Ethio-Russia Joint Commission technical experts meet

Nailya Chernikova and Sahele Tamiru (pictured, above)


The Intergovernmental Ethio-Russia Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Trade Cooperation technical experts review meeting aimed at helping advance cooperation in various sectors, move forward the long-standing and deep relationship between the two sisterly countries was opened at the Ghion Hotel here yesterday.

Opening the meeting Water, Irrigation and Energy Ministry Senior Energy Analyst Sahele Tamiru said: “ Our forthcoming discussions are intended to review the progress of implementations of past initiatives and agreements, to explore and set off new ideas of cooperation and seal agreements that will take the bilateral relationship to new heights.”

He further said that the major areas of cooperation covered in these negotiations span a wide variety of interests including trade, agriculture, energy, mineral, transport and education, among others. “Agreements were signed in previous meetings. We are here to take stock of the progress made so far in their implementation and find means of speeding up the process,” Sahele added.

He also stressed the need for exploring new possibilities for cooperation in the respective sectors, a cooperation that will be mutually beneficial and help bring the two countries still closer and to finalize on going negotiations in some sectors.

Asian and African Directorate Director in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Nailya Chernikova on her part said: “We are going to discuss the whole spectrum of Ethio-Russian Economic and Trade Relations. The delegation is drawn from different ministries and agencies. There are also representatives of Russian companies which have strong interest to make business in Ethiopia.

Chernikova, who is also Deputy IGC Co-chair, added: “ On Monday during the plenary session of the commission, we will sign inter-ministerial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ministries of Ethiopia and Russian Federation in health care. It will be the first step in our bilateral cooperation in the sector.”

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