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Domestic Water Project for 600,000 Residents in Ethiopia Commenced
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On September 23, the Commencement Ceremony was held for the Mekelle (GIBA) Water Supply Development Project in Ethiopia undertaken by CGGC. Tan Jian, Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia and Debretsion Gebremichael, President of Tigray Region, Ethiopia attended and cut ribbon for the commencement of the Project. Attracting about 1,000 local people, the ceremony was covered by CCTV, Xinhua News Agency and many mainstream media in Ethiopia.

Cut Ribbon for the Commencement Ceremony

Located about 20km west from Mekelle, Capital of Tigray Region, Ethiopia, the Mekelle (GIBA) Water Supply Development Project mainly involves the water supply for the entire Mekelle, with the design water supply capacity of 124,300m3/d and construction duration of 36 months. As an important livelihood project, it will offer over 1,500 jobs during construction and supply water for 600,000 residents in Mekelle after completion, dramatically facilitating the socio-economic development of the Tigray Region.

Ambassador Tan Jian Addresses the Ceremony

In his speech, Ambassador Tan Jian noted that water is crucial for human beings. As a livelihood project benefiting 600,000 residents in Mekelle, the Project has attracted great attention from leaders of both China and Ethiopia, and is of great significance for the economic development of Mekelle and improvement of local people’s livelihood. He hoped that CGGC could duly perform its obligations for the Project, thus presenting the Project as a gift to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Egypt in 2020.

President Debretsion extended sincere gratitude to the Chinese Government for its active support for the economic construction in Ethiopia and noted that the Tigray Region will leverage full support for the project construction, hoping that CGGC could complete the Project satisfactorily as scheduled to lift 600,000 residents in Mekelle out of water shortage.

Among other attendees were Commercial Minister-Counsellor Liu Yu from the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, Mayor of Mekelle, Director-General of Tigray Water Resource Bureau, Liao Guangrong, General Manager of China Gezhouba Group No.1 Engineering Co., Ltd., principals of International Department III of CGGC International, Ethiopia Branch and about 1,000 citizen representatives from Mekelle.

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