With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype

Ethiopia’s planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.

“The airport we are planning to build is going to be huge. Very huge,” Tewodros said one recent afternoon as he examined project plans in his office in Addis Ababa. “It will be one of the biggest airports in the world. I don’t know what other countries are planning in this regard for the future but no country has created this much capacity so far in Africa.”

Ethiopia, once known for epic famines that sparked global appeals for help, has a booming economy and big plans these days. The planned airport is one of several muscular, forward-looking infrastructure projects undertaken by the government that have fueled talk of this East African country as a rising African giant.

Addis Ababa increasingly looks like an enormous construction site, with cranes and building blocks springing up in many corners of the city. Britain, long a source of charitable aid for Ethiopia, announced last month that Ethiopia’s growing economy means the time has come for “transitioning support toward economic development to help generate jobs, income and growth.”

Over the last decade Ethiopia’s economy has grown at an average of 11 percent, more than double the rate for sub-Saharan Africa, according to U.N. figures. The growth is fueled in part by huge public expenditure on energy and infrastructure projects that make the country attractive to long-term private investment. The projects are being funded mostly through loans obtained from partners such as China, India and the World Bank.

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Ethiopia says new railway to Djibouti to start in early 2016

Ethiopia expects to open a new railway line linking the capital Addis Ababa with the Red Sea state of Djibouti in early 2016, a project at the center of plans to create new manufacturing industries, the head of the state railways said.

The 700-km (450-mile)line is being built at a cost of $4 billion by China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) and China Civil Engineering Construction (CCECC). Ethiopia is seeking to have 5,000 km of new lines working across the country by 2020.

“By October 2015, a considerable portion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti project will be finished,” Getachew Betru, chief executive of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation, told Reuters, adding trains would run soon after. “We will start early 2016.”

In addition to the Djibouti line, two others are being built across the country which are among a range of big infrastructure investments that also include new roads and dams to produce hydro-electric power.

In a bid to keep the economy expanding at the 8 percent or more it is already achieving, the nation of 96 million people wants to become an African manufacturing hub, offering investors efficient transport, plentiful labour and cheap power.

In the capital, a new $475 million light railway system will be tested in the next few weeks before scheduled services start. It will be the first city metro to operate in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Among the new national railway lines, one will connect the region of Afar, where Ethiopia is encouraging the mining of potash for fertiliser, to Djibouti, the main export point for land-locked Ethiopia. Canada’s Allana Potash Corp is among the firms developing mines in Afar.

Most Ethiopians still depend on subsistence agriculture, but the country is building a textile and garment industry, produces shoes, assembles cars and trucks and other products. It is drawing some investors from China and India, where wages are rising.

For now, logistical difficulties such as poor roads and an old fleet of trucks mean transporting goods from the capital to Djibouti can take days. The new railway line will cut the journey time to about eight hours.

source: Reuters & Diretube

“It is a game-changer for us,” said Getachew. “It will be one of the most vibrant economic corridors in the world.”

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አዲስ አበባ፣ መጋቢት 13፣ 2007 በአዲስ አበባ የተለያዩ አከባቢዎች ተገንብተው ለተጠናቀቁ 35 ሺህ ቤቶች የጋራ መኖሪያ ብቶች እጣ የማውጣት ስነ ስርዓት የማውጣት ተከናወነ።

እጣ ከሚወጣባቸው 35 የጋራ መኖሪያ ቤቶች ውስጥ የ10/90 የጋራ መኖሪያ ቤቶች ቁጥር 960፣ የ20/80 ስቱዲዮ 6 ሺህ 768፣ ባለ 1 መኝታ 15 ሺህ 638፣ ባለ 2 መኝታ 7 ሺህ 322፣ ባለ 3 መኝታ 4 ሺህ 312 ናቸው።

ለባለ ሶስት መኝታ ቤት የተመዘገቡ እና ለእጣው ብቁ የሆኑ ቆጣቢዎች በዛሬው እጣ ሙሉ በሙሉ ባለ እድለኛ ይሆናሉ።

በእጣ ተካፋይ የሚሆኑትን ቆጣቢዎች በተመለከተም፥ በደንበኞች ሂሳብ ቁጥር ውስጥ ያለው ገንዘብ በወር መቆጠብ ካለባቸው የገንዘብ መጠን አንጻር ለ16 ወራት የሚሆን የቆጠቡ መሆን እንዳለባቸው አስተዳደሩ አስታውቆ ያንንም ሲያጣራ ቆይቷል።

በዚህም መሰረት 34 ሺህ ገደማ ለሆኑት የ20/80 መርሃ ግብር ቤቶች በነባርነት ከተመዘገቡ 134 ሺህ 099 ቆጣቢዎች መካከል 81 ሺህ 037 የሚሆኑት በእጣ ውስጥ ለመካተት ብቁ ሆነዋል።

ዛሬ ለሚወጣባቸው 960 የ10/90 የጋራ መኖሪያ ቤቶች ደግሞ 14 ሺህ 192 ሰዎች በእጣው ለመካተት ብቁ መሆናቸውን ነው የተገለፀው።
አሁን እጣ የሚወጣባቸው ቤቶች በአጠቃላይ 16 ነጥብ 4 ቢሊዮን ብር ወጪ የተደረገባቸው ሲሆን፥ መንግስትም ከዚህ ውስጥ 7 ነጥብ 2 ቢሊዮን ብሩን ድጎማ አድርጓል።

መንግስት ይህን ያህል ገንዘብ ድጎማ ማድረጉ የቤቶቹ ዋጋ እንዳይንር ማድረጉን አስተዳደሩ አስታውቋል።

ለ10/90 ቤቶች በካሬ ሜትር 1 ሺህ 910 ብር፣ ለ20/80 ስቱዲዮ 2 ሺህ 483 ብር፣ ለ20/80 ባለ አንድ መኝታ ቤት 3 ሺህ 438 ብር፣ ለ20/80 ባለ ሁለት መኝታ ቤት 4 ሺህ 394 ብር እና ለ20/80 ባለ ሶስት መኝታ ቤት 4 ሺህ 776 ብር መሆኑ ተገልጿል።

የ10/90 ቤቶች በአማካይ 36 ነጥብ 82 ካሬ ሜትር ስፋት ሲኖራቸው፥ የ20/80 ስቱዲዮ 29 ነጥብ 60 ካሬ ሜትር፣ ባለ አንድ መኝታ 48 ነጥብ 34 ካሬ ሜትር፣ ባለ ሁለት መኝታ 72 ነጥብ 28 ካሬ ሜትር እና ባለ ሶስት መኝታ 97 ነጥብ 13 ካሬ ሜትር ስፋት በአማካይ ይኖራቸዋል።

የቤቶቹ ዋጋ ካለፉት በ8ኛ አና 9ኛ ዙር ለባለዕድለኞች ከተላለፉበት ዋጋ ከ15 እስከ 20 በመቶ ጭማሪ ተደርጓል።

በእጣው አወጣጡ ሴቶች 30 በመቶ እና የመንግስት ሰራተኞች 20 በመቶ ቅድሚያ የሚሰጣቸው ይሆናል።

ስለዚህም ባለዕድለኛ የመንግስት ሰራተኞች ከሚሰሩበት ተቋም የማረጋገጫ ደብዳቤ ይዘው መቅረብ ይኖርባቸዋል፤ ቤቶቹን ለመረከብም በ10/90 የቤት ፕሮግራም ዕድለኞች የሆኑ የ10 በመቶ ቅድሚያ ክፍያ መክፈል ሲጠበቅባቸው፥ የ20/80 የጋራ መኖሪያ ቤት ባለዕድለኞች ደግሞ የ20 በመቶ ቅድሚያ ክፍያ መክፈል ይኖርባቸዋል።

ከዚህም ባለፈ ባለዕድለኞች ቤቶቹን ለመረከብ የሚጠበቅባቸውን መስፈርቶች አሟልተው በ2 ወራት ጊዜ ውስጥ ውል እንዲፈርሙ ይገደዳሉ።

ከዛሬው ዕጣ የሚተርፉ ቆጣቢዎችም በቀጣይ ሰኔ ወር በእጣ እንደሚተላለፉ በሚጠበቁት ከ32 ሺህ በላይ ቤቶች እጣ ውስጥ ይካተታሉ።

ለስድስት ወራት በተከታታይ ሳይቆጥቡ እጣ ውስጥ መግባት ያልቻሉ ተመዝጋቢዎችም የሚጠበቅባቸውን ቆጥበው ከተገኙ በቀጣይ ዙሮች ዕጣ ውስጥ እንዲካተቱ ይደረጋል።

35 ሺህ የጋራ መኖሪያ ቤቶቹ በየካ አባዶ፣ ቦሌ ቡልቡላ፣ ቱሉ ዲምቱ፣ ባሻ ወልዴ፣ ልደታ መልሶ ማልማት እና ገነት መናፈሻ መንደሮች ላይ የሚገኙ መሆናቸውን የከተማ አስተዳደሩ ጠቅሷል።

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Ethio Telecom’s 4G network to launch on Saturday

8884ec78Officials at the state monopoly Ethio Telecom have announced that the country’s much awaited 4G network is set to be inaugurated on Saturday. Dire Tube has learnt that the 4G LTE network, constructed by the Chinese ZTE and Huawei companies at a cost of 1.6 billion dollars, will be inaugurated on Saturday morning at the Hilton Hotel. Ethio Telecom originally announced it will roll out its 4G service for its customers in Addis Ababa beginning from May 2014.

In a press conference it held on August 2014, the company also promised to commence rendering the 4G service for locations outside of Addis Ababa at the start of the current year.Sources said the new network will have 210 dedicated antennas for 4G connections.

The downloading capacity of the 4G network is said to be 150mbit/sec while 3G’s is 42mbit/sec. The new 4G service will be provided to smart phones with 4G capacities.

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