US president departs from Ethiopia

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:30 GMT, Jul 29, 2015 |

U.S. President Barack Obama ended his two-nation tour of Africa yesterday (Tuesday), taking off from the Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.

Obama was accompanied at the airport in Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Before Obama’s departure, they made a brief detour to look at an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner plane parked on the tarmac. Because, the national carrier is expanding its fleet as part of an existing plan to increase revenues five-fold to $10 billion by 2025.

Obama has used his trip to Kenya, his father’s homeland, and Ethiopia to discuss security cooperation, democracy and trade with a continent boasting some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

A recurring theme throughout his trip was that African nations can aspire to a bigger role in the global economy, and that the United States was ready to be a partner with a continent which now does more trade with China than America.