Secretary You Quan and Governor Yu Weiguo Meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam
On May 17, Party Secretary You Quan and Governor Yu Weiguo met in Fuzhou with the Ethiopian delegation headed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Secretary You Quan welcomed Prime Minister Hailemariam’s attendance at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and his visit to Fujian. Mr. You said that during the Belt and Road Forum, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Hailemariam agreed to maintain the sound momentum of our bilateral ties and elevate China-Ethiopia relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership for cooperation, which offers new opportunities for cooperation between Fujian and Ethiopia. Fujian will implement outcomes achieved at this forum as well as the important consensus reached by leaders of our two countries with the aim of enhancing China-Ethiopia friendship. He believed that Prime Minister Hailemariam’s visit to Fujian will promote exchanges and cooperation between Fujian and Ethiopia.
Secretary You added that Fujian enjoys a unique position and advantages in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative. In history, Fujian was an important starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road. In the Ming Dynasty, the great navigator Zheng He, setting sail from Fujian, made voyages to the Western Seas and reached the northeast of Africa where today’s Ethiopia is located. Cooperation between Fujian and Ethiopia dates back to a long time ago. Today, many Fujian enterprises have investments in Ethiopia in sectors such as textile, footwear and garment, food processing and project contracting. Taking Prime Minister Hailemariam’s visit to Fujian as an opportunity, Fujian will make better use of its advantages as the core area of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, further close exchanges and cooperation with Belt and Road countries and regions, and enhance two-way trade, mutual investment and people-to-people exchanges, so as to achieve win-win outcomes.
Prime Minister Hailemariam expressed his pleasure for attending the Belt and Road Forum and his congratulations to Fujian’s achievements of its reform and opening up drive. After introduction Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan, He said that his country will actively take part in the Belt and Road Initiative, joint hands with China to push forward the strategic consensus reached between the two countries. Ethiopia is willing to have in-depth cooperation with Fujian in such fields as economy and trade, tourism and sports. By drawing experience from Fujian’s reform and opening up drive, his country will endeavor to improve its investment environment and put in place a series of preferential policies in taxation and other fields in a bid to attract Fujian entrepreneurs to set up industrial parks in Ethiopia. Prime Minister Hailemariam believed that as the Belt and Road Initiative is further implemented, Ethiopia and Fujian will embrace a brighter future of cooperation which will yield more fruitful results.
At the end of the meeting, Secretary You presented Prime Minister Hailemarim with the book Up and Out of Poverty written by President Xi Jinping.