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Marsabit-Moyale road that connects Kenya to Ethiopia to be completed

The construction of the Merille-Marsabit-Moyale road which is set to connect Kenya to Ethiopia is almost complete.The Marsabit-Moyale road is to be completed by early May, according to a Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) official.The Isiolo-Merille-Marsabit-Moyale road is part of the Lamu-Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor funded by the government and the European Union at a cost of Sh13.7 billion.A spot check by the Nation revealed that construction workers were working on the final touches of the highway that would connect Kenya to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia: Ambitions to become a global force in leather production

Ethiopia is home to the largest population of cattle in Africa. In recent years the country’s leather industry has attracted several foreign companies that have set up factories here. For instance in 2012, Chinese footwear manufacturer Huajian Group opened a factory at the industrial zone outside Addis Ababa where it manufactures 6,000 pairs of shoes and boots per day. “The industry has a big future,” says Yigzaw Assefa, chairman of the Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) and CEO of Bahirdar Tannery. As one of the government’s priority sectors, investors in leather enjoy incentives including duty exemptions on capital goods and construction materials, and five-plus years of an income tax holiday. Other positives of operating in Ethiopia are free access to US and EU markets as well as cheap labour and electricity. Transfer of knowledge, expertiseWith more foreign investment comes competition for local players, but Assefa says it will also lead to the transfer of knowledge and technical expertise.

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Ethiopia to get electric cars assembly plant

Global Electric Transportation (GET) has said through CEO Ken Monter it will start off the project to manufacture electric cars in Ethiopia in September this year. The new electric cars assembly plant will have a production capacity of 4000 units per month when completed. It will be constructed at the cost of 4 million USD.The project, which has also been discussed with the Ethiopian President Teshome Mulatu and US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M. Haslach, will be an undertaking of US and is set to help in cutting down carbon emissions and reducing other environmental costs. The carbon free cars will also be safe for users. The discussions in relation to the initiative were held last month between the three.

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Addis Ababa train to start public transport amidst traffic safety concerns

As Addis Ababa city’s new 32 kilometers electric train transport is set to solve the transportation problem of the city traffic safety remains a concern. The city’s new train is expected to transport 15,000 passengers in an hour when it goes operational in the coming few months. “The existing transport system (vehicles) of the city will feed passengers to the 20 new train stations and I hope will solve the current transportation shortage of the city,” said Behailu Sintayehu, Project manager of the Addis Ababa City Light Railway.“We are currently testing tracks and signals and the train service will start within a month and half. The electric authority is also working to allocate the 750 volts electric power we require for the railway system. So that we will have fully dedicated and continuous electric supply and avoid transport service interruption,” he told reporters on Sunday.

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Will Ethiopia’s teff be the next ‘super grain’?

Under a bright blue sky, a farmer in a sleeveless red jumper is encouraging his five oxen to stamp on piles of dried grass, to help dislodge the seeds. Nearby, other farm workers are using pitchforks to do the same job, throwing the grass into the air in an ancient process known as winnowing. This is a harvest scene in rural Ethiopia, which at this time of the year is replicated across the length and breadth of the country.The seed, or grain, in question is called teff.

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