Ethiopia's Ambassador to China, Seyoum Mesfin, said Ethiopia has huge bamboo potential which can create significant opportunities of investment to interested foreign companies.
He said Ethiopia's bamboo resource potential is the biggest in the continent, accounting for 67% of the total area of bamboo coverage in Africa. Ambassador Seyoum made the remark on Saturday (Dec.23) at a launching ceremony of a book compiled by Prof. Peng Zhenhua and Prof. Jiang Zehui under the title "The Charm of Bamboo".
The book contains a selected 100 Ancient Chinese Poems on Bamboo. Amb. Seyoum's made his remarks representing Ethiopia, the current Chair of International Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) Council. He said Ethiopia and China are working together through their bilateral and multilateral cooperation and in collaboration with INBAR to develop the vast bamboo resources in Ethiopia.
The event was officially opened by a speech delivered by the State Minister of Forestry Administration of P.R. of China. Present at the ceremony were State Councilor of P.R. of China, Mrs. Liu Yandong, Minister of the Publicity of the Communist Party of P.R. of China, Mr. Liu Qibao, other high level Chinese Government officials, Ambassador's and heads of missions in Beijing. Series of activities were also presented at the event which was part of the 15th anniversary celebration of INBAR, Headquartered in Beijing, China.