By Biruktayet Bihon
September 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- UK’s trade commissioner for Africa Emma Wade-Smith expressed Britain’s desire to work with the Ethiopian Airlines in the aviation industry.
The trade commissioner who arrived today in Addis Ababa for an official visit to Ethiopia made her remarks during discussion with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
UK’s Trade Commissioner for Africa emphasized about the need to collaborate with one of Africa’s prestigious Airlines in aviation expansion as well as management sector.
Recalling Ethio-Britain long standing diplomatic ties, the commissioner stressed the need to explore Ethiopia’s potential based on mutual understandings.
‘Ethiopia will be UK’s main developmental partner; it is important for us to strengthen business relations with Ethiopia,’ she said.
According to the commissioner, it is a great time for both countries to have partnership on diversified sectors, including a collaboration in the aviation industry.
Mrs. Wade-Smith also appreciated the combined working force of the Aviation industry following visit to the recently renovated compound of Ethiopian Airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam on his part welcomed the trade commissioner and expressed Ethiopian Airline’s interest to work with UK.
‘Ethiopian has been snapping up stakes in small carriers around the continent to preempt potential rivals and become the dominant pan-African airline,’ the CEO noted.
‘It is with pleasure to accept U.K. which is keen on continuing partnership with Ethiopian Air Lines,’ he added.
Following the visit to Ethiopian Airlines, the Commissioner held discussions with Ethiopia’s State Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy.
During her visit to the Ministry, the Commissioner discussed UK’s interest in working with Ethiopia in agricultural processing and renewable energy development.
In this regard, Mrs. Wade-Smith talked about the energy development opportunities in Ethiopia and the UK companies’ role to help develop the sector. ‘The UK is looking at various economic options in Ethiopia and is interested to invest in the country.’
Historically, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom have enjoyed rich diplomatic relations, covering a range of areas, including cultural, education, development cooperation as well as trade.
Biruktayet Bihon is Addis Ababa-based contributor for Ezega.com. She can be reached through this form.
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