The Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Sudan Shiferaw Jarso, paid courtesy call on Dr. Faisal Hassen, Assistant of the President andDeputy Chairman of the National Congress Party (NCP).
Ambassador Shiferaw Jarso pointed out that he will work to boost multidimensional bilateral relationship between the two sisterly countries, highlighting that the two countries enjoy longstanding and time tested history of friendship. H.E Ambassador Shiferaw stressed that all bilateral mechanisms including High Level Joint Commission, Steering Economic and Technical Committee, as well as Joint Border Development Commission meetings need to be organized so as to accelerate economic integration and overcome common challenges.
The Ambassador briefed Dr. Faisal on the reforms underway in Ethiopia including rapprochement with Eritrea. H.E appreciated the continued and principled position of the Sudan with regard to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), underscoring that the government is working to speed-up the construction of the mega hydropower project.
Dr. Faisal welcomed H.E the Ambassador and pointed out that the two sisterly countries relations go back to ancient times. H.E noted that Sudan works with the Ethiopian side to expand bilateral relationship and highly welcomes the reforms taking root in Ethiopia.
Dr. Faisal pointed out that government-to –government, party-to-party and people-to-people ties need to be strengthened in addition to other bilateral mechanisms.
Faisal stressed that peace and stability is crucial for the Horn of Africa region, highlighting that Sudan is contributing a lot in the South Sudanese peace process, while Ethiopia has managed to restore relations with Eritrea.
On the other side the Ethiopia Ambassador met with Mr. Wagdi Mirghani mahjoub, Chairman of the Ethio-Sudanese Business Council and the leading Sudanese investor in Ethiopian.
Ambassador Shiferaw Jarso appreciated Sudanese prominent businessman Wagdi Mirghani Mahjoub’s efforts in flourishing investment in Ethiopia, urging him to encourage other potential investors from the Sudan to engage in investment opportunities in Ethiopia. H.E the Ambassador noted that Sudan has untapped potential investors and requested Mr. Wagdi to work with the Embassy in strengthening business-to-business ties between the two sisterly countries.
Mr. Wagdi has already invested in textiles, pharmaceutical and edible oil in Ethiopia. He is looking for new investment opportunities resulting from the recent decision of the Government of Ethiopia to partially privatize some State Owned Enterprises.
Dr. Wagdi promised to work in close partnership with the Embassy in organizing business forums, promote investment opportunities and strengthen business-to-business ties between Ethiopia and the Sudan.