Latvia’s ambassador Iveta Šulca and the Ethiopia’s President Sahle Work Zewde recently discussed the possibility of developing a political dialogue and expanding legal framework during an official accreditation ceremony in Latvia.

President Zewde informed the ambassador that Ethiopia was ready as interested in cooperation in the economic sectors such as agriculture and food products, timber processing and forest management.

The president underlined her appreciation of the success of reforms carried out by Latvia and wishes to see experience transfer projects developed between the two countries. She mentioned that, with 70% of Ethiopia’s population being young people, education reform was her priority. She called for expanding cooperation between higher education institutions and suggested that Latvia open an Embassy in Addis Ababa.

The ambassador expressed hope in the completion of talks on the signing of a Double Taxation Agreement between the countries soon. The parties were unanimous that Latvia and Ethiopia have vast potential for cooperation in the information and communication technologies sector and higher education and that contacts should be promoted between line ministries to identify other areas for cooperation.