Ethiopian PM, Austrian Chancellor Hold Talks about Strengthening Relations


Addis Ababa, November 28/2023 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer have discussed issues that could further strengthen Ethio-Austria relations, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.  

Press Secretary Billene Seyoum said the premier and the Chancellor had discussion on the sideline of the 20th UNIDO General Conference.
PM Abiy and Chancellor Nehammer exchanged views on ways of strengthening Ethio-Austria ties and development cooperation, among others.
According to her, the experience the premier shared at the UNIDO conference has enabled Ethiopia to be seen as a symbol of reform. 
During the discussion, the two leaders have also raised issues that could further strengthen the relationship between Ethiopia and Austria.
Moreover, they have agreed to focus on new areas of cooperation, the press secretary stated.   
Government Communication Service Minister Legesse Tulu on his part said that Ethiopia was recognized for its efforts in ensuring food security at the UNIDO General Conference.
Prime Minister Abiy presented Ethiopia's experience as a special guest at the conference. 
One of the challenges facing developing countries is the problem of food security, the minister said, adding that lack of funds for their efforts in improving infrastructure provision and lives of citizens is another.
He stated that countries have been making many policy reforms to solve these problems, and the conference focused on issues that help developing countries overcome these problems.
As Ethiopia is a spear-heading country in this regard, the Prime Minister presented Ethiopia's experience to the conference, the minister noted. 
Ethiopia, during the last five years, has carried out various activities to improve alternative energy supply based on green development and ensure food security.
As a result, Legesse pointed out that the country received recognition by the conference for its efforts in ensuring agriculture-centered integrated industry.
Since Ethiopia has a different experience from developing countries especially in exporting  wheat beyond ensuring food security, the premier shared this experience to the world community as well as developing countries, he added.  
The Prime Minister has called on rich countries to strengthen their assistance and speed up the development journey that Ethiopia has started.

Ethiopian News Agency