Ethiopia, Brazil agree to boost bilateral relations

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Hirut Zemene, conferred with her  Brazilian counterpart, Ambassador Fernando Jose Marroni de Abreu on the first Ethio-Brazil bilateral consultation held today in Addis Ababa  (April 11, 2018).

On the discussion, Mrs. Hirut Zemene, noted the historic relationship between Ethiopia and Brazil and mentioned that it has been almost six decades since these two countries started their diplomatic relationship. She, further, expressed her country's readiness to strengthen its bilateral relations with Brazil.

Ethiopia and Brazil have signed 10 bilateral agreements and MOUs in various areas: the bilateral consultation agreement which was signed in 2012 was one of them.  Following this very agreement, the first round Ethio-Brazil bilateral consultation was held today. On the occasion, two countries agreed to work in the areas of agriculture and industrial technology transfer, education, renewable energy, cultural exchange, bilateral air service agreements   and multilateral relations.

On the bilateral consultation, Ambassador Fernando Jose Marroni de Abreu, stressed the need to focus on the increasing importance of South-South cooperation in agricultural development and rural structural transformation that paves the way for Brazil to contribute to Ethiopia's development in its path of growth and transformation.

Moreover, the Brazilian State Minister underscored the need for the reformations of the United Nations, especially the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in order to improve its capacity to respond to contemporary reality. Brazil is convinced that an increase in the number of seats in both categories- permanent and non-permanent- will solve the serious deficit of representation in the council.

The two countries further discussed on working closely on areas of trade and investment. The discussion on trade and investment was coined by the signing of investment cooperation and facilitation agreement.