Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde today received and held talks with President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa.

Their discussion mainly focused on works being done to empower women, according to Office of the President.

During the discussion, Ivanka Trump briefed the Ethiopian president about the White House Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative she is leading.

She said the goal of the initiative, which was launched in February, is to economically empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

After commending the ongoing efforts to empower women, Ivanka Trump said the US government will provide assistance for these efforts. She also described the ongoing comprehensive reforms in Ethiopia as impressive.

President Sahle-Work said the imitative is a good beginning to empower women and will get global recognition as far as it is [women-]centred and targeted women worldwide.

Meanwhile Ivanka met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his office later and discussed the Ethiopia’s efforts to reform economically and politically.

Sahle-Work said the government is committed to working in partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to empower women.

Ethiopia is moving in a new path of reform to build the capacity of women, particularly addressing gender-based challenges of female students at higher education institutions, President Sahle-Work stated.

HALKAN GASHO