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Ethiopia: News in Brief

CONSTRUCTION

Roads Authority Signs Agreements with Five Contractors

The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) signed agreements with five contractors to upgrade and construct six road projects for over 3.2 billion Br. The roads are part of the 4th roads sector development program designed by the government. The Ethiopian government will cover the full cost for upgrading and construction of the road projects, which include the 143Km Azezo-Gorgora, Harar alternate road, Yalo-Nehile and also Mazoriya-Durame-Durgi-Omo River road. The 51.8Km road linking Bonga with Felegeselam and also the 57.03Km Felegeselam-Ameya-Chida road will be upgraded to asphalt level.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 22, 2013.

Nation Constructs, Upgrades 5,950Km Roads

Construction, upgrading and rehabilitation of close to 5,950Km roads has been undertaken at a cost of 9.8 billion Br over the past six months, according to the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA). The construction of six road projects, which cover more than 445Km was also completed according to Samson Wondimu , authority public relations director. The Assossa-Kurmuk, Hargele, Shashemene-Wondogenet-Gemeto and Maitsemri- Dima roads are among the completed projects. Close to 90pc of the cost for construction of the roads has been covered by the Ethiopian government, he said. He said the Authority has set a target to construct and upgrade more than 19,870Km roads with an outlay of 22.9 billion Br.

Publication: Addis Zemen, January 19, 2013.

AGRICULTURE

Farmers Develops 13,000ha of Land Through Irrigation

Close to 13,000ha of land is being developed through irrigation in Dugda Woreda , East Shoa zone of Oromia State. A little more than 8,400ha of land has so far been developed in 36 localities. Farmers in the zone are cultivating different fruits and vegetables making use of 350 water pumping machines. Some of the farmers said they managed to improve their livelihoods through engaging in irrigation development.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 24, 2013.

Zone Prepares 17,000ha Investment Site

Close to 17,000ha of investment site is being prepared in different weredas of Illuababore Zone, Oromia Regional State, the zonal investment office said. The land is suitable for coffee and spice development according to Gutema Merga , office head. Infrastructure development has been undertaken in the area to encourage investors, he added. Investors with over half a billion Birr in capital are engaged in different activities on 12,000ha land in the zone, Gutema said.

Publication: Addis Zemen, January 23, 2013.

Emergency Food Reserve Reaches 460,000 Metric Tonne

The emergency food reserve of Ethiopia has reached 460,000Mt, the Emergency Food Security Reserve Administration said. The reserve will feed six million people for six months said Gizaw Abute, acting public relation head. Close to 50,000Mt food had been added into the reserve during the past six months, according to Gizaw. The Administration has set a plan to build 200 new warehouses so as to raise its emergency food reserve to three million metric tonne, which will feed 20 million people for a year. So far, the Administration has 67 warehouses in seven branches. The Administration has provided loans of 107,000Mt of food to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Grain Trade Enterprise (GTE) and the World Food Program (WFP).

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 21, 2013.

EDUCATION

Japan Supports Construction of Primary School

An elementary school with eight classrooms constructed in Gozamin Wereda, East Gojjam Zone of Amhara State with 107,000 dollars was inaugurated over the weekend. Necessary educational materials were also supplied and 15 existing classrooms and 265 desks were renovated. The school will serve the local interests for many years to come, said Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Hiroyuki Kishino. Construction of the school was funded by the Japanese Grant-in-aid Scheme for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The GGP scheme was first introduced in 1989, and since 1997 close to 300 projects have been implemented in Ethiopia under the GGP, according to a press release by the Japanese Embassy in Ethiopia.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 22, 2013.

SHIPPING

Enterprise Begins Credit Service to Avoid Congestion

The Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE) has launched credit services. The new service launched last week will prevent congestion at Ethiopian dry ports, Ahmed Tussa, CEO of the Enterprise said. The construction of new dry ports and the expansion of existing ones are underway, so as to reliably avoid the problem, according to Ahmed.

Publication: Addis Zemen, January 22, 2013.

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