Addis Ababa, August 17, 2022 (FBC) – Dire Dawa City of Ethiopia has signged sister city relationship MoU with Chinese counterpart, Binzhou City for multifacted relation and cooperation. The relashionship spans partnerships between Dire Dawa and Benzhou cities of the respective countries. 

The signing of the MoU came at a time when Ethiopia Day was celebrated in Shandong city in attendance of Chinese dignatries, Ambassador of Ethiopia, Teshoma Toga, and Mayor of Dire Dawa City and high officials of the Ministry of Trade and Regionial Integration who took part in the event virtually from the Ethiopian side.

During the celebration of Ethiopia Day on Tuesday, Ambassador Teshome Toga had a fruitful discussion with Mr. Jiang Cheng, the Vice Governor of Shandong province in China, on the ways of enhancing industry, trade, agriculture, education, infrastructure, people-to-people relations and other issues of cooperation.

On the discussion, Ambassador Teshome pointed out that the participation of Shandong investors in Ethiopia’s investment, infrastructure and trade exchange is remarkable and expressed his appreciation for the government’s encouragement to invest in Ethiopia.

He added that the Ethiopian government is paying great attention to the agricultural sector, and hoped that by working in cooperation with Shandong Province, which has already made significant progress in the sector. can be booming Ethiopian agricultural productivity and thereby ensure mutual benefit   

Ambassador call upon Shandong investors to play their own role to enhance the economic development ties of the two countries on participating in the area of building industrial park in Ethiopia 

According to Ambassador Teshome the embassy will jointly working with Shandong province to establish province- to -to-province, city-to-city and university-to-university partnership that will further deepen people-to-people relations of the two countries 

The vice governor of Shandong province, Mr. Jiang Cheng, on his part said that Ethiopia and China are comprehensive strategic partners. He added that Shandong and Ethiopia have great potential to cooperate in infrastructure, agriculture and human resource development and so that the province will exert its effort to its success and also works to enhance investment and trade cooperation between the two.

The Vice governor mentioned that Shandong province will play its contribution to improve the quality of technical and vocational education in Ethiopia. 

Finally, Mr.Jiang Cheng promised to work jointly with Ethiopian Embassy to further strengthen the comprehensive relations of the two countries

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