Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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KAMIL Abdu, Wollo University, Ethiopia

The Ethiopia –Turkey relation has its root in the first half of the 16th century when the Ottoman and contemporary Ethiopian empire had been interacting in different manners. Currently, the relation between the two nations is gaining a momentum, especially in trade, investment and economic assistance. Turkish investors are the leading investors in Ethiopia and the trade between the two countries is expected to reach 1 billion USD by the year 2020. Development and humanitarian assistance for Ethiopia by Turkish state and non-state actors is also on the rise. The relation, however, is not without challenges. The author of the paper argues that the interests & engagements of the two countries in Somalia, the Turkish foreign policy discourse and the “imbalance in benefit sharing” from the economic relation of the two countries present a real challenges worthy of consideration and reconsideration by the two nations.