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Ethiopia opens six additional points of entries

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Ethiopia’s Immigration Nationality and Vital Events Agency on Monday, 21 September 2020, announced that it is reopening six borders to neighbouring countries.

The announcement came while the agency inaugurated the Beliho Point of Entry, the third post in Ethio-Djibouti Corridor, in the presence of senior government officials and representatives of international development partners.

The Beliho Point of Entry has been built with support of the European Union (EU) and Germany. The inauguration of the Beliho Point of Entry was attended by high ranking government

Director of the Agency, Mujib Jemal said the new post, which connects the Afar Regional State with Djibouti, will serve to facilitate safe, orderly, and regular migration. Further, it will also address human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. It also serves to ease the safe return of stranded Ethiopians, due to the COVID-19 border closures.

It is stated that Ethiopia is working to open six additional points of entries until the end of September, which will increase the number of posts to 18.

The EU and Germany are supporting Ethiopia in the management of regular and safe migration through the Better Migration Management Programme (BMM).

The Beliho Point of Entry, the third post in Ethio-Djibouti corridor next to Dewalle and Galafi, and Suftu Point of Entry, to be inaugurated next week, have been built with an aggregate outlay of 9.5 million dollars.

-APA

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