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Ethiopia exploring collaboration opportunities with Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:11 AM

Ethiopian Ambassador to Jamaica, North America and Mexico, Girma Birru, is now in Kingston to explore ways in which Ethiopia can further collaborate with Jamaica in the areas of tourism, education, culture, sports and air transport.

The Commerce Ministry says while in Jamaica, the ambassador is slated to meet with the Babsy Grange, Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport; Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information; Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Mining as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to discuss bilateral matters.

He will also be touring the facilities of various private sector enterprises, including Red Stripe and Sutherland Global.

“Jamaica and Ethiopia have enjoyed a historical and cultural affinity; however, there are many opportunities for Ethiopia and Jamaica to cooperate with each other- particularly in the strategic development of tourism, the trade sector and the sporting industry. This visit will, therefore, shed light on areas for further collaboration,” said Ambassador Birru.

Birru is the first Ambassador appointed by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Jamaica.

His visit comes weeks before a visit by Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to Jamaica.

Birru will leave Jamaica on Thursday.