Police Senior Command and Staff Course students currently on a study tour in Ethiopia, on the second day of the tour on Tuesday, visited various facilities including the BISHOFTU Automotive Industry (BAI), East African Industrial Zone and the Canine Unit training centre.
BISHOFTU Automotive Industry located in Oromia State, 45 kilometres south east of the capital Addis-Ababa and incorporates seven factories organized under Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC).
It specializes in assembling armored personnel carrier (APC) and tanks, heavy-duty trucks and military products, public transport buses and omnibus, and pick-ups, among others.
The company contributes to the country’s economy and facilitates the movement and efficiency of the army.
East African Industrial Zone, on the other hand, which is also located in the Oromia, hosts 26 industries and a total of 10237 employs.
The Canine Unit training centre currently has 43 sniffer dogs trained mainly in the detection of explosives.
At the centre, the students were demonstrated on the efficiency of the sniffers in detecting explosives, how they are medically treated and the challenges in looking after them.
“In all the visited establishments, the delegation witnessed the commitment and policies that aim at promoting self-sustaining economy, sustainable development, peace and security and social wellbeing of the people especially through job creation,” Commissioner of Police (CP) Felix Namuhoranye, the commandant of National Police College, who is heading the delegation of students, said.
“The experience gained from BAI and the East African Industrial zone, for example, is an eye opener for the students that where there is a will, there is always a way,” he added.
The industrial zone was created to promote investment and exports thereby contributing to the national economy and sustainable development.
To attract investors, preferential policies have been undertaken including priority for shipping line, access to loans and tax holidays for up to ten years. At least 70 percent of the manufactured products are for export.
The thirty-one senior police students of the fourth intake at the National Police College, from ten African countries are attending a weeklong study tour in Ethiopia as part of their one year course that also offers a masters degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation.
The students are from, Burundi, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Namibia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda, the host.