Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation have signed an MoU
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) of the F.D.R.E. and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation have signed an MoU to jointly advance the collaborations of the two countries in the field of Science and Technology. The State Minister of MoST, H.E. Prof. Afework Kassu and the Deputy Minister of Education, and Science of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Pavel Zenkovich, further discussed on implementation strategy of the terms of the MoU.
Additionally, MoST signed an MoU with the Russian ROSATOM on human capacity development and establishment of laboratory facilities on Nuclear Science and Technology for Peaceful Applications. Ethiopia is currently using Nuclear Technologies for Radiation Therapy in the Health Sector, for Sterilizing Tsetse flies in the Agricultural Sector, and for NDT in the Industrial Sector. The isotopes for these different applications are being imported under strict safety conditions. MoST is keen to developing Ethiopia's Human Resource for these peaceful applications of the Technology.
Stet Minister H.E. Prof. Afework Kassu and Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Mr. Nicolay Spasskiy have signed the MoU.
The MoUs are considered to further boost the current Ethio-Russian bilateral cooperation in the field of Science and Technology to a much higher level. Both MoUs were signed in Moscow, Russia, on 19 June, 2017.
Ethiopia Striving to Advance Science technology Role in Economy
The Deputy PM, who visited Singapore leading a high level delegation, underlined the importance to learn from best practices of Singapore in this regard.
During its stay in Singapore, the delegation has visited institutions that became center of excellence in science and technology and consensus was reached to work together with the institutions on human resource development.
Noting that Singapore’s priority to science and technology enabled it to become a manufacturing hub in the region, Demeke said that it is importance for Ethiopia to support its economic activities with science and technology as well as research.
He also emphasized the need to produce more skilled labor in science and technology fields so as to sustain the structural transformation.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr.-Ing Getahun Mekuriya, member of the delegation said the delegation have managed to identify areas that could take lessons from Singapore.
Science and technology, research and study, human resource development, and industry linkages are among the areas mentioned by Getahun identified to take lessons.
He said that the lessons learnt from Singapore could be considered as an alternative to support Ethiopia’s ambition in science and technology.
According to Dr.-Ing Getahun, the visit has created an opportunity to work together with Singapore’s science and technology institutions.
State Minister of Education, Samuel Kifle for his part said that Ethiopia can learn from Singapore’s experience in creating effective linkage between technical and vocational education, and industries.
Lessons were learnt from Singapore that would support Ethiopia’s efforts in strengthening technical and vocational schools, he added.
source : http://www.ena.gov.et
H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria Kuma has been appointed as the new Minister for Science and Technology beginning the 1st of November 2016. The appointment is part of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's cabinet reshuffle that came in the first week of November.
H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun has served the Ministry for the past two years as State Minister and Director General. Previously, H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun worked for the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology of Addis Ababa University in different academic and management capacities. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. He completed his PhD degree in the same field at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The appointment of H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun as the Minister for Science and Technology is expected to galvanize the transformation process that the Ministry has already embarked on.
Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology Visits MoST
High level delegates led by Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology Honorable Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu visited MoST on January 18, 2017. The delegates were received by H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria at the headquarters of the Ministry. The two Ministers held discussion on the existing scientific and technological cooperation initiatives between Ethiopia and Nigeria. Honorable Dr. Onu stated Ethiopia and Nigeria, as the two leading populous nations in Africa, should also be exemplary and pioneers in transforming the continents' economy from natural resource based to science, technology and innovation based economy through continuous process of science and technological research and development.
H.E. Dr. Ing. Getahun on his part indicated the potential areas of collaboration between the two countries including space science, biotechnology and agricultural technologies. Finally, both Ministers expressed their commitment to forge the existing relation between the two Ministries.