Ethiopia Signs Ethio-EU strategic engagement document Re: Migration


Ethio-EU strategic engagement document has been signed by H.E. Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and H.E Jean-Claude Junker -EU Commission President at Brussels today.
The current Joint Declaration aims at structuring this reinforced cooperation under the title
“Strategic Engagement”.
EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement has acknowledge the crucial role played by Ethiopia in Africa and the international community, as well as its significant economic growth (average of 10.6% estimated by the World Bank for 2004-14) and progress towards MDGs (on track to reach 6 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals1 ), 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 (amongst others in Somalia and South Sudan and as chair of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and as the number one contributor to UN peacekeeping operations
from Africa) 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).