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Ethiopia to build road linking it with Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 8, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – Landlocked Ethiopia has signed agreements with Chinese and Indian companies to construct highways that will connect the Horn of Africa nation with neighbouring Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya.

Contract agreement signed to construct roads (Source: http://www.ena.gov.et/story.aspx?ID=6155)

The road projects will branch out from the adjacent regions of Oromia, Gambella and South Ethiopia Peoples’ States covering 260 km and will cost up to $130 million.

A government source told Sudan Tribune on Friday that contract agreements were signed on Thursday between the Ethiopian Roads Authority Director-General, Zaid Woldegebriel, the General Manager of the Chinese CGC Overseas Construction Group Co. Ltd., Gao Lei, and the Vice President of India’s International Business of JMC Projects Ltd, Manmohan Sawhney.

The road projects that stretch from Mega-Moyale and Turmi-Namraputh also include upgrading the current gravel road of Dima-Raad in Gambella and South Ethiopia Peoples State to an asphalt surface.

Some 84% of the cost will be secured in loan from the African Development Bank and the road projects will be completed in less than three years, if all goes to plan.

Ethiopia is investing in cross-border road networks to boost economic ties with its neighbours and to create other alternative access to access sea ports.

Ethiopia African road to the South 186A6664.jpg

After Eritrea and Ethiopia fought border war in 1998-2000, Ethiopia has been highly dependent on Djibouti for imports and exports, spending 98 percent of its export and import freight coming through Port Djibouti.

Other East African countries are also making investments in building roads and rail ways to boost trade in the region.

Landlocked South Sudan which suspended exporting crude oil via Sudan’s pipelines in January last year over a transit fee dispute said on Wednesday that it is building a $50 million, 100 kilometer road into Ethiopia as alternative, to export its oil via Djibouti.

"The government has given the go ahead for the road and construction is expected to start before this month" South Sudan’s information minister, Barnaba Benjamin, was quoted as saying in The Wall Street Journal.

(ST)

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  • 9 March 2013 05:35, by Mi diit

    That is great! But would take up to three years to build just over 250km roads. Don’t be that slow Ethiopia. You have been an independent country for more than 60 years.

    • 9 March 2013 06:07, by julia

      that is great.it is a only way to export Oil to prevent nyigateen to go to Arab food again.
      I nigat.death to them & their founders.

  • 9 March 2013 17:22, by Fetehyelem

    Total craziness.If we remain patience we’ll hear from this pathetic TPLF regime an other breaking bogus news of never practical project like Ababy Dam.Every project is getting proposal from empty pocket.Who cares as long as TPLF is making political profit out of it?Everything is designed to protect their status que.They handed over our port and left our country for 60mil dollr daily port service



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