Ethiopia Should Strengthen its Partnership with Djibouti and Regulate Cross-border Traffic to Intensify the Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Republic of Djibouti has a population of over 988,000 inhabitants – predominantly of Somali (60%) and Afar (35%) ethnicities and of Islamic faith (94%). Djibouti is strategically located — controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean and serving as a key refueling and transshipment center. Djibouti hosts the Intergovernmental Authority on Development
(IGAD) and more foreign military bases from countries (France, United States, China, Japan, and Italy) with high COVID-19 infection rates. Ethiopia-Djibouti’s historical relationship was elevated in the areas of political, economic, and social integration. Djibouti serves as the only maritime port for landlocked Ethiopia following the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Ninety five percent of Ethiopia’s inbound trade come through Djibouti carried in part by more than 1,500 trucks that cross the border each day.

Ethiopia Should Strengthen its Partnership with Djibouti and Regulate Cross-border Traffic to Intensify the Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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