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Ethiopia keen to join WTO: MPs

Addis Ababa, February 12, 2020 (FBC) -Trade and Industry Affairs Standing Committee of the Ethiopian Parliament held discussion with a delegation of World Trade Organization (WTO).

The discussion mainly focused on Ethiopia’s accession to the Organization.

Members of the Standing Committee told Ambassador Alan Wolff, Deputy Director-General of WTO and head of the delegation, that Ethiopia is keen to join the organization.

Ambassador Alan Wolff for his part said he is hopeful that Ethiopia’s bid to become membership of the organization could get answer by the end of this year.

Joining WTO would help the country to achieve Agenda 2030, Ambassador Wolff said.

Ethiopia resumed discussion last month to join the Organization after eight years.

Mamo Mihretu, Senior Advisor and Chief Trade Negotiator at the PM office, held the discussion with WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo in Geneva, Switzerland.

The two discussed ways to expedite the process in Ethiopia’s longstanding efforts to be part of the multilateral trading system.

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