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State Minister Hirut briefs diplomats on recent nat’l developments

(EBC; June 7, 2018) - State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene yesterday briefed foreign diplomats based in Addis Ababa on the recent developments in Ethiopia. Ms Hirut was accompanied by State Ministers Dr Aklilu Hailemichael and Amb Birtukan Ayano.

In her briefing, Mrs. Hirut made particular emphasis on the deliberations and decisions taken by the Executive Committee of the ruling coalition Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in its meeting on 5th June 2018.

The State Minister reiterating the fact that Ethiopia has registered a fast and sustainable growth over the past 15 years, yet noted the council’s evaluation of the poor export performance over the last few years which in turn has led to foreign currency crunch.

She further explained remedial decisions made to enhance the production capacity of the agriculture and industry sectors with special emphasis on export goods.

Mrs. Hirut further explained the focus made on full or partial privatization of public enterprises both existing and those under construction such as sugar industries, railway projects and industrial parks.

She also emphasized, while keeping majority ownership of the government in firms such as Ethio-Telecom, Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Electric Power and the Maritime Transport and Logistics Enterprise, the council's decision to engage both local and foreign private sectors to have a minority stake.

Mrs. Hirut also noted that the council deliberated on the need to end the current "no war no peace” situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea and agreed on the need to restore the long standing and blood related ties between the two peoples.

In this regard, she also emphasized the council's decision to fully accept the Algiers Agreement and the decisions of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) and its effective implementation based on relevant international legal instruments.

Following the briefing comments and questions that range from the way the current reforms are embraced by the public, modalities of participation of foreign companies in the sectors mentioned and how direct talks were established with the Asmara regime were entertained.

The briefing was adjourned with the promise of the ministry for regular updates on developments.

The briefing was attended by the deputy chair of the AU, Resident ambassadors, representatives of the United Nations and the international community.

Source: MoFA