People walk at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa town, 275 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, July 13, 2016. TO GO with Xinhua Headlines: Chinese support propelling Africa's solid progress toward industrialization. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia is set to commission two Chinese-built industrial parks by the end of September.
The Adama and Dire Dawa Industrial Parks are expected to be operational by the end of the month, Lelise Neme, chief executive officerof Ethiopia Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC), told Xinhua.
The commissioning of the two industrial parks, being constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, is expected to boost Ethiopia's manufacturing ambitions, Neme said.
Ethiopia hopes to become a light manufacturing hub and a middle-income economy by 2025.
The country plans to raise its manufacturing share of the economy from the current 5 percent to 20 percent and bring the number of commissioned industrial parks to 30 by 2025.
"Sixty percent of Ethiopia's estimated 100 million population is young. This demographic group is easily trainable, eager to learn foreign languages and can cope with technological shifts in the industrial sector," Neme said.
The IPDC now provides students of tertiary educational institutions on-the-job training in the four industrial parks that are fully operational in the east African country.