The African Union and the Government of Ethiopia have signed today a grant agreement to support the demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration or DRR process in the country.
The agreement envisages the provision of one million US Dollars from the Crisis Reserve Fund of the AU to the National Rehabilitation Commission.
The fund will support efforts in ensuring the full implementation of the Agreement for Lasting Peace in Ethiopia through the Permanent Cessation of Hostilities signed on 2 Nov 2022.
Commissioner Teshome Toga and the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Bankole Adeoye signed the grant agreement at the Skylight Hotel.
The signing of the agreement makes Ethiopia the first country to benefit from the AU peace fund.
Commissioner Teshome pledged that the National Rehabilitation Commission would ensure that the grant reaches those in need.
He also noted that this historic grant agreement would encourage other partners to support demobilization, rehabilitation, and reintegration initiatives.
AU commissioner Adeoye, on his part, affirmed the AU’s and its leadership’s commitment to working closely with the Government of Ethiopia to sustain peace throughout the country.
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