Kagame Visits Ethiopia Defence Industry

President Kagame described initiatives such as METEC as having the ability to benefit both Ethiopia and the continent

Uganda National Women Rugby team, about it the Lady Cranes, look will carry out trials starting on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the forthcoming Elgon Cup.

The governing body, national women rugby (UWRA) has shown intent in scooping this year’s top prize by starting early preparations.

The body appointed former coach of the U-19 girls’ team, Allan Musoke, into the senior team this week.

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Musoke replaces Brian Makalama who is currently coaching Western Bulls in Kenya.

The Lady Cranes lost the Elgon Cup last year with a 72-25 aggregate; after suffering 33-15 and 39-10 home and away defeats.

Coach Allan has summoned a total of 43 players to attend the trials from where he will get his final squad.

The summoned players are;  Charlotte Mudoola, Anena Claire, Brenda Kayiyi, Rehema Kampiire, Hellen Gizamba, Prossy Nakakande, Irene Namapii, Regina Athieno (Black Panthers). Beatrice Atim, Christine Akello, Faith Namugga, Hildah Nyiraguhirwa, Peace Mirembe, Irankunda Fortunate and Ritah Najjumba (Entebbe Whales).

Others include Pamela Atim (Gulu She Elephants), Afusa Munaba, Florence Seera and Sarah Alanyo, (Mbale Eagles), Jean-Mary Odoyi Nyadoyi, Joanita Ssenfuka, Charity Atimango, Harriet Kayonjo, Samia Ikoru, Irene Namboga, Zurah Namatovu, Grace Nambalirwa, Phiona Nalubwama and Salume Ilakut.

The last batch of summoned players comprises: Rachael Babirye, Stella Kyalikunda, Evelyn Aweku, Nakityo Asha, Christine Kizito, Irene Zigge, Mary Nakanyike, Brendah Ayiorwoth, Matilda Tino(Thunderbirds). Emmanuella Oroma, Peace Wokorach, Prossy Asio, Grace Auma and Gilder Azikuru (Walukuba Titans)
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has visited the Bishoftu Automotive Industry, pharmacy a division of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC).

Incorporated as part of METEC in 2010, abortion Bishoftu Automotive Industry includes seven factories that work to assemble, upgrade and overhaul vehicles used for military use, public transport and construction.

The Metals and Engineering Corporation was established to enable the realization of the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and to accelerate the ongoing transition of Ethiopia into industrialization and towards becoming a middle-income economy.

Unveiled in 2010, the Growth and Transformation Plan is a five-year plan for Ethiopia’s transformation. Beginning with modernizing agriculture, Ethiopia’s plan for transformation dubbed the Growth and Transformation Plan is now entering its next stage with a focus on industrialization as key to Ethiopia’s transformation.

Speaking to the press following the tour of Bishoftu, President Kagame described initiatives such as METEC as having the ability to benefit both Ethiopia and the continent:

“I have been very impressed with the whole story and building up this level of development. It is in the context of what the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is trying to achieve and within the vision they have had for the people of this country. It provides not only Ethiopia but the continent with very good prospects,” said the visiting Rwandan leader.

President Kagame added that Rwanda can learn from the steps Ethiopia has taken towards economic transformation through industrialization.

“There is a lot to learn from Ethiopia and a lot to share from different experiences we have had. When you see the industriousness and the vision with which they are carrying out their development, it is something we all would want to learn from,” added Kagame.

During the visit, METEC’s leadership renewed its commitment to working with Rwanda to build national capacity for industrialization.

To date, Rwanda’s cooperation with Ethiopia includes capacity building with Rwandans training in the Defense and Engineering College, Ethiopian Airlines and METEC.


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