Ethiopian Business Review

Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki made a landmark three day visit to Ethiopia, arriving in Addis Ababa on July 14th. It was his first visit to the country in 20 years. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had visited the Eritrean capital, Asmara, the week before, and was greeted by jubilant crowds and celebrations. The scenes were repeated in Addis, as crowds of people gathered to watch Isaias’ plane land at Bole

International Airport, waving Ethiopian and Eritrean flags and celebrating the cessation of nearly three decades of hostilities between the two countries. During the visit, the Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa reopened, with the old site being refurbished. The visit marks a new start in the relationship between the two countries, with Abiy reaffirming Ethiopia’s acceptance of the Algiers Treaty, which marked the end of the Ethio-Eritrean War. However, not much has been made clear about the actual mechanics of the treaty.

During a lunch hosted by Abiy, Isaias said “Words cannot express the joy we are feeling now. History is being made as we speak.”   

Since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power, the country has been going through a surprisingly speedy cycle of changes, including efforts to make the political arena more inclusive, and trips around the country in an effort to diffuse tensions between the population and the government.

6th Year . July 16 - Aug 15 2018 . No.64


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