Addis Ababa September 02/2017 Botswana has expressed its desire to work in collaboration with Ethiopia in the development of small and medium scale manufacturing industries.
After visiting institutions working in the sector, Executive Director for Investment Promotion at Botswana Investment and Trade Center Reitumetse Aphiri who is in Ethiopia leading a delegation noted that the policy that Ethiopia has been implementing in the sector is bearing fruits.
The Executive Director has requested the support of the Ethiopian government in providing training for Botswanan experts and helping the country for the development of the sector and expansion of industries.
She also invited companies engaged in Ethiopia in the manufacturing sector to take part in the international exhibition to be held in Botswana in October.
As the manufacturing industry in Botswana is at lower stage, the country is forced import commodities for daily consumption including food, alcohol and chemical products, she said.
Contrary to that, the Executive Director said that she has witnessed small and medium sized industries in Ethiopia have supplied products to local and global market.
The Executive Director added that Ethiopia's accomplishment in the sector is exemplary to other African countries.
She promised to learn from best practices of Ethiopia so as to encourage companies to engage in the sector and facilitate the situation for companies from Ethiopia to export their products to Botswana.
The Director General of Federal Small and Medium Manufacturing Industries Development Agency, Asfaw Abebe said on his part that it is possible for Africans to bring change through collaboration.
Addis Ababa September 02/2017 The institutional and human capacity building program implementations to address transnational and domestic security threats in the region are being productive, according IGAD Security Sector program (ISSP).
The IGAD countries face multiple transnational security threats like terrorism, human, arms and drug trafficking, money laundering, piracy and cattle rustling among others.
ISSP Director Commander Abebe Muluneh told ENA that IGAD, through its Capacity Building Program Against Terrorism (ICPAT) which later superseded by ISSP has done a lot on enhancing capacity of member states.
IGAD has been working to optimize interdepartmental cooperation among member countries so as to enable law enforcement agencies and criminal justice departments deal challenges jointly. "Therefore IGAD is assisting member states just to promote interdepartmental cooperation".
As the region could be a hotbed for terrorist organizations, due to instability aroused by protracted civil war and conflicts, IGAD has been working to build capacity of member countries in fighting terrorism.
IGAD has been doing this through provision of training and facilitating forums that allow member countries share best practices.
Promoting strategic cooperation with international and regional institutions has also been undertaken to enhance capacity of member countries in countering terrorism.
Financial constraints, conflict and terrorist and other armed groups are among the major challenges for full implementation IGAD program.
Strengthening efforts on building institutional and human capacity of member states and promotion of regional cooperation are among the mechanisms mentioned to counter challenges facing on program implementation of IGAD.
In addition to ICPAT’s notable achievements, IGAD is being exerting efforts through its revitalization program, ISSP to address all forms of security threats facing the region and pledges to work in collaboration with both regional and international institutions.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was founded in 1986.
The target of IGAD is to be the premier Regional Economic Community (REC) for achieving peace and sustainable development in the region.