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The Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Gebre-Christos, will be in the Netherlands from 5-6 March 2015 to meet the Netherlands government counterparts and the Dutch private sector.

The Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels would like to arrange a briefing session for the State Minister on 6 March 2015 afternoon 2:30 pm onwards with the Dutch private Sector in the premise of NABC. The type of Dutch private sector the State Minister would like to meet is business persons who have active engagement and interest to invest and trade in Ethiopia in areas of their priority investment and trade sectors that have a focus on agriculture, agro-processing, textile and garment, leather and leather products, sugar, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, tourism, mining and hydropower.


Friday  February 6, The Netherlands : Roundtable



14.30 – 14.45

Arrival Dutch companies

14.45 – 14.50

Official Roundtable-opening by NABC

14.50 – 15.15

Presentation by H.E. Berhane Gebre-Christos

15:15 – 15.45

Q&A-session and discussion

15.45 – 16.15

One-on-one meetings


H.E Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos

Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos was appointed State Minister for Foreign Affairs in October, 2010.  From 2002 to 2010, Ambassador Berhane served as Ambassador of Ethiopia to the European Union and the Benelux (the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Kingdom of the Netherlands).  From 1992 to 2002, he served as Ethiopia's Ambassador to the United States.

 Before the fall of the Derg regime, Ambassador Berhane was a foreign representative of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and in this capacity traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the United States; popularizing the cause of the Front among government officials, legislatures, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public at large.  Ambassador Berhane joined the TPLF in 1976 and served as a member of the political department for one year.  From 1977 to 1979 he was the head of administration and mass organizations of the Front.  From 1979-88 he was the Foreign Spokesperson of the Front in Europe and the Americas.  In 1983 he was elected to the leadership of the TPLF and from 1988-91 he headed the diplomatic mission within the Foreign Relations Bureau of the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Ambassador Berhane attended the General Wingate High School and Haile Selassie I University (now Addis Ababa University) from 1971-1974.  He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.  Ambassador Berhane presently serves on the board of Ethiopian Airlines.  He is married and has three children and speaks English, Amharic and Tigrigna.


Ambassador Teshome TOGA
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Ambassador Teshome TOGA joined the Ethiopian Diplomatic Mission in Brussels on October 11, 2013. As Head of the Mission, he is accredited to the Benelux and Baltic States and to the EU Institutions. Prior to this, he served in the same capacity in Paris since January 2011, concurrently accredited to Spain, Portugal, the Vatican and Tunisia. At the same time, Ambassador TOGA was the Permanent delegate to UNESCO.

From 2005-2010, Ambassador TOGA was the Speaker of the 3rd House of the Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the highest authority of the Federal Government. While Speaker of the House, he led the Ethiopian Parliamentary delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly between 2005-2011 and was member of the Bureau and Vice-President in charge of Human Rights from the ACP side. As Speaker, he also participated in several Parliamentary Meetings.

He was the President of the 120th IPU General Conference and related meetings. Ambassador TOGA also presided over the 30th African Parliamentary Union Assembly. He contributed to the revitalizing of IGAD Inter Parliamentary Union and was Vice-President of IPU-IGAD.

Ambassador TOGA was appointed to the Cabinet in 2001 as the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture until his election as Speaker of HOPR in 2005. He was a member of the Council of the South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State from 1995 to 2005. Ambassador TOGA was also a member of the 1st House of Federation from 1995-2000. He was elected member of the 4th HOPR in 2010.

In between 1992 and 2001, Ambassador TOGA was Ethiopia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ghana (1992), Egypt (1993-1996) and Kenya (1996-2001). While in Kenya, he was accredited to Tanzania and Permanent Representative to UNEP and HABITAT.

He served as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to the IGAD sponsored Sudan Peace Talks and to the peace process in Great Lakes Region.


Practical information

Date: Friday 6 March

Time: 14.30

Location: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Address: Bezuidenhoutseweg, the Hague


Language: English

Registration period: until Wednesday 4 March

Capacity: 15 participants

Motivation of your participation and explanation of your current and future activities in mandatory.

Please note that registration is an application to attend and needs to be confirmed explicitly by NABC. The automatically generated confirmation can therefore be neglected.

Event details

Exclusive meeting with Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs
From March 06, 2015
Till February 06, 2015
NABC events
The Hague, Netherlands