Ministry, AAU sign water diplomacy collaboration MoU

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Addis Ababa, 3 March 2014 (WIC) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Addis Ababa University (AAU) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in areas of water diplomacy.
The MoU was signed by State Minister Dawano Kedir and University President Dr. Admasu Tsegaye.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has an established career of maintaining diplomacy of the nation while Addis Ababa University has a backlog of experience in research and studies. When these two sum join forces they can take further the foreign relations of the country to a modern base,” said the State Minister.
He said the Ministry should not be the only institution that works for diplomacy, it rather demands the engagement of the House of Peoples' Representatives, scholars, the business community and the public in general as it is a matter of the nation's sovereignty.
He also added that cross Boundary Rivers should not become a source of conflict but a sources of common development and prosperity. He said: “We should strengthen people- to-people relations.”
According to Dawano, AAU scholars have been undertaking various remarkable activities in research and study since the launching of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The establishment of the Institute of Water Studies is also taken as a significant step in GRD construction. Hence, the State Minister added that the university scholars should be supported by the government to promote strong foreign diplomacy on the GRD.
Dr. Admasu on his part said that the University has currently enrolled about 14,000 post graduate students and 2,000 PhD students who could contribute to various research and studies including the agenda in the memorandum of understanding signed with the Ministry.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the memorandum of understanding was first of its kind when signed between the two institutions.