Germany and Ethiopia have come to an agreement on cooperation within the framework of the Manager Training Programme. The Eastern African country will become a pilot country within the Programme and will be sending Ethiopian executives to Germany for training and the initiation of business relations in the future. Dr. Dorothea Schütz, Deputy Director-General at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and Mesganu Arga Moach, State Minister of Trade and Industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect in Berlin on 17 December 2019.
A first group of 21 Ethiopian entrepreneurs was in Germany from mid-November to mid-December to participate in the Programme. More than half of the participants were from the coffee industry; in addition, executives from the food production, leather goods and textile industries took part. “The presence of highly qualified entrepreneurs from Ethiopia demonstrates, on the one hand, their interest in expanding their management skills and becoming acquainted with the German economy and, on the other hand, the interest of German enterprises in business relations with Ethiopia. Moreover, the cooperation within the Manager Training Programme confirms the interest in strong bilateral economic relations between Ethiopia and Germany.”
Mesganu Arga Moach and Dr Dorothea Schütz at the signing of the MoU in Berlin.
Saying goodbye to the Ethiopian pilot group at the BMWi.
Photos: BMWi/Anja Blumentritt