Ethiopia: Premier Discusses Bilateral Cooperation With Canadian FM –

Ethiopia and Canada would enhance cooperation in all spheres.

– Foreign Minister meets counterpart

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held discussions with the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion here yesterday.

Foreign Ministry American Affairs Director General Ambassador Tebeje Berhe told The Ethiopian Herald that agreements have been made to strengthen bilateral cooperation in different sectors.

During the talks, Prime Minister Hailemariam emphasized the support of Canadian government in water resource management projects is essential in terms of expertise, training and capacity building.

Concerning the current situation in the country, Hailemariam told the Minister that the State of Emergency is being implemented in a way that citizens’ human rights are respected. “In order to ensure this and avoid inconveniences, an Inquiry Board has been established and is functional,” the Premier said.

The Prime Minister also informed the Canadian Minister that the government is in deep renewal process focusing on creating more jobs for the youth, according to Tebeje.

Minister Dion for his part told journalists that the discussion was franc and constructive. He added the government of Canada has interests to work with Ethiopia in areas of peacekeeping missions as Ethiopia is contributing large contingent in Africa.

“The people of Ethiopia have a lot to do in terms of technology, transport, creating jobs, reforms and human rights,” he said.

Also yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ethiopia is keen to strengthen its bilateral ties with Canada in various economic and political spheres.

Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu discussing with his Canadian counterpart Dion said that the two countries have agreed to strengthening their economic and people-to-people relations.

Dr. Workneh said Canada has been supporting Ethiopia’s development endeavour by offering technical assistance. He said the two countries have agreed to collaborate in ensuring peace and security in Africa and to work together on international issues

Minister Dion for his part said his country is keen to use the investment opportunity in Ethiopia.

He said that the economic cooperation between the two countries is being strengthened from time to time. Canada is keen to consolidate its economic engagement in Ethiopia mainly in the areas of transportation, technology, water and environmental conservation, he added.

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