Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated a China-aided state-of-the-art science museum in Addis Ababa. The science museum, which is a major part of China-aided Addis Ababa Riverside Green Development Project Phase II, has two buildings consisting of a research center and a uniquely designed place to preserve ancient and modern technology in different fields. The building of the museum has its halls dedicated to permanent and fleeting science and art exhibitions. It is also equipped with a solar system that will generate the electricity required for the facility. The main floor contains a visitor’s center, two large exhibition halls, an amphitheater and various offices and a cafeteria area. The scenic 360 rooftop houses a solar farm and a roof garden for relaxing outside.
The second part of the science museum is the Dome Theater which is a 3-dimensional cinema with 24-meters height and 450-meter square space and is able to accommodate up to 200 people at a time.
As part of the inaugural ceremony of the museum, the East African nation also hosted the first Pan-African artificial intelligence conference, dubbed PanAfriCon AI 2022 with the motto of “Empowering Africa Through AI.” The conference brought together AI researchers, computational scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, among others, to discuss African strategies towards sustainable development through harnessing AI by exchanging cutting-edge knowledge and applications in several sectors such as agriculture, health care, finance, service industries, geographic information system, cyber security and manufacturing.
Ethiopia has signed an MoU with the Chinese government, especially to work with them on optical character recognition for African languages. The Chinese have been very supportive of artificial intelligence on capacity building in education and other sectors.