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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Growing Ethio-Sudanese Ties Paving Way toward Economic Integration

Khartoum - The history of Ethiopia and Sudan exhibits age-old political, economic, social and cultural bond. The two countries’ destiny as one of the oldest nations in Africa is

cemented by the eternal seal—the Nile River—and the people living in both sides of the border. The ties between the two neighbors have remarkably developed over the past, marked joint development projects and political coordination on regional issues; in addition to concerting efforts in aid of people's prosperity, welfare, peace and security in the two countries. The Ethio-Sudan political coordination by the ruling parties in both countries aims to create good sisterly and neighborly relations in favor of mutual interest.
In this contest the National Congress Party's (NCP) Secretariat for African Affairs held a workshop on Ethio-Sudanese relations within the framework of boosting bilateral relations in line with the directives of the President of the Republic, Omar Hassan Al Bashir, which he reiterated in his speech to the Ethiopian 11th Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day celebrations. 
Participants in the workshop included representatives from the ministries of defense and interior,  African Political Parties Council, the National Assembly, experts, directors of research and studies centers, Osman Al-Sayyid, Director Middle East Studies Center, Dr. Abdallah Zakaria, Director of  International Center for African Studies, and Dr. Rabie Hassan Ahmed, Director of Future Studies Center.
"Strategic and civilization bonds between Sudanese and Ethiopians have seen notable and positive progress over the past years, marked by joint development projects between Sudan and Ethiopia," Muhand Awad, the Head of NCP Department for Neighboring Countries.
Awad noted that such growing bonds necessitates political coordination to unify the rhetoric to address domestic and external issues by the ruling Sudanese National Congress Party (NCP) and the The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front in aid of common objectives and the welfare of the peoples in the two countries.
While addressing the opening ceremony, Awad called upon the two ruling parties to further their coordination to promote mutual projects, programs and issues of mutual concern in favor of the supreme interest of the peoples in both countries, unifying stances on regional and international issues and coordinating efforts to taking a leading role in the Horn of Africa.
Wajdi Merghani, the president of Ethio-Sudanese Business Council, said that the opening of a branch for Ethiopian Commercial Bank in Sudan will contribute to solving 50 percent of challenges to joint economic, investments endeavors between the two countries.
He stressed the need for Sudan to benefit from Ethiopia's economic policy experiment regarding supporting exports and funding development projects.
Merghani highlighted the importance for Sudan and Ethiopia to implement mutual economic agreements. 
The two countries’ relationship has also shown a robust growth, manifested in President Al Bashir's attendance in and speech to the Ethiopia's Peoples and Nations day celebrations.  Ethiopia and Sudan regularly hold political consultations at the level of experts, ministers and heads of state; involving economists and experts in various fields; in addition to the two leaderships' close cooperation in regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The Saturday's workshop comes in the same context to underscore the importance of energizing the role of Ethio-Sudanese Business Council so that it becomes a commercial organization to handle operations for businesspersons in both sides.
Participants' and speakers at the workshop recommended the significance for the two sisterly neighbors to open common borders without neglect for control along these borders in aid of reciprocal trade between the two countries.