Parliamentary Visit

Norwegian parliamentarians plant trees in Addis Ababa to support Ethiopia's Green Legacy Initiative.  - Photo:Marit Svälas
Anniken Huitfeldt was assisted by Abid Q. Raja when planting trees to support Ethiopia's Green Legacy Initiative.

16-17 September, a delegation from the Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence visited Ethiopia. During their stay in Addis Ababa, the committee participated in Ethiopia's forest restoration program and interacted with students at Goro Primary School. Meetings were moreover held with several key actors from the Ethiopian government and parliament, think tanks, opposing voices and Norwegian partner organizations.

Norway and Ethiopia have a long-standing partnership. Today, the collaboration between the two countries is focused on five areas:

  • Climate change and environment
  • Good governance and human rights
  • Education 
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Private sector

Meeting with Ethiopia's Foreign Minister 
Foreign Minister Gedu Andarhachew recieved the Norwegian parliamentarians to discuss Ethiopia's regional peace initiatives, the ongoing reforms and multilateral cooperation.  

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Photo: Marianne Marthinsen, Liv Signe Navarsete, Jette F. Christensen, Abid Q. Raja, Anniken Huitfeldt, Hårek Elvenes, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargashew, Hans Andreas nLimi og Trond Helleland. 

 

Working lunch with Norwegian NGOs and businesses based in Ethiopia
The Standing Committee had a fruitful meeting with Norwegian NGOs and businesses, where they learned more about their operations and the framework conditions that govern their activities.
Meeting with orwegian NGOs and businesses based in Ethiopia, to learn more about their operations and the framework conditions that govern their activities.

Photo: The Standing Committe together with representatives from Flyktninghjelpen, Kirkens Nødhjelp, Norsk Luthersk Misjonssamband, Utviklingsfondet, Partnership for Change, Det norske misjonsselskap, Redd Barna, Penda/Atntler, Yara, NMC og IBA. 

Meeting with the Ethiopian Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and Peace.

Meeting with the Ethiopian Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and Peace

Photo: Anniken Huitfeldt, Chair of the Committee, with H.E. Tesfaye Daba, Chair of the Ethiopian Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and Peace.


Goro Primary School
The parliamentarians also had the opprtunity to visit Goro Primary School, supported by Norway through the General Education Quality Improvement Project - Equity (GQUIP-E) program. Here, they met with students in the newly upgraded science laboratory.


Photo: Hårek Elvenes together with students from Goro Primary School.

World Agroforestry center ICRAF
ICRAF Central Tree Seed Centre is supported by Norway and plays a crucial role in Ethiopia's ambitous forest restoration plan. The quality of native tree seeds is here secured before they are distributed and planted throughout the country. 

Photo: Anniken Huitfeldt, the Chair of the Committee, together with ICRAF staff. 

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
The parliamentarians also had time to enjoy a cup of traditional Ethiopian coffee. 

The Parliament Standing Committee together with Ambassador Lundemo.