Ethiopia https://constructafrica.com/ en [Company Spotlight] ConDigital, Ethiopia https://constructafrica.com/news/company-spotlight-condigital-ethiopia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">[Company Spotlight] ConDigital, Ethiopia</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/19/2021 - 19:16</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-08/GEN20-min.jpg?itok=ZvPNW60m" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Based in Ethiopia, ConDigital is a construction tech&nbsp;company that is helping Africa navigate its infrastructural growth.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The construction industry in the African continent is a major driver of economic and social change. It accounts for a significant proportion of the Gross Domestic and Gross National Product of many countries.&nbsp;</p> <p>The industry is a target destination for most large economies, and thousands of companies are leaving their footprints in the sands of Africa’s infrastructure.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, there are growing pains that come with this rapid growth. Most companies operating in the construction industry are still using outdated management styles that lead to unnecessary project delays and over-budget costs.&nbsp;</p> <p>ConDigital saw this problem and decided to change the way construction companies carry out their projects. The ConDigital team decided to bring in a solution to Africa’s construction industry&nbsp;players.&nbsp;</p> <p>The team created a cloud management platform that eases the workload for the project team and ensures a seamless flow of events. ConDigital provides the management of construction projects with communication and analytical tools to carry out their projects effectively.&nbsp;</p> <p>Abel Gebreananya (Co‐Founder &amp; CEO), Amon Isayas (Co‐Founder &amp; CTO), and Eyoel Afework (Head of Design) sat down and developed a cloud management platform for players in the construction industry to use in their projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>They digitised management processes and administrative workflows on construction projects, and created a digitally integrated environment. This environment spans from the project sites to the office in one smooth motion.</p> <p>“<em>Construction is the foundation to African prosperity; It should be efficient providing infrastructure entities to the people on time and on budget.</em>”</p> <p>The digitally integrated environment provides the construction project management with an easier communication channel and analytical tools to efficiently see the projects to completion.</p> <p>Thanks to the ConDigital platform, Real Estate Developers, Engineers, and other construction companies can now seamlessly carry out their activities.&nbsp;</p> <p>“<em>The goal is to digitally integrate the planning, construction, operations, asset management, and decommissioning with analytical reports for performance assessment and adjustments.</em>”</p> <p>ConDigital allows all the players in a construction project to breathe easier and focus on providing the best value. Some of the services that construction companies get to enjoy from ConDigital include:</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Planning&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Progress Reports&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sub-Contract Management&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Procurement and Inventory Management<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Fixed Asset Management<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Cloud File Library&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Finance&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;HR &amp; Payroll&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> ●&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Communication Tools&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>These services allow construction companies to lighten the load of management and focus on their construction project goals.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about ConDigital’s services, and to contact them, visit their website at <a href="https://condigitaleth.com">https://condigitaleth.com</a> or send an email to <a href="mailto:abel@condigitaleth.com">abel@condigitaleth.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Top Photo:&nbsp;Construction Project Manager reading clipboard on building site (Amazingmikael | Dreamstime)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/companies" hreflang="en">Companies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopian-tech-breakthrough-construction" hreflang="en">Ethiopian tech breakthrough in construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/company-spotlight-costlab-rwanda" hreflang="en">[Company Spotlight] COSTLAB, Rwanda</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/digitalising-cement-sales-ethiopia" hreflang="en">Digitalising Cement Sales in Ethiopia</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=438&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="ztHg2tIh1yzEMbvVpXXwUt4MnZU1Ea9fQJoJSWFsDXE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 19 Aug 2021 15:16:23 +0000 Diana Muringo 438 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/company-spotlight-condigital-ethiopia#comments Ethiopia Implements 10 year Plan for Transportation Infrastructure https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-implements-10-year-plan-transportation-infrastructure <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ethiopia Implements 10 year Plan for Transportation Infrastructure</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 07/04/2021 - 17:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-07/Minister%20of%20Transport.jpg?itok=3_v7VNXb" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ethiopia intends to construct five additional transport corridors in the next ten years.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The country's Council of Ministers has formed a National Logistics Council for the implementation of this 10-year plan. This council is chaired by the Minister of Transport, and includes&nbsp;the Minister of Trade and Industry, representatives of Ministry of Revenue, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, National Bank of Ethiopia, Customs Commission, Investment Commission, and a representative of the private sector logistics actors.</p> <p>Based on this 10-year plan, the Ethiopian transport sector has put in place six strategies, 22 sub-strategies and goals, and 98 interventions for the logistics sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>The council is looking to have an alternative port service to increase the overall logistic service output. Dagmawit Moges,&nbsp;the Minister of Transport, stated that the Ministry of Transport has plans to build about five port corridors.&nbsp;</p> <p>“By increasing the number of alternative ports and corridors, it could be a simpler way in addressing the issues all over the country,” she said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ethiopia has recently started using port Berbera as an alternative corridor to the Djibouti port. The Djibouti port accounted for 99% of the flow of goods in and out of the country. This declined to 92% when the nation started using port Berbera.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dagmawit Moges stated that the country could start using Port Sudan as well. In addition to building corridors, the Ethiopian government has also considered several interventions to be included in the logistics strategy. One of these is the management of the ports.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/ethiop_mot?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ethiop_mot</a> has started the implementation of its 10year perspective plan. Improving the logistics service efficiency is among the 4 thematic pillars of the plan. It is also part of the implementation of our National Logistics Policy &amp; Strategy ratified in the past 3 years.<br /> <br /> 1/3 <a href="https://t.co/ouOssrfV4g">pic.twitter.com/ouOssrfV4g</a></p> — Dagmawit Moges (@dagmawit_moges) <a href="https://twitter.com/dagmawit_moges/status/1408097706506129414?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>On May 6th, 2021, the Ministry of Transport signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DP World. This MoU is to determine the potentials for developing logistics infrastructure and the provision of end-to-end logistics services along the corridor. This will unlock significant economic benefits for the country.</p> <p>The transport plan aims to increase the total road coverage of the country by 85% from the current 144,027 kilometres&nbsp;to 245,942 kilometres. The plan also targets an&nbsp;increase in the number of dry inland ports in the country from 8 to 11.</p> <p>In the area of air transportation, the ten year plan is aiming to construct&nbsp;six new airports, increasing the number from the current 22 to 28 by 2030. The transport plan is also aiming&nbsp;to construct six passenger terminals and 10 paved air strips. The plan targets an increase in&nbsp;the number of international flight&nbsp;passengers from 10.2 million annually to 48 million in 2030, and local travelers from 2 million to 11 million annually.</p> <p>Ethiopia's ten year plan for the transport sector is expected to require 3.2 trillion Birr for successful implementation. Of the 3.2 trillion Birr&nbsp;required, 69.55 billion birrs will be sourced from money collected from services rendered by the transport sector, while the rest will be covered by government budget, loans and foreign aid.</p> <p>The plan acknowledges that the&nbsp;unavailability of capacity in qualified local contractors and construction professionals is a key risk to successful implementation.</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia's Minister of Transport (Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia, Twitter Handle | @PMEthiopia)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-proposed-railway-connection-berbera-port" hreflang="en">Ethiopia: Proposed Railway Connection from Berbera Port</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-prime-minister-launches-24bn-birr-jimma-chida-road-construction-project" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Prime Minister launches 2.4bn Birr Jimma-Chida Road Construction Project</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-6-firms-vie-supervise-construction-35bn-birr-road" hreflang="en">Ethiopia: 6 Firms Vie To Supervise Construction of 3.5bn Birr Road</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/dp-world-invest-us1bn-infrastructure-ethiopian-side-berbera-corridor" hreflang="en">DP World to invest US$1bn in Infrastructure on Ethiopian side of Berbera Corridor</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=417&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="R6C7XzWh0X_HaUN00j3FGiGGa5_pRjuDrvNaT31U4LY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 04 Jul 2021 13:34:00 +0000 Diana Muringo 417 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-implements-10-year-plan-transportation-infrastructure#comments DP World and Somaliland launch construction of Economic Zone https://constructafrica.com/news/dp-world-and-somaliland-launch-construction-economic-zone <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">DP World and Somaliland launch construction of Economic Zone</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 06/26/2021 - 07:10</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-06/166785.jpg?itok=RWh2_x4J" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DP World, a leading provider of integrated logistics solutions, and the Government of Somaliland, have inaugurated a new container terminal at Berbera Port, following completion of the first phase of the port’s expansion.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The expansion of the Berbera port is part of its development into a major regional trade hub to serve the Horn of Africa.</p> <p>The new terminal was officially opened by His Excellency Muse Bihi Abdi, President of Somaliland, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, at a special event attended by over 200 guests, including a Government delegation from Ethiopia, led by their Excellencies Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance and Dagmawit Moges, Minister of Transport. The event also included a symbolic ground-breaking for the new Berbera Economic Zone, the first phase of which is under construction.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Left to Right: Their Excellencies Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minster of Transport, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance Ethiopia, His Excellency, Muse Bihi Abdi, President of Somaliland, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, and Mustafa Mohammed Omar, President of the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia | Blowing air horns to official mark the inauguration of the new container terminal at Berbera Port" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a19a9401-57e1-41b3-aa21-563309d358dc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/166785_1r.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Left to Right: Their Excellencies Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minster of Transport, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance Ethiopia, His Excellency, Muse Bihi Abdi, President of Somaliland, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, and Mustafa Mohammed Omar, President of the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia | Blowing air horns to official mark the inauguration of the new container terminal at Berbera Port (Source DP World via APO)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The new container terminal with a deep draft of 17m, a quay of 400m and three ship to shore (STS) gantry cranes, can handle the largest container vessels in operation today, and increases the port’s container capacity from current 150,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 500,000 TEUs annually. The terminal also includes a modern container yard with eight rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs). A new port One Stop Service Centre is also currently being built and will be ready in quarter three this year.</p> <p>DP World has committed to investing up to US$442 million to develop and expand Berbera Port, and with the first phase now complete, Mr bin Sulayem also announced that work is already underway to further expand the port in a second phase. This includes extending the new quay from 400 to 1,000 metres, and installing a further seven STS gantry cranes, increasing the total from three to 10, enabling the port to handle up to two million TEUs a year, and multiple large container vessels at the same time.</p> <p>Part of the overall Berbera plan and modelled on DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, the economic zone is linked to the port and strategically located along the Berbera to Wajaale road (Berbera Corridor). The economic zone will serve as a centre of trade with the aim to attract investment and create jobs, and will target a range of industries, including warehousing, logistics, traders, manufacturers, and other related sectors. It will allow producers, suppliers, and customers to operate in a conducive and competitive environment for investment and trade.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Location Map of Berbera Port and Berbera Economic Zone" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="78249814-f473-490f-adda-ab0c8abb136c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/166785_r3.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Location Map of Berbera Port and Berbera Economic Zone (Source DP World via APO)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The Berbera Corridor road upgrade project, funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Hargeisa Bypass Road funded by UK Aid, is set for completion in quarter four, 2021 and quarter three 2022, respectively. The road will link to the existing modern highway on the Ethiopian side and position Berbera as a direct, fast, and efficient trade route for Ethiopian transit cargo.</p> <p>His Excellency Muse Bihi Abdi, President of Somaliland, said: “This is a proud and historic moment for Somaliland and its people, as the completion of the first phase has made our vision of establishing Berbera with its strategic location into a major trade hub in the region a reality. With the new terminal, along with the second phase of expansion and economic zone along the Berbera corridor, we are now firmly positioned to further develop and grow our economy through increased trade, attracting foreign direct investment and creating jobs”.</p> <p>Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said: “Our further expansion of the port in a second phase, and its integration with the special economic zone we are developing along the Berbera Corridor, reflects our confidence in Berbera and intent to develop it into a significant, world-class centre of trade. It will be a viable, efficient and competitive option for trade in the region, especially for Ethiopian transit cargo”.</p> <p>DP World Berbera, which began operations at the port in March 2017, has since increased volumes by 35 percent and vessel productivity by 300 percent, and reduced container vessel waiting time from four to five days, to only a few hours.</p> <p>DP World and the Ethiopian Ministry of Transport signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May this year (2021), with the aim of developing the Ethiopian side of the road linking Addis Ababa to Berbera, into one of the major trade and logistics corridors of the country’s international trade routes.</p> <p><em>Top Photo: DP World and Somaliland open new terminal at Berbera Port, Announce Second Phase Expansion and Break Ground for Economic Zone (Source: DP World via APO)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/industrial" hreflang="en">Industrial</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-proposed-railway-connection-berbera-port" hreflang="en">Ethiopia: Proposed Railway Connection from Berbera Port</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/dp-world-invest-us1bn-infrastructure-ethiopian-side-berbera-corridor" hreflang="en">DP World to invest US$1bn in Infrastructure on Ethiopian side of Berbera Corridor</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/somalia-construct-new-seaport-coastal-town-hobyo" hreflang="en">Somalia to construct new seaport in coastal town of Hobyo</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/world-bank-approves-us750m-funding-horn-africa-regional-integration-project" hreflang="en">World Bank approves US$750m funding for Horn of Africa regional integration project</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=428&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="mCWp5jxMgJpUpfH17x5Bh90bxVwAUG4TfbQ_p042sRQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 26 Jun 2021 03:10:28 +0000 Staff Writer 428 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/dp-world-and-somaliland-launch-construction-economic-zone#comments Ethiopia to Proceed with Nile Mega Dam Filling Despite Impasse https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-proceed-nile-mega-dam-filling-despite-impasse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ethiopia to Proceed with Nile Mega Dam Filling Despite Impasse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/25/2021 - 14:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-06/GERD2.jpg?itok=PvhWeb24" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>According to Ethiopian Minister Seleshi Bekele, construction works on the GERD mega-dam project reached 79% completion in March this year. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Seleshi Bekele, who is Ethiopia's Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy, made the announcement on the 10th anniversary of the GERD’s construction, at a symposium organized by his ministry to review the dam’s progress, consult on developments with stakeholders, and review negotiations. Speaking further, the Minister&nbsp;added that the country will continue filling up the reservoir during this upcoming rainy season.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a speech to parliament in March this year,&nbsp;Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said&nbsp;that the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will go ahead as scheduled during the country’s rainy season in July.</p> <p>The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been the source of tension within the Nile River basin for about a decade. This has been going on since Ethiopia broke ground on the project in 2010. The downstream countries are worried about their water supply and see this project as a threat.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nonetheless, Ethiopia has stated that it won’t be deterred from impounding water into the mega-dam as it considers the river essential to its electrification and development needs. On the other hand, Egypt and Sudan feel that the dam poses a serious threat to their water supply.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nTxpL3O_UIQ" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>The latest round of talks on the dispute concluded in early April this year (2021) with no resolution in sight. The countries have not been able to agree on how the dam will be operated. However, Ethiopia's&nbsp;Minister of Water has stated that, "As construction progresses, filling takes place. "We don't deviate from that at all."</p> <p>The mega-dam’s reservoir has a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters. The filling process began last year (2020). In July 2020, Ethiopia announced that it had reached its first-fill target of 4.9 billion cubic meters. This was enough to test the mega-dam’s first two turbines. This testing was a great milestone for an energy-producing venture.&nbsp;</p> <p>The current goal is to now impound another 13.5 billion cubic meters by the end of this year. Egypt and Sudan don’t seem to be on board with Ethiopia's plans for filling the dam. Both Egypt and Sudan wanted a trilateral agreement (with Ethiopia) on the mega dam’s operations even before filling begun.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ethiopia has stated&nbsp;that the filling process is just another natural step in the construction process and cannot be postponed. During talks to resolve the dispute, Sudan said that the filling process caused water shortages in Khartoum and other parts of the country.&nbsp;However, Ethiopian Minister Seleshi disputed this claim saying, “Officials don't want to be made accountable for problems that we haven't created." He said that Ethiopia had offered to share data with Sudan during this year’s filling process.&nbsp;</p> <p>Egypt’s President, Abel Fattah Al-Sisi, stated that the region faces unimaginable instability over this project. Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, also told reporters that this project threatens the Nile basin and Sudan people directly.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, Seleshi, Ethiopia's Minister of Water, disputed that tensions over this mega-dam project would lead to conflict, saying, "This kind of thinking is unnecessary, and exaggerating this kind of thing doesn't benefit any country.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam&nbsp;under construction (UNESCO WWAP Twitter Handle | @UNESCOWWAP)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/power" hreflang="en">Power</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/water-waste" hreflang="en">Water / Waste</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/dispute-between-ethiopia-sudan-and-egypt-over-gerd-construction-nile" hreflang="en">Dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over GERD construction on the Nile</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-begins-work-us125m-new-dam-amhara-region" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Begins Work on US$125m New Dam in Amhara Region </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/regional-integration-forefront-mozambiques-energy-success" hreflang="en">Regional Integration at the Forefront of Mozambique’s Energy Success</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=398&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="WS3c1DohYN50v1VH9UOVhR3RMe_GJb9FC0F46VCMQe4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:20:00 +0000 Diana Muringo 398 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-proceed-nile-mega-dam-filling-despite-impasse#comments Ethiopia: Proposed Railway Connection from Berbera Port https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-proposed-railway-connection-berbera-port <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ethiopia: Proposed Railway Connection from Berbera Port</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/07/2021 - 18:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-06/Ethiopian%20Railways%20on%20Twitter-min.jpg?itok=vdwZz52W" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ethiopia intends to connect the Berbera port in Somaliland to the Ethio-Djibouti Railway network under a public-private partnership investment arrangement.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item">This estimated US$1.5 billion project is also known as the ‘port to port connection project’ and is set to be carried out under Ethiopia's 10-year development plan, which was endorsed recently. This port-to-port railway project is not part of the 5,000-kilometer project that the country planned to develop about a decade ago.  During a recent transport investment summit, the proposed railway project was introduced to interested investors. The proposed railway line is estimated to be approximately 310 kilometers from Ayisha.  Ayisha is already connected to Berbera Port through the Ethio-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway.  An interesting part about this project is that most of it will be carried out inside Somaliland’s border. DP World, a Dubai-based port operator, has carried out a huge expansion at the Berbera port. This port is a great alternative for the South and South-Eastern parts of Ethiopia.  At the recent transport investment summit, a document from the Ministry of Transport was disbursed. It indicated that only 60 kilometers of the railway project would be within the Ethiopian borders. The remaining 250 kilometers would be within the Somaliland borders.  The document also indicated that this project was expected to open alternative sea access and a crucial international railway corridor to the nation. The project scope was intended to involve constructing a standard gauge railway compatible with the existing Addis Ababa-Djibouti line, port rail connection, railway stations, and auxiliary facilities.  However, the document did not clearly state if the estimated US$1.5 billion cost is only the amount to be financed by Ethiopia, or is the total cost including Somaliland’s share. The Ministry of Transport’s description of the project stated that the proposed railway project would impact all areas along the line, facilitate the development of the port industry, and boost Ethiopia’s economy.  <em>Photo: Ethiopian Railways Coach (Ethiopian Railways Twitter Handle | @EthiopianRailw)</em></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/dp-world-invest-us1bn-infrastructure-ethiopian-side-berbera-corridor" hreflang="en">DP World to invest US$1bn in Infrastructure on Ethiopian side of Berbera Corridor</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/world-bank-approves-us750m-funding-horn-africa-regional-integration-project" hreflang="en">World Bank approves US$750m funding for Horn of Africa regional integration project</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/german-real-estate-firm-rockstone-enters-ethiopia-construction-market" hreflang="en">German Real Estate Firm, Rockstone, enters Ethiopia Construction Market</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=388&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="s44p5Fo7J-c01UrUZJ1eUztGhhW0or5aF7RpzOWAw7c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:58:00 +0000 Diana Muringo 388 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-proposed-railway-connection-berbera-port#comments DP World to invest US$1bn in Infrastructure on Ethiopian side of Berbera Corridor https://constructafrica.com/news/dp-world-invest-us1bn-infrastructure-ethiopian-side-berbera-corridor <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">DP World to invest US$1bn in Infrastructure on Ethiopian side of Berbera Corridor</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/11/2021 - 11:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-05/800_photo-2021-05-06-16-45-04.jpg?itok=tp96Hil6" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dubai's DP World and Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport&nbsp;have signed an agreement to&nbsp;develop&nbsp;the Ethiopian side of the road linking Ethiopia to Berbera in Somaliland into&nbsp;a major international trade and logistics corridor.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed in Addis Ababa on 6 May 2021&nbsp;by Her Excellency, Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, follows a decision by the two parties to explore the potentials for developing logistics infrastructure and the provision of end to end logistics services along the corridor to unlock major economic benefits for Ethiopia.</p> <p>Under the terms of the MoU, it is proposed that the Parties would establish a joint venture logistics company to perform logistic operations from origin to destination. It is intended that for export, DP World will offer services from origin in Ethiopia up to Berbera Port, while for imports, it will offer from the port of loading to the delivery of shipments in one of the dry ports in the hinterlands or the final destination of the consignees.</p> <p>DP World and its partners envisage investing up to US$1bn over the next ten years in developing the supply chain infrastructure along the corridor. This will include dry ports, silos, warehouses, container yards, cool and cold chain depots, freight forwarding and clearing activities. The infrastructure investment will be in parallel with the implementation of the latest IT infrastructure and technology to ensure the efficient functioning of the corridor, and smooth, secure and transparent transfer of cargo throughout the entire transportation journey.</p> <p>The MoU also envisages that the Ministry of Transport will see to it that a review and resolution of regulatory obstacles facing the Ethiopian side of the Berbera Corridor are exercised with a view to ensuring competitive arrangements for logistics companies so that they could be able to use the Corridor on a common user basis.</p> <p>H.E. Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, posted a video on twitter highlighting the visit of&nbsp;Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, to Ethiopia and featuring the MOU signing ceremony (see below).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InvestinEthiopianMobilitySolutions?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InvestinEthiopianMobilitySolutions</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FuelingEthiopianlogistics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FuelingEthiopianlogistics</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InvestInEthiopia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InvestInEthiopia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E1%8B%A8%E1%8A%A2%E1%89%B5%E1%8B%AE%E1%8C%B5%E1%8B%AB%E1%89%A5%E1%88%8D%E1%8C%BD%E1%8C%8D%E1%8A%93%E1%88%AB%E1%8A%A5%E1%8B%AD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#የኢትዮጵያብልጽግናራእይ</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VisionForProsperity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VisionForProsperity</a>🇪🇹<a href="https://twitter.com/AbiyAhmedAli?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AbiyAhmedAli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DemekeHasen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DemekeHasen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PMEthiopia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PMEthiopia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ssulayem?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ssulayem</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DP_World?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DP_World</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Lelise_Neme?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Lelise_Neme</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BilleneSeyoum?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BilleneSeyoum</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mfaethiopia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mfaethiopia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DPWorldUAE?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DPWorldUAE</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/dubaichamber?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dubaichamber</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/UAEthio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UAEthio</a> <a href="https://t.co/lusZag4Dl9">pic.twitter.com/lusZag4Dl9</a></p> — Dagmawit Moges (@dagmawit_moges) <a href="https://twitter.com/dagmawit_moges/status/1391752392266424320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Speaking at the signing, H.E. Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, said: “As we kick off the journey towards prosperity, aiming at unlocking Ethiopia's development potentials designed to propel the country into becoming an African beacon of prosperity, the transformation of the logistics industry is expected to play the leading catalytic role. Ethiopia aims to diversify its port access facilities and services to improve its trade corridor access routes; utilizing the Berbera corridor will surely have a potential to make Ethiopia a front runner in logistics operations, boosting the competitive advantage of delivering our products to the world market. The development of this Corridor will not only meet with the growing demand of Ethiopian’s international trade, but it would also enhance our Nation’s capacity in utilizing our existing major corridor both in terms of volume of trade and efficiency.”</p> <p>Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “As a leading global provider of trade and logistics solutions, we strongly believe that developing the Berbera Corridor into one of the major trade and logistics corridors will unlock huge economic benefits for Ethiopia, and support its ambitious development plans. It will create new jobs, attract new businesses and investment along the corridor, as well as diversify and strengthen the country’s access to international trade by having a direct, seamless and efficient link between Ethiopia and Berbera Port.”</p> <p>The road infrastructure that will connect Berbera Port to Wajaale at the border with Ethiopia, funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the UK’s Department for International Development, is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The road will link to the existing modern highway on the Ethiopian side and will further position Berbera as one of the key trade gateways in the region and will be one of the fastest and most efficient routes for Ethiopian transit cargo.</p> <p>DP World has committed to investing up to US$442 million to develop and expand Berbera port, with the first phase nearly completed. Further work is already underway on expansion of the quay to 1000 metres which will increase capacity to two million TEUs, operated by 10 quay cranes.</p> <p><em>Top Photo:&nbsp;Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World signing the MOU to develop the Berbera Corridor (dpworld.com)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/finance" hreflang="en">Finance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-set-construct-new-agro-industrial-park" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Set to Construct New Agro-Industrial Park</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/german-real-estate-firm-rockstone-enters-ethiopia-construction-market" hreflang="en">German Real Estate Firm, Rockstone, enters Ethiopia Construction Market</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/world-bank-approves-us750m-funding-horn-africa-regional-integration-project" hreflang="en">World Bank approves US$750m funding for Horn of Africa regional integration project</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=379&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="wMiJXz63MnGTv9UUeI-Xxui-uNrOfWM2X06Eg6NOT-Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 11 May 2021 07:37:31 +0000 Staff Writer 379 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/dp-world-invest-us1bn-infrastructure-ethiopian-side-berbera-corridor#comments Dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over GERD construction on the Nile https://constructafrica.com/news/dispute-between-ethiopia-sudan-and-egypt-over-gerd-construction-nile <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over GERD construction on the Nile</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-04/GERD%20Dam_MFA%20Twitter_resize.jpg?itok=3xtRulb8" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan are locked in a dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which Ethiopia is constructing on the Blue Nile river.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Egypt and Sudan fear that this project will have a negative impact on their water supply. This Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is 170 meters high and nearly two kilometers long. Once completed, it will be the largest hydroelectric installation in Africa.&nbsp;</p> <p>The construction of this Dam, which is located on the Blue Nile, started ten years ago.&nbsp;The main contractor for the construction of the dam is the Italian company Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo).</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LSfaiLLbZwU" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Ethiopia has been unable to resolve the discord with its neighbors, despite its flagship hydropower project for economic development being nearly complete.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ethiopia's neighbours, Egypt and Sudan, are concerned about the impact of this development on their water supply. For a couple of years, negotiations between the nations have been underway to find common ground. The African Union (AU) oversaw talks that were held early in April 2021 in Kinshasa. However, they also reached an impasse.&nbsp;</p> <p>Egypt’s top diplomat reported that along with Sudan, it would take this dispute to international organizations including to the United Nations Security Council. However, Ethiopia’s counterpart expressed the willingness to "reach a win-win outcome that would not foreclose its current and future legitimate rights over the utilization of the Nile." The Blue Nile joins the White Nile in Khartoum and provides about 60% of the Nile’s flow.</p> <p>William Davison, a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, gave some insight into this situation.&nbsp;He said, "Among the main sticking points is how the dam will be managed during different periods of drought, which comes down to how much water Ethiopia would be willing to release from the dam reservoir."</p> <p>"There is also the issue of dispute resolution. If there is a disagreement, Sudan and Egypt want international arbitration in the final phase of the dispute resolution process. Ethiopia is not prepared to accept this, it believes that such an arrangement is inappropriate," he explains.</p> <p>The Nile River provides Egypt with most of its irrigation and drinking water. Sudan is also concerned that its own dams could be damaged by this new structure. The issue was intensified when Ethiopia began filling its reservoir last summer during the rainy season. Seleshi Bekele, the Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy of Ethiopia, confirmed that this would continue this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>He said, "In the second year of filling, it is very clear it has nothing to do with anything. As construction progresses, filling takes place." Ethiopia is experiencing rapid economic growth. However, half of its population still does not have access to electricity. Therefore, this project is extremely important for the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>The cost of this project is approximately €4 billion. The project&nbsp;is completely financed by Ethiopia. The dam is reported to have a capacity of over 6,000 megawatts (a reservoir of 74 billion cubic meters of water), and will be filled to full capacity in stages over a period of four years. The first two turbines are set to be commissioned within a year.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Top Photo: Ongoing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD (Twitter Handle, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia | @mfaethiopia)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/legal-risk" hreflang="en">Legal &amp; Risk</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/power" hreflang="en">Power</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/water-waste" hreflang="en">Water / Waste</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ethiopia-begins-work-us125m-new-dam-amhara-region" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Begins Work on US$125m New Dam in Amhara Region </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/world-bank-approves-us750m-funding-horn-africa-regional-integration-project" hreflang="en">World Bank approves US$750m funding for Horn of Africa regional integration project</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/insights/ethiopia-construction-market-report" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=362&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Kb9tbyB8Lz5cl3n315tmPl1sk9Iys6gkWajybBpFI1M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:30:15 +0000 Diana Muringo 362 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/dispute-between-ethiopia-sudan-and-egypt-over-gerd-construction-nile#comments Ethiopia Set to Construct New Agro-Industrial Park https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-set-construct-new-agro-industrial-park <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ethiopia Set to Construct New Agro-Industrial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 03/28/2021 - 11:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-03/Hawassa_Industrial_Park.jpg?itok=mtY2i-HZ" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The 7.8bn Birr (US$192m) agro-industrial park will be built on 250 Ha&nbsp;of land.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ethiopia’s Oromia Industrial Parks Development Corporation signed the agreement with Walabu Construction Share Company, who will be responsible for the construction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sisay Gemechu, Head of Oromia Industrial Parks Development Bureau, and Dereje Ermias, Head of Walabu Construction Share Company, signed the contract on behalf of their respective companies.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the signing ceremony, Mr Sisay stated that the construction should be completed in the next three years, and the Ethiopian government will cover all the construction costs.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Oromia Industrial Parks Development Bureau pointed out that the construction project will create employment for over 3,000 people. The new industrial park will create more than 50,000 jobs in the various industrial processing plants to be located there, after it is completed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Sisay also said that the agro-industrial park would use local inputs from various areas in Wollega and Shoa zones, thus creating a direct market linkage between the farmers and the industries.&nbsp;</p> <p>The industrial park is also expected to attract foreign and domestic investors involved in agro-processing products exported to the international market. This will accommodate various plants such as tea, coffee, grains, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, meat, food grains, honey, dairy products, poultry products and eggs.</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Hawassa Industrial Park, Ethiopia (Mimi Abebayehu | Wikimedia Commons)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/german-real-estate-firm-rockstone-enters-ethiopia-construction-market" hreflang="en">German Real Estate Firm, Rockstone, enters Ethiopia Construction Market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-begins-work-us125m-new-dam-amhara-region" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Begins Work on US$125m New Dam in Amhara Region</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-prime-minister-launches-24bn-birr-jimma-chida-road-construction-project" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Prime Minister launches 2.4bn Birr Jimma-Chida Road Construction Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/product/15">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/companies" hreflang="en">Companies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/industrial" hreflang="en">Industrial</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=310&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="lAX3RdfQVmOjMrNk_TLvYGN19brS3tZxhwzwHR48XZw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 28 Mar 2021 07:30:24 +0000 Diana Muringo 310 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-set-construct-new-agro-industrial-park#comments German Real Estate Firm, Rockstone, enters Ethiopia Construction Market https://constructafrica.com/news/german-real-estate-firm-rockstone-enters-ethiopia-construction-market <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">German Real Estate Firm, Rockstone, enters Ethiopia Construction Market</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/23/2021 - 13:27</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-03/groundbreaking-web-1250.jpg?itok=CqzAm0Aw" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>ROCKSTONE&nbsp;Ethiopia, a German-based company, has invested one billion Birr (US$25.4 million) in the construction of a G+20 exclusive apartment building in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://kefita.com/">KEFITA</a>, the G+20 exclusive apartment building, has hotel-like amenities off Embassy Row in the Signal district of Addis Ababa. KEFITA is an Amharic name meaning ‘heights.’</p> <p>ROCKSTONE is developing KEFITA in collaboration with its local Ethiopian partner, design and build consultancy BIGAR builders and developers.</p> <p>KEFITA is full of environmental and technological advancements, with the design and architecture being led by <a href="http://urkosanchez.com/en/home.php">Urko Sanchez</a>, an award-winning European architect with offices in Madrid, Spain and also in Nairobi and Mombassa, Kenya. Local advisors will provide consultancy and guidance, and the building will be distinctly Ethiopian and designed for the country’s environment.</p> <p>KEFITA will deliver one hundred beautifully-crafted apartments explicitly designed to suit Addis Ababa’s unique micro-climate by mid-2023. The design includes a building façade inspired by Ethiopian fabrics. All aspects of the design are detailed to serve the needs of local residents and discerning internationals. </p> <p>The contract for construction of the KEFITA development was awarded to Chinese contractor HuaHong Construction PLC. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2023.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Signing of the KEFITA construction contract with HuaHong Construction PLC (KEFITA | kefita.com)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e26b5187-29e1-4094-aefe-dc8f7cd4696a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/contracts-web-1250.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Signing of the KEFITA construction contract with HuaHong Construction PLC (KEFITA | kefita.com)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>According to Mr. Dietrich E. Rogge, CEO and Founder of ROCKSTONE Real Estate, the company is eager to share its international expertise and unique approach with the local talents for the project’s success. This first investment is meant to mark a long and fruitful partnership between the German-based company and the Ethiopian market. </p> <p>Mr. Dietrich stated, “KEFITA combines international design and building standards, quality amenities and parking, all of which is professionally managed and will be run with German precision, delivering hotel-like services. The project is the first Ethiopian residential building in the process of obtaining the green building certification, EDGE.”</p> <p>Mr. Benjamin Vetterli, the Head of ROCKSTONE Ethiopia, added, “We work closely with local and international partners and are backed by foreign investors, which strengthens our confidence about the successful outcome of the project and that the building will inspire similar projects in the future and change the face of Addis Ababa.</p> <p>“Rockstone is here for the long run; we have therefore set up a unique organization structure revolving around internationality and multi-disciplinarity to overcome best local challenges – such as material supply and foreign-currency shortages. Furthermore, we work closely with local and international partners and are backed by foreign investors, which strengthens our confidence about the successful outcome of the project and that the building will inspire similar projects in the future and change the face of Addis Ababa.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.rockstonere.com/en/">ROCKSTONE</a> Real Estate is a full-service real estate developer and investment manager with offices in Germany, Portugal, Spain, and now Ethiopia. The company strategically chose Ethiopia as its first office in Africa when it entered the African market in 2019. ROCKSTONE mainly focuses on high-end residential and commercial real estate projects. </p> <p>Most of its projects have ranged from $25 to $75 million in prime CBD or residential locations, providing professional services, modern designs, and sustainable construction qualities. The company now develops projects with $500 million and above and combines real estate wisdom with its principal capital and active real estate management. </p> <p><a href="https://www.bigar.net/">BIGAR</a> builders and developers was formed by four partners in 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a cumulative experience over 40 years practicing in fields of architecture, engineering, urban design and project management. The company was set up with an emphasis on transforming and reshaping the built environment, and is dedicated to make its mark in the contemporary design and construction scene in Ethiopia. </p> <p><em>Top Photo: Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the KEFITA G+20 apartment building in Addis Ababa  (KEFITA | kefita.com) </em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/ethiopian-tech-breakthrough-construction" hreflang="en">Ethiopian tech breakthrough in construction</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/digitalising-cement-sales-ethiopia" hreflang="en">Digitalising Cement Sales in Ethiopia</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/product/15">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/buildings" hreflang="en">Buildings</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/companies" hreflang="en">Companies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=277&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="gfvB0UmTeot4Xvk27bMgYncfsfIfsaWqMg54Kn75D8A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 09:27:12 +0000 Diana Muringo 277 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/german-real-estate-firm-rockstone-enters-ethiopia-construction-market#comments Ethiopia Begins Work on US$125m New Dam in Amhara Region https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-begins-work-us125m-new-dam-amhara-region <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ethiopia Begins Work on US$125m New Dam in Amhara Region </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/15/2021 - 11:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-03/Blue%20Nile%20Falls%20_%20Wikimedia%20Commons-min.jpg?itok=J05AASw_" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ethiopia has begun work on an irrigation dam on the River Agma in the Blue Nile Basin.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The dam’s construction will be carried out by the China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCEC), working with several local companies to achieve successful project completion. The dam will be a significant relief for the communities of the drought-prone northeastern state of Amhara.&nbsp;</p> <p>The government announced that the new dam would be able to store 55 million cubic meters of water. This announcement was made amid an escalating dispute with Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This dispute over the GERD is part of a long-standing feud between Ethiopia, Egypt&nbsp;and Sudan over access to River Nile waters.&nbsp;</p> <p>Seleshi Bekele, the Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy, and Agegnehu Teshager, the Head of the Amhara Regional State, lay the project’s foundation stone early last month. The new Agma Dam is set to cost around US$125 million and will measure 45 meters in height and 371 meters in length.&nbsp;</p> <p>A total of 7,000 hectares of land will be reclaimed as part of the project. The project is estimated to have a duration of three years, with the China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCEC) spearheading the project.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the cooperation of the CCEC, the Agma Dam will be established by the Ethiopian Governmental Organization for the Amhara Works Construction Enterprise (AWWCE). The AWWCE is the Ethiopian State Agency responsible for all water-related constructions and distributions in Amhara. Amhara is the second-largest state in the Ethiopian Federation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ethiopia has suffered several droughts in recent years, with the El Niño event of 2015 and 2016 being the most recent. During this drought, over 25 million people had to seek humanitarian assistance, and 430,000 children suffered severe malnutrition.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Blue Nile Falls at Tis Issat near Bahir Dar, Amhara region, Ethiopia (A. Savin | Wikimedia Commons)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/index.php/news/ethiopia-prime-minister-launches-24bn-birr-jimma-chida-road-construction-project" hreflang="en">Ethiopia Prime Minister launches 2.4bn Birr Jimma-Chida Road Construction Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/index.php/news/world-bank-approves-us750m-funding-horn-africa-regional-integration-project" hreflang="en">World Bank approves US$750m funding for Horn of Africa regional integration project</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/index.php/product/15">Ethiopia Construction Market Report</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/power" hreflang="en">Power</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/water-waste" hreflang="en">Water / Waste</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=275&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="gPGr6ztw5vqsVNWKe01Bgc5E58oSWC0d-aEVTE0hFjs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 07:26:00 +0000 Diana Muringo 275 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/ethiopia-begins-work-us125m-new-dam-amhara-region#comments