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“Ethiopia will continue to invest heavily in agriculture”

The Ambassador of Ethiopia to the Benelux, Baltic States and EU, H.E. Mr Teshome Toga, visited CTA on 20 July 2016.

July 20, 2016
  • East Africa

During his visit, H.E. Teshome Toga highlighted the significant role that agriculture plays in Ethiopia’s economy, not only as a source of livelihood for over 80% of the population but also as the main engine for the country’s impressive economic growth in the last decade.

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“No organisation can afford to operate in isolation in this globalised world and CTA is therefore right in highlighting partnerships in its Strategic Plan”, he said. "The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group provides the overarching framework for CTA’s operations", the Ambassador noted, and hence "the ACP embassies in Brussels have an important role to play in supporting the work of the Centre."

Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, drew attention to the linkages between the CTA Strategic Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting how CTA’s programme is underpinned in the global development discourse.

The Director also introduced CTA’s Eastern Africa Regional Business Plan (RBP) to the Ambassador, drawing attention to its focus on improving the lives of smallholder farmers and pastoralists in the region through improved agricultural production, value addition and market access. CTA’s interventions in Ethiopia in capacity building, ICTs and value chain development were briefly discussed. 

In his concluding remarks, the ambassador said, “I am convinced about the important work of CTA and will be supporting the Centre at the ACP Group.”

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