Dr Tedros holds talks with Israel's agriculture, rural dev’t Minister

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Addis Ababa, 6 March 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Tedros, held discussions with Israe's Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Yair Shamir, on Wednesday, March 5.

Dr Tedros noted that Ethiopia and Israel had a long and strong relationship and pointed out that Ethiopia has taken lessons from the Israeli experience in the areas of micro-irrigation and water management for arid regions.

Shamir explained that his visit was in line with the new policy that his country was following, focusing on Africa. He said Israel was keen to deepen its relations with African nations.

Dr Tedros underlined Ethiopia's great potential and the opportunities for investment. He called upon Israeli businesses to invest in Ethiopia, drawing attention in particular to the priority areas of horticulture, floriculture, textile and garment production and agro-processing.

He also expressed the government's commitment to provide all necessary support to encourage Israelis investors. The Israeli Minister said the Israeli government would also pave the way for Israeli businesses to invest in Ethiopia and said Israel was very willing to use its agricultural knowledge to work closely with European countries in order to find ways to invest jointly in Ethiopia.

Shamir is heading a delegation of representatives of leading Israeli companies involved in agriculture, irrigation, poultry, fisheries, agro-chemicals and large scale agriculture project integrators.