Ethiopia-United Arab Emirates Relation

Ø The diplomatic relations of Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates was established in 1973. UAE was accredited to Riyadh embassy until Ethiopia opened its Dubai Consular Office in August 2003. Due to the fast-growing economic and political relations of the two countries, the United Arab Emirates opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa in 2012. Similarly Ethiopia opened its Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2013.

Ø After the two countries increased their relations at the level of embassies in their respective capitals many exchanges of official delegations have been made. The two sides established the Joint Ministerial Commission (the first Joint Ministerial Commission meeting held in March 2007 in Abu Dhabi and the second in March 2010 in Addis Ababa, which is considered to be one of the manifestations of the growing relations between the two countries.

Ø The trade relationship between the two countries has huge progress over the last ten years. Ethiopia exports agricultural & semi-processed commodities such as Coffee, skin, fruit and vegetables, live animals, meat and meat products, cereals, spices, oilseeds, natural gum, chickpeas, kidney beans, sesame seeds, and flower and vegetables etc. and imports Petroleum, lubricants, and grease, vehicles, electronics, woven fabrics, fertilizers, machinery, aluminum, ceramics and Consumer goods from U.A.E.

Ø Further to enhance the trade and investment between the two countries, the establishment of Gulf Pharmaceutical Industry in Addis Ababa and the opening of the international office of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Addis Ababa paved the way to strengthen the two countries' investment relations.

Ø To strengthen the cooperation of the two countries, different agreements such as economic, social and security issues are signed and being implemented between Ethiopia and the UAE.

Ø UAE is one of the economic partners of Ethiopia in the Middle East and it is funding various infrastructural development projects of Ethiopia such as road, and deep water digging projects etc through the Abu Dhabi Development Fund.

Ø Many Ethiopians go to the United Arab Emirates in search of job opportunities. And it is estimated that around 150,500 Ethiopians are residing in the UAE.

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