Ethiopian ties with China set for further boost: expert

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-24 00:21:37|Editor: yan
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ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian ties with China are set for further boost under the administration of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, an Ethiopian expert said on Wednesday.

Speaking exclusively to Xinhua, Gedion Jalata, a senior advisor to the UNDP South-South Cooperation and a former consultant to UNECA-Capacity Development Division, said Ethiopia has benefited from Chinese expertise and finance in terms of energy generation, agriculture modernization, road construction, as well as airports and rail infrastructure expansion.

Ethiopia and China are set to partner to build a new 300 million U.S. dollars industrial park in Adama city, 99 kms southeast of Addis Ababa. It will be the second industrial park in Adama city, a key commercial hub in central Ethiopia, with Chinese finance and expertise.

The first Adama industrial park, which was built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation at a cost of 146 million dollars, was inaugurated by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in October 2018.

"Ahmed has already travelled twice to China since coming to office in April 2018, attending the Forum on China Africa Cooperation in September 2018 and attending the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in April 2019 ," said Jalata.

"The two visits by the Ethiopian PM as well as the various agreements signed with the Chinese government in recent months indicate the already strong ties between the two countries is set for further growth," Jalata told Xinhua.