Expansion of Ethiopia's First Industrial Park Reopens Old Wounds
Dukem, just a short drive south of the capital, is home to Ethiopia's first industrial park, the Chinese-owned Eastern Industrial Zone (EIZ), and some of the country's most fertile land. For more than a decade, it has been on the frontline of a government-led push to turn the still overwhelmingly agricultural country into Africa's manufacturing hub, writes Tom Gardener for Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 1 February 2018
The scenic road from Addis Ababa to the small town of Dukem is peppered with signs of industry: warehouses and factories, garages and gas stations, newly-built rail tracks and a… Read more »
A farmer drives through his fields near Goticha, a small village facing demolition to make way for the expansion of the nearby Eastern Industrial Zone, on December 8 2017.
Entrance to the Chinese-owned Eastern Industrial Zone in Dukem, Oromia region of central Ethiopia, on December 8 2017.
Lemma Teshome, left, who briefly worked at the Eastern Industrial Zone, with Beyene Regessa and Kebede Nigussie, farmers facing expropriation, on December 8 2017.