His Excellency Berhanu Kebede held talks with the First Minister and met officials from the Welsh Government’s trade and inward investment team. The Ambassador also attended a conference focusing on developing tourism to Ethiopia.
Wales and Ethiopia have links through the Welsh Government’s ‘Wales for Africa’ programme which helps individuals, groups and communities across Wales get involved in projects with countries in Sub Saharan Africa.
Projects include a scheme between Wrexham and Abba Gebremichael School which is providing funding for a feeding programme for a nursery, as well as help with building a new nursery building. There is also a partnership programme between schools in Monmouthshire and Yirgacheffe in Ethiopia.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is involved in a project that aims to improve the delivery of eye care through the Yirga Alem Eye unit.
Following his meeting with the Ambassador, the First Minister said:
“I am delighted to welcome the Ambassador on his first visit to Wales. Our education, culture and health links are well established and we are now looking to expand the economic links between our countries.
“Back in 2009 Fugro Data Solutions in Conwy secured new business in Ethiopia worth £2 million. We want to explore any further potential economic opportunities to our mutual benefit. That is why our trade and inward investment officials held talks with the Ambassador and his team.”