The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia is carrying out a series of new appointments of staff at the Ministry’s headquarters in Addis Ababa and Ethiopian diplomatic missions abroad.
In his weekly media briefing on Thursday this week (November 29), the Spokesperson of the Ministry, Mr. Meles Alem said that the reforms underway within the Ministry would help to make it competent and improve its capacity to lead foreign relations and serve the national interests of the country.
The new organizational structure marked a real change in direction, being created to enable the ministry to achieve its vision, he added.
Mr. Meles said the appointment of new ambassadors would be announced shortly and they could include leading intellectuals, academics and other well-known people from outside the Ministry as well as diplomats.
He said: “The main criteria are knowledge, skill, and professionalism.” Mr. Meles said that the best and brightest diplomats with possible and necessary experience relating to the country’s foreign relations and national security policy would be deployed to neighboring countries.
Ethiopia, he said, was continuing its policy of “Zero Discord” in relations with neighboring countries. The Spokesperson said that the priority areas for the country’s 59 diplomatic missions were a renewed commitment maximizing friends and strategic partners, economic diplomacy, engaging the Diaspora in national affairs, and providing better consular services.
Mr. Meles emphasized that the Ministry was working diligently to realize its vision of producing competent and seasoned diplomats fully capable of serving foreign policy objectives and protecting the country’s national interests. In addition to producing diplomats with general qualifications and interests, the Ministry was also working to produce the necessary specialists in different areas.