According to the Embassy of France in Addis Ababa, seven agreements, one public agreement and six private agreements, has been signed on the sidelines of the state visit to Ethiopia of the President of the French Republic, M. Emmanuel Macron. Below is the summary of the 7 agreements:
1 • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and the National Center for Space Studies on Cooperation on Space Activities
2 • Memorandum of Understanding between the Castel Group and the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) for the construction of the SOMDIAA maize processing plant
3 • Memorandum of Understanding between CMA CGM and the local MACCFA company for the creation of a joint venture
4 • Letter of intent between CMA CGM and Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) for the management of Modjo Dry Port
5 • Letter of intent between Meridiam, Global Infrastructure Hub and the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance for the implementation of the Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program (AIFP)
6 • Memorandum of Understanding between the Canal + Group and Mr TEODROS for the Implementation of a Distribution Agreement for the Commercialization of a Pay-TV Offer
7 • Memorandum of understanding between Bolloré Africa Logistics and the local company CLS Logistics for the creation of a joint venture
The ceremony was attended by more than fifty participants and took place in the presence and under the auspices of several French and Ethiopian ministers.
Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.