9 November 2012

Ethiopia: Govt Continues Support to Forum of Federation - Haile-Mariam

Addis Ababa — Prime Minister Haile-Mariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia will further continue to support the Forum of Federations.

In a meeting Wednesday with Rupak Chattopadhyay, President of the Forum of Federations, the Prime Minister noted that Ethiopia was committed to the federal system that had produced a government of equality and justice for the peoples of Ethiopia.

He said Ethiopia will share its best experiences with neghbouring countries in building the system.

Haile-Mariam also expressed his country's readiness to further continue cooperation with the Forum, according to House of Federation Office Head Habtamu Nini.

Chattopadhyay noted that the Forum had a strong interest to work in collaboration with Ethiopia. Stressing that Ethiopia was an example of democratic federal system, he said, it could provide an exemplary role not only to African states but also more widely.

Ethiopia had shown that it could bring together nations, nationalities and peoples from very different backgrounds, he said and emphasized that the country, in the past twenty years, had registered significant transformation and change and become one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

He said his discussion with Prime Minister Haile-Mariam was successful.

It is to be recalled that the 5th International Conference on Federalism was held here two years ago.

Members of the forum include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico and Switzerland.

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