Minister of Agriculture visits Japan

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Addis Ababa, 5 June 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture, Tefera Derbew, visited Japan from 27 to 31 May upon the invitation of the Government of Japan.

According to a statement the Embassy of Japan sent to WIC today Tefera was accompanied by Fitsum Arega, Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Agency (EIA).   

During his visit, Tefera met with several, Ministers and high ranking Japanese government officials, such as the Minister and the Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Executive Vice President of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).   

The main event during his visit was the Agro-Business Seminar and B2B Session on 29 May, which was co-organized by JETRO and the Embassy of Ethiopia in Japan.

More than 200 participants from related Ministries, private companies, business people, and Development Partners attended the Seminar. Tefera made a keynote speech at the Seminar, and also chaired one of B2B sessions.

The agenda included food value chains in Ethiopia, Trade and Investment potential in the Agriculture and Agro-Processing Sectors in Ethiopia, the status of private sector investment and future trends in Ethiopia, and B2B meetings.

Tefera also visited the suburbs of Tokyo to see Japanese style suburban farming, and made several visits to various agricultural laboratories, such as the National Agriculture and Food Research (NARO) center and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).   

Tefera, expressing his appreciation for the invitation from the Government of Japan, concluded that this visit was meaningful and successful for both countries, and that each program during this visit would further strengthen the bilateral economic relations between Ethiopia and Japan, through the enhancement of Agricultural relations. He also expressed his gratitude to the Japanese companies that showed interest in doing business in Ethiopia.