Ethiopia and UNCTAD Sign Technical Cooperation Agreement

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Office of Spokesperson
13 February 2013

A Technical Cooperation Agreement in Developing a Strategy and Transformation Study of Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise has been signed between the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on 7 February 2013. Representing the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Ato Minelik Alemu Getahun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland signed the Agreement.

The objective of the Agreement is to cooperate with the Ethiopian Government in developing a strategy and transformation study of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprises (ESLSE). The Government of Ethiopia is taking an extensive reform programme to bolster the ESLSE’s capacity with state-of-the art shipping and logistics management and operations system.

UNCTAD will provide technical assistance for the ESLSE and support the transformation of the institution that is competitive, efficient, and reliable in shipping, logistics port and terminal services. UNCTAD will hold capacity building workshops in various selected topics. The Agreement will be implemented from March 2013 to December 2013.

The signing of the Agreement was preceded by extensive consultations with UNCTAD officials during the visit of a high level Ethiopian Delegation led by H.E. Mr. Deriba Kuma, Minister of Transport in Geneva from 17-18 January 2013.

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