Ethio-China Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation Forum kicks off in Hangzhou, China

The Ethio- China Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation Forum kicked off today (December 20, 2017) in Hangzhou, China in the presence of State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, leading a high-level Ethiopian delegation. Temesgen Bogale- Deputy Minister of Industry MinistryRemadan Ashenafi- Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia, Ambassador Berhane Gebrekirstos-Ethiopian Ambassador to China and Ambassador Mulie Tarakegn- Consul General of Ethiopia in Shanghai were also in attendance.

On the occasion, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael notingthe long-standing and strong brotherly relations between the two countries and their common aspirations on various areas of cooperation, praised the Government and People of China for for playing a prominent role in his country's economic boom. He said that the  Forum is a will further enhance the multifaceted ties between the two countries.  The State Minister has also briefed participants of the Forum Ethiopia's untapped human and natural resources along with the Government's encouraging investment schemes. He also stressed on the need to promote South-South cooperation and maintain the "excellent collaboration" within the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC), the G-77 and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) among others.

Mr. Chen Xinhua,Vice Mayor of Hangzhou, stressed on the need to further map out fields of cooperation in different arrays.  In similar vein,  Mr Chen An , Deputy Director of Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs said Ethiopia and China have strong and longstanding bilateral relations witnessed on various high-level engagements.

Ethiopia and China have enjoyed long-standing relations for many years. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have steadily strengthened a relationship based on their common interests. The two countries have also been and are working closely together in regional and international fora.