Mekele University becomes center of technology transfer in IGAD region

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Addis Ababa, 11 August 2014 (WIC) - Ambassador Dr. Genet Zewude, Ambassador of Ethiopia to India, said that Mekele University has become a nucleus of technology transfer, innovation and problem solving for the IGAD region.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by Mekele University for Ambassadors, Consuls  General and Director Generals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Ambassador Genet applauded the University’s contributions in the areas of community development, transfer of knowledge and technology, institutional and human development and science and technology for the furthering of national modernization.

She welcomed the University’s provision of scholarships for students from the IGAD region and the role played by the people and the leadership of Tigray Regional State in spearheading a green growth and sustainable path for the nation.

Mahmud Dirir, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Egypt, also noted that the green development achievements in the region were manifestations of the investment in human and institutional development.

He said the region was an epicenter of religious, historic and natural tourist sites and stressed the need to develop even further tourism infrastructure.

Dewano Kedir, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, thanked the Tigray Regional State for organizing the successful International Diaspora Festival in Mekele last week and said this had been an excellent example of the way to encourage the Diaspora to be development and investment agents for Ethiopia’s democratic and development.

He urged the Diaspora communities to become a driving force for the advancement of the nation’s economic diplomacy.

Dr. Kindeya Gebre-Hiwot, President of Mekele University, thanked the Ambassadors and Consuls General and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their vital support in consolidating the University’s engagement with overseas institutions. (MoFA)