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Ethiopia launches new initiative to boost women participation in science, technology

ADDIS ABABA, June 4 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology on Tuesday launched a new initiative that aimed to boost women’s participation in technology-related entrepreneurship.

The newly launched initiative mainly aimed to promote women entrepreneurs in technology and software science through trainings for women drawn from different parts of the East African country, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The newly launched initiative, which is said to be an outcome of a joint partnership among the Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the Entoto Fellowship, an Ethiopian-based think-tank, will offer trainings for a first batch of 25 women who have gathered in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, it was noted.

Women and Youth Division Director at the ministry, Elisabeth Gebreselassie, said during the launching event that the Ethiopian government is committed to boost women’s participation in line with the ever-transforming technological advancement around the world.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, had recently stressed his government’s ambition to make the information, communication and technology sector as a “key anchor” of the East African country’s economic development endeavors.

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