Ethiopia and the European Union have signed a joint declaration, which reflects the EU's strong relations with Ethiopia, in Brussels, Belgium today.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, signed the declaration "Towards an EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement", ahead of the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days (EDD 2016), which will start today in Brussels.
EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement acknowledges the crucial role played by Ethiopia in Africa and the international community, as well as its significant double digit economic growth (10.6% on average form 2004-14) and progress towards MDGs.
The EU and Ethiopia are willing to address jointly a number of regional and global issues of common interest and to enhance the partnership on bilateral issues to a more strategic level.
The EU and Ethiopia look back on 40 years of constructive bilateral relations in areas as diverse as development cooperation, trade and economic development, consolidation of democratic institutions, regional peace and security.
Ethiopia is one of the EU's most important partners on the African continent, active in regional peace and security as well as on thematic international debates such as climate change.
Ethiopia is also an increasingly important partner in terms of migration, as demonstrated by the signature of a Declaration on a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) in Valletta on 11 November 2015.
The importance of this relationship has been underlined in the Strategic framework for the Horn of Africa (2011) and more recently in the Horn of Africa Action Plan (2015).
Source : Fana Broacasting