Ethiopia and Djibouti renew commitments to transform livestock exports –
Addis Ababa, July 5, 2021 (Walta) – Aimed at transfiguring conventional and expensive ways of doing livestock export trade, the Ethio-Djibouti Livestock Export Promotion Forum kicked off on Sunday attracting dozens of senior officials on each side, several stakeholder experts concerned as well as dozens of exporters in the sector.
Ministers such as Dr Fikru Regassa and Ahmed Mohammed Awaleh of Agriculture, Mohammed Warsama of Trade and Tourism, Ambassador Berhanu Tsegaye, Youssouf Moussa Dewaleh of the Chamber of Commerce and his Ethiopian counterpart, Melaku Ezezew, interim president of Port & Freezone Authority, and many others made remarks during the opening session.
During the session, speakers noted that the two countries could not benefit from the sector as much as they should due to the lack of state-of-the-art quarantine centers, illicit trade in live animals, some agents playing detrimental roles to illegally amass profits from the sector, the scarcity of a well-regulated and adapted animal resting area, etc.
It was mentioned during the interviews that to ensure that Ethiopia and Djibouti, as exporting countries as well as an important exit route to destination countries, effectively benefit from the sector; the governments of both countries have taken various measures.
To name a few, the public-private partnership agreement signed between the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and a private Saudi Arabian company in March this year is expected to greatly increase Ethiopia’s quarantine system in the past. level that meets the expectations of the world market. .
It was also stated that the second major achievement is the recently inaugurated DMP Livestock Terminal which is expected to allow Ethiopia to reap the benefits it deserves by ensuring the continuous transport of animals to their destinations without having to spend time. costly in health check-ups as was the case. been the case in the past.
Presentations were made on the challenges and opportunities of the sector, an overview of the new terminal and the animal health system, and a brief note on the forty thousand.
According to Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry, the meeting will continue tomorrow at DMP where a visit will be made to DMP’s new cattle rest terminal.