Ministry Foretells Half a Billion Br Water, Energy Projects

Jul 1 , 2023

Two projects targeting energy sources to ensure an eco-friendly and reliable power and water supply are underway with the Danish government signing a 555 million Br development plan last week. The agreement was signed between State Minister Semerta Sewasew and the Danish Ambassador, Kida Sindbjerg with plans to partner with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU), and the Ministry of Water & Energy. The project managers hope to enhance the utility of groundwater in Dire Dewa and Hawassa cities. The Danish government has been assisting various developmental and humanitarian programs in Ethiopia, including the WASH program launched back in 2021 by UNICEF which ought to increase access to sanitary services by 2025 for 1.6 billion Br.


Mobile Apps Streamline Container Handling

A Chinese private logistics company availed its multilingual mobile applications designed to streamline container handling processes for local businesses. Dubbed, the apps are available in Amharic, Oromo, Somali, and Tigrigna, with a competitive monthly fee. Company managements aim to tackle inefficiencies by scanning truck license plates, container IDs, and other details, reducing manual data entry and the potential for errors. Users can also record gate movements with times...


Private Investment Takes Flight in Aviation Industry

Local private operators received the green light last week to expand their services beyond charter flights, offering regular passenger and cargo options. This move by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority is expected to boost the air transport sector, attracting private companies to invest in air travel services. The Authority is partnering with private investors to improve air transport infrastructure by building over 21 new airstrips and helipads in previously underserved areas. Officials...


Safaricom Ramps Up Network Expansion with Locally Made Poles

Safaricom Ethiopia has initiated a three-month procurement process to acquire a total of 68 poles from Woda Metal, the first telecom pole manufacturer in the country. The initial batch of 13 poles was delivered last week, marking a milestone as the first use of domestically produced poles in Ethiopia's telecom sector. Wim Vanhellputte, CEO of Safaricom Ethiopia, praised the high quality and affordability of Woda Metal's poles, which will be crucial for their network expansion goals. The co...