UK’s Minister for Africa in debut visit to Ethiopia

30 Aug 2017

As part of his 7-day visit to East Africa, the UK’s Minister of State for Africa, Rory Stewart MP,  visited Ethiopia to see how UK aid is being implemented in the region.

In meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Finance Minister Dr Abraham Tekeste, Mr Stewart highlighted UK efforts and urged the Ethiopian Government to continue to increase its own response, working with the international community.

The two sides discussed the recurring drought in Ethiopia and the humanitarian support being given by the government to cope with its impact.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Hirut Zemene, receiving Mr Stewart, said Ethiopia had strong mutual understanding with the UK on regional and bilateral consular issues. Mr Stewart underlined UK support for AMISOM work in stabilizing Somalia and also noted the UK’s cooperation with Ethiopia and its concern for the security of the country.

“I was delighted to make my first visit to Ethiopia as Minister for Africa, marking the fifth visit by a UK Minister this year. The UK-Ethiopia partnership spans many issues critical to both our countries, from the reduction of poverty in Ethiopia to security and stability in the Horn of Africa,” he said.

“We have a strong and historic relationship with Ethiopia and the UK is committed to building on this, through new economic partnerships and assistance and support with regional security and humanitarian issues,” he added.

He also discussed the UK-African Union partnership with AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and Commissioners for Peace and Security Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Trade & Industry Albert Muchanga and Infrastructure & Energy Dr Amani Abou-Zeid.

“I was pleased to meet the AU Commission Chairperson to discuss shared peace, security, development and prosperity priorities. I look forward to working more closely in partnership with them in the future,” he said.

Latest News

Browse all
Ethiopia’s world-class cyclist and reigning national time-trial champion, Tsgabu Grma, has launched a new cycling tour company, Ethio Cycling Holidays, based in Ethiopia offering tours for international cycling enthusiasts, as well as introducing more cyclists to the fantastic opportunities for road cycling in Ethiopia.
17 May 2019
Tsgabu Grmay launches new cycling tour company in Ethiopia
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed marked his first year in office on April 2. In our Editorial, we take a look at the Prime Minister's first year in office, highlighting historical events that have taken place.
14 May 2019
Wonders and challenges of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s first year in office
Former Ethiopian President, H.E. Dr. Negasso Gidada, was laid to rest at St Peter and St Paul Catholic Cemetery in Addis Ababa on Sunday, 5th March, with thousands in attendance. Dr. Negasso died on Saturday, 27th April at the age of 75, while receiving medical treatment in Germany.
10 May 2019
Ethiopians bid farewell to the late former President Dr Negasso Gidada
The 26th World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) took place in Addis Ababa from 1st to 3rd May and was heralded as a reflection of the current social and political transformations in Ethiopia. During the celebrations, PM Abiy was named as laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.
9 May 2019
Ethiopia hosts historic World Press Freedom Day
UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, visited Ethiopia on 2nd May, where he spoke at the World Press Freedom Day celebrations announcing the £15.5 million UK aid to help Ethiopia run transparent, free and fair elections in 2020. The Foreign Secretary also met PM Abiy and the new Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew.
8 May 2019
UK Foreign Secretary visits Ethiopia in whistle-stop Africa tour
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was named as laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for his actions in the region and, in particular, for having been the instigator of a peace agreement between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
3 May 2019
PM Abiy named laureate of the 2019 UNESCO Peace Prize
Following the hugely successful Diaspora Forum, held under the theme, "Building a Bridge for Peace and Unity, a cross-cutting Diaspora-led initiative, aimed at further engaging the Ethiopian community in the UK in the current political and social transformations taking place in Ethiopia, has been established.
30 Apr 2019
Diaspora-led Initiative for Peace and Unity Established
Enchanting tourist attractions, unique diplomatic stature, and a thriving airline have placed Ethiopia, Land of Origins, on top of the world when it comes to tourism growth. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s annual review, the country saw the highest tourism growth in the world (48.6%).
22 Apr 2019
Land of Origins: The Next Big Thing in Global Tourism
As part of efforts to further accelerate the root and branch reforms taking place in Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed new ministers in a minor reshuffle of his cabinet today (18th October).
18 Apr 2019
New Foreign and Defence Ministers Appointed