By Meseret Bekele
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ENA) — Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn invited Chinese companies to participate in the building of industrial zones and parks in Ethiopia.
During the discussion he held with the Special Envoy and Vice Foreign Minister of China, Zhang Ming, the premier said the Ethio-Chinese cooperation in aviation, railway infrastructure building, road construction, poverty reduction and industrial development is vital for Ethiopia’s development.
The PM also urged Chinese companies to engage in potash development and benefit themselves as well as Ethiopia.
The government of Ethiopia would provide support to Chinese companies that engage in the various sector, the Prime Minister pledged.
Hailemariam finally appreciated the support of China to IGAD in its effort toward stabilizing Eastern Africa and particularly South Sudan.
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said on his part the bilateral ties between Ethiopia and China have shown tremendous growth last year.
According to him, the leaders of the two countries have set long-term plan to further strengthen the friendship of the states.
The relationship of China and Ethiopia has been growing fast after the signing of a comprehensive cooperation agreement in 2003.