Ethiopia to Play an Active Part in the 1st CIIE Release date:2018-03-06

As an ancient civilization with more than 3,000 years of history, Ethiopia is known as the “birthplace of mankind.” Its capital Addis Ababa is hailed as the “political capital of Africa.” In recent years, as its economy burgeons, Ethiopia has been enhancing its economic cooperation with China to the point that China has been the largest trading partner and the leading source of foreign investment and project contractor of Ethiopia for years. In 2017, during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the two countries became full strategic partners.

Thanks to the vigorous publicity and promotional campaign launched by the CIIE Bureau and the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, the 1st CIIE was well-received by the Ethiopian departments, business associations and corporations concerned. When speaking to Xinhua News Agency, Ayana Zweide, Ethiopian Minister of Trade and Industry, spoke highly of the expo and said that he would encourage Ethiopian enterprises to participate in the expo and offer support to them. Currently, Ethiopia has confirmed its participation in the Country Pavilion and the Enterprise & Business Exhibition, appointed the Export Promotion Agency of Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry as its organizer, and defined its exhibition theme as “Taste of Origins.” In addition, Ethiopian Business Association has also been appointed as the organizer of its exhibitors at the Enterprise & Business Exhibition. As of now, Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has signed up for the expo and Ethiopian manufacturers of coffee, honey, leather and other specialty products have also shown strong interest in the expo.