Prime Minister Hailemariam, the current chairperson of the African Union, attended the 3rd Africa-South America summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Friday (February 26th). He told the summit that Africa and South America were the home to people of the developing countries "who confront similar challenges of poverty and underdevelopment", adding that "the two continents should work together to fight these transnational challenges."
He noted that Africa and South America had similar features and a strategic partnership that could allow them to work together in a more effective manner. Dilma Rousef, President of Brazil said in the twenty-first century it was a fact that most of the fastest growing economies were countries from these two continents. She reaffirmed the interest of South America, and especially of Brazil to work closely with Africa in furtherance of their mutual interest. Ethiopia's State Minister for Communications and Media in the Prime Minister's Office, , Getachew Reda, told reporters later that Ethiopia had a lot to learn from Brazil and South Americca to help in the implementation and success of its Growth and Transformartion Plan. He stressed that as the president of Brazil had reaffirmed "strengthening relations with Africa will be built on mutual interest for cooperation."
He also noted that Ethiopia would do its outmost to learn from the best practices of Brazil's development efforts to ensure the full benefit for its people in implementation of the GTP and in realizing a prosperous Ethiopia.