June 1, 2012 ―More than a year ago, Tadesse Haile, Ethiopia’s Minister of Trade and Industry, attended a workshop in Beijing on Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Infrastructure Development, followed by a trip to China’s Jiangsu Province where he and other participants visited industrial parks, factories, a food processing company, and irrigation and rural biogas projects.
Mr. Haile is one of the more than 200 government officials and technical experts from 41 African countries that have participated in a “South-South Knowledge Exchange” program organized by the Chinese government, its African partners and the World Bank.
The World Bank Institute helps broker knowledge exchanges among developing countries. It recognizes that for many practitioners and policy makers, the most relevant practical knowledge resides with their peers in other countries, and that people learn best from those who have tackled similar development challenges.
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