H.E. Ambassador Teshome Toga visited the Republic of Lithuania from 19-21 April 2017 with the aim of strengthening the political and economic relationships between the two countries. In his meeting with Mr. Eduardas Borisovas, Director of Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific Department, Ambassador Teshome explained why Ethiopia gives great importance to its relationship with the EU, particularly in its efforts of fighting terrorism, sustaining peace and security in the region and issues related to migration and mobility, and asked Lithuania to help deepen the cooperation between the EU and Ethiopia. Mr. Borisovas applauded Ethiopia’s security efforts and its role in hosting a huge number of refugees, making it a strategic partner for EU.
On the same day, Ambassador Teshome had a working lunch with Hon. Rianatas Žylius, Managing Director of NRD and former minister of Economy and Mrs Giedre Balcytye, Director of Governance and International Development of NRD, to talk about a possible cooperation with Ethiopia, to which they expressed interest in assisting Ethiopia with their expertise. Ambassador Teshome later met Mrs. Milda Dargužaitė, former managing director of Invest Lithuania, to discuss her experience in making Invest Lithuania obtain remarkable results in attracting investments.
Ambassador also met with the Executive Director of Lithuanian confederation of Industries and the General Director of the Lithuanian Business confederation to exchange ideas on how to boost the existing modest trade and business relations. Both sides underscored the need to fill the information gap on the business potentials of the two countries and agreed to organize a business forum in Vilnius. Similarly, Ambassador Teshome discussed with the members of the National Tourism Business Association of Lithuania to increase the tourists flows to Ethiopia.
On 21 April, H.E. Teshome met with Juozas Bernatonis, Head of Foreign Affairs Committee of Lithuania, to discuss the prospect of cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. Finally, Ambassador met with Mr. Zigmas Medingis, Deputy Director of the Department of Economics and Ms. Kristina Dubikovaite, Head of International division at the Ministry of Agriculture to exchange ideas on ways to enhance cooperation on agriculture and agreed to cooperate in sharing experience between the Ministries of Agriculture of the two countries.
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