|Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on February 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM|
On the landmark occasion of the proclamation of Addis Ababa as World Capital of Culture and Tourism and the opening of the Unity Trough Culture Festival in Ethiopia a top ranking delegation headed by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a discovery tour of Ethiopia, for the opening of the Addis Ababa-World Capital of Culture and Tourism Festival and for a string of meetings destined to enhance the bilateral relations.
On the invitation of H.E. Mrs. Sahle Work Zewde F.D.R Ethiopia President, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had visited Ethiopia at the head of a high level delegation.
The visit was the result of the invitation from H.E. Mrs. Sahle Work Zewde, Ethiopia`s President
The visit took place between 29 January through 8 February 2019 and included an important political and diplomatic dimension.
The inclusive dialogue, concentrated on promoting bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation, supporting business people and firms, from both regions, in cooperating and promoting the exchange of techniques, skills and economic goods.
On diplomatic arena an ample cooperation and further developing of honorary consul’s network across the world, was established, with a view to foster tourism, cultural and economic cooperation.
Creating a network of Ambassadors for Tourism and Culture, promoting tourism and the image of Ethiopia, where also tabled, based on other successful examples of actions carved by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.
Opening the world tourism ceremony in Addis Ababa.
On February 3, 2019 President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presented the opening speech for World Capital of Culture and Tourism ceremonies for Addis Ababa.
The world tourism ceremony included also folk dances, Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony and academic presentations, supported by leading figures of Ethiopian cultural establishment.
The ceremony was live broadcasted and viewed by more than 200 million television viewers and will continued to be presented across the world for the next year.
The visit included also a large cultural discovery programme carved specially to offer to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea delegation the opportunity to observe new areas and zones of Ethiopia different from 2015 visit.
The cultural trip encompassed areas as Jimma and Kaffa provinces, from where the coffee cultivation started across the world, trade routes around Jimma province and imperial places across Gibe river ) mainly Abba Jifar Palace UNESCO heritage site), the natural volcanic area of lake Bishoftu and cultural and religious landscape of Debre Libanos Monastery.
A special segment of the cultural programme was the discovery of Addis Ababa historical potential with stop-overs to Entoto Mountain Historical Site )with Emperor Menelik II Palace, Churches of Saint Maryam and Saint Raguel and Elie Church and Entoto Museum etc) Cathedrals of Holy Trinity (Haille Selassie) and Saint George and Museums of National History and Ethnographic Museum (hosted in former imperial palace Genet Leul) etc.
Concluding the visit H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a return visit for September 2019 opening session of the new Ethiopian Parliament in order to give a boost to the country parliamentary structures and to promote the nation integration in global parliamentary structures.