Italian PM Lauds PM Abiy’s Leadership, Reform

Addis Ababa October 12/2018 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who visited Ethiopia for two days, has hailed the reforms that are being conducted under the leadership of Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed.

Speaking to ENA, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed’s leadership and the resulting sweeping reform has been leading Ethiopia into a good track.

“I am really enjoying this visit because I am having a wonderful experience to know your country and I met Prime Minister Abiy whose leadership I have appreciated very much.”

PM Conte added that Abiy’s brand of leadership has made him a national and international figure.

He said “I have witnessed that many people and international media are talking about Abiy because of his very strong leadership, brilliant mind and very cleaver, elegant leadership.”

Prime Minister Conte called the bilateral discussion with his counterpart as a fruitful dialogue.

“I spoke with him and I understand he has a vision; I think he will be the leader of the region of the Horn of Africa,” he stated.

The Italian Prime Minister assured his country’s commitment to support Ethiopia’s reform program since it is vital for the region as well as the international community.

“We will support him because he is very important person for the international community,” he indicated.

Prime Minister Conte, who left today for Asmara, has visited AMCE car assembly company in Addis Ababa early this morning.

AMCE, a share company established 40 decades ago by CNAH, an Italian company and the Ethiopian government, has been engaged in assembling of commercial vehicles, agricultural machines, and spare parts of vehicles.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the company is a demonstration of economic cooptation between Ethiopia and Italia.

Saying that Italy’s role in Ethiopia’s economic activities particularly is limited, the Premier said his country is committed to foster trade and economic ties with Ethiopia.

“I understand Italy has a very historical and traditional link with Ethiopia but unfortunately the last years we lost the importance of our role here. That is why I came to strengthen the bilateral ties.”

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who has been here for a two-day official visit, has met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other high level government officials and discuss on ways of strengthening bilateral relations.

The Prime Minister has left today to Asmara, his next destination to confer with President Isaias Afwerki on ways of boosting ties.