State Minister Markos Tekle met with Mr Simon Mordue, Deputy Director- General of Migration and Home Affairs of the Europen Commision

State Minister Markos Tekle met with Mr Simon Mordue, Deputy Director- General of Migration and Home Affairs of the Europen Commision

State Minister Dr Markos Tekle met Mr Simon Mordue Deputy Director- General of Migration and Home Affairs of the Europen on the margins of the intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact of Migration in Marakesh, Morroco. On the occasion, Dr Markos discussed the sweeping changes Ethiopia is undergoing in introducing political and economic reforms. He underlined that the changes in Ethiopian are positively impacting the region towards peace and stability and regional integration. He in particular highligted that the peace accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea has created immense optimism in changing the conflict trap the sub-region finds itself in the past few decades. Discussing about migration , Dr Markos underlined that focus should be given to creating economic opportunities at home to prevent the youth from falling prey to trafickers. He further elaborated the efforts Ethiopia is making in job creation through labour intensive light manufacturing by building industrial zones in different parts of the country. He underscored the EU to further intensify its support to Ethiopia in job creation and return and reintegration of returnees. He expressed his appreciation with the EU on the progress made with the Jobs Compact and affirmed Ethiopia’s readines to further build on the achievements made so far.

Mr. Simon for his part expressed his appreciation to the democratic reforms in Ethiopia and affirmed EU’s support. He in particular noted EU’s desire to collaborate with Ethiopia in return and reintegration, fighting human trafficking.He also indicated EU’s plan to pilot circulation migration where citizens from origin countries will be allowed to Europen countries and comeback home after working for a defined period of time. He further reaffirmed that EU will support Ethiopia in realizing the commitment contained in the Global Compact on Migration.