Chinese planners are pushing for a decision on the blueprint for a new Industrial and Logistics City to be built south of Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa.
The proposal for the new city was publicly discussed last Saturday, during the “Ethiopia – Sichuan Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum”, in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China.
The forum was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the vice Governor of Sichuan province as well as officials and business executives from both countries. The details of the issues discussed in the forum have not been made public in Ethiopian state media to date.
Horn Affairs learned from members of the delegation that the Chinese urged their Ethiopian counterparts for quicker decision on the proposal so as to proceed to the next phase of the planning.
The proposed new city is dubbed the Ethiopian International Industrial and Logistics City and slated to be built in around Akaki, south of Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian International Industrial and Logistics City, dubbed the African version of Chengdu Tianfu New Area, is proposed to lie south of Addis Ababa, around Akaki, in Oromia regional state. It will cover about 84.5 km2 or 8450 hectares which is a fifth of Addis Ababa’s current size.