demise of the Derg, pledging to mobilize funds for the Renaissance Dam, a symbol of a viable and prosperous Ethiopia, in the presence of a high level Ethiopian delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn


    Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK pledge full support for the GTP

    Ethiopians and UK citizens of Ethiopian origin have vowed to contribute their share to the Five-Year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) following discussions and consultations at the Ethiopian Embassy, London on 16th April.

    The conference, which drew a cross-section of Diaspora community, successfully concluded its deliberation by issuing a final communiqué.

    CLICK HERE for the "Growth and Transformation Plan (2011 - 2015)" presentation by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.


    2nd April, 2011 - Speech delivered by H.E. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to mark the official commencement of the Millennium Dam project

    An artist’s rendition of the location where the Millennium Dam is being built between Lebeyat (left) and Neqor (right) mountains on a one-kilometre stretch of land in Benishangul-gumuz Regional State. Of the total 15 turbines the completed hydropower project is to contain, two are to be operational in 44 months to generate 700MW of electricity.


    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi opens Hydropower for Sustainable Development 2011
    Press Release - 31st March 2011, Addis Ababa

    His Excellency Prime Minister Meles Zenawi today opened Hydropower for Sustainable Development 2011 – a strategic conference to discuss the role of hydropower in Africa’s sustainable development, being held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa - 31st March to 1st April.

    Hon. Alamayehu Tegenu, Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy, H.E. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, AUC, H.E. Abjoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the UN Commission for Africa, co-hosted the opening session sharing their views on sustainable hydropower.

  • Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's speech
  • Press Release - 1st April 2011 - Recommendations on Achieving Sustainable Hydropower Development in Africa Announced
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    Ethiopian Cultural Evening cements Ethio-British relations
    Press Release - March 9, 2011

    Guests gathered at the House of Commons yesterday evening for the 11th annual Ethiopian Cultural Evening, which Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Berhanu Kebede, described as “a hallmark of the fraternal relations between the people and Governments of Ethiopia and Britain”.

    Speech by H.E. Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador for Ethiopia in the UK at the Ethiopian Cultural Evening

    Guests gathered at the House of Commons on 8th March for the 11th annual Ethiopian Cultural Evening, hosted by Laurence Robertson MP in the Jubilee Room. In his welcoming speech, the Ambassador thanked the British government for the confidence it had displayed towards Ethiopia with its recent large rise in bilateral aid. He also outlined Ethiopian Government policies which fight poverty, empower people and expand education.

    For the Ambassador's full speech, please click here.


    Birmingham Peace and Development Conference

    Press Statement - February 22, 2011

    Ambassador Abdirashid Dulane, the Ethiopian Deputy Head of Mission to the United Kingdom held a large and well-attended peace and development conference in Birmingham on 20th February with the Ethiopian Somali Diaspora communities from, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, and Liverpool.

    Communiqué of Participants at the Birmingham Peace & Development Conference

    Birmingham, February 20, 2011 - We the members of the Ethiopian Somali Diaspora communities in the UK convened in Birmingham to converse on the importance of the peace and the developments that have taken root in our region and our determination to contribute to their full and successful implementation.


    Ethiopian Construction and Health Sector Roundtable held at the British Expertise

    Ambassador Berhanu Kebede addressed members of British Expertise on 10th February 2011 at a roundtable held on Ethiopia’s infrastructure and health sectors. The meeting was organized by Dominic James of British Expertise, in cooperation with the Embassy of Ethiopia.


    Somali Region President Urges Community to Enhance Engagement in Peace, Development

    London, 7 February 2011 - President of the Somali Regional State Abdi Mohammed Omer briefed and discussed on Sunday peace and development activities and progress made with Ethiopian Somali community in the UK.


    16th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly Opens With a Focus on Shared Values

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 31 January 2011- The 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union started in Addis Ababa today. Heads of State and Government or their accredited representatives are meeting under the theme of “Towards greater unity and integration through shared values”.


    Communique of the 17th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly Heads of State and Government on Sudan, Somalia and Kenya

    The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 17th Extra-Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, on 30 January 2011, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic of Ethiopia, and Chairperson of IGAD.


    The 5th International Conference on Federalism

    The 5th International Conference on Federalism (ICF), which was held in Addis Ababa, concluded on 16th December, drawing valuable lessons from expert analysis and shared experience from participant states of their common endeavours.The four-day conference, held under the theme Equality and Unity in Diversity for Development, is the first global conference to be held in Africa since its initiation in 1999 in Canada.

    At the closing session, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that Ethiopia and Africa in general had learnt valuable lessons from “instructive debates and discussions” held in this year’s conference. For the Prime Minister's Keynote speech, please click here.


    PM Meles explains his vision for Ethiopia

    Interview with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

    Ethiopia will host the 5th International Conference on Federalism from December 13 to 16, 2010. In this regard, Federations magazine published an interview with the Prime Minister in its December 2010/January 2011 issue.


    14th and 15th Editions - The Grand Trade Fair

    Century Promotion Service is pleased to introduce the 14th and 15th editions of the Grand Trade Fair that will take place from December 23, 2010 - January 06, 2011 and April 09, 2011 - April 23, 2011, in connection with the Ethiopian Christmas and Easter festivals at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Centre. Both events promise 20,000 - 30,000 visitors each day.



    The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 16th Extra- Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, on 23 November 2010, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of IGAD to consider the progress on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in the Sudan.

    For the communiqué, please click here.


    The Great Ethiopian Run 2010

    The 10th edition of Africa's biggest road race, the Great Ethiopian Run 10km, takes place this coming Sunday.

    More than 35,000 runners are expected to take part in the race on a new course which includes the Gotera overpass and which has been designed to cater for larger numbers.


    Ethiopia - A Journey to the Lost Kingdom

    The Ethiopian Embassy, London and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), jointly organised an event where presentations were given by veteran broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford on the documentaries on Ethiopia that they produced this year. An exhibition and an illustrated talk were also held on the RGS premises in the afternoon, promoting the natural resources and wildlife in the Gambella state.


    Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the Report of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM)

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia deeply regrets that the Report of the EU EOM issued on 8 November is as flawed as the preliminary statement issued by the Mission at the close of the elections in Ethiopia on 25 May 2010.


    Explore Ethiopia: A Market on the Rise

    A trade and investment promotion workshop jointly organized by the London Chamber of Commerce and the Ethiopian Embassy in the United Kingdom was held on 3rd November in London. The workshop was organized under the theme “Ethiopia: A Market on the rise.”


    Peace and Development Conference of Members of the Ethiopian-Somali Diaspora in the UK

    Press Statement

    The Peace and Development Conference of the Ethiopian Somali Diaspora Community was held on 23rd October 2010 in London, United Kingdom. The Conference was attended from cross section of the Diaspora representing over 23 associations residing in the United Kingdom. The Community members expressed their full support to the recently signed peace agreement between the Government of Ethiopia on the one hand and the UWSLF and ONLF on the other.

    For the final communiqué, please click here.


    Response to Human Rights Watch Report of 19th October 2010


    The allegations contained in the latest HRW report on Ethiopia, entitled "Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia”, constitute a repetition of previous fabrications that were examined by Ethiopia’s development partners and were found to be baseless.

    The Ethiopian government has fully demonstrated its commitment to efficient and effective utilisation of finance and other resources provided by its development partners. The Government’s track record clearly shows that it has the ability to live up to its responsibilities in this regard.


    The Government of Ethiopia refutes claims of politicized aid

    Press Statement

    The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has noted with dismay the extraordinary attack launched against it by Human Rights Watch. It categorically rejects the accusation that it politicizes the use of development aid in any shape or form or that it has misused any of the development aid so generously provided by the international community.

    Please click here for the full statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


    PM Meles appoints state ministers

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi gave on Tuesday (19th October) appointments to different government officials.The appointment of the officials took effect as of October 18, 2010.

    For the full list, please click here.


    Parliament endorses newly appointed ministers

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi appointed 20 ministers and presented them to the House of People’s Representative (HPR) today (5th October 2010). The HPR endorsed the appointments.

    For the list of the newly appointed ministers, please click here.


    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi sworn in for another term

    Ethiopia’s leader, Meles Zenawi was sworn in to serve another five-year term, as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister by the House of People’s Representative (HPR) at the opening session of parliament on 4th October 2010.


    Foreign Minister of Ethiopia Addresses UN General Assembly

    Minister for Foreign Affairs, Seyoum Mesfin, addressed the general debate of the sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2010.

    In his speech, he noted that democracy has taken deep roots at state level and society at large. Ethiopia’s development strategy, he said, envisages democracy, which is not an option but a means of survival for the country, as the cornerstone of political and economic governance.

    For the full speech, please click here.


    PM Meles Addresses the MDG Summit

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi addressed the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 21st September 2010, making Ethiopia’s development trajectory abundantly clear in his speech. Ethiopia is making headway in bringing about sustainable development and presently it has drawn a Five-Year Growth and Transformation Plan instrumental to achieving the MDGs.

    Convened by the General Assembly, the summit is aimed at spurring action towards achieving internationally agreed goals to reduce hunger, poverty and disease.

    For the PM’s full speech, please click here.


    PM Meles Re-elected Chairperson of EPRDF

    The Eighth Organizational Conference of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded today, 17th September, by re-electing PM Meles Zenawi as Chairperson.

    The Conference has also elected Haile-mariam Desalegn as Deputy Chairperson of EPRDF.

    The three-day conference which was held under the theme "We will make Ethiopian Renaissance Irreversible" also nominated 180 Council and 36 Executive Committee Members of the EPRDF.


    25 August 2010 - PRESS STATEMENT

    The terrorist attack in Mogadishu yesterday which claimed the lives of so many, including six parliamentarians, and wounded dozens more, has demonstrated yet again the challenge the people of Somalia face in their struggle to free their country from the stranglehold of Al-Shabaab, an organization whose agenda has nothing to do with the interests of Somalia or of its people.



    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi gave a press conference to local and international media on 11th August 2010. The Weekly newspaper, Addis Fortune, published it in their 15th August 2010 issue.


    Ethiopia’s 5-year Growth and Transformational Plan achievable: PM Meles

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that the five-year national development and transformational plan is achievable as it incorporates positive achievements and lessons learned over the past five years. In a press conference to foreign media in Addis Ababa on 11th August 2010, the premier said it is possible for Ethiopia to double its economic growth.


    Terrorist Attacks in Kampala


    The terrorist attacks in Kampala last night, aimed at innocent civilians demonstrate, once again, how devilish its perpetrators are. They chose their time in a cold-bloodedly careful manner, the intention being to cause as many fatalities, and as much mayhem and destruction, as possible.


    NEBE: EPRDF wins 4th National Elections

    The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced that the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has won the 4th national elections which took place on 23, May 2010.

    All the results of the general election were to be declared on 21 June, 2010, as per the NEBE formal timetable.


    Prime Minister Meles' Post-Election Press Conference

    After his party won a vast majority of seats in Parliament (according to preliminary results), the PM shared his views on international issues, his admiration for voters, and his desires for the future of electoral politics in Ethiopia with reporters.


    National Day 2010 - A Promising Future for Democratic Ethiopia


    Ethiopia’s National Day - 28th May - marks the demise of the Derg military regime that was in place from 1974 until 1991 when it was overthrown by a coalition of liberation forces which demanded a democratic system that recognised the rights and freedoms of all of Ethiopia’s many nationalities.


    ADA concludes a successful fundraising event

    London-based Amhara Development Association (ADA) raised over £13,000 through a fundraising event held at the Ethiopian Embassy in London on 29th May 2010.


    PM Meles Zenawi Speech at Meskel Square - 25th May 2010

    The ruling party, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, won majority of votes in the fourth elections held on 23rd May.PM Meles Zenawi gave the following speech at a post-election rally in Meskel Square.


    Historic Election Concludes in Ethiopia


    The governing EPRDF party has won a healthy majority of the votes in Sunday’s election that attracted a 90% plus voter turnout.

    The ruling party’s landslide victory was a result of its track-record, which includes double-digit economic growth over the past seven years, significant improvements in people’s livelihoods, inputs in the agricultural sector which brought much increased productivity for small-scale farmers, a large increase in social infrastructure such as schools and clinics but also in roads, telecommunications and hydro-power.


    Ethiopia - Kuriftu creates new lakeside lodge
    Boston Partners PLC has almost finished the construction of a new lodge on the shores of Lake Tana, in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

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