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Ethiopia and India partnership aims to strengthen ties   

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia and India on Thursday signed various partnership agreements aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.

The partnership agreements, which were signed in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa by visiting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, include agreements in trade, information technology and media sectors.

Kovind, who is the first Indian president to visit Ethiopia in over 45 years, discussed various bilateral and multilateral issues with senior Ethiopian government officials and met the Indian community in Ethiopia.

A 30-member Indian business delegation comprising of representatives from different industries has also accompanied the visiting Indian president to Ethiopia.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trade and economic relation between the two countries has witnessed an increase during the past years and the opening of Indian Export Import (EXIM) Bank East African branch in Addis Ababa back in 2010 has further propelled investment conditions for Indian investors to invest in Ethiopia.

Over 584 Indian companies have invested over 2 billion U.S. dollars in Ethiopia’s various areas, including textile and garments, education, technology, among other sectors.



AU ministers assess progress on agriculture dev’t program

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- African ministers of agriculture on Thursday met at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the 2nd Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.

The ministers’ session, which was preceded by the experts meeting, is expected to among others assess the progress in the implementation of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agriculture, Growth and Transformation and its commitments towards curbing hunger and poverty.

Under the theme: “Enhancing environmental and agricultural transformation to achieve food and nutrition security in advancing Agenda 2063,” the meeting is also expected to consider and adopt documents and reports on agriculture, rural development and environment.

In her opening remarks, Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, noted that the meeting happened at a critical moment when on average over 70 percent of Africa’s youth live on less than 2 U.S. dollars a day.

It happened when the African continent faces several forms of social unrest, conflicts, migration crises, and terrorist activities in several member states involving youth who are unemployed, she said.

The commissioner reiterated that African food security has been affected by external shocks, especially climate change, pests and diseases including the Fall Armyworm reported in 30 AU member states.

She stated that the STC meeting offers opportunity to revisit developmental commitments, to propose sound technical options and policy actions towards transforming the continent.

“This meeting will assess among other important subjects, the progress in the implementation of the Malabo declaration,” she said.

Speaking on the occasion, Dejene Habesha from the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, called for joint efforts towards successful implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other commitments for agricultural transformation on the continent.

“Since the adoption of CAADP in 2003, CAADP has been the central focus for the efforts of African governments, the AU, the NEPAD, to accelerate the agriculture-led economic growth and poverty alleviation,” said the representative.


Ethiopia says its UN Security Council presidency successful

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commended the east African country’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidency for the month of September as successful.

Meles Alem, ministry’s spokesperson, stressed on Thursday that various high-level panels and meetings that were held during Ethiopia’s presidency of the UNSC, such as the high-level open debate, two ministerial level meetings of the UNSC, the 11th joint annual consultation between UNSC and the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), urgent meetings on North Korea’s nuclear test and Myanmar issues were held under Ethiopia’s presidency, have proved Ethiopia’s presidency successful.

According to the ministry, the decisions taken at the events were vital in taking Ethiopia’s diplomacy into a new height.

Alem told Xinhua prior to Ethiopia’s presidency that the Ethiopian government, during its presidency, opted to focus on resolution of conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region in its presidency of the UN Security Council.

As part of Ethiopia’s plan, the AUPSC and the UNSC had held their joint 11th consultative meeting in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on September 7 to 8, which among other issues focused on peace and security situations in Africa, particularly on the situations in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin.

Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, also told the UNSC summit last month in New York that Ethiopia has worked to strengthen the relations between the African Union and the Security Council.

An Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had attended the the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, in which the high level open debate on the reform of UN peacekeeping was one of Ethiopia’s signature events.

Ethiopia officially commenced its two year tenure in January this year as one of the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council and took its presidency in a revolving scheme from the North African nation of Egypt, who chaired the council’s activities in August 2017.

As one of the two African founding members of the United Nations Organizations following the end of the Second World War, Ethiopia had been a non-permanent member of the UNSC in two previous occasions, in 1967-1968 and 1989-1990.



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