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The Researchers’, Inventors’ and Innovators’ Association-Ethiopia (RIIA-E) and Africa Beza University College (ABUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 23, 2014 at the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO).  The MoU concerns the creation of venue, tools and organs for the development of creativity and innovation in Ethiopia.
“This is a three way partnership between RIIA-E, AUBC and the Ethiopian Government,” Israel Kassa, owner of Africa Beza University College said after the signing of the MoU.
The MoU came about when the association started searching for a partner to help Ethiopian inventors achieve commercial success as well as recognition for their work. Africa Beza was already working with the Ministry of Urban Development, Houses and Construction to conduct an innovative idea competition on urban-related issues.
The two companies will work together to look for and work with supporters of creativity. Africa Beza will assist the association in the business evaluation of its United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Incubation contest project which has now passed the technical stage. Africa Beza will also help RIIA-E by getting media coverage for the competition, commercialization of the winning project and interviewing the finalists of the contest.
Berhanu Adelo, director general of EIPO, during the ceremony said that the Ethiopian Intellectual Office is working on improving the country’s loan system so that inventors can have financial support just like any other business.
“We want to help people get their work registered but most of them don’t accept our help because they suspect we will misappropriate their work,” Berhanu said.
RIIA-E was established in December, 2010. It is a non for profit organization. As of August, 2013, the association has 122 members. The association assists members in utilizing their creative works and registering their ideas.