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The park has two water bodies Lakes of Chamo and Abaya which are separated by ‘Ye Egzer Dildiy’ meaning the bridge of God. It is some sort of small mountain land apart the two lakes and covered by dark forest. The area around the lakes is covered by green grasses and vegetation as well as forests. But the rest part of the park especially the main plain of the park is covered by white savanna grasses, which is called in Amharic ‘Nech Sar, the park’s name.
It is one of Ethiopia’s national parks with endemic and many other wild lives. It is believed to be the sanctuary of Swayne’s Hartebeest whose species are endangered to be extinct. Plain Zebras, flagship species of the park, Bush buck, caracal, Dik dik, Lion, greater kudu and over 90 mammals are habitants of the park.
It has also aquatic animals such as crocodiles, Hippopotamus, and terrestrial birds like pelican, Nech-Sar night jar which is endemic to Ethiopia, yellow-billed stork, Marabou stork, Black headed weaver, flamingos and more than 350 species of birds.
In a broadest say, it is the place where every day to day activities of animal feeding, resting, breeding, reproduction etc could be observed. Among this the ‘Azo gebeya’ meaning ‘Crocodile market’ is the most impressive one to watch hundreds of crocodiles enjoying the rising sun on the shore of Lake Chamo. Some of them look like as they are died with no movement.
This is Nech Sar National Park, which is found in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State in Gamo Gofa Zone, nearest to Arba Minch City, the capital of the Zone.
According to the information of the park’s administration, Nech Sar National Park is the second park in attracting both foreign and local tourists and it is also the first by being visited by large number of local tourists. It shares 55 and 32 KM2 of the total areas of Abaya and Chamo lakes respectively. These lakes are highly known for their fish resources that are supplied to the national market.
In his exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Shimelis Zenebe, Administrator of Nech Sar National Park, said, “Nech Sar National Park is serving the country by being source of tourism trade income, fish supply, environmental protection and many other.” As of him, the park is visited by nearly 40,000 local and foreign tourists annually. However, this number is increasing from time to time.
Nech Sar National Park has spectacular natural view with very suitable landscape for visitors and it is also not expensive to build vital infrastructures inside and around the park. Since it doesn’t have significant infrastructure yet, we need capable investors to invest on the area, Shimels said.
There are standardized international hotels and resorts around Nech Sar National Park; these hotels are also providing tour services. Especially on the western side of the park, visitors can get best lodges and hotels with panoramic view of their installation of the top boundaries of the park.
Gamo Gofa Zone Culture and Tourism Bureau Communication Director Kambo Dero said, “These hotels and resorts, even though they are highly satisfying our guests and tourists yet, are not adequate in number when compared with ever increasing number of tourists. Therefore, we are looking for more investment in the area and we are well coming, motivating and supporting investors in the sector.”
Shimels stressed on some critical problems need to be solved in order to maintain the continuity of the park and other home works should be done.
According to Shimelis, currently among other things, the presence of the people in the boundary of the park is endangering wild lives that live in the park. Particularly, in the north eastern parts of the park, there are about 1,200 households living in the boundary of the park. They are destroying forests in order to get clear land for farming and housing purpose. They are also hunting wild animals for their meet, skin and traditional medication preparation. As of Shimels, even though several efforts have been carried out so far, due to the poor attention given by the two neighboring states, SNNP and Oromia administrations, the park is being exposed to such problems more extremely since 2008.
On the western parts of the park, particularly from the side of Arba Minch city illegal fishing on Lake Abaya and the high demand for wood from parks forest is threatening the park.
Lack of infrastructure in the park for visitors is another problem Shimels mentioned. As the parks’ main plain lacked road for cars, it is difficult for some visitors with light field car. Currently, 95 percent of the park’s visitation was conducted on the boat travel, he stressed.
“If those problems are solved, we can increase the number of tourists by far from its current status. We will get more safety for our wild lives, and we can reinstate the diminishing production and species of fish’s and wild lives threatened,” he added.

BY YOSEF KETEMA

Published in Society

ADDIS ABABA – Once again the Ethiopian national football side went down to take 151st position in the June FIFA world rankings that was announced on Thursday. In May and April the Ethiopian standing were 146th and145th, in the order of that
This was another big blow in the span of 30 days. This steady downward movement has remained unchanged for the last 9 or so months.
The Ethiopian team African position has also gone down to the 42nd place. Last month they were 41st.
Look at the March FIFA rankings: The Ethiopian national football team has suffered the first blow in FIFA’s March rankings when they were down to 137th position in the world after dropping two places and are 39th on the continent. In the February rankings Ethiopia remained 39th in Africa and 135th globally.
Right after the country qualified for the African Nations Cup for the first time in 31 years in October 2012, they ranked 102 in the world moving up 16 places.
Comparing to that, Ethiopia’s current 151st position is disappointing. Ethiopia’s best position was registered in 2006 when it ranked 92nd. The only other time Ethiopia broke in the top 100 was back in 1993 ranking 96. Ethiopia had also the 95th position. These positions were seen as signs of improvement.
With one week to the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the FIFA monthly rankings showed that Uganda dropping eight places to position 82.
The Cranes now have a total of 403 points, a fall from last month’s 426 points, and are now 17th in Africa.
The drop by the Uganda Cranes comes as a result of failing to win in two friendly games, a 1-0 loss to Central African Republic and 2-1 to Niger.
However, Uganda remains the best in East Africa after neighboring Kenya dropped one place to 112, Tanzania dropped by 3 places to 140, Burundi dropped by two slots to 148 and Rwanda down to 136 by 13 places.
Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia are in the least row of the FIFA world rankings.
World Cup bound Tunisia has lost ground in the latest FIFA rankings released just a week before the start of the world’s biggest football competition.
The Eagles of Carthage slipped down the pecking order, from position 14 in May to position 21 currently.
The North Africans are however still the best ranked side on the continent, ahead of Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
On the brighter side for Tunisia however, they are not the team that deteriorated most from the continent.
Guinea Bissau is Africa’s biggest loser in the new rankings, losing ground to the tune of 17 positions (from 104 – 121). Rwanda also lost ground, sliding from 123 – 136.
The biggest gainers from the continent were Madagascar (from 114 – 106) and the Central African Republic (115 – 108).
In the overall rankings, current world champions Germany retained their position at the top ahead of Brazil and Belgium.
Following the resignation of Ashenafi Bekele, a new head coach has not been appointed for the national side since December. The country’s football governing body, Ethiopian Football Federation, is currently working towards the appointment of a new national coach.
Reigning World champions Germany go into the tournament as the number one team in while hosts Russia will be the lowest-ranked team in the tournament at 70th.
Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina complete the top five while the only change in the top 10 sees Poland up two places to eighth in a straight swap with Spain.

Published in Sport
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:33

Meseret Defar wins women's half marathon

ADDIS ABABA – The two-time Olympic gold medalist Ethiopian Meseret Defar won the women's Synchrony Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon on Sunday with a consummate ease at a time of one hour, eight minutes and 26 seconds leaving behind Jane Kibii of Kenya, who clocked 1:12:00 to take the second place. Kaitlyn James of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was third in 1:13:54.
In the men’s event Titus Ekiru won the men's race in 1:01:02, 16 seconds ahead of Feyisa Lilesa who won the silver medal in the marathon at the Rio Olympics. Josphat Kipchirchir of Kenya was third in 1:02:21. It was expected that Feyisa would take this title with little difficulty but the Kenyan surprised the crowed with unexpected victory in his debut.
The elite runners in the half and full marathon were finished long before the race was halted for about 10 minutes and rerouted after a police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who pointed a weapon at police and was eventually arrested on the roof of a parking structure near the finish line in downtown.
The incident brought havoc for the contenders and the organizers but it was confirmed the race was completed without any disturbance.
What next?
Meseret got this big win after she was sidelined from international races due a sustained injury for the last two years.
She said that this is a good beginning after two years interval. “Hereafter I will shift my event to marathon. My era of track race is over with two Olympic gold medals and other big wins in the international arena. For me and my country the two Olympic medals were big achievements. I hope I will try to register equally shining result in the Olympic and the World Championship in Marathon,” Meseret said after victory.
In her view when an athlete is out of contest for so long it is difficult to come back and register good results. “I had that fear when I was registered for this event. I knew that I had fully recovered from my leg injury but despite that no one knows what will happen in the middle of the race. In my case nothing happened. I began and finished with comfortable footsteps. It was very wonderful except that disturbing incident,” Meseret reiterated. The accident of the police happened after the elite race was completed.
Ups and downs of Meseret
In her remarkable achievements in her 20 or so years athletics career, Meseret had a number of ups and downs.
She earned her first Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 in 5, 000m. Kenenisa Bekele also got his 10, 000m gold in Athens. For both Athens that was the beginning of their shining victory at the Olympics.
After Athens she was highly expected to repeat that feat in Beijing Olympics in 2008 but to no avail.
Instead Tirunesh Dibaba made historic gain by winning the 5, 000m and 10, 000m double Olympic medals in her debut.
Despite that failure Meseret made a remarkable comeback at the London Olympics to regain her 5, 000m Olympic title for the second time forcing Tirunesh to take the third place.
One can see from this that Meseret has the capacity to rejuvenate herself within 8-year intervals. In her athletics career her victories include the World championship and other international big meets in 10, 000m, 5, 000m, 3, 000m and 2, 000m.
Future plan
Meseret has in mind that she will represent the country in marathon in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She had a plan to take part in the Rio Olympics but a combination of different problems including health forced her to miss that great opportunity.
She remembers that big miss with remorse. “I had the gut and power to go in to Rio but the circumstance didn’t allow me. I tried up to the limit to keep up the name of the country in Olympics. It was not possible to make it. Currently I feel that I will do everything possible to appear for Tokyo Olympics. That is the golden Opportunity to show my full capacity with win in marathon,” she said.
Concluding remarks
This time the veteran athletes are coming up with impressive performance. Tirunesh Dibaba has been doing pretty excellent in marathon. Kenenisa Bekele is struggling to do something substantial in marathon. Now Meseret Defar is in the making. The expectation is that the reemergence of the old guard gives impetus to the young athlete to fill the gap with extraordinary vigour.

Published in Sport
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:31

Nation's effort towards greenery program

The fact that biology tells us is life is the result of mutual existence. Nothing is capable to stand alone. Even human being that has the ultimate power to control the nature cannot live without the existence of plants and animals for life is the result of interdependence. Cognizant of this, Ethiopia has been implementing various greenery programs that would encourage local and global effort towards conserving environment. 

Accordingly, the country is striving to increase the gain from forestry from the current four to eight percent of the national GDP by 2020. Similarly, it is also working to upgrade forest coverage from 15.5 to 20 percent within similar period. Therefore, greenery programs are designed and under implementation in the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), REDD plus and the Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) projects.
According to Kebede Yimam, State Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC), the greenry programs are bearing fruits as the country's forest coverage increased from three to 15 percent over the past two decades. Currently, the ministry is exerting efforts to implement PATSPO project to enhance forest landscape restoration and to realize green economy, he added. The project will stay for four years and lead by the ministry in collaboration with Centre for Research in Agro Forestry (CRAF).
Recently a workshop was organized by the ministry in collaboration with CRAF to discuss on the objectives and current status of the project. On the occasion, State Minister Kebede said that the project would help the country to realize greenery through providing quality tree seed, knowledge and capacity building support. It would help to improve the traditional tree seed collection, storage and distribution mechanism. ICRAF Country Representative and PATSPO’s Project Country Director Dr. Kiros Meles believed that the commencement of the project is critical to advance country's forestry in quality tree seed collection and seed management system that is believed to enable Ethiopia to achieve its plan of restoring 22 million hectare land forest by 2030.
The four-year long project program mainly intended for reducing land degradation, climate change and agricultural land expansion impacts that happen due to the increasing number of population has been considered to play significant roles. The project implementers and various stakeholders have reached common understanding to utilize the international forestation experience in line with nation’s indigenous knowledge.
The project would help the country to develop the capacity of seed providing institutions through upgrading the system and communication among stakeholders, believed Dr. Abayneh Derero, Forestry Expert at MEFCC. As to him, the establishment of the project would help to modernize the country’s informal tree seed providing system which lacks scientific process to formal level by resolving financial and knowledge constraints. It is also significant to achieve the national greenery program through providing quality tree seed in line with prioritization system which includes the climate, soil and seed type and other factors that are critical scientific measurements for healthy growth of a plant, he said.
The project which has been implemented by the financial support from Norwegian Government and lead by the ICRAF in collaboration with the MEFCC was started in 2017 and it will stay until 2020. The concrete outputs that are expected when the project is phase out are efficient delivery system, modernized tree seed and seedling knowledge and information system, conservation and breeding and capacity building to the national tree seed development. The right tree to the right place is the heart of the plan for proper cultivation system. This is significant to the forestation activity of the country.
For nations like Ethiopia where millions are usually suffering from drought caused by poor environment conservation, exerting huge effort to increase forest coverage is a must to alleviate the problem. Therefore, implementing all programs through coordinated participation of stakeholders is expected from the ministry. Increasing the public awareness on collecting seed and cultivating plants is critical to this end. It is also significant to implement the state-of-the-art technologies for proper implementation of greenery programs.
And the PATSPO project is hope flickering in this regard. One of the leading organizations (ICRAF) has also worldwide experiences in forestry with latest technologies and it has also pledged to provide the technologies to the local tree seed providing companies. The promises seem hopeful to the country, but needs a strong commitment of stakeholders for lasting solutions.

BY YOHANES JEMANEH

 

Published in Development

According to the information found from the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority the country has produced a total of 449,000 tons of coffee in the last nine months. Out of this total production, the country has exported 159,652 tons of coffee and generated 560 million USD.

Though the country has huge potential of growing flavorsome coffee, it has not benefited more from the sector. And the country is undertaking massive coffee production and productivity improvement efforts throughout the whole coffee growing destinations. As it has potential for coffee production with 6.19 quintals per hectare productivity, the nation has set a goal of increasing coffee export to support its economic development.
In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Authority Director General Sani Redi said that the country is aspiring to become the world’s second coffee exporting nation next to Brazil in the near future. Modernizing_coffee value chain, employing IT assisted export control system and improving Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) capacity and encouraging farmers who are producing coffee to utilize modern technologies are fundamental tasks being carried out to realize the target, according to him.
“Having 5.47 million hectare of land favorable for coffee plantation, Ethiopia has coffee plantation cultivated only on one million hectare of land; this retards the country from benefiting more from the sector due to various bottlenecks. The authority is expecting_over 700,000 tons of coffee production this year._Increased attention has been given to the_promotion of_separate_brands of_Ethiopian coffee,” he noted.
Accordingly, the volume of export planned for the year would make the country the second largest coffee exporting country through acquiring more income. According to the Central Statistical Authority, over 5.3 million Ethiopian farmers cultivate coffee, tea and spices throughout the country. In order to generate more from the sector various measures are being undertaken to boost coffee production in the country._Among these, working closely with pertinent stakeholders and coffee growing farmers to meet the country’s goals in the sector through improved technologies of coffee seedlings are the core activities. In addition to these, with a view to implementing coffee seedlings improvement, the authority has been working on supplying the required inputs and carrying out wide public mobilization and awareness creation training.
“Coffee circumcision, latest coffee plantation mechanisms and proper fertilizer utilizations are essential activities to regenerate the country’s capacity of coffee production,” he emphasized.
This year over one million coffee seedlings have been prepared to be planted in the coming rainy season. In addition to this, 27,198 coffee circumcisions and 11,323 coffee renewals were done so far aimed at improving the country’s coffee plantations’ production and productivity.
He indicated that lack of experienced coffee plantation experts in the area has been a big obstacle in unlocking the country’s potentials in the sector. But, now the authority is working in collaboration with universities and agriculture colleges to advance the sector with competent manpower specialized with coffee, tea and spices.
The EU is the leading Ethiopian market accounting for 60 percent of coffee export while Germany, Saudi Arabia, USA, Japan and Belgium are among the major destinations. In the effort to improve Ethiopian coffee farmers’ productivity, the EU Coffee Action ET/FED/038-977 Project that would be active for two years signed to fund fifteen million Euros for the farmers which is a plus to promote the country’s coffee earning.
Generally, the country earns 571 million USD exporting 167,478 million tons of coffee, tea and spices.
In order to be competitive in the world coffee market; the country is working strenuously on coffee quality inspection and certification, quarantine inspection and issuance of standards certification for local exporters through undertaking successive supervisions, the director recalled.

BY TEWODROS KASSA

Published in Development
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:28

SOE beating the odds

 

Ethiopian Airlines announced that it had acquired its 100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-900, early June. The news received wide media coverage as everything about Ethiopian Airlines seems to generate every now and then. It has been reported that it would be the first time for an African airline to operate a 100-aircraft fleet in the history of the continent.
However, such a landmark is not new for the airliner. It usually wins numerous trophies in a single year. Ethiopian Airlines was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962, and operated the first African B767 in 1984; the first African B777-200LR in 2010; the first African B787-800 Dreamliner and B777-200 freighter in 2012; and the first African A350 in 2016; and the first African B787-9 aircraft in 2017. It now operates as one of the youngest and most modern 100 aircraft, with an average age of less than five years.
Ethiopian Airlines has always been very successful but the leaps it took this past few years in terms of the number of destinations it took, the number of passengers it transported and the general recognition it wielded internationally are unique by its own standards. Its profitability and rise to prominence seem to go on non-stop.
Considering the Airliner is a State Owned Enterprise (SOE), the general assumption is that it would be liable to below par administration. However, the success it has registered not only at continental level but at the world stage comes as a complete drift from the norm. International organizations like IMF and the World Bank nag Ethiopia to have the Airliner privatized although the grounds for privatization are totally absent. Better administration is the reason behind the widespread privatization of SOEs across the globe. It would, however, be silly to accuse Ethiopian Airlines of administrative problems as it has managed to sustain its incredible success for so long.
As much as the state owned flag carrier has maintained itself as the pride of the country, the fact that other state owned enterprises (SOEs) have not proved to be as effective raises questions – what can the other state owned organizations learn from Ethiopian Airlines? To answer that question, let’s consider the unique features of the Airliner that have helped it achieve its status as one of the best in the world.
Ethiopian Airlines was established in 1946 as a joint venture with American Airline Trans World Airlines (TWA). The website states that three quarters of the Airlines’ staff were Ethiopian by 1953 with expatriates holding key posts. The first Ethiopian General Manager, Colonel Simret Medhane, did not come into office until 1971. Some attribute this long period of management by expatriates as the basis for the Airlines’ illustrious success.
However, the Americans’ legacy could have been ruined quite easily had the organization been tampered by the subsequent political regimes that came to power. Despite the ideological change that brought socialism along with the military Junta in power, the Ethiopian Airlines maintained a unique sense of independence as it was allowed to purchase aircrafts from the American company Boeing and other capitalist countries. A Masters paper by Selamawit G/Egziabher states that the services of the Airlines crashed by the end of the 1970s and the Derg regime reacted by designating Captain Mohammed Ahmed as the Chief Operating Officer in 1980 who ran the Airlines on a strictly commercial basis. That is a clear indication of the fact that the Airliner was treated as a source of national pride left alone to pursue its bigger ambitions.
The same reality works when the current regime led by EPRDF assumed state power. The Ethiopian Airlines still maintained its sense of independence and its recognized role as the pride of not just Ethiopia but Africa as well.
The paper states that the success of the Airline emanates from a management system led by a board and power is decentralized that business activities of the company would be handled very well. The board members appoint a Chief Executive Officer for the company whose term is not determined. The researcher argues that the indefinite tenure allows the CEOs amass experience wielding them as good decision makers. Besides, the management structure reveals that existence of specialization, accountability and good decision making ability due to long time experience.
Another factor she raises has to do with organizational structure. The researcher argues that the Ethiopian Airlines has developed its own organizational structure which alters itself based on the change in the business environment. Moreover, the researcher states Ethiopian Airlines is an enterprise which has a visionary leadership style that helps it to identify which way to go in order to achieve the intended plans. Yet another argument by the researcher is that the Ethiopian Airlines has a strategic plan that is strictly followed and thus most accomplished above plan. The researcher also states sound financial performance as another one of the reasons for the Airlines’ success.
The researcher also raises some reasons as the training and sense of ownership of employees, autonomous management, state of the art technology it uses and the comparative advantage the geographical location of the country provides as other set of reasons for the success of the organization.
Even for other successful state owned companies such as the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, ethio telecom and the likes, the stature of Ethiopian Airlines is incomparably huge and belittling. Despite the long history of success that has rooted itself in the organizational culture of the Ethiopian Airlines, other public enterprises seem to have failed to study the model and replicate the staggering achievements of the Airlines.
The government still needs to ask the questions: why have other public enterprises not been as successful as Ethiopian Airlines? What is it about Ethiopian Airlines that makes it stand out from the rest of the African and World Airliners? What structures have been useful in nurturing that uniqueness? How can the rest of the public enterprises be geared towards the same path in the long future? It should then strive to answer these questions as precisely as possible and set out to raise the standard of other public enterprises.
One last point is that there has been repeated interest from the greedy western companies and their cronies in international organizations to privatize the Ethiopian Airlines. In other words, they think that such a well crafted machine doesn’t have to be in the hands of Africans and thus has to be sold to them. Although the government has been adamant in rebuffing such advances, their crafty approach to always push their cause through international organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank could leave the government between a rock and a hard place. No matter how intense the pressure is, the Ethiopian government needs to keep our flag carrier under the ownership of Ethiopians.

BY BEREKET GEBRU

Published in Editorial-View-Point

Reverse engineering is the process by which a man-made object is deconstructed to reveal its designs, architecture, or to extract knowledge from the object; similar to scientific research the only difference being that scientific research is about a natural phenomenon .
At this particular time, reverse engineering and ICT have become one of the basic necessities of a given developing country or society as almost the whole human activities are being carried out with the support of these two technologies than ever before.
Of course, both have made life easy and simple in most of the developed countries. This is mainly because they have managed to put in place effective and efficient ICT infrastructure in private and state run organizations apart from extracting knowledge using reverse engineering . Moreover, due to their successful ICT and reverse engineering development , developed countries have well informed people and they are blessed with high-tech gadgets that the world has never witnessed in its history before.
It is true that the government of Ethiopia has been exerting relentless efforts in introducing and making use of new technologies since the downfall of the Derg regime. Various ever-changing and sophisticated computer networking systems that are supposed to ease and modernize the information collection and dissemination process in the civil service of the country have been successfully installed and have brought about a significant and tangible progress in the sector.
In fact, the country has already established ICT village aimed at speeding up the nation's ICT development and creating ample golden opportunities for Ethiopian and foreign software developers as the village is designed and built with the intention of interconnecting Ethiopia's ever growing local and international markets to the rest of the world using ICT.
Moreover, it has been making use reverse engineering to produce imported goods locally . Such efforts for sure help Ethiopia to be in the forefront of adopting latest technologies and disseminating ICT knowledge in the Horn of Africa. Obviously , the village and the reverse engineering practices will also make Ethiopia to exploit the global e-commerce in a sustainable and modern manner as well.
Undoubtedly ,ICT and reverse engineering play irreplaceable roles in disseminating timely information and transforming knowledge to the general public as well as in advancing science and technology. Hence, the ongoing concerted efforts of the government in realizing the nation's set goals in the advancement of science and technology need to be supported .
In today's world, it is so impossible to make great political, social and economic leaps without owning reliable ICT networks, tel-com infrastructure and applicable reverse engineering throughout the country.
In summing up, the reverse engineering and the ICT village and will hopefully play a significant role in ensuring e-government,creating wider international market for local products via e-commerce,transforming and adopting ICT knowledge in addition to having many more software developers and creating numerous job opportunities for fellow citizens.
Therefore, every fellow citizen and concerned bodies need to work and toil hard in a bid to ensure a well developed reverse engineering practices, ICT and tel-com infrastructure in this country. Such path-breaking activities on the part of the government will undoubtedly contribute a lot in spearheading the renaissance task the country is set on. Ethiopia will no longer be on the short end of the information gap.

Published in Editorial-View-Point

ADDIS ABABA - Reverse Engineering is crucial in promoting technology exchange and value adding on new technologies ,experts said .
Ministry of Science and Technology State Minister Sumetie Gizaw (Ph.D) said that Reverse Engineering is the main option to prosper with socio-economic aspects through the application of latest technological advancements. The sector is still at its bottom line compared to other countries due to the lack of inputs to strengthen practical teaching programme in the area, he added.
Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute (EBTI) Deputy Director General Sandokan Debebe told The Ethiopian Herald that some success stories have seen regarding producing imported products locally through Reverse Engineering. Moreover, simple reverse engineering technologies are developed here that eases the societies’ social life, he added.
Stove and dish oven, water heater and other day to day household instruments are the foremost results of Reverse Engineering in the country. The institute is working in collaboration with stakeholders prioritizing big engineering technologies development at home, according to him.
“Thus, the establishment of technology and Reverse Engineering Center is fundamental to compete the developed countries along with new technological innovations.”
Defense University Engineering College, Ass Prof. Ajit Palsin said that having well immersed Reverse Technology highly supports the economy of a given country. Lack of technological inputs to practice reverse engineering, language barrier and the sector execution capacity hinders the country not to acquire the expected from the sector, he added.
The establishment of new Reverse Engineering Technology Center is important to facilitate the country’s endeavors to promote its economy through technology exchange, experts agree.
It is a fact that utilization of new technologies expedites socio-economic transformations of countries. South Korea, China, Brazil, India and Iran are the dominant countries known for developing and utilizing Reverse Engineering towards the success of their economy.
In Ethiopia, the Ministry of Science and Technology is undertaking various actions in the efforts to motivate, practice and develop Reverse Engineering. Thus, the country’s young and old science and technology universities are expected to contribute more in this regard.

BY TEWODROS KASSA

Published in National-News

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