Mekelle University to Start Programme in Micro Finance

Mekelle University to Start Programme in Micro Finance



   Mekelle, July 09, 2001 (WIC)-  The Business and Economics Faculty of Mekelle University

   disclosed that it will to offer courses in micro finance.


   At a two-day workshop which deliberated on the  launching of the new programme, faculty

   AssistantDean Zeid Negash, said the University has planned to begin offering courses in micro

   finance with the view to creating skilled man power for the various institutions rendering loan

   services throughout the country.


   Zeid said that beginning from the next academic year, the faculty would give training to

   people working in institutions providing small-scale loan services.


   He also said  that the faculty would launch degree and diploma programmes in micro finance

   later a year.


   Dr. Mitiku Haile, President of the University, said on his part that the programme also aims at

   or providing training as well as technical support to sub-Saharan African countries.


   About 37 million birr is needed to launch the programme, Mitiku said, adding that the

   University was currently seeking financial assistance from various sources.


   Some 130 micro finance experts, drawn from the US, Bangladesh, Cote d'Ivoire and Ethiopia

   are attending at the workshop.