ADWA, ETHIOPIA– The first international conference for the setting up of a pan-African university has opened in this northern Ethiopian city, some 580 kilometres north of the capital, Addis Ababa, with participants coming from various African countries.
Also attending the conference, which began Monday, was former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, who stepped down earlier this year.
Organizers of the conference say the meeting will review the progress made for the establishment of the Adwa pan-African University, including its design, cost and public participation in its construction.
Adwa Deputy Chief Administrator Debretsion Gebre-Michael said it the proposed university would serve as an appropriate permanent memorial for the Battle of Adwa, where the then Ethiopian imperial army defeated that of Italy, the first defeat for a European military force in Africa and now a source of pride of black peoples.
The regional government is committed to support the realization of the university, he added. The foundation stone for the for Adwa Pan African University was laid by Hailemariam and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on April 24, 2017 at Adwa town.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK