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Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Brazil and Ethiopia established diplomatic relations in 1951. The Embassy of Brazil in Addis Ababa was opened in the 1960s, but was deactivated a few years later. The Embassy in Addis Ababa was reopened in 2005. Ethiopia, in its turn, reopened its resident embassy in Brazil 2011.

Second most populous country in Africa and the continent's tenth largest economy, Ethiopia is among the countries with the fastest growing economies in the region. For hosting the headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa projects itself as a major diplomatic polo, playing an important role in the peace processes on the continent.

In 2012, Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota performed an official visit to Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Prime Minister came to Brazil to attend the Rio +20 Earth Summit. The President of the Republic visited Ethiopia in 2013, to attend the 50th African Union Summit, on the margins of which she was received by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Chronology of bilateral relations

1951 – Creation of the Brazilian delegation with the Empire of Ethiopia, headquartered in Cairo

1960 – Official visit to Brazil of Emperor Haile Selassie

End of 1960’s – Closing of the Embassy in Addis Ababa

2005 – Reopening of the Embassy of Brazil in Addis Ababa

2005 – Working visit to Addis Ababa of Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Health, of EMBRAPA and of the business sector

2011 – Reopening of the Embassy of Ethiopia in Brazil

2011 – Prospecting mission of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and EMBRAPA is sent to Addis Ababa

2012 – Mission of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) visits EMBRAPA (February)

2012 – Mission of ABC and EMBRAPA to Ethiopia (March)

2012 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Urban Development and Construction of Ethiopia, Hailemeskel Hailemarkos (April)

2012Official visit of Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota to Addis Ababa. Meetings with the Prime-Minister Meles Zenawi and with the Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn were held (April 23-24) [Adopted acts]

2012 – Visit to Brazil of Prime-Minister Meles Zenawi, heading the Ethiopian delegation to the Rio+20 Earth Summit (June)

2012 – Visit to Brasília of the Minister of Finance of Ethiopia, Sufian Ahmed. Meeting with the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Fernando Pimentel (December)

2013 – President Dilma Rousseff visits Addis Ababa, to participate as a special guest in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the African Union. The President met with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn (May 24-27)

2013 – Ethiopian Airlines begins the air route operation between Addis Ababa and São Paulo (July)

2016Visit of Minister Mauro Vieira to Addis Ababa, when he holds work meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and is received by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The Minister takes part in the Brazil-Ethiopia Business Seminar and meets the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (March 8)

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