Breaking News:

Opinions & Editorial, Uncategorized

China rides the rails of Ethiopia’s development

0

Minimal corruption, efficient bureaucracy, and cheap production costs are driving China’s investment in Ethiopia.

Elias Gebreselassie | aljazeera

Passengers wait to board a train at the St George underground station in the capital Addis Ababa [Solan Kolli/EPA]
Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Rail project opened last month to the delight of excited residents of the country’s capital.

The $475m urban rail project – funded by China – is one of the most obvious examples of Beijing’s huge role in Ethiopia’s infrastructure development. The world’s most populous nation has also built dams, roads, and factories in Ethiopia, and even gifted Addis Ababa the African Union headquarters, which cost $200m.

Gedion Gamora, a research fellow at Erasmus Mundus University in the Netherlands, said while the relationship between China and Ethiopia goes back to ancient times, formal relations between the countries began only in 1970.

Ironically, though, the Marxist-inspired Ethiopian revolution of 1974 put a damper on the countries’ ties for the next 17 years. Ethiopia’s closeness with the Soviet Union meant its relations with China, then a Russian rival, were minimal.

In 1995, former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi made a trip to China where the two sides signed an economic cooperation agreement.

Relations were further strengthened when Ethiopia hosted the second Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2003.

Gamora also cited political similarities to explain the Ethiopia-China relationship: Both countries are ruled by dominant single parties, which he claimed run meritocratic systems that accelerate economic growth and development.

Related Posts

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Saulos Chilima: A masqueraded Messiah or a devil not yet known?

    Frank Kamanga Historically, in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is king. This is probably why -and it is a worldwide phenomenon- desperate peoples around the globe are hanging by the slenderest of threads, putting their hope and trust in figures that either present themselves, or are being portrayed as modern-age “Messiahs”, vowing to…

  • Mrs Mia inspires DPP senior officials

    In a leaked whatsapp conversation among DPP gurus the blue officials said they wish Mrs Abida Mia who has a hardworking spirit was in their team. The DPP officials which include; Ben Phiri, Ngeme Kalilani and Nicholas Dausi just to mention a few said Abida Mia is an insiration to all women in politics. One…

  • FLASH BACK: Kaliati and cadets strip Eastern Region Chief naked, dethrone him

    By Nyasa Times Published: June 6, 2011 Chief Mponda of Nsamala Village in Balaka district, who claim to have been paraded naked by Democratic Progressive Party DPP) Youth Cadets last month, has cried foul over the news that he has been stripped off his chieftaincy. Mponda was beaten up, rubbed down with buffalo beans (chitedze)…

  • Corruption levels in public procurement worries

    ACB The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has expressed dismay over increased levels of corruption in government procurement processes. Speaking on the matter ACB director ,Reyneck Matemba said that alot of money is being lost. “The theft is becoming sophisticated and alot of money is being lost. At the moment we are focusing on preventing the…

  • Strange ailment attacks BT,NE students

    Some government schools in Blantyre and Nsanje have been attacked by a strange ailment. In Blantyre  atleast 50 students from govermment schools developed the seizure one after the other while in Nsanje 20 pupils have been hospitalized  because of the same ailment. Confirming the development,  Nsanje District Health Officer, Stanley Chilungu said the situation has…

  • Donors still disappointed -EIU report

    The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) based in Britain has disclosed that Malawi’s development partners still dont have confidence in Malawi’s fiscal descipline. The report from the intelligence unit has disclosed that Malawi is still not doing well in curbing corruption. “Corruption levels are still on a high in Malawi as those in government are still…

css.php