Ethiopia-Zambia Bilateral Relations

Ethiopia and Zambia have a longstanding diplomatic relation that goes back to the 1960s. Ethiopia and Zambia have started their close bilateral relations since the struggle of Zambia for its independence. Zambia opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa in 1965, while Ethiopian Embassy in Harare is accredited to Zambia.

Both countries have been enjoying cordial bilateral relations in political, economic and cultural fields. The unwavering commitment to the principles of Pan-Africanism and understanding of each other’s ambitions in the Continent has been the firm foundation for the two countries bilateral cooperation.

The bilateral relations between the two countries have been further enhanced through numerous high-level visit exchanges. His Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie visited Zambia in 1965. For the second time, His Majesty paid an official visit to Zambia in 1970. Conversely, the first President of Republic Zambia, H.E. Dr. Kenneth Kaunda paid a visit to Ethiopia in 1970. The former prime minister of Ethiopia H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn also visited Zambia in 2017.

During the higher official contacts, a number of agreements were signed to foster cooperation in political, economic, scientific and technical fields by which both sides expressed their willingness to expand relations to a new high on the basis of equality and mutual benefits. The two countries have also established a Joint Ministerial Commission to follow up the practical implementation of the cooperation agreements.

Ethiopia and Zambia signed eight Cooperation Agreements and MOUs including the agreement on trade, investment, and media.

Currently, mutual economic interests have emerged as the driving force in the relationship. Economic, trade, science, investment, cultural and tourism, industry, tourism, health, and air service are the potential areas in which the two countries need to enhance the existing cooperation.

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