Ethiopia’s bid to host a regional IAU/OAD office is approved

OAD steering committee approved Ethiopia’s proposal to host Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD). This office once operational, it will coordinate astronomy related activities in the East African region which includes countries: Brundi, Djibuti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The detail of the agreement between Ethiopia and IAU/OAD is expected to be signed officially very soon and the office will start operation before the end of 2013.