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Ethiopia: Ex-PM named for Japanese gong

Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn on Tuesday was chosen as one of Japan’s foreign recipients of the 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations.The decoration was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution  towards strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Ethiopia as  well as collaborating with Japan on TICAD and promoting Japan’s  friendship with Africa.

Desalegn  will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, according  to a statement released by the embassy of Japan in Addis Ababa on  Tuesday.

As  the IGAD chair and a UN Security Council member, Ethiopia built and  strengthened its cooperation with Japan’s efforts toward South Sudan’s stabilization, the statement said.

The  former Prime Minister also chaired successive Japan-Ethiopia Industrial  Policy Dialogues and introduced the Kaizen philosophy into Ethiopia.

Desalegn  co-chaired TICAD V (2013) with PM Shinzo Abe and contributed to the  adoption of the Yokohama Declaration as well as the Yokohama Action Plan  2013-2017.

In  TICAD V, he contributed to Africa’s ownership-enhancement, the  alignment between development plans in Africa and the TICAD process, and  the promotion of the dialogue between the African and Japanese private  sectors.

Following  the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, then Deputy Prime Minister and  Foreign Minister expressed his sympathies with the disaster victims and  handed over donations from the Ethiopian people.

Desalegn was also credited for promoting  Japan’s private sector investment into Ethiopia.

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