Subregional Office

 

 for Eastern Africa (SFE)

 

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The SFE Inauguration

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The FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa was Inaugurated on the 29th of January 2008

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The Ethio-FAO Pact to Establish SFE in Addis Ababa was signed on 31 January 2006 by Dr. Jacques Diouf, FAO Director General and Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopian Foreign Minister

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"Upon receiving today the generous gift that the excellent and very modern building we see before us represents, space available becomes adequate for FAO to also take on board the national experts kindly offered by the government of Ethiopia". Dr Jacques Diouf FAO Director General

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"The establishment of the FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE) would further strengthen FAO endeavours to help the countries in matters of technologies, experience sharing and capacity building.” Addisu Legesse Ethiopian Deputy Premier

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The inauguration w was attended by representatives of the host government, countries of the subregion, dignitaries Ministries, the African Union, the UN System and the Diplomatic Corps. Ato Addisu Legesse, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development was the Guest of Honour and he inaugurated the new centre together with Dr Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director-General.

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Mr Mafa Chipeta thanked the government of the Host Country, the governments of the member countries, the Mayor of Addis Ababa and the staff for their support to FAO.

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The government of the Host Country, the governments of the member countries, the Mayor of Addis Ababa and the staff.

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The government of the Host Country, the governments of the member countries, the Mayor of Addis Ababa and the staff.

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“It gives me great pleasure to see this example of the commitment of our host country to the ideals of African solidarity and co-operation, as it is also hosting in this very city the headquarters of African Union,” Dr Jacques Diouf; “I expect SFE to create ideal opportunities for promoting sustained agriculture growth of the subregion” Addisu Legesse

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SFE serves as a technical and policy service centre to Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda each of which also has its own FAO representative