Ethiopian, Sudanese parliaments sign cooperation agreement

Addis Ababa, September 20, 2017 (FBC) –The House of People’s Representatives of Ethiopia (HPR) and the Sudan National Assembly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in various sectors.

The agreement was signed by Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of HPR and Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, Speaker of the National Assembly of Sudan at the 9th Conference of Parliaments Speakers of the IGAD member states.

An Ethiopian delegation led by Abadula, who is also current Chairperson of members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD (IPU-IGAD), took part at the meeting held 16-18 September, 2017 in Khartoum.

According to a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Ethiopia sent to FBC today, the meeting discussed on drought, climate change, peace and human trafficking.

Despite the promising gains made in development, peace and democracy, the burden from climate change, human trafficking and conflicts are challenges that lie ahead in IGAD member states, Abadula remarked at the meeting.

The commitment and cooperation of members of each parliament and executive government bodies is decisive to cope with these challenges, he said.

The meeting also highlighted the importance of collaborated and more efforts in integrating the region with infrastructure so as to maintain peace, prevent human trafficking and expedite development.

The IPU-IGAD member states are Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.

Djibouti will host the next IPU-IGAD meeting.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat