Minister of Transport and Logistics told lawmakers on Tuesday that the January 1 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ethiopia and Somaliland will make Ethiopia’s quest to get access to sea outlets a reality

Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport and Logistics, Alemu Sime, made a groundbreaking announcement during the 30th regular session at the House of People’s Representatives.

Sime told the lawmakers that The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ethiopia and Somaliland signed on January 1 promises to revolutionize Ethiopia’s trade routes and potentially reshape the geopolitical landscape of the region.


The genesis of the Ethiopia-Somaliland agreement dates back to the strategic vision of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi. By providing Ethiopia with access to the Red Sea, this MoU aims to bolster Ethiopia’s maritime trade capabilities and reduce its reliance on Djibouti. Notably, the agreement also includes provisions for Ethiopia to establish a naval base in Somaliland, marking a milestone in regional cooperation.

Ethiopia Says Deal With Somaliland Will Make Country’s Quest For Sea Access A Reality“Our country has signed an MoU with Somaliland through our Prime Minister. This will make Ethiopia’s quest to access sea outlets a reality, expand sea outlet alternatives, bring fundamental changes in our logistics performance, and open a new chapter of cooperation crucial for interconnectedness in the Horn of Africa,” said Sime.

The Red Sea holds immense strategic importance for Ethiopia, as emphasized by Jafar Bedru, the chief executive of the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Institute. Despite historical struggles and external pressures, Ethiopia remains steadfast in its commitment to securing access to the Red Sea. However, this pursuit has not been without challenges, with accusations of exclusion and territorial disputes complicating the geopolitical dynamics in the region.

Ethiopia Says Deal With Somaliland Will Make Country’s Quest For Sea Access A RealityRecent developments have underscored the diplomatic tensions stemming from the Ethiopia-Somaliland agreement. The rift between Somalia and Ethiopia has escalated, with Somalia denouncing the accord as a violation of its sovereignty. The decision to exclude Ethiopian troops from future peacekeeping missions further exemplifies the strained relations between the two nations. As the situation evolves, the future steps taken by Mogadishu will be pivotal in determining the region’s stability and security.

In conclusion, the Ethiopia-Somaliland agreement represents a significant shift in the geopolitical landscape of the Horn of Africa. As Ethiopia forges ahead with its quest for sea outlets, regional cooperation and diplomatic dialogue will be paramount in navigating the complexities of the Red Sea region. The coming days are poised to test the resilience of diplomatic relations and the willingness of nations to collaborate for mutual prosperity and peace.

Through the lens of this agreement, Ethiopia and Somaliland have sown the seeds of cooperation and connectivity, paving the way for a future where shared economic interests transcend political boundaries. As stakeholders navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, the Ethiopia-Somaliland agreement stands as a testament to the transformative power of strategic partnerships in shaping the destiny of nations.