On Friday last week (January 18th), the Minister of Finance, Ato Sufian Ahmed headed a delegation to Djibouti on a working visit. Minister Sufian met and held talks with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and with Djibouti's Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh and other ministers.
The talks covered the major projects that Ethiopia and Djibouti are developing. In an interview after the discussions, Minister Sufian welcomed the excellent relations between Djibouti and Ethiopia and said the aim of his visit was to enable both parties to consult on various aspects of economic projects being developed. Mr. Dawaleh said that these were important for both countries and for the region, mentioning the second power transmission line via Galafi, the project of a cross-border 'water supply and the monitoring and management of the two railway lines.
He added that they had discussed a common strategy to complete the pipeline project between Juba, Addis Ababa and Djibouti, the fiber optic cable project and extension of the railway to the town of Juba. Mr. Dawaleh also said it had just been confirmed that the construction of the road between Dire Dawa and Djibouti would begin in the coming months. This would be a highway to serve Dire Dawa and the large industrial area that Ethiopia was now planning in that area, he said. The minister stressed that these projects would help to curb the specter of unemployment and job insecurity.