New Zealand has announced on Thursday that Mark Ramsden will be New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union.

“Our relationship with Ethiopia and the African Union has strengthened considerably since New Zealand established a diplomatic presence in Ethiopia in 2011,” Foreign Minister of Newzealand, Gerry Brownlee, said in a statement.

“As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2014-2016, New Zealand closely engaged with Ethiopia and the African Union on peace and security issues of importance to Africa,” he said.

“New Zealand is focused on building on our trade and economic relationships” too, he added.

The minister also said a growing number of New Zealand companies are interested to invest in East Africa, including Fonterra that has established a joint venture in Ethiopia.

“We will continue our successful development partnership with the African Union and Ethiopia, building on the recent New Zealand-African Union Geothermal Partnership and dairy development activities with Ethiopia,” Brownlee said.

The newly appointed ambassador Mark Ramsden is currently the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji and has previously been posted to the Solomon Islands, New York, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu.

He will also be accredited to Djibouti, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. (Daily Monitor)