Joining WTO Key Component of Ethiopia’s Economic Reform Agenda: Amb. Mesganu

Addis Ababa: Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a key component of Ethiopia’s Economic Reform Agenda, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mesganu Arga said.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mesganu Arga had a productive meeting with Director of the WTO Accessions Division, Maika Oshikawa at his office today.

The two officials discussed on better ways of expediting Ethiopia’s accession process to the World Trade Organization.

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 to be 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 of the World Trade Organization Accessions Division, Maika Oshikawa 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, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency