ADDIS ABABA – The government of Italy has allocated new funds in favor of four Italian archeological missions in Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa said.
“The Italian Government has recently decided to allocate new funds in favor of four Italian archaeological and ethnological missions in Ethiopia,” it said in a statement sent to The Monitor.
This is in spite of the budget constraints caused by the global crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is an “evidence of the will of strengthening the long-lasting cultural and historical ties between Ethiopia and Italy also during this dramatic global crisis,” the embassy said.
The statement does not reveal the amount of money involved in the four missions.
It, however, said the mission being conducted by the University of Naples in the area of Axum since 1993 is among the four that benefits from the newly allocated fund.
The other three archaeological and ethnological missions will be conducted by the University of Rome – La Sapienza in Melka Kunture, Balchit, in the region of Tigray and in Southern Ethiopia.
These missions have been contributing to further highlight and preserve the relevant Ethiopian historical heritage, the embassy said, adding they would create training and work opportunities for local communities, through the activities of study, research, restoration and tourism.
Image: Melka Kunture is located in southern Ethiopia [Photo File]