Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 093

EFFSAA Attended the International Single Window Conference and Exhibition

The International Single Window Conference and Exhibition took place in Djibouti from 25-26 September 2023 with a theme “Accelerating the Implementation of Single Window with the Latest Technologies for Trade Facilitation and Smart Logistics”.

The opening ceremony of the Conference was a prestigious event that brought together key dignitaries and representatives from various countries. The podium was graced by notable individuals, including the Guest of Honor, Prime Minister of Djibouti, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, State Minister of FDRE Transport and Logistics, Mr. Denge Boru, and the State Ministers from Uganda, South Sudan, and the European Union Ambassador.

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) was represented by W/ro Elizabeth Getahun, President of the Association and its General Manager, W/ro Birtukan Haregewoin.

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Ethiopia, Djibouti to join EAC

The East African Community (EAC) is set to become a market size of 800 million people, with the introduction of more countries to the regional economic community on the cards.

With Somalia waiting in line to join the regional intergovernmental organisation of seven partner states, two countries from the Horn of Africa are also set to become part of the EAC.

EAC Secretary General Dr Peter Mathuki hinted here on Tuesday evening, that both, Djibouti and Ethiopia would also join the Regional Economic Community.

“The vision of our leaders is to have a market of 800 million people. And that will be possible if we integrate all the countries in the horn of Africa and make one huge market,” projected Dr Mathuki, shortly before launching the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP II).

MARKUP II is a regional project funded by the EU and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in partnership with the EAC.

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European Union collaborates with Djibouti for regional and continental economic integration in Africa

The European Union (EU) is partnering with the Republic of Djibouti and the African Alliance for e-commerce to organise the ongoing 9th edition of the International Single Window Conference taking place in Djibouti from September 25 to 26, 2023. This conference highlights some of the investment opportunities and ongoing developments throughout the African continent that will enhance the efficiency of trade globally. The EU is supporting efforts in the region that will boost regional economic integration and facilitate regional trade aligned with the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

A key action under this partnership is the EU support to the Horn of Africa Initiative’s strategy, collaborating with the governments of the Republic of Djibouti and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The EU has committed €32 million to a programme dedicated to “Promoting regional economic integration in the Horn of Africa through the development of the Djibouti corridor” implemented by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the aid-for-trade organisation TradeMark Africa (TMA).

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