H.E. Ambassador Teshome Toga undertook a two-day working visit to Tallinn, Estonia on May 11 and 12/2016 and held discussion with the representatives of the Estonian Government and the private sector.
During the two days, H.E. Ambassador Teshome Toga had a meeting with the Director of the African Affairs division and with senior officials of the Economic cooperation and Business Diplomacy division of the Ministry Foreign Affairs as well as Parliamentarians. He also met with the Director General of Estonian Chamber of Commerce and the President and representatives of Estonian Travel and Tourism Association. At the occasion, Ambassador Teshome briefed the officials about the various achievements of Ethiopia over the last two decades in the political and economic areas and conveyed his government’s strong commitment to forge a stronger cooperation with Estonia with the aim of carving out a mutually beneficial outcome for the two countries.
In this light, Ambassador underscored, there is ample opportunities for cooperation in various areas, particularly in the field of investment, tourism and technology transfer between Ethiopia and Estonia. As one example, he mentioned e-governance as an important area that his country could learn and benefit from Estonia. In general, there was an understanding that Ethiopia and Estonia should work together on key global issues, such as climate change, terrorism and migration with a spirit of multilateralism and along the direction of the African Union and the European Union. It was also agreed that the Ethiopian Embassy will actively participate in the next African Business Forum and Estonian Tourism Fair, which are planned to be held in the second half of this year and at beginning of next year respectively.
The Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels is accredited to the Benelux and Baltic countries and is also the Ethiopian Representation to the European Union. This visit was part of the Mission’s annual program which includes periodic engagement in the Baltic countries and was a follow-up to last year’s similar mission. Last year the Embassy took part in the first ever African business exposition organized in Estonia for the private sector and the business community and Ambassador Teshome had made a presentation about Ethiopia’s growing business and investment opportunities, access to its huge market and about the country’s rich, diverse yet untapped historical, cultural and natural tourist attraction sites.