Ethiopia, Rwanda step up cooperation efforts


Ethiopia and Rwanda have set out a number of additional cooperation agreements at a meeting in Kigali on Tuesday.

The two countries agreed to new partnerships in education, tourism and mutual legal assistance, according to Rwandan official, Claude Nikobisanzwe, who attended the two-day event.


Cooperation ‘remains strong’

“Cooperation between Rwanda and Ethiopia remains strong and significant results have been achieved in the areas of Defense, Aviation and Capacity building among others, which continues to benefit the people of our two countries,” Nikobisanzwe told Rwandan press, following the event’s conclusion.

“During the two-day meeting new areas of partnerships were agreed notably in: Education, Tourism, Mutual legal assistance and will be signed. A framework to monitor implementation was also put in place.”

The event was the second of its kind to be held between the two countries, after the first Rwanda-Ethiopia Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) agreed to open up airspace between the East African nations.


Strategic agreements

Ethiopia and Rwanda are two of Africa’s most promising economies, both building focusing largely on agricultural development to fuel economic growth and build sustainable employment. They’re also enjoying healthy growth in tourism while pursuing green energy solutions to supply their increasing power demands.

Over the years, both countries have agreed to cooperate across a wide range of sectors. In 2012, Ethiopia and Rwanda signed three bilateral agreements – the first of which set up the JPC sessions for ongoing cooperation between the two countries.

In addition to the JPC deal, there was also a general cooperation agreement to create partnerships in political, economic, trade and investment, education, health and other fields. Finally, there was a third deal on strategic partnerships on the issues of defence and security.


Featured image: By Lemurbaby – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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