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ISLAMABAD – Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Jemal Beker Abdula, said on Wednesday that Ethiopia’s decision to officially launch its diplomatic mission in Islamabad will help further boost bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries.

In an exclusive interview with APP, he said Ethiopia and Pakistan will develop a legal trade framework that will further incentivize investors from both countries and increase trade volume.

Commenting on Ethiopia’s interest in CPEC, he said CPEC is one of the major infrastructure projects between Pakistan and China. It will connect Pakistan with the rest of the world, adding that Gwadar and Djibouti are the shortest route, and strategically it can connect Pakistan with the rest of Africa. Under the Belt and Road Initiative, the railway project from Djibouti to Addis Ababa has already been completed. He added that Ethiopia is looking into the matter and has a particular interest in the CPEC project.

Earlier, Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussain Rameto also said, “Ethiopia is considering providing visa on arrival to businessmen from Pakistan so that they can easily visit the nation. Africa with the aim of exploring business opportunities”.

It is pertinent to mention that the trade volume between Pakistan and Ethiopia is around $63 million. While Ethiopia’s exports to Pakistan amount to approximately $24.6 million, Pakistan’s exports to Ethiopia amount to $38.6 million.

He also expressed deep condolences to Pakistanis who lost their precious lives in the floods and added that the whole world must stand with Pakistan at this critical time.

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