Tanzania, Nov. 25 -- Arusha. Plans are afoot to rope in more countries in a World Bank-supported skills development programme for the youths.

The $293 million five year project is currently being implemented in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia through 16 flagship training institutions.

This was announced here yesterday during the opening of the technical advisory meeting of the Eastern Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (Eastrip).

"We are in advanced stages of signing the MoU and we shall keep you updated," said Prof. Gaspard Banyankibona, the executive secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

Once the MoU is signed, it will add nine more countries under the project to 12, and will ...