Ethiopia, Kenya leaders willing to launch signed agreements

Leaders of Ethiopia and Kenya have shown strong desire to materialize agreements signed between the two nations, according to “a week in the Horn” report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta gave particular emphasis to the implementation of the Ethio-Kenya oil pipeline agreement.

Prime Minister Hailemariam was on a three-day visit to the Republic of Kenya from June 22-24 where he met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and discussed on ways of deepening the bilateral ties and expanding the level of cooperation between the two countries.

The signing of the oil pipeline agreement and others also coincided with the Prime Minister’s visit to Kenya. Hailemariam and Kenyatta witnessed the signing of the different agreements by officials from the two sides.

Hailemariam and Kenyatta also called on the business community of both countries to take advantage of a Special Status Agreement (SSA) to help increase bilateral trade.

The call came during the Ethio-Kenya Business Forum opened in Nairobi on 23 June, 2016.

“The week in the Horn” also highlighted on discussions between Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen and a delegation from Chinese textile and light manufacturing associations.

The Premier briefed the delegation on investment opportunities available in Ethiopia and expressed the country’s keenness to do all it can to expand the bilateral investment ties.

Head of the delegation, Ms. Helen Hai, noted that Ethiopia’s fast economic growth and government’s commitment has already begun to encourage investors.

The 2016 United Nations Security Council election will be held on June 28 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, according to the report. Ethiopia, as member of Africa Group, is currently the African candidate for a Non-Permanent membership seat of the Security Council for 2017-18.

The report also covered the demonstration staged by thousands of Eritrean refugees in Addis Ababa in support of the recent report of the UN Commission of Inquiry, which states unequivocally that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea over the past 25 years.

Demonstrators have urged the African Union to take action in light of the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.

In a report for World Refugee Day, the United Nations High Commission for refugees (UNHCR) said conflict in countries like South Sudan and Somalia had raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced persons in sub-Saharan Africa to 18.4 million in 2015.

The 35th Ethio-Kenya Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) and the meeting of South Sudan’s Vice President, Mr. James Wani Igga with Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa on Monday were also covered in the report.

“The week in the Horn” also carried reports on meetings between Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan Abadi Zemo and Foreign Minister of Sudan, Prof Ibrahim Ghandour on the progress of the relations between the two countries.

This week the Ministry of Trade, Industry Energy of South Korea also announced that a team of personnel from Korea is scheduled to be in Ethiopia from June 19 to 25 as part of Korea’s plan to build energy-independent village in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia and the African Road Maintenance Fund Association (ARMFA) have also signed an agreement on the establishment of ARMFA’s regional office in Addis Ababa.

The agreement was signed by Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and Rashid Mohammed, Representative of the African Road Maintenance Fund Association.

Other local and regional happenings of the past week were also covered by the ministry’s “the week in the Horn” report.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency