ADDIS ABABA – THE ETHIOPIA HERALD Newspaper 20 April 2016: An agreement for the establishment of a regional office of Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) in Addis Ababa was signed here yesterday.
Africa Governance Initiative is a non-profitable organization established by Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, to ensure that governments in Africa are equipped to meet the next set of challenges and continue to accelerate their progress in areas of investment and industrialization.
The agreement was signed by AGI Country Head Sebastien Frendo and State Minister of Foreign Affairs Taye Atske-selassie.
At the signing ceremony, Taye said AGI is in line with the government’s priorities in its Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) which aims at buttressing the manufacturing industry.
He further stated that the agreement would give AGI a legal standing to operate in the country in its full potential, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Frendo said the initiative had already been working with Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), Ethiopia Industrial Parks Development Cooperation (EIPDC), and Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) with a focus on building capacity of the management and public-private partnership.
AGI also works with other six African countries, namely, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. source ENA