Ethiopia-Nigeria Joint Ministerial Commission Starts Meeting in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia-Nigeria joint ministerial commission has kicked off a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday.

The meeting aims at advancing mutual interests and expanding Ethio-Nigeria partnerships in the continent, said Ambassador Fissaha Shawel, Director General of African Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The decision to hold the latest discussion was announced during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Abuja where he held a discussion with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on May 25, 2022.

The major outcome of the visit was the desire of both countries to take concrete steps to expand bilateral relations in key areas.  

Ethiopia and Nigeria conducted their first and second joint Ministerial Commission meetings in Addis Ababa and Abuja in 2006 and 2017, respectively.

The two countries are now holding the third one in Addis Ababa with a number of Ethiopians and Nigerians representing various key sectors in attendance.

Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Victor Adekunle Adeleke expressed his hope that the meeting would further tighten the longstanding relations between the two countries.

The meeting is said to pave the way for the two countries to jointly tackle global challenges posed by economic fluctuations, the Russia-Ukraine issue, climate change, and terrorism, among others.

In the end, the two countries are expected to sign several Memorandum of understandings in the military, health, trade, industry, culture, and sports sectors, the Foreign Ministry said.