Expo Milan celebrates National Day of Ethiopia

(AGI) - Rho (Milan), Sept. 22 - The 2015 Milan UniversalExposition on Tuesday celebrated the National Day of Ethiopia.The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom,opened the National Day dedicated to his country. "TheUniversal Exposition is a showcase for the world to let peopleget to know us and to show our progress to everybody. It isalso an excellent opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationswith Italy, a country to which we are deeply linked," he said.Ethiopia's economic growth rivals that of some Asian economies,but the country wants more. It is seeking foreign

(AGI) - Rho (Milan), Sept. 22 - The 2015 Milan UniversalExposition on Tuesday celebrated the National Day of Ethiopia.The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom,opened the National Day dedicated to his country. "TheUniversal Exposition is a showcase for the world to let peopleget to know us and to show our progress to everybody. It isalso an excellent opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationswith Italy, a country to which we are deeply linked," he said.Ethiopia's economic growth rivals that of some Asian economies,but the country wants more. It is seeking foreign capital aswell, the minister continued: "We have seen a rise ininvestments and we have noticed that internationalentrepreneurs are increasingly interested to come to us,starting with Italy," said the Foreign Minister. "For thefuture, we want to give an even warmer welcome to Italians whowant to invest in us." Before visiting the Expo, the ministertook part in a business forum with Italian Foreign MinisterPaolo Gentiloni. At the Expo in Milan, Minister Adhanom waswelcomed by Italy's Economy Undersecretary Paola De Micheli,who outlined the government's strategy for the African country:"We pay special attention to Ethiopia because we follow itseconomic success with particular interest and we consider thecountry of great importance for the stability of the entireHorn of Africa. Our bilateral relations have never been soclose," said the undersecretary, pointing out that PrimeMinister Matteo Renzi and Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilonivisited the country in 2015. "Our objective is to strengthenthe presence of our companies, making use of our historicalties and of the prospects offered by Ethiopia," one of the mostpopulous nations on the continent with more than 90 millioninhabitants. For all these reasons the government, De Micheliconcluded, "is pushing and supporting Italian companies toinvest in your country." After the opening ceremony, theofficial delegations visited the Expo accompanied by a largerepresentation of the Ethiopian community in Italy. The group,moving around to the musical accompaniment of a folk group fromthe capital Addis Ababa, ended its visit at the Ethiopianpavilion in the Coffee Cluster. At the pavilion, they wereoffered some typical dishes like zighini' and ingera. Afterlunch followed the 'coffee ritual': in Ethiopia coffee isserved sitting in a circle, while all participants tell abouttheir daily lives. . .