Amb. Berhane holds discussions with a Czech Parliamentary delegation

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Addis Ababa, 27 April 2014 (WIC) - Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Kristos, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, talks with a
Ambassador Berhane praised the long and historic relationship between the two countries and said their continuing dialogue on bilateral, regional and global issues was a testament to their strong cooperation.

Ambassador Berhane explained the Government’s policy of prioritizing poverty reduction and improving agricultural productivity in order to transform the country into a manufacturing based economy.

It was, he underlined, committed to effectively and efficiently use all available resources including those generated through development cooperation. The State Minister explained to the delegation that Ethiopia’s transformation was not limited to economic growth. It had been equally successful in ensuring public participation and decentralization of decision making powers.

Mr. Michal Kaplan, the Director of the Czech Development Agency, noted that Ethiopia was certainly undergoing an impressive transition in a wide level, and said the Czech Government remained committed to deepen its development cooperation with Ethiopia.

Mr. Kaplan said that his Agency was working in the health, education, water, agriculture and sanitary sectors and that Ethiopia was one of the top three priority countries for the Czech Government’s development cooperation program.

Ambassador Berhane said Ethiopia was committed to the strengthening of its relationship with the Czech Republic and to expand the areas of cooperation.

He said that the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic to Ethiopia at the invitation of Prime Minister Hailemariam would lend momentum to their growing cooperation.

The Czech Parliament Delegation, which has been on visit for the past ten days, is expected to meet other government officials, as well.