一般社団法人 日本エチオピア協会 会長 島田禎之
It is my great pleasure to congratulate Ethiopian Association of Japan for its 45th Anniversary. Since its establishment in 1971, the Ethiopian Association has been playing a key role to promote about Ethiopia to Japanese people. On behalf of the Embassy and the Government, I would like to appreciate the good work done by all Association members to maintain a strong and cordial relationship between Ethiopia and Japan for last 45 years.
Ethiopia is an ancient country with long rich history and civilization. In addition to be the origin of Human kind and coffee, Ethiopia has 11 World Heritage Sites, both tangible and intangible ones. Moreover, Ethiopia has more than 85 Ethnic Groups with their own distinct languages, cultures, traditions which makes Ethiopia more colorful and unique nation. Ethiopia is one of the founding members of the UN, and the OAU. Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, serves as the Headquarters of the Africa Union, UNECA and hosts many UN Agencies as well.
Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economics in the world, annually registering an over 10 percent growth rate for the last thirteen years. To sustain the double digit economic growth the Government has already set out clear and visionary long term development policy and plan which aims to push the country to the level of middle income economy in 2025.
The Association has been promoting Ethiopia in many ways. Every year the Association organizes an event called “Ethiopian Night” in collaboration with the Embassy. Moreover, the Association also promotes the investment opportunities and tourist sites of Ethiopia to Japanese. The Association has succeeded to build a good image of Ethiopia in Japanese society for a long time which I hope will do more jointly with the Embassy for much more success in the years to come.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Ethiopian Association of Japan, who has been playing its part for maintaining friendship between two sister countries. I am very grateful for all the efforts done by the Association toward Ethiopia.
Finally, I am very much confident to say that the Association will keep playing an important role to be a bridge between Ethiopia and Japan. I can assure you that Ethiopia is very keen to continue and strengthen our cooperation.
Happy Anniversary and wish successful cooperation.
His Excellency Mr. CHAM UgalaUriat Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia