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A webinar organized by Group of African Ambassador’s in Berlin with the title “Climate Change and Consequences on food security in Africa” was conducted successfully on May 23, 2022 with the attendance of about 100 participants from the German Government, Parliament, Think Tanks, Academic and all African Ambassadors in Berlin. Ethiopia as Chair of the Conference organizing team has played an important and visible role in the facilitation and realization of the conference along with coordinators of the Conference: Embassy of Algeria and Chad in cooperation with Afrika-Verein e.V. (The German-African Business Association).
Distinguished guests include Her Excellency Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and sustainable Environment (ARBE) –Africa Union, H.E. Ambassador Brahim Khlil the Dean of African Ambassadors in Berlin, H.E. Dr. Habtamu Itefa, the Water and Energy Minister of Ethiopia graced the event with their presence and insightful speeches Presentations were made by Experts from Addis Ababa Science and Technology University; United Nation’s Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region (CEDARE); International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD and Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI) of Mauritius.
H.E. Dr. Habtamu on his part noted that Climate Change is affecting the entire horn of Africa where people were displaced and domestic animals’ live is lost. The Minister underscored that in mitigating climate change water is the backbone. H.E Dr. Habtamu highlighted the importance of supplementing rain-fed agriculture to ensure sustainable food production and realize food self-sufficiency. To this effect, the Minister shared Ethiopia’s experience in the effort to mitigate climate change including the plantation of 20 billion seedling of trees in the past three years, based on H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s green legacy initiative. H.E. Dr. Habtamu also noted the importance water quality for food security and the importance of shifting from fossil fuel energy sources to green energy which can be harnessed from hydropower, solar, and wind energy
On the occasion, H.E. Ambassador Mulu Solomon as chair of the conference committee on her opening remark noted the day to be a special day to strengthen Africa’s resolve to build a better Africa for the coming generation, adding a prosperous Africa to be a great benefit to the world. H.E. the Ambassador also noted that a prosperous Africa can only be envisaged with unity, peace, and integrated Actions.
H.E. Ambassador Mulu Solomon Bezuneh, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the Federal Republic of Germany, Czech Republic, the Republic of Poland , Slovak Republic and designate to Ukraine discussed with Dr. Jiri Hansl, Director of Czech Chamber of Commerce to further expand the activities between Czech Chamber of Commerce and Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce based on the signed Memorandum of Understanding of the two Chambers.
H.E. Ambassador Mulu also briefed the opportunities in Ethiopia available for investment and business in the areas of Agriculture, Energy, Manufacturing and others.
Dr. Hansl recognizes the potential that exists in terms of demography and mentioned the importance of the large number of young educated work force in Ethiopia.
During the discussion, It was agreed to continues exchanges of experience, Training, and to facilitate the increase of the import and export of products within the two country,
to organize Business to Business (B2B) meetings and awareness creation program in cooperation with concerned stake holders
The next awareness creation with the business community to be ganized jointly at Czech Chamber of Commerce, in Prague, is intended to take place as soon as possible .
Ambassador Mulu expressed her gratitude to the Chamber for the tranings given previously .