Ethiopia devotes for regional peace, economic integration: PM Hailemariam

Addis Ababa, December 22, 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopia has been undertaking various efforts to bring lastin peace and stability in the region; thereby, to pursue regional economic integration based on mutual benefit, PM Hailemariam Desalegn stated.While briefing journalists at his office today, the Premier said that Ethiopia is exerting efforts to strengthen people to people and government to government relations of countries in the region.

According to the Prime minister, a meticulous attention has given to ensure an enduring peace and stability to speed up regional economic integration.The necessary road infrastructure that could help to economically integrate Ethiopia with Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya and South Sudan has already built, he added.Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn also said that the Ethiopia Public Diplomacy recently visited Egypt had discussions with the people of Egypt and public officials.“That visit could help in strengthening people to people relationships and avoid misunderstandings between the two nations,” he said.The Egyptian President will visit Ethiopia in the coming weeks for further discussion with Ethiopia that is believed to firm the relations of the two countries, Prime Minister Hailemariam added.

In ensuring peace and stability in Somalia, Ethiopian defense forces have liberated 65 per cent of Somalia from Al-Shebab, according to Hailemariam.He also disclosed that Ethiopia has been offering trainings that enable Somalis secure their country from extremists.In connection to the economic development in the country, Premier Hailemariam Dessalegn said that despite encouraging achievements in agriculture, micro and small enterprises and industrial developments, the Sugar development Projects have delayed from the time scheduled in the GTP.

The major setback the country faced in Sugar Development Projects is lack of domestic implementation capacity, the premier emphasized.Besides, the projects need to develop about 25 thousand square hectares of Sugared Cane plantation farm.The first phase of Tndaho Sugar Factory has already begun production while the Kesem Sugar Factory is expected to render its produces in the next four months.“Ethiopian metal Engineering Corporation has now taken the construction of Kuraz I, Beles I and and Beles II Sugar Factories, which relay indicated the experience we have been developing from time to time, the premier added”.