April 29, 2017 – Ethiopia and Rwanda on Friday signed 11 bilateral agreements across multiple sectors as the two countries move to strengthen ties, according to ENA.
The agreements are in the areas of extradition treaty, mutual legal assistance, communication, information and media, youth and sports, tourism and health.
Education, culture, cooperation in prisons and correctional services, gender, women and children as well as water resources management are also among the agreements concluded between the two countries.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is in Rwanda on a three-day official visit, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame witnessed the signing of the agreements intended to consolidate ties.
Addressing the media after the signing of the agreements, President Kagame said that the two countries share aspirations and goals hence the need to work together and learn from one another.
He said that the growth and development ambitions in the two countries were characterized by multiple priorities across sectors and limited resources necessitating the countries to be innovative in their growth paths.
“The aspirations of Rwanda, Ethiopia and many African countries are very similar. We want to grow our economies, have shared growth, development and prosperity for our people. However, everything has to be done and at the same time,” the President said.
“What we are mainly challenged by is that we have the broad ambitions and have to deal with the challenge of limited resources, we have to be very innovative to make sure that we use our limited resources to achieve broad ambitions. This is something that we share with our brothers in Ethiopia.
Prime Minister Hailemariam echoed President Kagame’s sentiments, saying that the similarities between the two nations create ideal conditions to learn from one another.
He said that his country has much to learn from Rwanda, which was partly the reason for his trips to the countryside during his visit. (ENA)
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