High-level workshop on a new "Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology in Africa" began today in the Ethiopian capital.
The three-day event organized by the World Bank and the Government of Ethiopia connects Ministers of Education and Training from nine African countries with a wide range of experts from Brazil, China, India and Korea.
Ministers from Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan and Tanzania are here to seek systematic collaboration on one of Africa's greatest challenges - meeting today's rising demand for cutting-edge, market-relevant skills in a number of rapidly expanding industries.
"Out of this workshop, I hope we can come up with some very strong and practical recommendations to strengthen the collaboration between partner countries and African countries to strengthen the contributions of technical and higher education institutions in the economic development of our nations," said H.E. Ato Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
"The Indian private education sector would be willing to participate in this partnership provided that there is a conducive regulatory environment that makes investment in education a financially viable proposition," said Shobha Ghosh, Senior Director, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce. "Africa can leverage the experience of India, particularly in engineering, science and technology."