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Comprehensive Strategic, Cooperative Partnership of Ethioipa and China Boosts Bilateral Cooperation: Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief
Sep 27, 2023 305
Addis Ababa, September 27/2023 (ENA) The comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership between Ethiopia and China has deepened the bilateral cooperation in various fields, Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin said. The 74th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was marked yesterday at the Sky Light Hotel. During the ceremony, Embassy Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin said China and Ethiopia have jointly made great efforts to promote peace and development in the Horn of Africa in a bid to make contribution to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region. He also stated that the BRICS mechanism presents a new vision and new opportunities for the two countries' common development. “Ethiopia plays an important role in regional cooperation and global affairs. (Therefore) Ethiopia's joining BRICS will bring new vitality and the momentum to the BRICS cooperation and to build the mechanism into a key platform for a fair and just global political order and economy with inclusive and sustainable development.” According to him, China has been supporting development endeavors in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China helps Africa effort for modernization into a faster track. Moreover, Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin noted that both China and Ethiopia attach great importance to green development. “The Green Legacy initiative by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highly dovetails with the concept of Chinese modernization characterized by a harmony between the human being and nature.” The two countries are committed to preserving the ecological environment so as to effectively cope with challenges posed by climate change, the deputy chief added. Ethiopia's Finance Minister Ahmed Shide praised China for achieving a lot of results in terms of economic development, poverty alleviation and societal development in state institutions to become the pillar of global order during the past 74 years. For the minister, Ethiopia is the best example when it comes to China-Africa cooperation. The cooperation between Ethiopia and China is very comprehensive and strategic, he added. As a result, the two countries have been working together in infrastructural development, including railway, expressway, energy, telecom, industrial development and capacity building, among others. Ahmed further noted that Ethiopia's membership in BRICS is going to add new dynamism for cooperation between Ethiopia and China. “The membership of Ethiopia to BRICS is the testament for the potential and bright future for Ethiopia, and for the comprehensive development and reform with which the country is embarking, given the population and geographic location.” Former President Mulatu Teshome on his part said that China has always been defending common interest in pursuing common prosperity of countries in Africa. As Ethiopia is one of the most promising countries on this continent striving at a faster pace like never before, the BRICS platform will help it to enhance its cooperation with other countries, the former president stated, adding that “our commitment to deepening cooperation with China and ASEAN countries for mutual benefit remains consistent. African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Monique Nsanzabaganwa said China and Africa have forged an unbreakable fraternity in the struggle against poverty in the past 70 years. Africa and China have written a splendid chapter over mutual assistance amid complex challenges and set a shining example for building a new type of international relations, she added. “We need further opening up in new prospects for China-Africa cooperation, expansion of trade and investment, experience sharing on poverty reduction, strengthening cooperation on the digital economy.” Nsanzabaganwa reiterated that the African Union will continue to appreciate the Chinese accompaniment in the implementation of the global development initiative, which dovetails with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Ethio-Algeria Political Relations Will Get Transformed into Very Interesting Economic Ties: Algerian Ambassador
Sep 26, 2023 582
Addis Ababa, September 26/2023(ENA) Algeria and Ethiopia will translate a very good political relationship to a very interesting economic tie that will benefit the two countries, Ambassador Mohammed Lamine Laabas told ENA. Algeria's Ambassador Laabas said during the commencement of a direct flight of Air Algérie to the Ethiopian capital on Friday that the flight is a concrete move to maximize economic benefit between the two countries. Since last year, the leaders and higher government officials of the two countries have been discussing direct air transport connectivity to bolster the bilateral relations. Accordingly, Air Algerie made its first direct inaugural flight from Algiers-Houari Boumédiène to the capital Addis Ababa. Ambassador Laabas stated that Algeria and Ethiopia will translate the decades-long very good political relationship into a very interesting economic tie that will mutually benefit the two countries. “We’ve been having very good political relations for many years. Now, opening this line, we will translate the very good political relations into a very interesting and benefitting economic, cultural, and commercial relations.” According to him, the lack of direct flight between Algeria and Ethiopia was a missing point to improve the overall relations of the countries. Even the Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to over 63 destinations in Africa using Addis Ababa as a hub, has gaps to connect North African and Sub-Sahran Africa countries. “We're going to benefit from the experience of the Ethiopian Airlines," Ambassador Laabas stated, adding that "this line is the first-ever opening to the Maghreb region. (And) we are delighted that our country has taken the decision to be the first Maghreb country to link with Ethiopia. That is very important. It was the only missing part of the network of Ethiopian Airlines." He elaborated that the lack of direct air connectivity had negative impact on the Maghreb and Eastern Africa regions. “This is what was missing --- this possibility to consolidate, to increase the commercial, economic relations while we are having very good political relation. Algeria has its goods, and Ethiopia has its goods. Now, we can exchange our goods directly without going through Europe, without going through the Middle East which used to increase the price of the cargo.” The direct air connectivity is also expected to positively impact the overall bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Algeria, according to the ambassador. “This will impact the other technical relations with the two countries. When you join directly the capitals, that will bring wealth for the two countries and companies. We are just bridging. Now you will see industries and companies find solution for their own problems. Now you will see companies do business in both directions,” Ambassador Laabas elaborated. Ethiopian leaders have visited Algeria and discussed with Algerian higher-officials last year and air connectivity was an issue. Establishing diplomatic relations in the 1960s, Ethiopia and Algeria have been enjoying strong political and diplomatic relations.
African Leaders Take Bold Stance on Need for Genuine Multilateral Institutions, Int’l Financial Systems
Sep 24, 2023 774
Addis Ababa, September 24/2023(ENA):- Leaders from African nations have echoed collective stance at the ongoing 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) stressing the need for a reformed multilateral institutions and international financial systems. The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) is being underway in New York. African leaders participating at the assembly in their messages have echoed several issues critical to the peace and development of the continent including the impacts of climate change, unfair global financial system, poverty and conflicts. They have asked the UN to reform itself by identifying its shortcomings and demanded for permanent seat for Africa at the UN Security Council. The current AU Chairperson Comorian President Azali Assoumani said the UN need to undertake deep structural reform noting that Africa has the right to equally participate at global decision making bodies. He pointed out that Africa has the potential to play key role in the effective implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) citing the fact that the population of the continent is expected to surpass 3 billion at the end of this year. This necessitates Africa’s fair representation at international venues, President Azali Assoumani underscored. “Africa wants to make efforts with a view to protecting its rights by having permanent seat at the UN Security Council as this is the issue of equity and realizing the effectiveness of multilateralism.” In this regard, Assoumani also lauded members of the G 20 nations for including the African Union in their bloc. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa for his part stressed the need for institutions that are inclusive, representative, democratic, and advance the interest of all nations. “We require a renewed commitment for multilateralism based on clear rules supported by effective institutions.” This is the moment to proceed with a reform of United Nations Security Council to give meaning to the principle of sovereign equality of nations, he added. According to President Ramaphosa, the common African position on the reform of the UN Security Council is increasingly enjoying wide support. He further emphasized that the interest of Africa, the continent that supplies mines and other raw materials to the global community in large magnitude, should practically be ensured at the international finance system. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen said that reforming the Security Council is not a choice, but an absolute necessity, which requires the politically and morally justified allocation of permanent seats to Africa, demanding reformed and representative security council that is fit for purpose. “A new global collective security system that respects the sovereignty of member states and prevents conflict is vital. As a long time champion and active participant in the UN mandated peacekeeping operations across the globe, Ethiopia underscores that reforming the UN Security Council is not a choice, but an absolute necessity. We need a reformed and representative security council that is fit for purpose.” Demeke has also stressed the need for the United Nations to provide adequate financial support to African peacekeeping missions and the necessary capacity building to enhance law enforcement activities in individual countries. He said that Ethiopia believes that unilateral sanctions and inappropriate economic measures imposed on developing countries should be lifted without any preconditions noting that such moves are against the principles and procedure of the UN. President of Kenya, William Ruto said for his part that the world is headed in a most undesirable direction. He said UN Security council has not been properly providing solutions to the current global challenges as its structure is not inclusive. Hence, President Ruto underlined the need to have an inclusive multilateral body stating the perusing with the status quo is unacceptable. “ It is moment like this the affirmative sprite of multilateralism, international collective action and global solidarity is most needed and should be attained,” Ruto underscored.
All Must Come Together for Unity of Purpose for Peace and Prosperity, Says Deputy PM at UN General Assembly
Sep 23, 2023 801
Addis Ababa, September 23/2023 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonen, in his statement to the UN General Assembly today, has called on the international community to realize that humanity is at a critical juncture where all must come together for a unity of purpose for peace and prosperity. The deputy premier stressed the need to ask for having the necessary political will to choose the global partnership over geopolitical competition at a time when the world is faced with a multitude of challenges in such times. He further emphasized the need for cooperation in mitigating climate change, de-escalating nuclear weapons-related tensions, and working on reforms in the UN and international financial institutions for the sake of the wellbeing of humanity. Speaking on the Sustainable Development Goals, Demeke said the progress towards achieving them is off track, pushing the objective of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 even further behind. The deputy premier, who recounted Ethiopia’s measures to align its 10-year Development Plan with the SDGs, has called for a renewed global partnership and firm political commitment to realize the objectives. In his remarks about climate adaptation and mitigation efforts, Demeke noted the need for support for Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative. He also emphasized the need for institutional reform in the United Nations in general and the Security Council in particular. Reforming the Security Council is not a choice, but an absolute necessity which requires the politically and morally justified allocation of permanent seats to Africa. Emphasizing Ethiopia’s commitment to peace, the deputy prime minister mentioned the Pretoria Peace Agreement. According to him, the agreement is a practical embodiment of “African Solutions to African Problems.” In connection with regional peace and integration, Demeke called for coordinated efforts for peace initiatives in Sudan. As part of the demonstration to Ethiopia's commitment to expedite regional integration, he mentioned the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as a demonstration of the legitimate development aspirations of Ethiopians and the region at large. Furthermore, Demeke pointed out the crucial role international financial institutions are expected to play in augmenting the efforts of developing countries to take debt relief measures and provide development finance. The international financial architecture should be reformed with special considerations for Africa’s needs and priorities, he underlined. The general debate of the seventy-eighth session of the General Assembly will continue up to Tuesday, 26 September 2023.
GERD Tripartite Talks Kick Off in Addis
Sep 23, 2023 947
Addis Ababa, September 23/2023 (ENA)The second-round tripartite negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) kicked off in Addis Ababa today. The tripartite talks will mainly deliberate on the first filling and annual operation, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his opening speech, Ethiopia’s negotiating team leader Ambassador Sileshi Bekele this discussion has come after the successful fourth-round filling of the GERD carried out in line with the 2015 Declaration of Principles. The team leader expressed his belief that the countries will exert tireless efforts to reach agreement on the issues during this round of discussion. According to him, the only option is to implement the principle of fair and rational use of Nile water as stipulated in the Declaration of Principles. Egypt Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Hani Sewilam and Sudan Acting Minister of Water Dawelbeit Abdelrahman Mansour Bashir on their part expressed their strong hope to reach an agreement. Ethiopia is committed to reaching a negotiated and amicable solution through the ongoing trilateral process.
Ethiopia’s Participation at UNGA78 Successful : Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sep 23, 2023 806
Addis Ababa, September 23/2023(ENA) Ethiopia’s participation at the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA78) has been very successful and created understanding about the interest of the country, said Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem. The UNGA78 is going on in New York under the theme: “Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all'. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonen has carried out effective bilateral and multilateral diplomacy with some 30 high level officials of various countries and heads of UN organizations both at the78th Sessions of United Nations General Assembly(UNGA78) and on the margins of the summit. During the discussions, countries, international institutions and partners have got a good understanding of the Ethiopia, underpinning their development partnerships and cooperation, the spokesperson pointed out. The spokesperson also said the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appreciated Ethiopia's handling of refugees during the discussion he held with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonen. The secretary general described Ethiopia as an important player in multilateral diplomacy, Meles said. Ambassador Meles also said the desires shown by the international financial institutions to support Ethiopia is encouraging. As a result, the 78th UN General Assembly has created a good opportunity to increase Ethiopia's influence on the international diplomatic stage, he added. In an informal meeting convened by Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany, Ethiopia has echoed the common position of African continent to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, according to the spokesperson. In general, the bilateral and multilateral diplomatic activities Ethiopia has carried at UNGA78 has been successful as part of achieving the target set out by the ministry in the Fiscal year to increase its allies and diplomatic clout, he pointed out. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonon is expected to deliver a speech at the General Assembly today, explaining the position of Ethiopia and his government.
Ethiopia, UAE Agree to Expand Multifaceted Cooperation
Sep 23, 2023 871
Addis Ababa, September 23/2023(ENA) Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to expand multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen conferred with Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan today in New York. The two sides deliberated on a host of bilateral and regional issues of common interest today in New York. The meeting took place in the aftermath of the official visit by President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Ethiopia. Sheikh Al Nahyan was also briefed about the role of Ethiopia in the upcoming COP-28 Conference, which will take place in the UAE at the end of this year.
IPSTI Graduates its First Batch Officers in MA Degree
Sep 23, 2023 952
Addis Ababa, September 23/2023(ENA) The International Peace Support Training Institute (IPSTI) has graduated the first batch of 20 officers with Master of Arts degree in peace and Security Management today. The first batch of MA graduates for the institute is comprised of 8 women, and 12 men, of which the three men are from neighboring Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. The two-year training was financially and technically supported by the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). During the graduation ceremony, Japan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ito Takako stated that Japan has provided the financial and technological support, noting the significance for national, continental and global peace and security. She was particularly thrilled by the fact that 8 or 40 per cent of the graduated offices were women. Ethiopia is not only one of the founding members of the UN and AU, but its participation in UN peacekeeping mission or peace support operations date back to 1951. According to UN report, Ethiopia is among the top troop contributors to UN peacekeeping operations as well as the top contributor of female peacekeepers.
Air Algérie Direct Flight to Ethiopia Will Bolster Bilateral Ties: Ethiopian, Algerian Officials
Sep 22, 2023 1044
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA) The direct flight that Air Algérie started to Addis Ababa today will play a great role in bolstering the bilateral relations between the two countries, including people-to-people ties, trade exchange, tourism, and investment flow, according to Ethiopian and Algerian officials. To connect the capital cities of the two countries, Air Algérie will have two flight frequencies a week flying on Mondays and Fridays from Addis Ababa, and every Tuesday and Saturday departing from Algiers. Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Algeria, Nebiat Getachew said the new direct flight is expected to improve the bilateral relationship, overall socio-economic interactions, people-to-people, trade, tourism, and investment. Ethiopia and Algeria enjoy strong bilateral relations with a particular focus on political and diplomatic relations and registered various successes, but the economic and trade exchange was not satisfactory as such, he noted. According to him, especially in the past year, high-level government officials of both countries have been discussing and works were underway to particularly facilitate direct flight connection between the capitals of the two countries to bolster the bilateral relations. Algerian Minister of Transport Youcef Chorfa appreciated the efforts made by the Ethiopian authorities, which culminated in the opening of this air route, allowing the opening of new horizons of cooperation in various fields, especially economic and trade, and ensuring the movement of people and goods. “The historic, first, direct flight that Air Algeria started from Algeris to Addis Ababa today will play a key role to boost the relations between the two countries, especially trade, investment, and the people-to-people ties,” Nebiat said. Air Algérie CEO, Yacine Benslimane said the Algers-Addis Ababa direct flight with two weekly frequencies is the 9th destination in Africa for the airlines and the link is crucial to enhance the relations between the countries. “I take also this good opportunity to invite Ethiopian Airlines to open a direct air route between Addis Ababa and Algiers, to make Algiers International Airport a pole and a gateway to world capitals as a hub,” the Algerian minister said. The flight link is the embodiment of one of the commitments of the leaders of the two countries, he said. President Sahle- work Zewde’s working visit to Algeria in July 2022, included the opening of a direct air route between Algeria and Addis Ababa, which will contribute to giving a new dynamism to bilateral cooperation relations, the minister added. Mentioning that Ethiopian Airlines flies to over 63 destinations in Africa using Addis Ababa as a hub, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Mesfin Tasew said Ethiopian has been aspiring to connect the cities but was not successful thus far in directly connecting the cities and countries in north and Sub-saharan Africa. “But we are ready and willing to partner with Air Algérie in connecting Algeria to Eastern Africa using Addis Ababa as a hub,” Mesfin said. “Today, Air Algérie made the first flight connecting the two cities and it is a great day for the two countries,” he said, adding that it will enhance people-to-people, trade, tourism, and trade. Ethiopian Airlines is also interested in partnering with Air Algérie to enhance this connectivity with more frequencies and better connectivity, Mesfin added.
Nation Carrying out Successful Diplomatic Work at 78th UNGA: Permanent Representative Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma
Sep 22, 2023 726
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA)-Ethiopia has been carrying out successful diplomatic work at the United Nations 78th General Assembly (UNGA), Ethiopia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations said. In his briefing about Ethiopia’s participation at the assembly, Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma said the country has conducted effective discussion with various countries and international institutions on the sidelines of the assembly. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen had discussions with high-level government and international institutions officials and partners on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of cooperation, he added. According to him, through the discussions consensus has been reached that Ethiopia's reform and peace process is on the right track. On the other hand, Ethiopia has elucidated its position at the discussions on the sidelines of the meeting organized by different countries and institutions, the representative pointed out. During these occasions, Ethiopia has called for reform of the United Nations and the need for Africa to get permanent representation at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Ambassador Tesfaye stated that Ethiopia had the opportunity to explain the realty on the ground and reflect its position at the general assembly. The discussions with the various representatives of international institutions and companies were held also fruitful, according to the permanent representative. The desire of global financial institutions and companies to extend financial support and invest in Ethiopia is promising, he disclosed. The ongoing United Nations 78th General Assembly (UNGA) will conclude on September 26, 2023.
Ethiopia, Pakistan Discuss Parliamentary Cooperation to Boost Bilateral Ties
Sep 22, 2023 539
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA) -Ethiopia and Pakistan discussed possibilities of exchanging Parliamentary delegations to further strengthen the bilateral ties and foster robust cooperation in diverse areas. The discussion took place between Ambassador of Ethiopia to Pakistan, Jemal Beker and Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman Senate. During the meeting, both the dignitaries discussed matters of mutual interest including bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Jemal Beker said volume of bilateral trade between the two countries was minimal, while underlining the need to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries by developing economic and business linkages. Highlighting the importance of Ethiopia under Pakistan's Engage Africa policy, the ambassador said Ethiopian market offered lucrative business, trade and investment opportunities to the Pakistan’s business community. Ambassador Jemal invited Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to visit Ethiopia which was a land of origins and a gateway to the African continent. Chairman Sanjrani expressed gratitude to the Ethiopian parliamentary leadership, government, and the ambassador for extending him invitation to visit Ethiopia. He said the exchange of parliamentary delegations would fortify relations between the two countries. Chairman Sanjrani emphasized the importance of the existing strong bond between the two nations, rooted in shared history, common interests, and mutual support at international platforms. He lauded the Government of Ethiopia for launching the Ethiopian Airlines in Karachi which would not only connect Pakistan with Ethiopia but also with entire Africa.
Ethio- Russia Relations Registered Lots of Achievements, Ambassador Terekhin Says
Sep 22, 2023 751
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA)-Russia is desirous to further strengthen the existing friendly bilateral relationship with Ethiopia in various spheres including trade and investment, Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia Yevgeny Terekhin said. Ethiopia and Russia have bilateral relations and cooperation in economy, science and technology as well as education and trade among other vital sectors. The countries are also working to further enhance their relationships in areas of culture, people-to-people relations, and religion, among others. Russia has officially begun teaching Amharic language in Moscow schools with a view to further enhancing the ties between the countries. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Terekhin said that Russia and Ethiopia have deep-rooted and historical relations. The two countries have celebrated their 125th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship, he stated, and added both countries can work to further foster it. “During these 125 years, the countries we have passed through a long and really glorious road. Of course, this road sometimes was not easy but nevertheless it always led us forward; at any historical turning point we were together.” Ethiopia and Russia has been supporting each other and enjoying genuine friendship between the people of the two countries, he said. “This attains special meaning and substance to our bilateral relations,” Ambassador Terekhin added. The two countries have a lot of achievements in their relations, he said citing the official visit conducted by Prime minister Abiy Ahmed to Russian Federation where he had very extensive and deep conversation with President Vladimir Putin. According to him, Abiy's visit during Russia-Africa Summit and the discussions held will serve as good impetus for the further development of the bilateral cooperation and interaction between the two countries. Ethiopia’s admission as a full member of the BRICS is a remarkable achievement during the concluding Ethiopian year of 2015 and cannot be underestimated; he said and added “we have to think about our future joint work.” “I believe that the coming New Year (2016 Ethiopian year) is a …for our joint effort to further develop our bilateral relation in every possible way and every direction; in economy, investment, trade, humanitarian sphere, education and many other,” the Ambassador underscored. Ambassador Terekhin noted that the two countries have great plans and said now is the time turn these plans in to actions and concrete deeds. It is to be recalled that the 8th Ethio-Russia intergovernmental commission on and trade cooperation was held in Addis Ababa last December and discussed on ways to strengthening the bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in economy, science and technology as well as education and trade.
G77+ China Summit Outlined Main Obstacles to Dev't of Nations of South: Cuban Ambassador
Sep 22, 2023 453
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA) The G77+ China Summit was important as it made a general and critical outline of the main obstacles to the development of the nations of the South, according to Ambassador Jorge Lefebre Nicolas of Cuba. The ambassador told ENA that the 47-point final declaration adopted at the summit in Havana, Cuba, is a progressive and universal text that reflects the purposes and principles of the G77, taking into account the needs of developing countries. It affirms the claim of the right to development and denounces the current international order, exclusionary, unequal, unjust, and plundering. According to Nicolas, the summit advocates the fulfillment of international development commitments by developed countries. “It was a huge success, even more than we expected,” he said, adding that around 116 countries from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and Caribbean took part in the summit. Among the issues addressed in the declaration were the main challenges generated by the current international economic order and the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the global financial architecture, with a more inclusive and coordinated approach to global financial governance. There was a huge understanding that the actual architecture of the financial system is not according to the needs of the countries nowadays and it needs to be reformed, Ambassador Nicolas noted. He also revealed that there was a call for urgent reform of the financial institutions worldwide in favor of the necessity of the developing countries. “There was unanimous call to redesign the financial institutions according to the need, to comply with the need to the South; and also there was huge call to stop sanctions on countries for political reasons. And there was again a call to give all countries of the South the same access to technology, science and economic development.” The ambassador recalled that the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres delivered a very important speech talking about multilateralism and the necessities of economy of developing countries. Moreover, there was a call that the countries of the North fulfill something that has been approved in the past --- to give assistance to developing countries and to fulfill their commitment towards the developing countries. In the this case, Ambassador Nicolas stated that the summit was a complete success. It gave voice to the needs and the necessity to the countries of the South. “We are very happy that Ethiopia sent a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen who delivered a very important speech in which he spoke about the advancement of Ethiopia in the economic field, in the digital area, the Green Legacy and also the development of industrial parks.” At the same time, he voiced his stand against sanctions and the coercive measures that prevent the country from getting access to fair development, the ambassador said. On the sidelines of the summit, the Ethiopian delegation also conducted some bilateral and multilateral meetings with delegations in Cuba and with many organizations of the UN system and other heads of state, it was learned. The Group of 77+China is a coalition of 139 developing countries designed to promote members collective economic interests and create enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations.
Dutch Gov't Pledges Continued Support to Development Endeavors of Ethiopia
Sep 22, 2023 494
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA)The Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot told the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, that her country continues to support the development endeavors of Ethiopia. While meeting Demeke on the sidelines of the 78th UNGA, Hanke Bruins Slot reasserted the commitment of the Dutch government to further deepen its strong economic ties with Ethiopia. She also said that Ethiopia is a major player in business and security matters in the region. Demeke lauded the Dutch government for its practical support in all areas of Ethiopia, including the participation of the private sector. Demeke also informed his Dutch counterpart that Ethiopia is exerting all efforts to consolidate the peace process and ensure that there is a national dialogue among all stakeholders. Meanwhile, Demeke took part in a side event with the title 'Summit of the Future' and said Ethiopia is of strong conviction about the UN Charter, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also called for the multilateral system to ensure equal representation of states.
Guterres Says He is Committed to Strengthen Ties between UN and Ethiopia
Sep 22, 2023 433
Addis Ababa, September 22/2023(ENA) United Nations Secretary General, Antonia Guterres said he is committed to further strengthening the UN's ties with Ethiopia. The Secretary General, received Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen at his office in New York, on the margins of the 78th General Assembly of the UN, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Recalling his days at UNHCR, Guterres said he feels deep solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and wishes Ethiopia the best success in addressing its socio-economic challenges. Ethiopia is a key player in the multilateral system, the Secretary General pointed out. Demeke commended the UN and Guterres, in particular for his personal dedication to supporting Ethiopia during the past trying times. Demeke briefed Guterres about the implementation of the peace agreement and called on the global body to support reconstruction, rehabilitation efforts, and other humanitarian issues. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen is in New York participating at the 78th General Assembly of the UN.
Ethiopian Youth Need to Use Discussion, Dialogue as Main Tool to Ensure Lasting Peace: Ministry of Women and Social Affairs Office Head
Sep 21, 2023 548
Addis Ababa, September 21/2023 (ENA) Ethiopian youth need to use discussion and dialogue as the main tool to resolve any problems and ensure lasting peace in the country, an official at the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs underscored. A workshop organized by Ethiopian Youth Council in connection to marking the International Day of Peace held today, under the theme: "Action for Peace: Our Ambition for the Global Goals." Addressing the workshop, Head of the Minister's Office at Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, Etagegn Assefa said prioritizing discussion and dialogue as the main tool to resolve any challenges and problems is pivotal. Understanding of differences among each other, resolving disagreement through peaceful means has to be a top problem resolving mechanism, she affirmed. Since peace is crucial for all, exerting maximum efforts for ensuring peace is also the responsibility of all, the head further noted. Etagegn also praised Ethiopian youth for the tremendous role they have played in realizing development and bringing changes with huge sacrifices. Similarly, Ethiopian Youth Council President Fuad Gena said peace enables to strengthen the bondage among citizens. For the president, lack of peace damages coexistence of the community, creates lack of trust among citizens and it opens the doors for hatred. So, for Ethiopian youth, working in collaboration with all peace loving in general and engaging the effort to ensure lasting peace should be a priority. Member of the Standing Committee for Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs of the House of Peoples' Representatives, and Chairman of Foreign Relations Sub-committee Ambassador Tawfik Abdullahi said for his part that to ensure lasting peace and realize development goals of the country, the role of all is pivotal as engaging the youth in such efforts in particular is also crucial. Each year, on 21st September, the international Day of Peace is observed around the world.
Need for Regional Cooperation among Red Sea Bordering States Stressed
Sep 21, 2023 509
Addis Ababa, September 21/2023(ENA):-Regional cooperation is imperative to enhance security interdependence among states bordering the Red Sea as the region has become increasingly complex and unpredictable, Institute of Foreign Affairs Deputy Executive Director Mesafint said. Speaking at the First Annual Regional Consultative Forum on Red Sea Security Dynamics today, Mesafint Tefera said the security landscape of the Red Sea region has been enormously reshaped for the last few years. This is due to various factors such as economic projections, military rivalries, competition over resources, the spread of protest movements and the potential confrontation between regional and international players, he added. In addition to this, the deputy executive director said that there is also a looming threat from non-state actors including traffickers, pirates, cross-border criminals, extremists, and terrorists making the need for regional dialogue and cooperation crucial. Considering the complex and unpredictable security situation in the Red Sea region, the Institute of Foreign Affairs organized the consultative forum aimed at raising awareness. “This regional consultative forum is organized with the objectives of raising awareness about the mounting security threats the region is facing and continues to face in the near future in an assumption to effectively address them.” It also seeks to engage in discussions or regional cooperation platforms that can enhance security interdependence among states bordering the Red Sea, with the view to enhancing the influence of think tanks in shaping regional platforms and promote among them to develop innovative solutions to security challenges. According to Mesafint, the forum is expected to produce well informed policy makers, research oriented policy and eventually shape public opinion towards peace through research, advocacy, and outreach services. “By achieving these outcomes we can contribute to the establishment of the Red Sea region forum that is both secure and prosperous, characterized by peace and stability. We have the ability to foster an atmosphere that encourages effective governance, cooperation and inventive ideas by leveraging knowledge and collaboration.” Ethiopian National Defense Force Advisor to the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Alemeshet Degife said on his part that the Red Sea region, which encompasses the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Gulf and North Africa is a diverse geopolitical environment. Besides geography, the states in the region share cultural and religious affinity. In this case, a situation that takes place on either side of the region has immediate spillover effects on the other side. Given its importance for global trade and security, countries have recently been competing, building ports and projecting economic influence as well as military might, the advisor elaborated. Lieutenant General Alemeshet noted that some of those countries have successfully established a strong military presence in the region, while others are still looking for a foothold. “Beside the growing geo-economics projections, military rivalries and the risk of confrontations between key regional players and international actors, however, there is also growing importance of non-state actors operating in region” he pointed out. The advisor stressed the need for reinforcing regional security cooperation and alliances more than ever, adding that “we require a sense of urgency and continued commitment in order to overcome the challenges.” Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Affairs Director General at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gebeyehu Ganga stated that different countries have been coming to the Red Sea region to achieve their strategic, economic and ideological objectives since 2001. Despite ample windows of opportunity for cooperation and mutual benefits of countries in the Red sea region, he observed that the region is also facing profound security challenges. The director general finally urged countries in the Red Sea region to create an environment of inter-regional institutions that enable citizens and other legitimate sub-regional and international stakeholders to meaningfully participate in peace and security initiatives. For him, this would ensure the long-term peace and stability of the Red Sea region. .
1st Annual Regional Conference on Red Sea Dynamics Underway
Sep 21, 2023 906
Addis Ababa, September 21/2023(ENA) The first annual regional conference on the Red Sea Security Dynamics is underway in Addis Ababa. The regional consultation, opened today at Sheraton Hotel in the capital, aimed at promoting dialogue and cooperation among countries in the region at a time of global geopolitical entanglements, it was indicated. As the Red Sea's global importance is rooted largely in its role as a key waterway for trade, the conference is stressing the need for cooperation between countries in the region for mutual benefits. Moreover, the consultative meeting emphasizes the importance of ensuring security as the Red Sea region is vulnerable to tackle illegal human trafficking, weapons smuggling and other related issues. The event is organized by Institute of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Defense War College. Research institutions, policy analysts, scholars, ambassadors of various countries among others are participating at the event. Significant percent of global trade passes through the Red Sea each year, crossing two of the 10 most strategic waterways, it was stated.
Gov't of UK Expresses Keenness to Scale up Diplomatic Ties With Ethiopia
Sep 21, 2023 554
Addis Ababa, September 21/2023(ENA) The UK's Minister for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell Said that his government is desirous of scaling up the diplomatic ties with Ethiopia to a strategic partnership level. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen held discussion with the UK Minister for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell in New York. During the occasion Mitchell expressed his government's desire to scale up the diplomatic ties with Ethiopia to a strategic partnership level. He said this measure would help to further strengthen relations in trade, investment security, and immigration, among others. UK's Minister has also stated that Ethiopia is invited to attend the Africa Investment Summit to take place in April 2024 in the UK because of its critical place and role on the continent. After welcoming the invitation and making a positive political gesture for strategic cooperation, Demeke said Ethiopia considers the UK an important development and humanitarian partner. He briefed Mitchell about major national and regional issues, which are also key to the UK, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen is in New York attending the 78th UN General Assembly.
Nation Conducting Successful Bilateral, Multilateral Diplomacy at UN Summit, on Sidelines: Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
Sep 20, 2023 653
Addis Ababa, September 20/2023(ENA) Ethiopia is carrying out effective bilateral and multilateral diplomacy both at the United Nations 78th General Assembly and on the margins of the summit, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Meles Alem said. The general assembly is being conducted under the theme: “Peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability” in New York. According to the spokesperson, an Ethiopian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonen is taking part in the summit. He stated that the deputy premier conducted successful discussions with leaders of different countries and international institutions at the margins of the summit in the past two days. The discussions focused on strengthening regional peace and bilateral issues, Meles added. The delegation has also explicated Ethiopia’s stand on Sustainable Development Goals at the leaders’ political forum. Besides, Demeke has participated at forums organized by different leaders and senior officials of various countries. The spokesperson pointed out that the forums have created opportunities to explain Ethiopia's interests. During the informal meeting organized by the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz on reforming the UN and the international financial institutions, Demeke has called for a fair representation in the UN Security Council, it was learned. Meles stated that successful discussions were carried out with representatives of international institutions on ways of securing financial support to Ethiopia. The diplomatic activities conducted on bilateral and multilateral issues as well as creating a clear understanding of Ethiopia’s interest were successful, the spokesperson disclosed. Demeke is expected to give a speech that reflects the position of Ethiopia and his government at the summit at the end of the week.
Ethiopian News Agency