Visit of Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-077610   Duration: 10:04:35  Lieu:
End production: 18/04/2013   First transmission: 18/04/2013
On 18 April 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian Prime Minister, in Brussels. On this occasion, they held a joint press briefing on the dialogue between EU and Ethiopia in the framework of article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement. The EU wants to support prosperity in Ethiopia. The country is one of the largest beneficiaries of EU development cooperation support, details of which can be found in Ethiopia’s country strategy paper. Trade is also very important in EU-Ethiopia relations, and the EU also provides important humanitarian assistance to the country. This video shows arrival, handshake, round table and press briefing.

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10:00:11 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian Prime Minister, to the press point 00:00:12
10:00:23 José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn shaking hands and posing for the picture 00:00:10
10:00:34 José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn heading to the meeting room (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:00:47 Round table with José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn 00:00:14
10:01:01 General view of the round table (2 shots) 00:00:06
10:01:08 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn to the press briefing 00:00:04
10:01:12 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We are a partner and we are proud of our contribution to Ethiopia growth and development. We have been a very active partner in terms of cooperation, development and investment, our companies are there and we want to remain very important partners because I think it is certainly in the interest of Ethiopia, the interest of the region, in the interest of our overall relations with Africa and also in the interest of the EU. 00:00:28
10:01:41 General view of the press briefing with José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn 00:00:03
10:01:44 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We have already substantial and diversified economic and trade relations. The EU is the most important trade partner for Ethiopia with over 40% of Ethiopia's exports coming to Europe. This reflects our broader openness and commercial commitment to Ethiopia and our African friends. We stand ready to support the government in its long term vision leading to growth and increased investment and, in this respect, we fully support Ethiopia's effort to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). 00:00:36
10:02:20 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:03
10:02:24 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Good results have been achieved in our cooperation on food security and on basic service delivery throughout the country. We look forward to continue this good cooperation throughout the 11th European Development Fund which will apply as of next year with an even stronger focus on health issues. It is my pleasure to announce today that the EU has already now agreed to an additional allocation of 30 million Euros for maternal health. 00:00:32
10:02:57 General view of the press briefing with José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn 00:00:03
10:03:00 Soundbite by Hailemariam Desalegn (in ENGLISH): It is my first visit out of Africa simply because the EU is our strategic partner and the Member States are also similarly. We have, as President Barroso said, the major recipient of the EU support in many important issues, especially, in infrastructure development, in basic services provision, in agriculture and food security which has yielded a result. 00:00:31
10:03:31 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:03
10:03:35 Soundbite by Hailemariam Desalegn (in ENGLISH): The EU is the major investor in my country; more than 300 investors are now engaged in Ethiopia, the quality of investment is very good and, in this regard, we want to deepen and strengthen these trade and investment relations between our two countries, in the Member States of EU and the EU in general. 00:00:27
10:04:02 Cutaway of a journalist taking some notes 00:00:03
10:04:05 Soundbite by Hailemariam Desalegn (in ENGLISH): We agreed to work very closely on Europe and Africa relationship that has to grow very fast in the future. Apart from that, I think, as the President mentioned, Ethiopia's export destination, Europe, stands the first and I just want to thank you for this and we want to extend and deepen this as well. 00:00:29
10:04:35 José Manuel Barroso and Hailemariam Desalegn leaving the press point 00:00:06
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