Ethio-Brazil Relation




1. Ethiopia and Brazil Diplomatic Relations

Ethiopia and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1961 after the visits of Emperor Haile Selassie visited Brazil in 1960. In 1967, Brazil opened its embassy in Addis Ababa and the following year (1968), Ethiopia opened an embassy in the Rio de Janeiro and acted to strengthen the relationship. However, Ethiopia closed its Embassy sometime later in 1968 and Brazil also closed its embassy in 1970.

From 1977 to 1992, the Brazilian embassy in Nairobi has been covering Ethiopia. July 2004 H.E.  Vera Pedrosa, Undersecretary of Political Affairs at the Foreign affairs of Brazil arrived in Addis Ababa and had met with Dr. Tekeda Alemu, the then  State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

In July 2005 Brazil reopened its embassy in Addis Ababa and Ethiopia opened an embassy in Brazil in 2011. 

High-Level visit from Ethiopia to Brazil

Emperor Haile Selassie, I had official visit to Brazil in 1960, 

Heading the Ethiopian delegation to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, Meles Zenawi, Prime-Minister of FDR of Ethiopia visited Brazil In 2012,

Sufian Ahmed, Minister of Finance of Ethiopia visited Brazil in 2012 and had a bilateral discussion with the Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Fernando Pimentel.

High-Level visit from Brazil to Ethiopia

Celso Amorim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil visited Ethiopia in 2005.  

The delegation led by Ambassador Paulo Cordeirode, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil visited Ethiopia in 2011. During the visit discussion was held with Ambassador Brihane G/Kirstos, state Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil visited Addis Ababa in 2013 during her participation as a special guest in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the African Union. The President met with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn (May 24-27)

Mauro Vieira, Minister of Foreign Affairs Visited Addis Ababa in 2016, had bilateral discussion with his Ethiopian counterpart, Tewodros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He was received by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The Minister took part in the Brazil-Ethiopia Business Seminar (March 8)

Economic Relation between the two countries

Currently, there are more than two Brazilian companies engaged in the sector of agro-processing business in Ethiopia. However, with Brazil's vast experience in the industry, particularly in the water sector, infrastructure, energy-generating technology, chemical industry, sugar and ethanol, there are opportunities to recruit more investors to Ethiopia. As a result, by extending the wide range of investment opportunities in Ethiopia to the Brazilian business community, Investment Cooperation, and Facilitation The agreement is expected to increase the investment flow through rigorous monitoring and implementation.

Both countries have the similar climate and produce the similar products. Brazil is a country with considerable experience in economic sector and there is a great opportunity for the exchange of experience and expertise. Accordingly, the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with two of its Forest Management and Soil Acidity Management Projects and now it is in the process of implementation.

Technology transfer and capacity building

Since Ethiopia has the same ecosystem with Brazil, the Ethiopian embassy has been working on technology transfer. Accordingly, Ethiopia's research institutes and groups of officials and experts from different departments have taken experience from Brazil.



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