AU recognizes Ethiopia’s efforts towards economic integration: Ambassadors

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Addis Ababa, 28 August 2014 (WIC) – African Union has recognized Ethiopia’s effort to create strong economic integration with its neighboring countries, Ethiopian Ambassadors to neighboring countries stated.

Abadi Zemu, Shemsudin Ahmed Roble and Suleiman Dedefo Ambassadors to Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti told Ethiopian News Agency the African Union has recognized Ethiopia for its exemplary deeds in creating trade, infrastructure and security cooperation with Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti.

This all-round cooperation between Ethiopia and these countries is a manifestation for the African Free Trade Zone the African Union plans to create by 2017, they added.

The Ethio-Sudan trade balance has grown from 3 million to 300 million USD during the past 7 years, Ambassador Abadi said, adding the under construction road from Metema to Humera and Benishangul will speeded up economic integration.

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Kenya , Shemsudin Ahmed Roble, on his part said road and electric supply projects between the two countries will speed up to transform their cooperation to trade and investment .

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Djibouti, Suleiman Dedefo, also stated that the economic relation between the two countries has reached exemplary stage.