AFRICANGLOBE – Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held talks with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry on Saturday on bilateral and continental issues.
After the discussion, the Secretary along with his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom briefed journalists on the essence of their discussion. The discussion between the two has focused on bilateral issues of economic development and regional peace and security.
He said that Ethiopia has been a very strong partner of the United States and commended it for its significant contribution to peace and security in the continent, particularly in Sudan South Sudan and Somalia.
“With respect to the economic growth… Ethiopia is one of the ten fastest growing countries of the world. It is a double digit growth. It is a quite extraordinary story. So, the US private sectors need to focus on Ethiopia and recognize the opportunities that are here. And hopefully we can encourage more companies to come here and engage,” he said.
Talking about the economic success registered in Ethiopia over the past decade, Kerry said, “I think the future is being defined by countries like Ethiopia, future of Africa which we are celebrating in this 50th Anniversary today”.
Kerry stated that “there has been enormous transition over the last 50 years” in the continent and “many more transitions in democracy” in Africa that countries like China, Brazil, India , Russia, Japan and others are moving in taking the advantage of the growth and development. He also admitted that “the US has been behind on that, we need to change that,” he said.
He also expressed that his government would support Ethiopia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom for his part said Ethiopia is effectively using the support from the US in the health sector.
He said the two sides have had a very successful discussion on bilateral and regional issues.
By: Mulugeta Kussa