Poverty main driving force for Horn of Africa instability, says PM Hailemariam

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Poverty is the main driving force for the instability of the Horn of Africa region, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is at a three-day official visit to Sudan.

The Premier made the remark while presenting today a research paper for Khartoum-based diplomatic community and Sudanese intellectuals under the topic “Horn of Africa: Possibilities of an Economic Community.”

Responding to questions raised by participants, the Premier underscored that poverty is the main cause for the instability in the Horn of Africa.

According to the Premier, building global competitiveness via regional economic integration is the key solution for the peace and stability of the region.

The time is now for Africans to play their role by filling the market gap being observed at a global level, he said, adding that it is not an option to start swiftly practical activities not to miss this chance.

In a related development, PM Hailemariam today met with Vice-President of Sudan, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman.

According to Sudan News Agency (SUNA), the Prime Minister and the Vice President discussed on the progress of bilateral relations and ways of boosting them further in a way that serves the interests of the two brotherly people.

The meeting also sought ways to achieve peace in Horn of Africa, particularly in South Sudan as peace in the world’s youngest country is an essential issue for both Ethiopia and Sudan.

The meeting also discussed agreements and protocols signed between the two countries within the context of the joint Sudanese-Ethiopian high economic committee.

PM Hailemariam and the Vice-President agreed that the committee to hold meeting in next -September in Khartoum.

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