Ethiopia, Switzerland hold 3rd round bilateral political consultation

Addis Ababa, March 1, 2018 (FBC) - Ethiopia and Switzerland yesterday held their 3rd round political consultation in Bern, Switzerland.

During the meeting, the two sides made an extensive exchange of ideas on how to further take the ties to a new high.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Hirut Zemene, on the occasion briefed participants on the current situations in the country.

As countries invest heavily on education, health, infrastructure and other socio-economic services, the demand of the youth for a shared and equitable economic growth as well as better political space increases, she said.

This was what exactly engendered a political reform agenda and human rights issues, the engagement of the political parties in the democratization process of the country and release of prisoners in Ethiopia, Hirut noted.

She added anti-corruption efforts have been redoubled and measures to reform inefficient institutional working systems have been set in motion.

Noting the move by the government of Ethiopia as praiseworthy, State Secretary for Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland, Pascale Baeriswyl, underscored the need to keep the reform of inclusivity to ensure the sustainable growth of the country and make best use of the recently reinstated State of Emergency.

Ambassador Negash Kibret urged the need to establish the Ethio-Swiss Business council to further propel the business ties to a new level.

Mrs. Pascale noted she equally share the urgent need to establish the council and stressed on the need to further scale up collective endeavors to garner the many possibilities that lies untapped between the two countries.

The two sides noted with satisfactions that after a series of discussions the Ethiopian Airlines could be able to start a direct flight three times a week to Geneva, Switzerland from June 3, 2018.

Albeit a weak implementation, the two countries have signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation.

Recalling the visits by the Ethiopian House of Federation and Ministry of Federal and Pastoralist Affairs on several occasions, Mrs. Hirut commended the Swiss Government for its openness to share its experiences in Federalism and expressed her hope that it would further continue.

The two sides agreed to establish a Joint Parliamentarian Council to give further impetus to the ongoing exchanges of experiences on Federalism and governance. The two sides, on the second session, have held talks on multilateral relations and regional issues.

As the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the Ethiopian side has shared its experiences and its activities at the UNSC.

Switzerland has never been elected, to a non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council and its 2023/2024 candidacy will be its first time in its history.

Source: MoFA

Posted by Amare Asrat