Addis Ababa March12/2017Argentine investors are keen to exploit Ethiopia’s investment in the agriculture sector, the country’s ambassador to Ethiopia said.
Argentina is one of the Latin American countries that have rich experience in agricultural practices.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Gustavo Teodoro Grippo said that Argentine companies are interested to invest in Ethiopia.
Though Argentine companies are interested to come here, the Ambassador said that it is important to work hard to further promote the potential in Ethiopia.
“We had to call investors from Argentina to know the country’s potential and exploit the comparative advantage such as political stability, trade law, democracy and an open economy”, he said.
“This is why we started calling them the investors of Argentina to make joint ventures with Ethiopian people and investors too” he said.
“You have a privilege location it, it takes five hours to go to Europe, Asia with big markets; you are hub. So this is why we have to take advantage of the Ethiopian situation in the world”, he said.
The Ambassador, who has been in Ethiopia as ambassador for the last three years ago, is impressed by the country’s rapid economic growth. “For me, it is very incredible to be spectator of this development”, he said.
“I can see, since 2013 when I just arrived here as ambassador of my country, how improved in different areas, fields. So we are very impressed. This is why our task as embassy to communicate to the future investors of Argentina to come here to see this country” he said.
Facilitating air transport between the two countries is important to boost trade and investment, he added.
The two countries have recently concluded an agreement for an air transport, which enable the Ethiopian Airlines to reach Argentina from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Ambassador urged the need to further improve trade relation between the two countries. Trade volume between the two countries is about five million USD.
Argentina exports pharmaceutical products, spare parts and fertilizer, while Ethiopia exports gold, leather products , coffee and cut flowers.
Trade and investment tie with Argentina and the rest of Latin America is low. By improving relationships with the countries, Ethiopia hopes to boost trade an investment relations, Ambassador Tebeje Berhe, Director-General of Americas Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Currently, eight Latin American countries have embassies in Ethiopia and more countries are expected to establish embassies in Addis Ababa.
Argentina reopened its embassy in Addis Ababa three years ago after 24 years.
Addis Ababa March 12/2017 Since it is impossible to realize development and democracy without the active participation of women, Ethiopia is working to ensure engagement and participation of women in the sector said Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, Minister of Education.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Dr. Shiferaw said, the country is working to ensure gender parity among students and school leadership.
The nation during the current five-year plan has set to ensure gender equality in education and employment, increasing number of female teachers and enhancing their political leadership and decision making processes, among others.
The rapid expansion of basic educational services has helped the nation in achieving remarkable results related to gender parity in education.
“We are working on school leaderships at primary, secondary and even at higher education level to bring the women participation to the level that is required” he said.
“So far we are at the range of ten percent, but by the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II) we would like to bring this to 20 percent for women leadership at school level” he said
To realize this, the government has been giving training for female teachers that will allow them to upgrade their positions.
According to Dr. Shiferaw, about 1,120 women teachers are taking the training to become school principals and since the program is sustainable more women will join the leadership.
If the education sector works perfectly, then it will be easy for the women to empower themselves and compete at any level, he added.
The successes gained so far displayed this fact, the Minister said mentioning proportional contribution of women in the House of Peoples Representative (HPR) which reached 30-40 per cent.
“We came from a very worse situation, but I think by any standard we are very much better off in the current position.”
In addition to the improvement of women enrollment and bringing them to the leadership, priority has been given to providing women with the knowledge that will enable them to be competitive in the market.
“When it comes to women, one of the provisions we agreed among ourselves is that to make sure that they leave the universities with a skill. The skill that will make her recruited and make her create a job” he underlined.
Minister of Women and Children, Demitu Hambisa, on her part said, “Extensive efforts had been employed to ascertain that women are benefiting in the economic, social, political sectors.”
“Looking at our beginnings, remarkable changes have been brought so far, but pursuing the obtained achievement in a better pace is of prior concern”, she added.
Women enrollment in primary education has reached 50 percent, while it reached 48 percent at secondary level.
Apart from that their enrollment in universities has also increased significantly due to the paramount work done to empower them, Demitu pointed out.