Ethiopian Ambassador Touches Down in Jamaica With Hopes to Increase Collaboration Between Countries

Ethiopian Ambassador Girma Birru (YouTube)

Girma Birru (YouTube)

Ethiopian Ambassador to Jamaica, North America and Mexico, Girma Birru, arrived in Jamaica on Sunday to explore ways in which Ethiopia can further collaborate with Jamaica in tourism, education, culture, sports, and air transport.

While on the island, the ambassador is slated to meet with Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, Minister of Transport and Mining Michael Henry, as well as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade officials to discuss bilateral matters.

A news release from the Consulate of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia said the ambassador will also be touring the facilities of various private sector enterprises, including Red Stripe and Sutherland Global.

In discussing the visit to Jamaica, the ambassador stated: “Jamaica and Ethiopia have enjoyed a historical and cultural affinity; however, there are many opportunities for Ethiopia and Jamaica to cooperate with each other – particularly in the strategic development of tourism, the trade sector and the sporting industry. This visit will, therefore, shed light on areas for further collaboration.”

Birru is the first ambassador appointed by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Jamaica, having presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, on Tuesday May 12, 2015.

His visit comes weeks prior to a visit by Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to Jamaica.

Birru will remain on the island until Thursday, June 2.

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