Prime Minister Abiy returned to Addis Ababa in the early hours of Thursday flying in from Frankfurt Germany where he had addressed thousands of Ethiopians from all over Europe gathered at the Commerzbank Arena
Frankfurt was the final leg of a three-city tour that started in Paris and on to Berlin, where he met with the leaders of Germany and France.
He also represented Ethiopia at the G20-Compact with Africa summit that was hosted by the German government. Abiy made a strong case for G20 investment in Ethiopia which he stressed presented a competitive investment opportunity with ongoing reforms.
The Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt was his first engagement with fellow nationals in Europe with whom he shared three key messages –the need for peace, respect for the upcoming electoral process whiles reiterating the need to contribute towards the ongoing reforms back home.
The Prime Minister, who has championed several reforms across the social, economic, political and diplomatic spectrum, called on Ethiopians in the diaspora to ‘unite and build’ the country.
“Let’s unite and build the future Ethiopia. It is the responsibility of all to strive and do more to build a democratic Ethiopia,” the premier said.
The prime minister who sought to attract investment from France and Germany during his European trip also called upon Ethiopians to ‘draw lessons from Europe how to defeat poverty’.
He pledged to tackle the economic issues of unemployment and inflation affecting Ethiopia.
Abiy also vowed to deal with the current conflicts in some parts of the country, even as he pursues positive diplomatic relations with allies.
Abiy has consistently called on Ethiopians in the diaspora to engage in ongoing efforts to reform the country. In Frankfurt, Abiy tasked Ethiopians, whom he described as ambassadors of their country to contribute by ‘raising a dollar.’