Ethiopian PM Abiy stops in Rome before heading to World Economic Forum

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The appointment of Meaza Ashenafi comes two weeks after Abiy named 10 female ministers to make Ethiopia the third country in Africa - after Rwanda and Seychelles - to have its cabinet split equally between men and women. Image courtesy:

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday arrived in Rome, Italy his first stop on a European tour that will see him attend the upcoming World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

State media outlets say he is due to meet with top officials in Rome including his counterpart Giuseppe Conte. Abiy’s last European tour saw him visit France and Germany in November 2018.

Conte visited Ethiopia in late 2018 and extended an invitation to Abiy to visit Rome. Conte’s visit started in neighboring Eritrea before he flew to Addis Ababa.

 

The delegation will fly to Switzerland for the WEF which starts on Tuesday January 22 and ends on Friday.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a New Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Abiy deliver an address to the gathering on January 23 and will interact with world leaders, global business leaders, economists, and other international finance bodies.

His reform efforts back home have endeared the Horn of Africa nation to lots of international goodwill. Ethiopia has repeatedly been assured of a plethora of international support for the PM’s reforms.