Nigeria, Ethiopia sign agreement on research exchange

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Addis Ababa, 10 January 2014 (WIC) -The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development on Tuesday signed an agreement to enhance exchange of research on Africa's continental relations.
Signing the agreement in Lagos, NIIA's Director-General, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, said it was imperative for the institutes to come together and contribute to the continent's development.   

"We have realized that Africa's relationship with the rest of the world has been vertical. We strongly believe that through our partnership, we can promote African renaissance and intra-African cooperation.   

"And one way of doing this is to bring together all Africa's International Relations Institutes in solving the problems of Africa."We hope to foster a closer relationship between Nigeria and Ethiopia, using the institute's research,'' he said.

The director-general said that efforts were also being made by governments of the two countries to eliminate trade barriers between them. He also said that there were positive manifestations in the countries' present and future areas of cooperation.   

"Nigeria and Ethiopia have also agreed to work within the framework of the African Union. The agreement we have signed today is by Africa and for Africa's development,'' he said.   

Sebehat Negga, the Executive Director, Ethiopian International Institute, expressed satisfaction on the agreement, saying that it would strengthen the relations of the two countries.   

Sebehat said the time had come when African countries should be prepared to shape their destinies and development.   

"As Africans, we need to begin to independently develop ourselves. I think we have to start rethinking of building our continental relations and development,'' he added. (