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    Refugees from Ethiopia will come to Italy via ‘university corridors’

    The University of Bologna announced on Wednesday that it has started a project to give refugee students the possibility to continue their academic studies in Italy through humanitarian corridors from Ethiopia.

    “University corridors” between Ethiopia and Italy will give students the chance to continue their academic studies at the University of Bologna.

    The UNI-CO-RE University Corridors for Refugees (Ethiopia-Unibo 2019-21) project is supported by Alma Mater and the UN refugee agency UNHCR and is being implemented through support from Italian and international bodies and institutions.

    The project was designed for students who, having fled their countries of origin, are now in Ethiopia and have been granted refugee status.

    In the pilot phase for the next two academic years (2019/2020 and 2020/2021), five students who have earned an undergraduate degree in Ethiopia and want to continue their studies in Italy will be selected. Thanks to the UNI-CO-RE humanitarian corridors, the students will be able to get scholarships to attend a master’s degree course at the University of Bologna. (ANSA)

    Remains of Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State uncovered in Libya

    The remains of 34 Ethiopian Christians killed by the Islamic State group in 2015 have been found in a mass grave, a branch of the interior ministry said Monday.

    An official said Monday their bodies have been discovered near Sirte, the jihadists’ former stronghold until they were ousted from the coastal city in December 2016 by forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed government.

    Taha Hadid, spokesman for the Sirte protection force, told AFP that the bodies of 34 Ethiopians were discovered on Sunday at a farm near the city.

    “According to the prosecutor general’s office, these remains belong to the Ethiopians executed” by the Islamic State group, he added.

    The mass grave was discovered through confessions made by IS members captured during the battle to retake Sirte, according to the organised crime department in Misrata to the west of Sirte.

    “The bodies will be repatriated to Ethiopia once the national and international legal procedures are completed,” the department said in a statement posted on Facebook. (AFP)

    Ethiopia earns USD 38 mln in export revenue from Chinese-built industrial park

    Ethiopia has earned USD 38 million in export revenues from its flagship Chinese-built Hawassa Industrial Park in the last two years, an Ethiopian official said on Wednesday.

    Built by China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCECC), the Hawassa Industrial Park, which is located in the Southern Regional State, was initially completed in a record time of nine months back in July 2016.

    CCECC has also constructed and commissioned Kombolocha and Adama industrial parks, while it has completed 70 percent of construction work for Bahir Dar Industrial Park.

    Speaking to the media, Mekonnen Hailu, Public Relations Director of Ethiopia Investment Commission (EIC), said the 38 million US dollars export revenue was earned from textile goods produced by 20 local and foreign firms located inside Hawassa Industrial Park.

    Mekonnen further said that the Hawassa Industrial Park has created job opportunities for 23,000 Ethiopians, who are also receiving practical skills training to build their capacities.

    Ethiopia hopes to build and commission 30 industrial parks by 2025. (Xinhua)

    ILO develops application connecting employers, job seekers in Ethiopia

    International Labor Organization has launched application code named “Sira” that directly connects employers and job seekers through mobile and web applications as well as call centers on Wednesday.

    The aim of “Sira” is to address the mismatch between job seekers and employers focusing on low and middle skilled occupations. The applications will facilitate returnees and other members of the community to easily have access to suitable and decent jobs.

    The user-friendly application that uses both Amharic and English language was developed by “Sira” CEO Mamil Masresha.

    The CEO, who had no better way of searching for jobs on her return from abroad, was motivated to develop the application to ease the hardship of finding jobs for other returnees.

    “Sira is user-friendly and above all reduces cost and unnecessary involvement of brokers through specific matching like location, job title and educational level,” Mamil said.

    There are plans to include other languages as per the users of the application if regions welcome the idea and promote it, she noted. (ENA)

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