In a time when processes of opening and regional integration elsewhere seem to give way to the tightening of barriers and protectionist tendencies, on March 21th the African countries signed a historical agreement to launch AfCFTA, the world's largest free-trade area in terms of the number of Contracting Parties. Is this a real breakthrough for the country's development?
In February 2018, in the midst of ongoing political turmoil, few could have predicted the radical political change of direction Ethiopia would experience within a matter of weeks. The election in March 2018 of Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and consequently the country’s Prime Minister heralded the beginning of a major shift in leadership style and approach in one of Africa’s most authoritarian polities.
China and Ethiopia diplomatic relationship was established in 1970 because it was mutually beneficial. China needed Ethiopia, and other African nations, at the UN and Ethiopia, which was ruled by Emperor Haile Selassie I, was a diplomatic leader towards African independence, and could no longer ignore the most populous third world nation involved in solidarity and material support in the anti-colonial struggle movements.