Senior Officials of the Ethio-South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission Meet

Senior Officials of the Ethio-South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission held their 4th meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (March 25 and 26) in Addis Ababa. The aim of the meeting was to review and evaluate all areas of mutual cooperation to further strengthen existing cordial relations, and prepare the ground for the next Joint Ministerial Meeting.

Opening the meeting Ambassador Solomon Abebe, Director General for African affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that cooperation on trade and investment between the two countries remained low even though the potential for economic cooperation was significant.

He said the level of economic cooperation was not yet commensurate with the close political cooperation of the two countries. Calling for more effort to translate the cooperation framework already in place between the two countries into an effective result, Ambassador Solomon said that the two sides should work towards encouraging businesses in their respective countries to collaborate and cooperate on trade and investment areas in order to bring Ethio-South Africa economic relations to the level of their political cooperation.

East Africa Chief Director Tselena Mokuena of the South African International Relations and Cooperation Department said that the Joint Meeting presented an opportunity for both countries “to stand together as partners as we traverse the route to development and prosperity in Africa.”

Source : Government of Ethiopia

Leave a Reply