Addis Ababa February 15/2013 Ethiopia and Britain said they will further strengthen ongoing efforts to ensure peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn here Friday discussed with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on ways to maintain sustainable peace and stability in the Horn in particular in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.
Hailemariam said that Ethiopia and Britain reached agreement to work in collaboration towards enabling the London Conference on Somalia contribute share in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn.
Meanwhile, the two parties have agreed to work closely in the efforts to enhance trade and investment flow between the two countries.
Ethiopia has become investment destination for British companies and investors since recent years, Hailemariam said, adding, tax collection reform program being implemented with the support of the British government enabled Ethiopia double the revenue from tax during the last four years.
The Premier said that Ethiopia, which is the current chair for the African Union and Britain the current president of the G-8 will work in collaboration on issues related to trade and investment as well as in maintaining a transparent tax collection system.
He said Ethiopia is desirous to draw experiences from Britain on human rights affairs and building democracy.
Clegg on his part said the British government will work closely with Ethiopia on socio-economic and political affairs in the Horn of Africa.
Efforts will be exerted to further intensify existing bilateral relation between the two countries, he said.