Djibouti (HAN) March 22, 2014 – The Chinese shoe factory Huajian Group says it would build a huge industrial zone in Addis Ababa. Factory president Xiang Hurong who held talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom here in Addis said the village industry to be built at Lafto Sub-city is far wider than the Eastern Industry Zone at Dukem. He said construction is expected to begin in two months.
The company which built a factory in Dukem town had created 3,500 permanent and temporary jobs, the president added. The new industrial village would create from 30 to 50,000 jobs to citizens, according to Xiang Hurong. It will mainly focus on shoe production.
In a related development, Dr. Tedros Adhanom held talks with his Cuban counterpart Mr. Bruno Rodriguez. The officials conferred on ways to strengthen Ethio-Cuba relations.
They have confirmed that they would jointly strive to boost relations in the heath sector.
In his facebook: The Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros said, So glad to receive from President of Huajian the final design of the construction of a light manufacturing special economic zone for shoe “Shoe City”. Preparations are well underway to start construction in few months. The total investment will be 2.2 Bln USD. Please see the attached beautiful design of the “Shoe City” which looks like a shoe. #Ethiopia poised to become a hub for shoe manufacturing. The investment is expected to create 30 to 50 thousand jobs
Sources: Tasfaye Abera – @HAN & Geeska Afrika Online Market Reporter
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