Addis Ababa March 12/2018 Finland has expressed desire to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia in the areas of trade and development, the country’s Foreign Trade and Development Ministry announced.
Foreign Affairs State Minister, Aklilu Hailemichael held talks today with Finnish delegation led by State Minister Anne- Mari Virolainen on how to strengthen bilateral cooperation and Finland’s development support to Ethiopia.
In her media briefing after the discussion, Anne- Mari Virolainen said Finland and Ethiopia have huge opportunities of cooperation with Finland.
“We have common projects in agriculture, water, sanitation, energy sectors, education and healthcare; so we have a lot to work together," she added.
She also noted that the visit is aimed at assessing the potential areas of trade and strengthening current development cooperation with Ethiopia; adding that Finland desirous to share its experience in various sectors.
An official from the Ministry of foreign Affairs said the delegation has discussed with the State Minster on how to boost partnership and the support Finland can offer in agriculture and other areas.
The delegation is expected to hold discussion with officials from Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation apart from visiting the development projects around Bahir Dar.
Addis Ababa March 12/2018 Japan has provided new assistance package worth 22.8 million USD for Ethiopia through its partnership programs with various international organizations, according to a press release issued by the Japanese Embassy.
Japan continues to save lives and respect their dignity by providing humanitarian assistance for refugees, the internally displaced people, and other vulnerable persons affected by natural disasters and violent conflicts, it added.
The release stated that the Government of Japan considers the assistance as a form of capacity building, leading to a more resilient Ethiopia.
As part of its efforts to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the country will also continue supporting Ethiopia, it further said.
According to the press release, Japan is committed to promoting peace and stability in the African continent.
Addis Ababa March 12/2018 The latest Ethio-Djibouti railway is paving the way for boosting the multifaceted economic integration between the two countries alongside enhancing the historical people to people ties, Ambassador Farah said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador of Djibouti to Ethiopia Mohamed Idriss Farah said the two sisterly countries have been working on strengthening their economic integration.
“Our trade is growing due to the start up of new railway. You know the new railway was very important achievement for our relationship not only for the business but also connecting the people,” Ambassador Farah pointed out.
Describing the existing economic integration of the two countries as “exemplary the rest of Africa”, Farah stated that both countries need to further synergy all aspects of their cooperation including trade, and tourism.
According to him, the railway can also contribute a lot to flourish the tourism sector, providing valuable platform for easy flow of tourists from both countries in affordable ticket prices,
“Of course Djibouti and Ethiopia's trade was very good but we need to go forward and to do more between the people living in the border and not only in the border but also we need to export more from Ethiopia and of course export more from Djibouti to Ethiopia,” he added.
He also mentioned that the second electricity line from Ethiopia to Djibouti will be finalized this month and will have a paramount role taking the historical relationship of the two countries into the next level.
More than 1,000 tracks move to and from Ethiopia to Djibouti, he said, and added “but we think this road is not enough and we need to work on the railway and may be to build highway to boost the economy of the two counties.”
The diplomatic relationship between the two countries was outstanding and is always looking for every possible way to strengthen and take it to the highest level in all aspects.
Farah pointed out that DP World had 33 percent share of Djibouti as partner since 2006 but now Djibouti decided to take over.
“DP World was always deciding for everything in Djibouti and this is unacceptable because we are talking about sovereignty. So, my government had been working hard with DP World to find solution and we see these people do not want to have any solution. So we take this decision because this is our sovereignty and I think this has no damage for Ethiopia,” the Ambassador added.
It is to be recalled that Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Meles Alem in a weekly briefing he gave last week said Port Djibouti’s situation has no risk for Ethiopia in whatsoever way.
The electrified Ethio-Djibouti railway as an advanced infrastructure is beginning to play its role for a sustainable economic growth among the two countries.
The 758 kilometers railway that links Ethiopia to the Port of Djibouti was inaugurated on January 11, 2017.
Addis Ababa March 11/2018 An inquiry team including generals from defense force has been dispatched to Oromia to investigate into the killings of 9 civilians.
The causality occurred around Moyale in Oromia regional state is the result of inappropriate measure, Secretariat of the Command Post said.
The incident is the result of a confrontation with five members of the defense force who deployed to the area to wipe out OLF - the insurgent group - that infiltrate into the country in three different directions.
The wrong information that members of the force received led to the confrontation that killed 9 people and injured another 12, Secretariat of the Command Post said.
The group entered into Ethiopia to stir-up the recent turmoil seen in some parts of the country.
The five members of the defense force including the commander have been disarmed and apprehended.
Following the completion of the investigation, the suspects will be tried in a military court.