Ethiopian New Year Message from the Chargé d’Affaires a.i.

4 Sep 2020

On 11th September 2020, Ethiopians from across the country and abroad will usher in the New Year.

As we welcome the year 2013 in the Ethiopian calendar, on behalf of the Ethiopian Embassy in London, I would like to extend my heartfelt wishes for a peaceful, prosperous and successful new year to all Ethiopians, at home and abroad. I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Government and people of the United Kingdom, and friends of Ethiopia, who have been graciously supporting Ethiopia and advancing Ethio-UK relations throughout the year.

2012 has been a year of tremendous development, as well as challenge, for Ethiopia. We have seen the historic first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) reservoir, which has brought Ethiopians from all walks of life together to see its realisation. I would like to take this opportunity to call upon Ethiopians, the Diaspora and friends of Ethiopia to continue their support for the GERD.

We have also seen increased trade and investment following the launch of the Home-Grown Economic Policy, and the planting of 5 billion trees through the Green Legacy initiative as part of efforts to curb the effects of climate change.

However, there have also been immense challenges this year. As the Coronavirus outbreak grips Ethiopia, I urge you all to stay vigilant during this New Year period, and to celebrate in a safely by observing government guidelines to limit the spread of the virus.

The coronavirus pandemic has not only disrupted the way we live but has also taken away friends and loved ones.  For those who have lost their loved ones due to this terrible virus, I extend my sincere condolences.

The global nature of this terrible pandemic is a humbling reminder of our common humanity and vulnerability.  It is only by standing together in solidarity that we can prevail and overcome this pandemic.

For those who are able, the Embassy’s coronavirus appeal is still open for donations. Our sincere thanks to all those who have contributed so far – your donations are saving lives in Ethiopia. Further information about the appeal is available on our website at

As we move into the New Year, I call upon all Ethiopians at home and in the Diaspora to contribute their part towards the creation of a prosperous and democratic Ethiopia, based on our unity in diversity. Our task for the coming year is to maintain the spirit of hope and transformation and work towards bringing all Ethiopians the growth and  unity we all desire for our country and for the generations to come.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to the sizeable Ethiopian community in the UK and our friends and partners, who have stood in solidarity with us as we strive to build a stronger Ethiopia.

May 2013 bring peace and prosperity to us all.

Melkam Addis Amet!

Mrs Roza Yerukneh
Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Head of Diaspora Affairs



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