28 April 2018

Ethiopia, the Netherlands Strengthening Political, Socio-Economic Cooperation

- Ethiopia and the Netherlands are consolidating their social, political and economic cooperations hand in hand, according to Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ethiopia.

Ambassador Bengt van Loosdrecht told The Ethiopian Herald that the two countries are working together in three fields such as food security, health care, political freedom which are very important with the growing population that is depend on agriculture production.

Ambassador Bengt also says that Ethiopia and the Netherlands have been partners since 1991 when the government of Meles Zenawi took over the power. Since then, the Netherlands felt that there is some important thing happened in this country and proposed projects with a programme of shared growth and vision with all Ethiopians, he added.

Secondly, the Netherlands want to support Ethiopia particularly in basic services like healthcare and education. In this regard, Ambassador Bengt says the two countries are cooperating in Sexual and Reproduction Health Rights (SRHR), which is important for a growing country.

According to the Ambassador, it is important to know what women rights are, that they have to access to healthcare and livelihood.

The other support is on good governance for judicial system to widen democratic space and diversity without wanting to change the system over night; it is about giving people option to expressing or voicing their ideas in their country.

It is about establishing fundamental freedoms that Ethiopia has adhered to. The political, diplomatic, economic and social cooperation of the two countries will further continue to reach the highest level.

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