Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has received the 2019 Spring Imperial Decoration Award of Japan at a ceremony held here yesterday.
The decoration was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Ethiopia.
He also collaborated with Japan on TICAD and promoted Japan’s friendship with Africa.
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 former Prime Minister also chaired successive Japan-Ethiopia Industrial Policy Dialogues and introduced the Kaizen philosophy into Ethiopia.
He also promoted Japan’s private sector investment into the country.