Ethiopia, South Africa to address xenophobia victims’ concern

The governments of Ethiopia and South Africa form joint committee to address the concerns of Ethiopians living in South Africa, who frequently have been subject to xenophobia attacks.

This is indicated during the official visit of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to South Africa. “Today I held fruitful discussions with President Cyril Ramaphosa on various issues, including elevating the partnership of our two countries to a strategic level. We have also agreed to form a joint committee that will address the concerns of Ethiopians living in South Africa,” Prime Minister Abiy twitted on Sunday.

Currently there are many thousands of Ethiopians engaged in different trading businesses. Meanwhile most of them crossed into the country illegally through dangerous migration routes.

It recalled that in recent years many Ethiopians and Zimbabwe nationals who illegally entered South Africa but managed to establish business have been killed and lost their properties by promoters of xenophobia, who claim losing their jobs and became poor because of African immigrants living in South Africa.

Prime Minister Abiy, has also met Ethiopians living in South Africa on Sunday where he promised that he will follow-up on the deals reached with the Government of South Africa to help Ethiopians living in South Africa get legal living status and working permit.

During his speech at the African national Congress gathering, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has mentioned the role of Ethiopia in helping South Africa end apartheid hosting and proving military training to Nelson Mandela during the era of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The information from the South Africa president office shows that Ethiopia imported goods worth 907,7 million Rand in 2018 and exported goods valued at 94,6 million Rand to South Africa.

“The visit provides an opportunity to further explore new possible areas of economic, trade and investment cooperation in Ethiopia’s key sectors,” the Office twitted.


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