Ethiopia inaugurates new export-oriented industrial park

Ethiopia inaugurates new export-oriented industrial park

Ethiopia inaugurates
A worker goes about her work at Bole Lemi Industrial Park in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, April 6, 2017. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

ADDIS ABABA, July 9 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia on Saturday inaugurated a Chinese-built 90 million US dollars Industrial Park in Kombolcha city, in Amhara regional state, 376 km north of capital Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who inaugurated the Kombolcha Industrial Park (KIP) said it is part of the Ethiopian government’s plan to make it a manufacturing hub in Africa.

“Factories engaged in export oriented business in Kombolcha city, will have an ideal setting to export their goods through Djibouti port 480 kms away,” said Desalegn.

His sentiments were echoed by Li Zhiyuan, Deputy Project Manager at China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the company which constructed the industrial park in nine months.

“The completion of Kombolcha Industrial Park means enhanced local employment, increasing attractiveness and competitiveness of Kombolcha city, promoting industrialization of Amhara regional state and boosting the economic development of Ethiopia,” said Li.