MoSHE and Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI) Agree to Collaborate on Science
H.E. Prof Afework Kassu, State Minister for Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) had a discussion meeting with the Chairman of the Board for the Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI), Prof Huanming Yang, in Guilin, China.
The meeting focused on identifying potential collaboration on science and higher education. In addition, strengthening the initiatives started between BGI and EBTI on an initiative to establish BGI-Africa, a state-of-the-art biotechnology hub under the Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute with the aim of serving Ethiopia and East African countries, was discussed.
Collaborating on MoSHE's on-going efforts in enhancing the quality and visibility of national journals, in launching short- and long-term training programs, in conducting joint research projects and scientific conferences with universities and research institutes with biotechnology programs were the other issues of the discussion.
The discussion also addressed potential collaborations with the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI) on strengthening genetic-resource scientific facilities and other technical collaborations. Board Chairman of BGI, Prof Huanming Yang, expressed the BGI's interest to initiate sustainable collaborations with MoSHE and Science/Research Institutions on areas of mutual interest. He also stressed the need to engage MOST and other science-related Ministries in China for a bigger impact. Mandates of MoSHE and possible areas of collaborations on science with BGI were presented by Dr Solomon Benor (MoSHE, Research director-general), and the General Manager of BGI-Africa, Dr Henry Chen also attended the discussion meeting in Guilin.
Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI) is a dedicated scientific research institute with a focus on state-of-the-art sequencing and molecular diagnostic services in China, North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Its headquarter is in Beijing and works with more than 2000 research institutions worldwide.