Ethiopia: Ethio-Cuba Joint Commission session opens
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- 10 / 18 / 2006
State Minister of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) Mokonnen Manazewal said that the Ethiopian government is exerting all efforts for the realization of agreements reached with Cuba in the economic, science and technology, trade, education, health and sports sectors.
Speaking at the 4th Ethio-Cuba joint commission session held here yesterday, Mekonnen said that efforts have been made to formulate and implement a multifaceted sectoral capacity building programme with a view to addressing capacity limitations in various institutions.
The Cuban government can also play a vital role in supporting Ethiopia in the efforts being exerted towards expanding education and health services, he said, and added that many Cubans are working in various institutions like higher education centres, hospitals and research institutes in Ethiopia.
The State Minister said that efforts are being exerted to implement agreements reached in the economic, trade, education, health and sports as well as scientific and technical spheres into meaningful cooperation between the two countries.
The exchange of visits made by higher officials particularly from education, health and construction sectors have also contributed in identifying additional possible areas of cooperation and in further enhancing the existing cooperation between the two countries, according to Mekonnen.
Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Investment and International Cooperation, Ramon Ripoll on his part said that progress has been achieved concerning cooperation in the education sector, and added that this cooperation should be enhanced as a result of other cooperation agreements reached between the two countries.
The major objective of the joint commission session is to review the implementation status of the on-going cooperation programmes and identify new areas of future cooperation between the two countries.