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Ethiopia to build 8th dry port

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Addis Ababa, March 14, 2019 (FBC) –The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise today laid a foundation stone for the construction of a dry port in Wereta, South Gondar zone of Amhara regional state.

Present at the groundbreaking ceremony were federal and state government officials, including Minister of Transport, Mrs Dagmawit Moges, and Chief Administrator of Amhara regional state, Dr Ambachew Mekonnen.

The port will be built on 20 hectares of land at a cost of 100 million birr. Construction has been commenced on three hectares with 90 million birr to make the port partially operational after six months.

Recalling the recent agreement signed between Ethiopian and Sudan to build a 504km railway line linking the two countries, Mrs Dagmawit said the port would help to export raw materials and agricultural produces from the regional state.

Dr Ambachew for his part indicated that the construction of the port would play a key role in improving and facilitating import-export trade of the country.

Roba Megersa, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise, said the aim of inland ports is to reduce costs and minimize the time wasting resulted from using sea ports.

Currently the country has eight dry ports, including Wereta, thus helping the country to generate more foreign currency by encouraging export tread, he added.

The Wereta dry port will be built in four phases.