ADDIS ABABA:  China built 220-km long Toll road that links landlocked Ethiopia toward ports in Djibouti will enhance the import-export in Ethiopia.

Samson Wondimu, Director of Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), in a communique said that presently Djibouti handles about 95 percent of Ethiopia’s export-import trade. Road Project worth 179 million dollars will further expand Ethiopia’s economic growth by increasing the performance of the eastern trade route.

The newly built road improved the formerly gravel road, which had been a major challenge to the general transportation along the eastern economic corridor, according to Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges. The earlier road was extremely broken due to regular flooding and landslide.

The minister also informed that the toll road would reduce the travel time. Moges added that The Dire Dawa-Dewele asphalt concrete toll road will transform Ethiopia’s import-export effort by potentially dropping the cost of travel and time, will further strengthen the people-to-people relations between Ethiopia and Djibouti.

In 2016, the project was started after an agreement between ERA and the Chinese construction firm. It is the second toll road in the East African country, next to the 85-km Addis Ababa-Adama toll expressway.

Source: Xinhua News Agency