ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
As part of its vision to become the manufacturing hub
of Africa, Ethiopia will on Tuesday inaugurate the first phase of
its flagship Chinese-built Hawassa Industrial Park.
The industrial park is said to be the first Sustainable Textile and
Apparel Industrial park in the African continent with
state-of-the-art infrastructural capacity.
It is one of the many projects in Ethiopia commissioned by Chinese
companies that are engaged in various activities ranging from
building industrial parks, setting up factories, constructing
railway and other infrastructures.
Built by China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCECC), the Hawassa
industrial park located in Hawassa city some 275 km south of the
capital Addis Ababa was initially completed in a record time of nine
months back in July 2016.
Arkebe Oqubay, Special Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minster,
speaking in connection with the inaugural ceremony to be held on
Tuesday, said that the park would be considered as a model for other
industrial parks under construction in the east African country.
He said that the development of sustainable, world class
specialized, export-driven and competitive industrial parks is the
major target of Ethiopia so as to realize its vision towards
economic development and become the manufacturing hub of the African
In addition to the Hawassa industrial park, the east African country
has further embarked on the development of similar other industrial
zones in Kombolcha, Mekele, Kilinto, Bole Lemmi II, Dire Dawa and
Adama among others, of which Mekele and Kombolcha industrial parks
to be inaugurated soon.
The Ethiopian government has planned to construct 10 industrial
parks across the country aiming at enhancing job opportunities,
earning revenue and promoting technology transfer, while majority of
the parks are under construction or constructed by Chinese
CCECC, in addition to the Hawassa Industrial Park, is already
constructing another industrial park in Adama city, the capital of
Oromia regional state, located 99 km southeast of Addis Ababa.
The company has also recently signed a contract agreement to build
industrial park in the resort city of Bahir Dar, some 552 km north
of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, at a cost of 60 million dollars.
Li Wuliang, general manager of CCECC Ethiopia, during the signing
ceremony this month, affirmed that the company will strive to finish
the 75-hectare Bahir Dar industrial park, which is expected to host
eight factory sheds and basic infrastructure utilities, within the
agreed nine-month period.
Designed and being built by another Chinese company, China
Communications Construction Company (CCCC), Arerti Industrial Park
located some 140 km east of the capital city Addis Ababa, is another
hope of Ethiopia in its quest to become Africa’s manufacturing
Woody Lau, Business Manager at CCCC, has recently told Xinhua that
Arerti Industrial Park is expected to employ about 400 persons when
the first phase incorporating a ceramic plant is finished at a cost
of tens of millions of U.S. dollars.
CCCC is not new to building projects that have had strategic changes
to Ethiopia, with its trademark Addis Ababa-Adama expressway,
Ethiopia’s first toll road, inaugurated in April 2014.
Africa’s second most populous nation, with a mostly young population
of about 100 million, is presently betting on investments in
industrial parks to meet the demands of job market and keep the
nation stable and prosperous, while the contribution from Chinese
companies is massive and highly visible across the country.