A Polish Economic Mission headed by Poland's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Beata Stelmach, met with the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos on Monday (23rd September).
The discussion was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation between Ethiopia and Poland in trade, agriculture, investment, culture, education, youth and sport. Welcoming the Mission to Ethiopia, Ambassador Berhane thanked the Government of Poland for providing the opportunity to strengthen and broaden relations.
He commended the efforts made by the Polish government to encourage Polish enterprises to look at investment in Africa. He detailed the double digit growth that Ethiopia is experiencing and said this presented huge opportunities for international investors, and pointed out conditions for investment for local and international companies were steadily improving. Ms Beata Stelmach, who said the delegation much appreciated their warm welcome, noted that there are many similarities between the two countries especially in their mode of development.
Both, she said, had registered rapid and sustained economic development. She pointed out Poland had recently launched a program called "Go Africa", designed to stimulate economic cooperation and encourage Polish companies to look at Africa as an interesting investment destination. During the meeting Ambassador Berhane also briefed the Polish business delegation on regional matters and Ethiopia's role in encouraging peace and security in the region.
Ambassador Berhane also detailed Ethiopia's efforts in stabilizing Somalia along with AMISOM and Somali forces, and its peacekeeping role in Sudan and its positive role as a trusted ally of both the Sudan and South Sudan.