Saturday, April 09, 2005

American University Shows Interest in Water Resources Management in Ethiopia

A four-man team, that includes the President and CEO of SkyBuilt Power, an Energy Company and lead by Professor Ben O. Latigo, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of the District of Colombia, has been visiting Ethiopia with the purpose of establishing a working relationship with Ethiopian institutions, including Addis Ababa University, Government Ministries and NGOs in addressing issues related to water resources management and the application of renewable energy technology.

"We are here purposely to talk to those potential partners as well as to do fact finding to allow us when we get back to Washington DC to see what we can do to address these issues," Professor Latigo told Addis Tribune in an exclusive interview.

While here the team had the opportunity to talk to pertinent officials at the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ministry of Mines and Addis Ababa University.

"Our team has been well received. We have been able to request and secure appointments with government Ministries, NGOs, and USAID on very short notice. I think we have been extremely well received," says Professor Latigo, adding, "At the end of our visit, as a fact-finding mission, we are hoping to have obtained data and information to allow us to design renewable energy technology to be used for the application in the various regions of Ethiopia."

Addis Tribune

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