Amb. Berhane opens annual Ambassadors Conference

  • PDF

Addis Ababa, 8 July 2014 (WIC) - Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, opened the annual Ambassadors Conference on Thursday (August 7) in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Regional State.

The Conference will discuss the efforts being made in the building of a democratic, developmental system, review the steps taken during 2013/14 by the Ministry to expedite the rapid economic transformation being built on the pillars of democratization and stability, assess  possible ways and identify priorities for the process of national renewal in the coming year,  deliberate on the threats and challenges to Ethiopia’s pursuit of peace, development and democracy as well as exchange experiences in a bid to raise the level of the diplomatic service to new heights.

The occasion brought together Ambassador Berhane, and Dr. Shiferaw Tekele-Mariam, Minister of Federal Affairs, as well as Ethiopia’s diplomatic representatives including Ambassadors and Consul Generals abroad and Director-Generals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Berhane noted that the Conference was an important milestone in the effort to provide a forward-looking, comprehensive and cohesive diplomatic framework to practice more pragmatic economic, political and diplomatic cooperation and partnership with the outside world in order to ensure sustainable peace, stability and democracy.

He said the Conference would provide for deliberation on impediments to the democratic and developmental path and ways to handle these. He emphasized that the Conference could provide a critical foundation for the integrated implementation of Ethiopia’s foreign policies and objectives with the aim of advancing its efforts to fight poverty and promote a democratic culture, celebrating diversity within the spirit of unity.

He said the discussions and presentations would be instrumental in assisting Ethiopia’s diplomatic representatives put in place an efficient, effective and cooperative foreign policy in a globalized world.

Dr. Shiferaw gave a presentation on the challenges and successes in building a democratic and developmental state.

He noted that the building of such a state meant making economic, social and political progress and underlined that the nation must remain committed to sustain the impressive growth registered so far in order to see off challenges.

He emphasized that building a democratic, developmental state also created fertile ground for reinvigorated cooperation and partnership with the outside world. (MoFA)