Addis Ababa has entered into a sister-city twinning agreement with Indian capital New Delhi to facilitate collaboration between both cities in health and municipal services, the development of small and micro enterprises, and park management.
The agreement was signed in New Delhi during a visit by Addis Ababa mayor Kuma Demeksa to his New Delhi counterpart Meera Aggarwal.
Kuma invited Aggarwal to Addis Ababa and took the opportunity to promote the Ethiopian capital as a prime city for investment, trade and tourism. Aggarwal said that the New Delhi city administration would work hard to ensure the implementation of the agreement and the strengthening of relations between the two capitals.
Kuma was joined on his four-day trip to New Delhi by a delegation comprising members of his city administration as well as representatives from the health and enterprise ministries.
In recent years Indian companies have invested some $5 billion in Ethiopia, with a particular emphasis on commercial agriculture. Ethiopia's late prime minister Meles Zenawi was a strong supporter of India and was influential in securing major Indian investment in Ethiopia.