The Ethiopian Airlines-DHL carrier partnership has begun transporting historical relics as part of an agreement with the African Electronic Trade Group (AETG). The agreement is an intra-African agreement meant to facilitate the fast and secure transport of historical and cultural artifacts and relics.

The first batch of goods, which were delivered in two groups, arrived at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa at a ceremony that saw top-level government, African Union, DHL, and Ethiopian Airlines Group officials in attendance.

According to a joint statement released by the partners the agreement is intended to invoke the start of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which initiated on January 1st after months of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AfCFTA was launched in March of 2018 and all countries except Eritrea have ratified its accords.

The Ethiopian Airines-DHL partnership that is one of the signatories of the agreement is part of Ethiopian Airline’s initiative of serving as the largest flagship carrier in the continent and one of the largest in the world. The new agreement is expected to boost the airline’s progress towards this goal by adding to the already existing multimodal syste

The partnership also marked the start of trading under the African E-Commerce Platform “Sokokuu”, which means big market, central market, and unity in the Kiswahili language.

Xinhuanet, New Business Ethiopia

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