City Admin, Local Contractors Ink 7.7b Br Cluster Zone Deal

Aug 27 , 2022

The Addis Abeba City Administration has inked a 7.7 billion Br agreement with two private construction firms to build an industry cluster zone in the Akaki-Qality District. MCG Construction Plc and TNT Construction & Trading are expected to erect the cluster zone on 94hct of land over the next two years. Officials of the Mega Projects Construction Office under the City Administration floated a bid early this year to hire contractors on behalf of the Addis Abeba Labour, Enterprise & Industry Development Bureau. The zone will serve as a manufacturing hub for agro-processing, wood and metal works, leather and textile, and construction materials. The design comprises 21 large shed for manufacturing and 200 megastores for input suppliers and product retail shops. Mayor Adanech Abiebie announced her administration would cover the entire construction budget from its own coffers.


DDR Initiative Gets 16m Boost

A 16 million euro initiative to facilitate the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) of nearly 370,000 ex-combatants was launched last week. Financed by the European Union (EU) the program will be implemented across eight regional states. It is overseen by the National Rehabilitation Commission (NRC), the agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance's headquarters on King George St. Key figures including Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance; Teshome Toga, commissioner...


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ArifPay Takes a Leap with Massive Capital Boost

Shareholders of ArifPay Financial Technologies S.C. have taken a significant stride by resolving to raise the company's paid-up capital to 300 million Br. The decision doubles down from the current 140 million Br marking a substantial increase. ArifPay, was established by 142 shareholders and secured the distinction of being the first payment operator licensed by the National Bank in 2021. CEO Bernard Laurendeau emphasised the critical timing of this capital increase, aligning with the company...