|Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on August 2, 2015 at 7:25 AM|
On the landmark occasion of the World Tourism Conference and African Investment Conference, a top ranking delegation, from Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, was invited for a discovery tour of Ethiopia, the receiver of this year most influential tourism designation.
The visit took place between 9 to 16 July, 2015 and included an important political and diplomatic dimension.
Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was holding discussions with Minister of Trade-Yaekob Yalla, Minister of Foreign Affairs-Berhane Gebre-Christos and Ministers of Culture and Tourism of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and an inclusive and profusely dialogue with Prime Minister of F.D.R. Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn.
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.
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, IRICE President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Chairman Mihail Prundianu and the rest of the delegation.
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.
On July 10, 2015 the IRICE President presented the main speech of the world tourism ceremony titled: Ethiopia-the land chosen by God!
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, the leader in efficiency of Romanian Parliament, announced that: after receiving the letter destined to World Leaders of Tourism- Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will be decorated with Romanian Parliament Medal.
Gala dinner in honor of President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Culture and Tourism and Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Academician Hailemariam Desalegn.
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 Europe for the next year.
IRICE President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea looking at Imperial capital city: AXUM.
From 10th July 2015, the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation President and his delegation embarked in a cultural and tourism program visiting: Axum-the first capital of Christian Africa and the centre of a world power in 100 to 400 BC, that controlled trade across the Red Sea.
In Axum, the delegation visit the royal tombs, the Church of the Arch of Covenant, the Saint Mary Imperial Basilica, where the emperors of Ethiopia were crowned.
Axum – cathedral of Saint Mary, the coronation place for Ethiopian emperors.
Specially for the delegates, were opened the gates of the imperial museum, containing the priceless treasures of Ethiopian emperors from garments, to crowns adorned with jewels and the robes used for imperial investiture.
From Axum, the old imperial city, the delegation lead by IRICE President Anton Caragea has being directed to Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia from XVII century to XIX century.
Here they have a chance to admire the fiery Amharic dances, in a wonderful welcoming ceremony, offered by the local authorities, enjoyed the fabulous gondarine cuisine at famous Four sisters’ restaurant and toured the imperial city.
Colorful welcoming at Gondar with traditional dances!
Gondar is also world renamed for his architecture and for housing almost ten emperors, in a period of glory for Abyssinia, as Ethiopia was known in that time.
Garnering Portuguese influence, with Indian and English architectural designs, Gondar is nicknamed as African Camelot for his strange, but perfect architecture.
Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation delegates were received with a religious ceremony in Lalibela, the holiest Christian city in Africa, and the second Jerusalem, as in worldly known.
More than 5000 pilgrims, priests and deacons, welcomed President Dr. Anton Caragea and offered to him and his delegation, special ceremonial robes, to mark their entrance in the holy city.
Holding the famous speech: To the Peoples of Lalibela!
On this occasion, IRICE President Anton Caragea held his gratitude speech known as: To the People of Lalibela, a discourse that quickly captured the imagination of the inhabitants of Lalibela.
An impressive tour of six of the eleven rock-hewn churches was conducted, including the famous grave of Saint Lalibela, the church of Medhane Alem (Our Saviour) and Holy Cross Church.
In the final leg of the trip, Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation President and his party were treated with a wonderful welcoming to the bustling and sunny south of Ethiopia and with his famous Lake District city of Hawassa.
Warm welcoming to Hawassa with the Head of SNNPRS State!
The delegates were welcomed to music and a fire display by the Head of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State of Ethiopia and enjoyed a tour of Lake Hawassa, a discovery of the city landmarks and a special night show that touched their hearts.
A special surprised was offered by HE. Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia, Amin Abdulkadir who arranged, for IRICE President Dr. Anton Caragea delegation, a special discovery tour of Harar-the fourth most holy Islamic site.
Visiting UNESCO city: Harar-the 4th holy islamic site.
The city comprises more than 82 mosques and 4000 saints tombs known in the Islamic world as Medinat Al Awliya- the city of saints and a UNESCO heritage site.
The delegates were welcomed with a coffee ceremony and a tour of famous city enclosure, known as Jugal, and a visit to famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud house in Harar.
A moment of relaxation in a traditional harari house-Gay Ger.
The visit, to extraordinary city of Harar, was a perfect gift for our delegates, appreciated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
Family photo: Ethiopia government headed by Prime Minister-Academician Hailemariam Desalegn and Romanian delegation headed by IRICE President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
The delegation official visit to Ethiopia, is a sign of the country inclusive development, political, clout and prominence in Africa, and a mark of the country taking the rightful place that is deserves, amidst the most cultural and historical developed country in the world, concluded his remarks, IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.