La loro definizione dovrebbe tener conto degli specifici impegni assunti dall`Unione nell`ambito dell`accordo generale sugli scambi di servizi (GATS) e degli accordi commerciali bilaterali. Relations with development cooperation between Italy and Ethiopia began in 1976, when the first bilateral agreement for the implementation of development projects was signed. Since the second half of the 80s, Ethiopia has been one of the priority countries of the Italian cooperation strategy and has benefited from a significant share of Italian aid, mainly through bilateral and multiditant channels, but also through multilateral programmes and supported by NGOs. Over the past thirty years, Italy has contributed a total of nearly €800 million to Ethiopia`s development. Inoltre, le parti convengono di concludere quanto prima un accordo bilatérale sulle indicazioni geografiche. Italy is also the only bilateral donor to be part of the Development Cooperation Effectiveness Group, along with the EU, UNDP, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. The excellent dialogue and cooperation among Ethiopian donors has been stabilized. Since 2004, the main forum for discussion among the country`s donors has been the DAG (Development Assistance Group). Italy (together with other bilateral and multilateral donors) actively participates and also chairs the chairmanship of various working groups to exchange information and strategies to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation initiatives. Finally, the impetus of the EU delegation in the country, European donors have begun a process of work-sharing and joint programming, our country being in the front line. As regards the implementation mechanisms, the new country programme will be implemented through bilateral programmes (with funds directly managed by the Ethiopian Government or Italian development cooperation), through multilateral programmes (through UN agencies such as FAO, UNIDO, the World Bank, IFC) and contributions to pooled funds with other international donors (bilateral and multilateral).

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