Chinese leading and world’s 21st ranked construction equipment manufacturer LiuGong has won an order worth $100m, consisting of 1000 machines including construction machines, firefight trucks, big and small lorries, trucks, tankers, concrete pump trucks, graders, bulldozers, forklifts, and etc.
The machineries are being introduced to assist local construction firms and farmers on various development projects such as real estate housing, irrigation, roads, bridges, water diversion schemes, as well as playing an instrumental role towards enhancing food security and stimulating job growth.
Major infrastructure facilities have been implemented over the past 20 years of independence in the Northern Red Sea region at an expenditure of 8 billion Nakfa, disclosed Mr. Musie Misgina, director general of infrastructure in the region. In an interview he conducted in connection with the upcoming symposium of the region scheduled to be held from 25 to 26 March, he said that the implemented infrastructure projects includes drafting of a master plan, construction of roads and houses, provision of water project, energy, communications and transportation which in turn are making due contribution in improving the living standard of the people.
Mr. Musie explained that the 5-year strategic work program from 2011 to 2016 includes construction and renovation of schools, health institutions, digging wells, expansion of electricity lines and mapping out of master plan.
Eritrea has launched a drive to revamp its ports of Massawa and Assab. These ports have been left languishing after the rupture of relations with Ethiopia cut Eritrea out of the picture and Ethiopian cargo moved to neighbouring Djibouti.
The Ports Rehabilitation Project (PRP) is designed to substantially increase the productivity and capacity of both Massawa and Assab ports. Already, there seems to be signs of improvement as the combined number of ships rose by 22% last year: 273 ships called at the port of Massawa with cargo amounting to around 550,000 tonnes.
The project comprises civil works for Massawa, such as repairs, rehabilitation, and extension of berths. There has also been a recent renovation of the fuel jetty landing in Hirgigo costing USD$160,000 and a new jetty is expected to start operations in 2011 with an outlay of over USD$33m.
Further, cargo handling equipment is to be purchased for both Massawa and Assab, while facilities will be dedicated to improve the operating practices at the two ports.
The State of Eritrea received credit from the International Development Association (IDA) and a grant from the European Union toward the cost of the Eritrean Ports Rehabilitation Project.