Turkey's TIKA donates technical equipment to AU

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency  has donated technical equipment to an African Union-run youth center in Addis Ababa.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has donated technical equipment to an African Union-run youth center in Addis Ababa.

ADDIS ABABA – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has donated technical equipment to an African Union (A.U.)-run youth center in Addis Ababa.

"TIKA is very happy to cooperate with the A.U. and this will continue," TIKA coordinator in Addis Ababa Ismail Durhat said Wednesday.

The Turkish donations include computers, printers, photocopiers and cameras for the center, dubbed the "Young People's Project."

Jean-Pierre Ezin, A.U.commissioner for human resources, science and technology, hailed the Turkish contributions and called for further support for A.U. youth projects.

Abdul Hakim Elwaer, A.U. director of human resources, science and technology, for his part, voiced hope that African countries might learn from the Turkish experience in the fields of technical and vocational education and training.

"We want to see cooperation going on seriously in human capacity development through TVET, aninnovative entrepreneurs program," he told Anadolu Agency.

According toTurkish Charge D'affaires in Ethiopia Erdan Karal, a Turkish-African cooperation forum is slated for later this year.

He said that Ankara had launched a scholarship program that would benefit 1200 students from several African countries.

"Maybe we can expand the program continent-wide," Karalsaid.

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