H.E Jafar Bederu –Executive Director of IFA and the Institute Director Generals warmly welcomed the minister. The Minster looked up the Institute’s compound and met with the researchers and IFA staffs. Following the visit, he was briefed about the Institute’s earlier establishment and its recent reestablishment and accountability under the law of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Besides, the institute specifies its key areas of priorities about conducting demand driven policy research  and analysis on foreign policy and diplomacy as well as in providing trainings to diplomats and other stakeholders to the Minster.  
On the course of the discussion, the Institute’s Executive Director emphasized the recent fundamental attainment of the Institute in organizing regional conferences like AFRIRUN, Red Se Series, The Horn Dialogue and much more. Additionally, Mr. Jafar mentioned that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is assisting the institute in carrying out the government’s mission and the joint undertakings in conducting research, tailoring high-level dialogues and running trainings that need to be further strengthened.

The minster on his side highlighted that the research outputs of the institute in providing alternative policy recommendations are imperative for the government and advised the institute to outrival in demand based research works. He also added, the Institute should not limit itself in some trivial issues and focus and maximize its capacity in a pressing and grand issues.
For that, the Ministry is always in its side in assisting and encouraging to actualize its missions, he said. The Minster was thrilled with the Institute’s underlying deliveries in research as well as in trainings and undertake to workout with the Ministry
Lastly, the Minster underscored IFA’S role in supporting the Ministry’s diplomatic and key international relation affairs and its vigorous contribution in making Ethiopia’s foreign relations through research, timely dialogues and running diplomatic trainings to execute well caliber diplomats is noteworthy.

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