Addis Ababa July 19, 2017 The European Union (EU) has welcomed the ongoing political reforms in Ethiopia.
Head European Union Delegation to Ethiopia Chantal Hebbercht said “EU is very happy and welcome the ongoing political dialogue with civic society and political parties.”
Ambassador Hebbercht, following the discussion between ambassadors of EU member states and Prime Minister Hailemariam, told reporters that this kind of direct dialogue with people and civic society is very important in the democratization process.
Economic and business issues in was also among the discussion points including Ethiopia’s efforts regarding job creation through the development of industrial parks, the Head said.
The EU member states in Ethiopia are working to enable Ethiopia seize the opportunity in various areas including by attracting investors as well as supporting development endeavors.
She said “I tell you that the 21 EU member states here in Ethiopia are doing their best to attract foreign investors here in Ethiopia.”
Regarding support, the Head said that the EU member states are providing more than one billion Euros to the development activities geared towards poverty eradication and improving basic services such as health and education, among others.
Alongside its developmental endeavors and political reforms, Ethiopia is well known for its effort in ensuring peace was also praised by the body.
The Head said “we have recognized Ethiopia as it is playing very positive role here in the horn of Africa.”
Noting that Ethiopia is working to address the root causes of migration through various mechanisms, the Head said EU is supporting the country in this regard.
“We are really trying to support the government of Ethiopia to tackle the root cause of the migration in creating job opportunity and develop industrial parks,” she noted.
According to Teshome Toga, Ethiopian Ambassador to EU, the delegation was briefed by the Premier on the effort regarding the in-depth reform that the government has been pursuing and the political reform being undertaken through dialogue with political parties and civic societies.
He assured that UE member states could follow the ongoing negotiation among the parties focused on various agendas.
Regarding the forums held with the public following the in-depth evaluation was fruitful, which enabled to come up the government with concrete efforts to intensify activities in creating more jobs and addressing issues of good governance, he added.
Ambassadors of EU member states residing in Addis Ababa each year hold dialogue on the partnership with Ethiopia in accordance with the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou, Benin in June 2000.