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The Public Diplomacy Department is the epicentre of public engagement at the Embassy - responsible for all its media relations and the promotion of Ethiopia’s image abroad. The Department works closely with all other departments at the Embassy.

Press and Media Enquiries

Contact the Press Office if you have a media enquiry, interview or information request.

Journalists and other media professionals should contact the Public Diplomacy Department for media enquiries and interview requests. Emails are regularly checked during opening hours. We aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.

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If you are a journalist, filmmaker or professional photographer and wish to travel to Ethiopia to report on a given situation or story, you will require a journalist visa.

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Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Intiative, which resulted in over 4 billion trees being planted in 2019, has been shortlisted for The Climate Coalition's Green Heart Hero Award, which recognises the incredible work that is being done to tackle climate change. Ethiopia is nominated under the “Overseas Inspiration” category.
25 Feb 2020
Ethiopia’s tree-planting drive shortlisted for national climate change award
Brighton Festival, the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England, is set to get a little taste of Ethiopia thanks to the acclaimed Ethio-British poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE, who has been selected as this year's Guest Director. The Festival is scheduled to take place from 2 - 24 May and will feature some Ethiopian artists.
19 Feb 2020
Brighton Festival 2020 launches with Lemn Sissay as Guest Director
13 Feb 2020
Joint Statement of Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, the United States and the World Bank
Ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and their delegations met with the Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank, participating as observers, to continue negotiations on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, in Washington, D.C. on February 12-13, 2020. 
Ethiopia has been included in National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s ‘Cool List’ of 20 must-see destinations for the year ahead. At number 12, Ethiopia is noted for its ‘new tours, improved safety, and a tourism trade that’s growing faster than anywhere else in Africa’.
11 Feb 2020
Ethiopia makes National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List’
Ethiopia has been embarking an ambitious reform process to ensure the sustainability of its economic growth and development. Among these reforms, education has been a foremost priority. As a starting point for the reforms, the Government accepted that previous attempts at educational reform had yielded mixed results.
4 Feb 2020
Ethiopia’s New Education Development Roadmap: Charting a Course to a Brighter Future
31 Jan 2020
Joint Statement of Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, the United States And the World Bank
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Water Resources of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, and their delegations met with the Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank, participating as observers in negotiations, on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, in Washington, D.C.
Ahead of the official publication date, the Embassy hosted the UK launch of acclaimed Ethio-American author, Maaza Mengiste’s second novel, The Shadow King, in the presence of Ambassador Fesseha and guests. Set in 1935 in Ethiopia, the novel explores female power and casts light on the women soldiers.
30 Jan 2020
Embassy hosts Maaza Mengiste’s UK launch of The Shadow King
At the first-ever UK-Africa Investment Summit, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke invited UK businesses to invest in Ethiopia. Hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Summit brought together leaders from 21 African countries, business leaders, institutional investors, international organisations and civil society.
21 Jan 2020
Ethiopia at the UK-Africa Summit in London
Team Ethiopia are set to return to London streets for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26th April. Leading the pack will be long-distance legend, Kenenisa Bekele, who will go head to head with Kenya’s Eluid Kipchoge, in what will be one of the most eagerly anticipated races in marathon history.
20 Jan 2020
London are you ready? The Ethiopians are coming!
Speech by H.E. Mr Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia at the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.
20 Jan 2020
Speech by H.E. Mr Demeke Mekonnen at the UK-Africa Investment Summit
Ethiopia’s remarkable record of economic growth and home-grown development path has inspired the whole continent of Africa. In this insight for the Overseas Development Institute, Arkebe Oqubay looks at the growing impact of foreign investment across Africa and considers the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the continent.
16 Jan 2020
Will the 2020s be the decade of Africa’s economic transformation?

Embassy Newsletter

The Embassy publishes a monthly newsletter, which provides insight on recent developments in Ethiopian politics, international affairs, economics and investment, education, health and culture, tourism, media and sport.

If you would like a copy of any back issues that are not in our archive, please contact the Public Diplomacy Department.

A Week in the Horn

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes a weekly newsletter, which provides commentary from an Ethiopian perspective on developments in the Horn of Africa and the African Union.

If you would like a copy of any back issues that are not available in our archive, please submit your request to the Public Diplomacy Department or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.

Charity Registration

Foreign charities and NGOs wishing to operate in Ethiopia are required to fulfill the registration requirements detailed under Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s House of Peoples’ Representatives Proclamation No. 1113/2019, otherwise known as the Organisations of Civil Societies Proclamation.

  • 1. Required Documents

    a. Legalised Certificate of Registration from the Charity Commission

    b. Legalised Articles of Association or Constituting Document of the Organisation wishing to register

    c. Legalised Resolution or Decision from Organisation’s Board or Competent Organ to operate in Ethiopia

    d. Legalised Power of Attorney for the Organisation’s Country Representative in Ethiopia from Organisation’s Board or Competent Organ

    e. Organisation’s Action Plan covering a minimum period of two years. The Action Plan shall include: objectives; beneficiary selection; implementation strategy; expected impacts and results; staffing; sustainability provisions; budget allocation stipulating the breakdown of its administrative and programming budget; and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

    Details of the legalisation services provided by the Embassy can be found here. Please also ensure that you retain all original  documentation as they will be required for processing in Ethiopia.

  • 2. Submission and Processing

    We recommend that you submit your application to the Embassy only once all of the required documentation is complete.

    Please submit scanned copies of the required documentation together with a signed covering letter requesting the Embassy’s recommendation for the Organisation to register as a foreign civil society organisation in Ethiopia by email to info@ethioembassy.org.uk.

    Your documentation will be reviewed, and if, at this stage, additional supporting documentation is required, you will be notified.

    If the Embassy confirms that your application fulfils these requirements, you will be invited for a face-to-face interview to discuss the application in further detail.

  • 3. Issuance of a Letter of Recommendation

    Following the face-to-face interview your application will be reviewed by our team for up to 21 days.

    Once the review is complete, subject to approval, a letter of recommendation will be transmitted directly to the Agency for Civil Societies Organisations in Ethiopia.

    The Organisation’s Legal Representative in Ethiopia can then follow-up directly with the Agency in order to finalise registration.

    Please note that all original documentation will be required to complete the registration process in Ethiopia
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FAQs

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  • What are the required documents for a visa and permit application?

    Please review the Journalist Visas page for information on the requirements to apply for a visa and permit.

  • I have urgent travel, can I get a journalist visa on the same day?

    No. As applications are approved in Ethiopia, please allow at least 21 working days to process your application.

  • When should I apply for a visa?

    To allow us to process your application to completion, please submit your application to the Press Office at least 21 working days prior to your trip. Please review the Journalist Visas page for further information.

  • How do I contact the Press Office?

    Journalists and other media professionals should contact the Public Diplomacy Department for media enquiries and interview requests.