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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.

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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
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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