Here we take a look back at 2017’s highlights, month by month, and what we are looking forward to in 2018.
16 Jan 2018
2017: Year in Review
The Ethio-Djibouti railway line has started commercial operations for passengers and freight. The railway, which is Sub-Saharan Africa’s first electrified railway, connects Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa with the port of Djibouti. Travel time will be cut from around 3 days to 10 hours.
8 Jan 2018
All Aboard! Africa’s first electrified railway from Addis to Djibouti begins commercial operations
Japanese casualwear retailer, Uniqlo, will open its  first African manufacturing plant in Ethiopia, joining fashion giants such as H&M and Calvin Klein, who are already manufacturing in Ethiopia.
4 Jan 2018
Uniqlo to open first African manufacturing plant in Ethiopia
At this New Year, my wife, Abebetch Zeleke Aweke, and all Embassy staff, join me in wishing the people and government of the United Kingdom our heart-felt best wishes for the year ahead.
2 Jan 2018
New Year Message from the Ambassador
Ethiopian Electric Power has signed two agreements worth $4 billion, to build two geothermal power plants, to be run by the country’s first privately-owned utility. The two plants - Corbetti and Tulu Moye - will produce a combined 1,000MW of power upon completion in eight years’ time.
27 Dec 2017
Two new geothermal power plants to be built
The Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) in Ethiopia is conducting major media reform activities to transform the country’s communication and media sectors, at the Federal and Regional levels, to empower them to discharge their responsibilities by promoting the expansion of modern, accessible, and diverse media.
15 Dec 2017
Media reform, best practice sought
Over 350 Ethiopians representing many of the ethno-linguistic groups in the country, dressed in traditional outfits, and braved snow and sleet over the weekend (December 10) to celebrate the 12th annual Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day (#NNPDay2017).
13 Dec 2017
12th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day celebrated colourfully in London
Ambassador Hailemichael was the guest speaker at the launch of Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury. The book features 800 superb photographs of 66 of Ethiopia’s ancient churches. The most comprehensive publication yet of Ethiopia’s Christian Orthodox heritage, it unveils the secrets of the churches’ murals, their colourful medieval history and the…
11 Dec 2017
Ambassador Hailemichael guest speaker at book launch on Ethiopian Churches