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ECWC, Djiboutian Government Ink Project Accord

Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation (ECWC), a state-owned construction company, and the Government of Djibouti sign on Thursday a project agreement in a bid to rehabilitate 80-km road via the Ethio-Djibouti trade corridor.

According to the agreement, the corporation will be maintaining the detour for the reconstruction of the Daguru-Dikhill road, which is severely damaged by long years of service for more than 2,000 vehicles per day.

At a ceremony held here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Corporation Chief Executive Officer Eng. Yonas Ayalew and Mr. Abdi Ibrahim Farah Director General of the Port Corridor Roads signed the accord.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Transport Minister Mrs. Dagmawit Moges said Ethiopia has remained the least with respect to logistics indicators since the road via the Ethio-Djibouti trade corridor has been severely damaged due to longer years of service.

Hence, she said, the governments of the two sisterly countries shall work together toward improving the efficiency of the logistics system and thereby mutually benefit the peoples of the two neighboring countries.

East African countries shall integrate their resources and bring about sustainable peace and prosperity through the principles of “Medemer”, she said, adding the Ethiopian government would play its level best toward the successful completion of the road rehabilitation project.

Head of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority, Mr. Abubeker Omar Haji said on his part though Djibouti has built highly efficient and deep-water ports, the logistics system in the region has remained inefficient due to lack of up to the standard roads leading to the hinterland.

The rehabilitation project has been delayed due to problems on the part of international financing, he said, adding the Djiboutian government has decided that the rehabilitation project shall delay no more than Dec. 2020.