Ethiopia, Sudan to Establish Free Trade Zone

Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

Ethiopia and Sudan are working to establish a free trade zone which will be beneficial for both, according to Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology, at a press conference held on November 23, 2015, in Addis Ababa said Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to establish a free trade zone.

To undertake a study on the ways of implementing the agreement within the next three months, a Joint Committee has been formed.

The Committee is responsible for how the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) will open its office in Sudan and the Sudanese banks in Ethiopia and ways of fulfilling the gap on the use of currency among others.

Thus far, both countries have signed 12 agreements to cooperate in trade, investment, federal and regional levels, sale of electricity, customs, youth, sport, banks and other areas.

Currently, 513 Sudanese companies with a combined $1.7 billion capital are engaged in different investment sectors in Ethiopia.

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