South Africa, Ethiopia to sign agreement on STI cooperation

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host the signing of the first South Africa-Ethiopia memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the expansion of cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI) between the two countries.


South Africa's Minister of Higher, Education Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, will sign the MoU with his Ethiopian counterpart, Dr Abraham Belay Berhe, in a virtual ceremony on Friday, 10 September.


The MoU will seek to promote information and knowledge sharing relating to research, technological development and innovation, as well as joint scientific and technological solutions in support of the two countries' developmental agendas.


Both South Africa and Ethiopia recognise the importance of STI in national and regional socio-economic development. The partnership will see the two countries organising joint events to bring together experts from their respective academic, industrial and institutional sectors. It will also promote scientific exchanges of doctoral and postdoctoral students and visits by technical personnel.


The signing ceremony will be followed by a joint committee meeting involving senior South African and Ethiopian officials, with the aim of developing a plan of action to implement the MoU. The ceremony will take place as follows:


Date:               Friday, 10 September 2021

Time:              14:00 – 14:30

Venue:           The media are invited to register to join the ceremony via following link:


Issued by the Department of Science and Innovation


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