Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Mahmoud Eissa stressed the need for consolidating inter-trade among African countries as this matter has become a must to achieve the regional economic integration, in light of the numerous challenges facing Africa and the multi-lateral trade system.
He also called for achieving reconciliation and matching by African various African blocs in order to achieve African free trade zone.
Minister Eissa urged African countries to support all efforts to facilitate African inter-trade.
Eissa called as well for strengthening African business organization and the involvement of the private sector in carrying out the trade exchange programs. The world economic forum started Thursday in Addis Ababa with 700 African dignitaries taking part.
Eissa gave a speech on means to give a push to the African trade Agenda. He met after the inaugural session with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who expressed his country’s keenness to cement strategic relations between Egypt and Ethiopia.
Eissa held several meetings with officials of a number of Egyptian companies operating in the Ethiopian market. He also met, on the sidelines of his participation in the World Economic Forum, with Egyptian members of the Egyptian-Ethiopian Business Council.
During his talks with the companies’ officials, Eissa discussed ways of boosting economic cooperation between Egypt and Ethiopia within the upcoming phase.
The two sides also tackled the obstacles which hinder the increase of investments either in Egypt or Ethiopia.
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