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We still ensured our commitment by sustaining and maintaining our open border asylum policy of the country that suffices the principle of humanity and allows humanitarian access and protection to those seeking refuge on its territory. It is known that we are currently finalizing our ten years national comprehensive refugee response strategy and I believe that it will immensely enhance the protection capacities of the country and continue recognizing the refugees not as dependent, but skilled and honored people like you or me whose lives have been destroyed by fear, persecution and other related factors.  At this point, I would like to inform you that we carry on learning from the national and international good practices to effectively coordinate the nexus between humanitarian relief and development interventions to shift from life-saving assistance to more innovative, sustainable, development-oriented response that can address the protection and developmental needs of people suffering long-term displacement and their host communities. As we do all the above, we go along with the lines of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) of Ethiopia and also so as to enclose the recent policy initiatives with regard to refugees which are revealed in the 2016 leader’s summit on refugees in New-York, ARRA will enhance its capacity and involvement for all intents and purposes of the successful implementation of the significant commitments of the Government of Ethiopia. On this regard, I would like to stress that ARRA will also keep on building its institutional capacities to further strengthen its headquarters and field teams’ ability to coordinate refugee-related humanitarian and development response in a way that can improve rights and service delivery to refugees and will also continue to work in close cooperation with all stakeholders to further strengthen the coordination among projects targeting improve resilience, safety and self-reliance of refugees and host communities. We are also expanding our projects while we started working immensely with regards to returnees. As it is one of our mandates, I would like to assure you that we will work at our level best to let the project become feasible and helpful and also, I would like to comment that we should strengthen our immense coordination to achieve the objectives of the project. While working also in strengthening our institution and building capacities, strengthening peaceful co-existence between refugees and host communities and ensuring their social integration through expansion of peace building interventions will remain on top of our agendas.

On behalf of the government of Ethiopia, I would like to reassure to all our partners that the Government of Ethiopia’s support to and its close coordination with all stakeholders will strongly continue covering all aspects of the Refugees Protection and Assistance including Durable Solutions.

In conclusion, I would like to call for your continued cooperation to the Ethiopian refugee operation without which the aforesaid strategic visions of the Ethiopian Government will not be realized. I would like to pass my sincere gratitude to all partners, regional bureaus, host communities and other stakeholders which realized our immense hospitality and generosity for our refugees which excelled our reputation in the international community.