Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed visited the Grand Ethiopia Rennaissance Dam (GERD) site yesterday, accompanied by his deputy Demeke Mekonnen and other top government officials.
They were given an update on work at the facility being built in the Benishangul Gumuz regional state. They were conducted around by manager of the project Engineer Simegne Bekele.
Later, Prime Minister Abiy discussed with representatives of residents of the Benishangul Gumuz regional state in the capital city of Asossa.
He responded to various questions raised by the representatives.
In his introductory remark, the Prime Minister said that the people of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state had done a lot jobs for the country, including safeguarding its sovereignty.
During the discussion, the participants asked the government to establish an industrial park in the regional state.
Responding to the question, the Premier said that “it is not feasible to establish a park here since the area is not proximate to rail and air transport services.”
However, it would be more important for factories taking advantage of the abundant resources in the region to be set up. The regional state is rich in mango, sesame, bamboo tree, coal, and marble resources.
As far as infrastructure is concerned, he said, the federal government will make the necessary inspection to alleviate delay in the implementation of budgeted projects, such as roads.