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Ethiopian and Singaporean Foreign Ministers Hold Extensive Bilateral Discussions

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Taye Atske-Selassie and Vivian Balakrishnan (MFAE)

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In a significant diplomatic engagement, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, held extensive discussions with his Singaporean counterpart, H.E. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, in Singapore. The high-level talks focused on strengthening bilateral relations and addressing key international issues. This meeting was held concurrently with H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s inaugural visit to Singapore, adding to the historical ties that date back to the 1960s when Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore conducted exchange visits, laying the foundation for our enduring relationship.

The bilateral meeting underscored the deepening ties between Ethiopia and Singapore, with both ministers expressing commitment to enhancing cooperation across various sectors. Key agenda items included trade, investment, transport and logistics, technological exchange, and sustainable development.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister emphasized Singapore’s strategic position as a global financial hub and its advancements in smart development, the digital economy, and technological infrastructure. He highlighted Ethiopia’s growing economy and the potential for increased Singaporean investment in sectors such as manufacturing, smart mobility, urban development, smart agriculture, green development, technical education and tourism services.

In response, the Singaporean Foreign Minister reiterated Singapore’s interest in expanding its economic footprint in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. He praised Ethiopia’s efforts in creating a conducive environment for foreign investors and expressed optimism about the future of Ethiopia-Singapore relations.

The discussions also covered international issues including multilateral cooperation. Both ministers agreed on the need for collaborative efforts to address global challenges and reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to working together within international frameworks.

The two foreign ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Establishment of Bilateral Consultations between their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs. This MOU aims to create more regular opportunities for the countries to exchange views on regional and global issues and explore new areas of cooperation. Additionally, a Statement of Intent was signed regarding a future cooperation on the transport sector between Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transport and Logistics. This agreement is expected to enhance connectivity and facilitate mutual benefits in the transport sector.

The Ethiopian Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Singaporean businesses to explore investment opportunities in Ethiopia and expressed hope for more high-level exchanges between the two nations. Prime Minister Abiy’s official visit marks a significant step forward in Ethiopia-Singapore relations, paving the way for stronger economic and diplomatic ties. Both sides look forward to building on this momentum in the coming months, with further discussions planned to finalize additional MOUs and agreements.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The door should be wide open for Singaporean investors along with those from South Korea and Taiwan. Now we’re talking!!!!

  2. Ethiopia should seek assistance from Singapore for its educational system, as Singapore ranks first in the world for high scores in mathematics, reading, and science, above the OECD average.

    Extract : This week Singapore was rated as the best in the world for maths and science – and next week the OECD will publish its PISA test international rankings.

    Singapore has the highest-achieving primary and secondary pupils in international education tests in maths and science.

    But primary school pupils in Northern Ireland were ranked sixth at maths, the highest of any in Europe.

    England’s performance has not advanced since tests four years ago.
    For both primary and secondary levels and in maths and science, all the top places are taken by Asian countries, headed by Singapore.”Every school does student-directed learning differently but they all give a platform for students to share what they have learned during that time, whether it be a new hobby like crocheting, learning a new skill or language,” Brinda said. Dr Ng said a more self-directed approach for students both freed up education resources and also empowered students to take control of their own learning. “In Singapore, we aim to be an excellent school system for all young people, not just some excellent schools for some,” he said.
    When it comes to global education rankings it always seems to be the same story. Asian educational superpowers take all the top places and everyone else goes in for bouts of doubt and recrimination.
    For more than a decade, Singapore, along with South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Finland, has been at or near the top of international leagues tables that measure children’s ability in reading, maths and science. This has led to a considerable sense of achievement in Finland and East Asia and endless hand-wringing and head-scratching in the West.

    Sources : abcnetau/news/2022-10-21/how-australia-can-compare-to-singapore-education/101511316
    bbcdotcom/Singapore tops global education rankings
    businesstimescomsg/international/singapore-leads-way-asia-tops-world-education-class
    theconversationcomwhy-is-singapores-school-systemsosuccessfulandis-it-a-model-for-the-west-22917

  3. There is always a question we, the more fortunate in our Diaspora, should ask ourselves. What can we ourselves do to help the old country that produced us all to industrialize itself? I am not asking all of us who have the required resources to go back. For many of us and various legitimate reasons it may be prohibitively difficult to return. But we can always make a useful return by making our assets available to those still inside the country to open businesses that create jobs for the desperately unemployed. Many of us have already done that by giving financial and know-how assistance in opening businesses and factories to relatives and others we know very well to have the entrepreneurial skills. Opening factories can be a tall order for most of us financially but we still can play a part in that role by lobbying companies to open factories there and also by putting together our resources among friends and open small factories of our own. Some of us have done that or at least tried to do that already for decades now.

    I am a big believer of industrialization and the spread of factories throughout the country because I had seen first hand what that did to other countries going back to the 1970’s. Industrialization have the means and power to create sizable middle class in a society. It ushers a new way of thinking for the citizens. It shapes up a new outlook makeup in the citizens psyche. They don’t need someone else to give them answers to what, why and how questions they may have. This is the middle class our commies have been bedeviling since 1960’s even before it began taking deep roots in that region. Middle class is a tough cookie for connivers. It knows how to single out a lonely cross eyed bee among a swarm of millions.

    The other windfall from major industrialization is its role in liberating the women currently in bondage. It has the wherewithal to create a vast middle class of women which will play a big role in bringing the runaway population to a screeching halt. I had seen it myself in other countries in Asia. Factories will bring vast numbers of women out of their homes into humming factories giving them ‘Now I got it!’ moment. That will give them the power to be part of decisive roles in the affairs at home. Until industrialization starts playing the major role in shaping up the society in every country in the Horn of Africa, the population will continue to explode beyond control creating a haplessly unemployed majority of young population that will avail itself to bigots and connivers to their destructive schemes. That is what we are witnessing now. In a society where industrialization is spreading the youth will be too busy in factories, offices and schools working, adapting and learning. Please don’t forget that the old country with its huge and young population it has a potential huge market to consume what it can produce. Again, without industrialization on steroid, the old country will continue to be the poster child violence, instability, internal displacements and killer famines. In other words, the ugly cycle will continue until it goes belly up for good. .

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