Ethiopia-China Cooperation Committee Bridges the Gap to Rural Electrification

Oct 2 , 2023

With hopes of scaling up the solar power capacity through a special vehicle funding system, the Ethiopia-China Cooperation Committee has a discussion with the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) officials on its Light Up Ethiopia Villages program. Deputy Commissioner Temesgen Tilahun expressed his commitment to the realisation of the project and implementation of the wider engagement. China has been Ethiopia's largest source of investment for decades in addition to its grants and loans for several government projects. Its investors play a pivotal role in creating job opportunities and transferring technology in the country most of them still involved in industrial parks. Led by the Committee president Betty Xu (PhD) the project aims to increase the business and investment of Chinese enterprises and build an all-round high-end service platform between the two countries.



A street lamp around Addis Abeba Stadium melds into the concrete backdrop emblematic of the capital's ageing infrastructure. Over the past few years, Ethiopia's electric grid has been subject to destruction and theft, subjecting the public treasury to hundreds of millions in losses. Nearly half of the country's population does not have access to electricity. A series of projects by the World Bank has contributed to the slight but essential upgrade to the nation's grid, including a 500 million do...



A trio of donkeys drag along the main road in front of Menlik School around the Arat Kilo area. While the four-legged domestic animal is a venerated member of the Ethiopian labour force, its skin and meat are increasingly valued in the international markets. Rhong Chang, a donkey slaughterhouse operating in Assela Town, Oromia Regional State reopened its services after a seven-year break two years ago. Public outroar has often accompanied the entrance of donkey abattoirs into Ethiopia since anot...



A bustling market emerges under a bridge in the boroughs of the Bole Michael area. Addis Abeba City Administration has launched a series of aesthetic initiatives embalmed in themes of beautification and urbanisation that have removed thousands of shops built with makeshift tents. Above a quarter of Addis Abeba's labour force is engaged in the informal economy, which while often associated with connotations of illegality, remains a sizeable employer in emerging economies across the world. Calibra...