Addis Ababa — Japan has extended 85,679 USD grant for the restoration of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) located at Ras Mekonnen Hall in the Addis Ababa University.
To this effect, a grant contract was signed between Ambassador Daisuke Matsunaga of Japan and IES Director Ahmed Hassen today.
The Project for restoration of IES's Ras Mekonnen Hall is located within the historic Guenete Luel Palace, built in 1930 and was the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie.
The restoration project, while retaining cultural and historical values by repairing damaged parts, restores the interior parts and installs new equipment, it was learned.
Ambassador Matsunaga said on the occasion "I would like to see this beautiful and historical heritage preserved and maintained."
He pointed out that Japan will continue strengthening the bilateral relations in various areas and keep the important connection of Addis Ababa University and Kyoto University in the academic areas.
Addis Ababa University Vice President Jailu Umer, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said the institute has been facilitating scholarly works on Ethiopia and also plays important role in conducting and promoting research in humanities and social sciences.
He acknowledged Kyoto University and Japan Embassy for their contribution and loyal partnership.
Based on the MoU signed between Kyoto University and Addis Ababa University, the Institute of Ethiopian Studies will make Ras Makonnen Hall available to the Center for African and Oriental Studies of AAU, and the Center for African Area Studies of Kyoto University, for organizing public lectures and exhibitions related to Japanese studies and the Japanese language.