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  • Addis Ababa gets First Africa Waste to Energy Power Plant

    Addis Ababa  August 19/2018 Reppie waste-to-energy power project, which is the first of its kind in Africa, was inaugurated today.

    The power project was launched in October, 2013 with its total investment of 2.6 billion birr.

    Located Southwest of Addis Ababa, commonly known as Koshe dump site, Raeppi has been the only landfill in the capital for more than 50 years.

    This project is identified as municipal solid waste incineration would enable the city to get 185 Giga Watts Hour (GWh) of electricity annually and will incinerate over 1,400 tons of waste daily.

    The project is jointly constructed by Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) and its partner China National Electric Engineering Co. (CNEEC) and Danish Ramboll Engineering.

    During the construction of the project some 1,300 Ethiopian have got temporary job opportunity and close 300 expatriates were engaged in the project.

    In large cities like Addis Ababa, waste-to-energy incineration has multifaceted advantages including generating electricity, averting toxic chemical emission into groundwater, and reduces the release of methane into the atmosphere.

    Reppie project is one part of Ethiopia’s vast strategy to tackle pollution and seize renewable energy across all sectors of the economy, it was indicated.

    Electric power was officially introduced to Ethiopia in the late 19th century, but the country has not still attains its growing power demand.

    Currently, Ethiopia has been constructing four hydro power projects includes Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Genale-Dawa III, Koysha Hydro Electric Power  and Ayisha wind farm.

    The project was fully financed by the government, it was indicated.

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  • Manufacturing Remains as Priority in the Govt’s Economic Policy: Ministry

     

    Dr. Ambachew Mekonen, Minister of Industry briefed journalists today on prioritizing the manufacturing industries as a critical sector in enabling Ethiopia to alleviate poverty through viable economic transformation.

    According to the minister, Ethiopia has embarked on industrial transformation as a national strategy to ascertain export oriented economy in the country over coming years.

    Despite the modest growth of the manufacturing sector at 58 percent by attracting   global manufacturers, the production capacity and export remained far below projection.

    Ambachew pointed out drawbacks for the cause of   law production and export, the past three years shortage of foreign currency, raw materials, political instability were the major challenges  the sector has faced.

    In the previous fiscal year, the country achieved only 48 of the national plan in    exporting leather and leather products, food and beverage, metal, textile and among other products showing 11 percent reduction from the same period of last year.

    “The ultimate goal of our industrial policy is just to ensure an export oriented economy that enables us to compete in the global market. In spite of the growth over the years, our export potential has not yet grown as we have expected”, the Minister said.

    The manufacturing sector has now 6.4 percent share of the GDP which has registered 17.4 percent growth in 2017/18 Ethiopian budget year, it was indicated.

    Stating low production and export performance as a bottlenecks of Ethiopian economy, the government of Ethiopia has been exerting a maximum effort to enable the manufacturers to engage with their full capacity, he pointed out.

    The country has been striving in the manufacturing sector to obtain close to four billion USD from export trade, Dr. Ambachew stated.

    He added that as part of the current political reform, the country is striving to effectively implement the nation’s industrial policy and strategy to speed up the national economic growth.

    Ministry of industry has been conducting a three day discussion to assess the national performance of the manufacturing sector over the preceding year and to chart out operational directions for the current fiscal year.

     

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