Experts’ meeting of 3rd Ethio-Sudan Joint Commission ends

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Addis Ababa, 3 December 2013 (WIC) - The experts meeting of the 3rd Ethiopia and Sudan Joint Commission being held in Khartoum ended on Monday after successfully drafting more than dozen agreements to be signed by the respective ministers of the two countries after they have deliberated on them during their Ministerial session.

The experts’ meeting produced a draft Agreement on Air Services; a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Fighting Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking; Agreements on Road Transport Services and on the Development of Railway Transport; and an MoU on Harmonization and Mutual Assistance in Customs Operation.

In addition, the experts developed a MoU on Promotion of Cooperation between the Central Banks of the two countries; and Agreements on Cooperation in Governance and Decentralization; on Trade , Economic and Technical Cooperation;  on Cooperation on Security Matters; on Education; on Cooperation on Youth , Children and Women Affairs; and for an  Executive Program on Youth.

The draft agreements would be submitted to the Ministerial session of the Joint Commission which opens on Tuesday.

A high level delegation of Ethiopian ministers including Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom; the Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Alemayaehu Tegenu; the Minister of Federal Affairs, Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam; the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Sufian Ahmed; the Minister of Justice, Getachew Ambaye; the Minister for Government Communication Affairs, Redwan Hussen; and the State Minister of Customs and Revenues Authority, Abraham Negusse, arrived in Khartoum on Monday.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the delegation was welcomed by Sudanese Ministers and Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Sudan, Abadi Zemo, on arrival at Khartoum International Airport.

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