12 March 2018

Ethiopia: Finland Keen to Strengthen Trade, Development Cooperation

Addis Ababa March 12/2018 Finland has expressed desire to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia in the areas of trade and development, the country's Foreign Trade and Development Ministry announced.

Foreign Affairs State Minister, Aklilu Hailemichael held talks today with Finnish delegation led by State Minister Anne- Mari Virolainen on how to strengthen bilateral cooperation and Finland's development support to Ethiopia.

In her media briefing after the discussion, Anne- Mari Virolainen said Finland and Ethiopia have huge opportunities of cooperation with Finland.

"We have common projects in agriculture, water, sanitation, energy sectors, education and healthcare; so we have a lot to work together," she added.

She also noted that the visit is aimed at assessing the potential areas of trade and strengthening current development cooperation with Ethiopia; adding that Finland desirous to share its experience in various sectors.

An official from the Ministry of foreign Affairs said the delegation has discussed with the State Minster on how to boost partnership and the support Finland can offer in agriculture and other areas.

The delegation is expected to hold discussion with officials from Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation apart from visiting the development projects around Bahir Dar.


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