Addis Ababa August 17/2013 The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute signed a three-year twinning arrangement with an Indian Company named National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Speaking on a relevant meeting held in here Saturday, Institute General Director, Sileshi Lema said the arrangement will help to build capacities of professionals in the sector.
The Government of Ethiopia will cover the cost for the three-year twinning program which is 3.5 million US dollars, he added.
According to him, 2,000 professionals will be trained during the first phase of the training.
Industry State Minister, Tadese Haile on his part said the government is working hard to make the sector internationally competitive.
The arrangement will help Ethiopia's efforts to secure one billion USD from the sector at the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan period, he said.
The Minister said the government will continue strengthen the support it provides to the development of the sector.
National Institute of Fashion Technology Director General, Prem Kumar Gera said the training will mainly focus on building design, marketing, management and technical capacities, among others.