Ethiopian Press Agency (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia: Road Building Accord

Addis Ababa — A contract agreement providing for building the roads linking the country's road network with three new sugar factories at a cost of over 3.9 billion birr was signed here yesterday.

Ethiopian Roads Authority Director-General Zayid Wolde-Gebriel and General Manager of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Group Zhou Yongsheng and CGC Overseas Acting General Manager Gao Lei.

The roads linking Enjibara-Chagni- Pawe, Pawe-Fendiqa Ayma and Kesem Sugar Factory will be upgraded to asphalt concrete level.

CCCC will construct the 100-kms Enjibara-Chagni- Pawe road with over 2.2 billion birr.

CGC Overseas will also construct the 75-kms Pawe-Fendiqa Ayma road and the 22-kms road leading to Kesem Sugar Factory and with over 1.6 billion birr.

The Ethiopian government will cover the full cost for implementation of the projects.

Zayid on the occasion stressed the need for the contractors to finalize the projects as per schedule.

The contractors on their parts vowed to exert efforts to finalize the projects due time table.

Ten sugar factories are being constructed in different parts of the country.

Similarly, 80-kms road is being constructed in Dara Woreda , Sidama Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State at a cost of over 40 million birr allocated by the government, the Woreda's Road Transport Office said.

Universal Rural Road Access Programme (URRAP) Work Process Coordinator with the Office Berhanu Yokamo told ENA that the road is being undertaken through the programme.

Berhanu said so far construction of over 38-kms of the stated road has been finalized.

URRAP is designed to construct roads interconnecting all rural localities

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