Ethio-Ukraine Relations





The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia recognized the independence of Ukraine on January 2, 1992, and established diplomatic relations by the exchange of notes on April 1, 1993. October 5, 2000 - First Ambassador of Ukraine in Ethiopia (with concurrent accreditation) Oleksiy Rybak presented his credentials to the President of Ethiopia.The embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was established in June 2003. March 1, 2005 - Vladislav Demyanenko was appointed the Ambassador of Ukraine in Ethiopia by the Decree of the President of Ukraine and presented his credentials to the President of Ethiopia Girma Wolde-Giorgis on September 29, 2005. Since March 2015 Mykhailo Kirichenko is Chargé d'Affaires of Ukraine in Ethiopia.

On September 5, 2019, the second round of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was held in Addis Ababa. The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Director General for the Middle East and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mrs. Myroslava Shcherbatyuk, while the Ethiopian delegation was led by Director-General for European and European Union Affairs H.E. Mr. Mehreteab Mulugeta. During the consultations, the parties discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation in trade and economic spheres, practical steps aimed at promoting political dialogue, as well as other issues of mutual interest. The parties also held an exchange of views on the situation in East Africa region and in countries of the Horn of Africa.

A number of visits were organized since the establishment of diplomatic relations and this fact positively affected the bilateral political cooperation.

March 2, 2001 - the meeting with the participation of First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Y. Sergeyev the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Tekeda Alemu took place in the framework of the delegation of Ukraine in the fifth extraordinary the summit of the Organization of African Unity.

July 7-11, 2001 - the famous Ethiopian politician and businessperson, an independent Member of Parliament Girma Voldehiorhis (who was later elected President of Ethiopia) visited Ukraine.

January 21-23, 2002 – the Ukrainian delegations headed by the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Y. Serhyeyev visited Ethiopia. During the visit, the meetings with President H.Voldehiorhis, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs T.Alemu, ministers of education, defense, agriculture, finance, and economic development were organized.

In June 2003 - Defence Minister of Ethiopia A.Hemeda visited Ukraine; during the visit, the sides discussed prospects of military and technical cooperation.

February 25-28, 2004 - the Ukrainian delegations headed by First Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of ministers of Ukraine O.Shnypko visited Ethiopia.

February 26 - March 2, 2006 - Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine M.Neschadym made the visit to Ethiopia. The Protocol of An understanding between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and Ethiopia, which defines the main directions of bilateral military cooperation, was signed.

April 5-10, 2009 - the Parliamentary delegation of Ukraine headed by the Deputy Head of the Department of Parliamentary Liaison V.Hamyanin arrived in Ethiopia to attend the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of Ethiopia.

January 16-20, 2012 - the visit to Ethiopia of the delegation, which included the member of the Supreme Council of Ukraine Kateryna Samoilyk was carried out. During the visit, the connections with leaders of Ethiopia were established and the inter-parliamentary cooperation was discussed.

December 26, 2016 - Political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was held in Addis Abeba. The Ukrainian the delegation was headed by Mr. Oleh Herasуmenko,Ambassador at Large, Head of the United Nations Security Council Membership Task Force. Ethiopian Side was represented by the Director-General of the Directorate for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Mr. Kassa Gebereyohannes and the Coordinator for the United Nations Security Council issues Mr. Tsegab Kebebew.

 Economic Relation

Ukrainian export to Ethiopia in 2012-2017 was greater than export to some other countries of the African continent. In terms of export volume, Ethiopia took first place among all Sub-Saharan African countries – Ukrainian trading partners. The development of bilateral trade and economic relations is marked by the consistently high positive balance in favor of Ukraine. Thus, in 2018 the trade turnover between Ukraine and Ethiopia amounted to 96.7 mln. USD (export: 93.4 mln. USD; import: 3.3 mln. USD; balance: 90.1 mln. USD). In the first four months of 2019, the trade turnover between Ukraine and Ethiopia amounted to 45 mln. USD. The traditional structure of exports - steel, grain, ferrous metals, electrical machinery, poultry, and sunflower oil; imports - coffee and legumes.



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