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Joining WTO a key component of Ethiopia’s economic reform agenda – MFA State Minister

Addis Ababa, May 15, 2024 (FBC) – Ambassador Mesganu Arga, State Minister of Foreign Affairs had a productive meeting with Maika Oshikawa, Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Accession Division, at his office today.

The two officials discussed on better ways of expediting Ethiopia’s accession process to the WTO, per MFA Ethiopia.

During the discussion, Ambassador Mesganu reiterated Ethiopia’s government political commitment and readiness to expedite Ethiopia’s accession to the WTO and its desire for the technical negotiations completed speedily. He confirmed that joining the WTO is a pivotal aspect of Ethiopia’s economic reform agenda.

The State Minister highlighted that Ethiopia has passed significant policy amendments and radical decisions in relation to trade and finance sectors that will assist advance the joining process. He further mentioned Ethiopia, being a major economic player in Sub-Saharan Africa, would significantly enhance the World Trade Organization’s stature by becoming a member.

Director Maika, on her part, noted the secretariat of WTO is providing the required assistance to speed up the accession process that Ethiopia has initiated and pledged to continue the necessary support. The two officials consulted on detailed technical works related to Ethiopia’s accession progression.

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