Ethiopia, Korea sign MoU

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Addis Ababa, 27 February 2014 (WIC) - The Governments of Ethiopia and the Republic of Korea (RoK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in science, technology and innovation activities here yesterday.
The agreement was signed by Ethiopian Minister of Science and Technology (MoST) Demitu Hambisa and Korean Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) President Dr. Jong Guk Song.
According to the agreement, the two parties would collaborate in the field of science, technology and innovation policy, research and development, management strategy, exchange of scientific information and researchers when it seems desirable for short term and long term periods, conduct training and education programmes on science and technology policy among others.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Demitu said that the relation between the two sisterly countries started long ago. This relation was further solidified when Ethiopian soldiers sacrificed their lives during the hard time of Korea in the beginning of 1950's, she added.
She also said: “Today's MoU signing on science and technology policy between MoST and STEPI indicates the continuation of our long-standing relation in a wider cooperation.”
Dr. Song also said: “We are here to discuss further and more concrete cooperation between us. STEPI has established International Innovation Cooperation Centre as an effort to promote the effectiveness of our development cooperation with our partner countries and institutes in the field of technology innovation. This centre supports partner countries to achieve national development goals by improving their innovative capabilities.”
The agreement is expected to strengthen closer ties and greater understanding between the two parties through promoting mutual benefits.